School under fire after teacher tells kindergarten students “You’re living on ‘stolen land'”

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RENTON, WA – In a virtual kindergarten classroom in the suburbs of Seattle, a mom says the person hired to teach her young son has instead been tormenting him and his classmates by accusing them of living on “stolen land.” 

The Renton woman appeared on KIRO radio’s Dori Monson show on Tuesday, going only by her first name, Angela. 

On the first day of her son’s virtual class, Angela said she heard the unusual message as the teacher welcomed students and launched into the day’s lesson. 

By day three or four, she told the hosts of the radio show, she had decided to record what the teacher was saying to the class of five-year-olds. 

Angela told the host what she heard: 

“You just told my kid that they’re living on something stolen and that stealing is bad. I was in shock actually, like what is happening?” 

Host Monson replied: 

“It seemed to me to be an effort by our government schools to teach the kids to start disliking America, and I don’t know what the purpose of that is for kindergartners.” 

The teacher’s alleged rant is in reference to indigenous people’s land and the Duwamish, a local local.

The website for the group says the original territory of the Duwamish people includes Renton, which is about 11 miles south of Seattle. The website reads: 

“We are the host tribe for Seattle, our area’s only indigenous tribe. Many of our enrolled members still live on Duwamish aboriginal territory, which includes Seattle, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Redmond.” 

The tribe says it has about 600 members in the area. 

The population of Renton is more than 100,000 and the Renton School District currently has more than 15,000 students enrolled. 

It is unclear if or how the teacher at the center of the controversy is connected to the tribe. 

Angela said that since making the recording, she has spoken with the principal of her son’s school, who she said was unaware of the extracurricular lesson. Angela said that the school administrator promised to speak with the educator. 

But before any action could be taken, Angela said, the issue escalated. She told KIRO radio: 

“Today, [Tuesday] though, the teacher took 17 minutes of class time to talk about it. First, she showed a video of another school doing land acknowledgment, like a poem. Then she had the kids repeat that acknowledgement poem back. And, then, she decided that the students were going to write one for the Duwamish people. So, they took the time to do that.” 

The Renton School District has not released a public statement or comment on the mom’s allegations, or if any disciplinary action has or will be taken against the teacher.

It does, however, link to a non-discrimination policy on its website which reads in the first line: 

“Renton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.” 

At this point, there is no information available on how long the teacher has been with the district, or if this same lecture has been taught to kindergarten students in the past.  

In concluding her nine-minute interview Tuesday morning, Angela told Monson she does not disagree with her son learning American history, but she does disagree with the manner in which this issue was presented to kindergarten-age students. 

She said that as a parent, she believes her child should be learning unbiased, factual and well-rounded lessons on U.S. history. 

Angela said: 

“I guarantee my kids will never say ‘bleep’ the police or ‘bleep’ America. I hope that I teach them well.” 

Angela summed up her feelings to Monson. She said kindergarten should be a time of socializing and friendship, not one that involves this type of messaging.

“They should be socializing, they should be building friendships, they should be singing songs and enjoying it. Starting off every day reminding children that they’re living on stolen land does not, in my opinion, start the day off great.”

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Check out this Law Enforcement Today story about other worrisome Washington state school lessons:

SEATTLE, WA  Do you know what your kids’ schools are teaching them? Well, a recent report courtesy of Seattle talk show/radio host Jason Rantz found that two Seattle schools are teaching second-graders that police officers are racist.

According to Rantz’s report on this type of content being presented to children in schools, he noted the following:

“Students as young as 7-years-old are taught that racist police routinely target innocent Black Americans but don’t suffer consequences because police cover for each other. Content also pushes far-left social justice causes as students are told to become social justice activists.”

But what was all the more concerning was what Rantz followed up that synopsis with:

“What’s worse, the schools only remove or revise the content after parents complain.”

At Grove Elementary in Marysville, a second-grade teacher had posted a video to the school’s online system for parents to watch and discuss with their children.

The video was called “Animation Series: Something Happened in Our Town,” and it was an illustrated story about a black man getting shot by a white cop.

And you can likely guess where this is going.

The story focused on two young children asking their parents about a recent police-involved shooting and the parents teaching their kids that police officers don’t like black men and don’t go to jail for unjustified shootings.

One excerpt from the video of the story showed a young white girl named Emma asking her parents why the police shot the black man:

“Emma asked her mother ‘Why did the police shoot that man?’ ‘It was a mistake,’ said her mother. ‘I feel sorry for the man and his family.’ ‘Yes, the police thought he had a gun,’ said her father. ‘It wasn’t a mistake,’ said her sister, Liz. ‘The cops shot him because he was black.’”

The narrative then shifted to the perspective of a young black kid asking his parents the same thing, who then said that cops don’t go to jail because “cops stick up for each other” and “they don’t like black men.”

Rantz noted in his report that neither the school’s principal  nor the teacher who uploaded the video responded to inquiries on what led them to offer this as a resource for students.

However, Jodi Runyon – who serves as the school’s director of Communications, Engagement and Outreach – stated that the video was pulled after receiving complaints from parents.

Moving on to Gig Harbor’s Discovery Elementary, second-grade students had access to the school’s virtual classroom and its “Black Lives Matter Instructional Library.” Rantz noted that many of the resources on that portion of the virtual classroom weren’t controversial – except for one book encouraging children to become an “activist” and to “Agitate! Organize!”

It was a video of Tom Morello from the band Rage Against the Machine reading a book called “A is for Activist.”

For those who are unfamiliar with Rage Against the Machine, they are responsible for such songs as “Killing in the Name of” which is a song released in 1992 in which the entire song claims that police officers are the new KKK.

Seriously, here are some of the lyrics from the song:

“Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses”

“Those who died are justified. For wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites. You justify those that died. By wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites.”

Thus, Morello reading said book is hardly surprising, nor is the content from the book surprising either, based on the title.

Themes from that book carried calls for children to demand “no justice, no peace” and to oppose war and even went so far as to promote the far-left militant group the Zapatista, which has been present within Mexico for nearly three decades.

At the last page of this virtual library – the slide has since been removed – parents were encouraged to “listen, reflect & donate” instead of reaching out to content creators with inquiries about their work.

Rantz’s report noted one of these “content creators” who people should donate to is “Woke Kindergarten:”

“On her page, the content creator published a series of 60-second stories. In one, titled “Rainbow Baby,” Ki uses colors to highlight protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. At the end, Ki uses a photo promoting “Police-Free Schools.” In another, “Good Trouble,” Ki uses a photo from March for Our Lives, telling students it’s an example of how you show people you care about their lives.”

Gig Harbor’s Discovery Elementary reportedly didn’t comment on the content featured or links provided to various YouTube channels (such as Woke Kindergarten) within the virtual classroom.

Rantz reasonably pointed out that this type of content is “clearly inappropriate for second-graders” and that “it shouldn’t take parental complaints for the schools to realize it”.

Which makes perfect sense, since 6- and 7-year-olds cannot possibly grasp the copious amounts of nuance in these topics nor be able to see past the broad-brushing of anti-police messages.

So, do you know what your kids’ schools are teaching them?

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