Teacher gives students assignment to write the names of all the black people killed by police

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INDIAN HEAD, MD – It is becoming more and more common for school districts to teach anti-police rhetoric in the classrooms, and attempt to justify it as “education”. 

It has happened again this week, this time in Maryland, when a Special Education teacher gave students a “Say their names” assignment. 

On September 9th, John Folse, a Special Education Teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School, gave students their assignment through the Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) online learning platform.

His description and directions for the assignment stated:

“Slight change of plans, instead of doing the questions on synergy, I want you to do something even easier, an assignment I am calling, ‘Say Their Names.’”

He went on to tell student to:

 “[compile] a list of black people killed by police since Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, including their names, the dates of their deaths, and the locations where they died.

He continued:

“For extra credit, write a sentence or two about the circumstances of their deaths,” 

This assignment did not sit well with many parents, and a photo of the email wound up on the community Facebook page, which caused quite a stir, WUSA reported.

According to the Charles County Public School District, they found out about the incident on Wednesday morning. 

The district commented: 

“A topic such as the one raised in this assignment is inappropriate as a stand-alone written assignment,

“The teacher presented the assignment without background, lesson plans or in-class discussion guided by a teacher.”

WUSA reported that the CCPS said that teachers receive training regarding “how to engage students in discussions about current events that might involve sensitive issues,” and noted that “social justice topics are a meaningful way to engage students in the curriculum,” 

The district added that teachers are expected to use the curriculum to guide lessons and discussions, saying:

“We encourage thoughtful discussion of current events and expect teachers to approach these lessons with sensitivity for all viewpoints,” 

At this time, it is not known if the teacher will receive any disciplinary action. 

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Here is another example of the anti-police “education” taking place in the classroom.

DUXBURY, MA- A middle school principal showed her students an anti-police propaganda video. The video depicted high profile Black Lives Matter activists, including Colin Kaepernick kneeling on a football field during the National Anthem.

According to reports, Tatyana Semyrog, a concerned parent and who is also running for State Representative, shared the incident as well as screenshots from the presentation via Twitter. The tweet has since been removed from her account, but below is a screenshot of it:

In response, Superintendent John Antonucci explained that he fully supports the principal’s decision to show the anti-police propaganda video. He said:

“In the spirit of fully transparency and honesty, you should know that I fully support Mrs. McGuire and her use of the TV commercial with the students. The commercial is mean to be inspiring and motivating and in fact, I also used it on opening day with our staff.”

He added:

“In addition, it has been widely broadcast on television and the internet all summer, so it is already in the public realm. Although the intent of airing the commercial was not political, I would add that the Duxbury Public Schools is fully committed to promoted anti-racism.”

He continued:

“To shield our students from a topic that is so pervasive in our country right now would be irresponsible and detrimental to students’ education. We will continue to address topics that may make some people uncomfortable, which is an important part of the learning process.”

The superintendent stated that shielding their students from this relevant topic would be irresponsible, but what is really irresponsible is only showing their students one side of the story or presenting BLM as something that is not divisive when many large cities across the country are literally burning to the ground during violent protests.

It is also irresponsible to teach students that they live in a country filled with racist people and racist police officers or to tell them that if they do not support BLM then they do not support black lives.

The superintendent stated that as a school they will continue to address topics that might make some people uncomfortable.

If they plan to have the uncomfortable conversations about police using excessive force and systemic racism, are they willing to have the uncomfortable conversations about the true facts and evidence surrounding officer-involved shooting cases?

And that in many of those incidents the individual had prior convictions, a warrant for arrest, a weapon on them, and/or that they did not listen to the officer when they were given verbal commands?

Will they also be discussing the murder of David Dorn at the hands of BLM protesters or the fact that Colin Kaepernick has never even voted in an election before?

If the superintendent claims they are going to continue to have these uncomfortable situations and not shield their students from the issues happening across the country right now, why are they not educating their students on the bigger picture?

Why are they not telling all sides of the stories?

Why are they not educating their students that the First Amendment allows people to peacefully protest and push for change, but that it does not give people the right to physically assault law enforcement officers who are still standing and trying their hardest to serve and protect their communities. 

The response from the superintendent is alarming and disheartening. Many of America’s cities are burning and suffering from looting, vandalism, and destruction of property to locally owned businesses.

Law enforcement officers are being assaulted and gravely disrespected to the point where they can no longer protect and serve their communities to the best of their ability.

People are being murdered by the dozens within days, including young children under the age of 13. True education requires teachers and administrators to have all of the uncomfortable conversations, not just the ones they believe are important because of their own bias and prejudices.    

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