John Gunn, the father of a 12-year-old, went to his son’s school to register his objection to his son’s class being allowed to participate in the National Walk-out to Protest Gun Laws That Had Nothing To Do With the Valentine’s Day Massacre in Parkland, Florida. He videoed the exchange with principal Barbara Boggio, and posted the confrontation on the Ventura Unified School District Facebook page.
Gunn (great name, by the way!): “I want to know who authorized these kids to go out and leave the class when I wasn’t even notified about it.”
Boggio: “As our school planned for who and what, we anticipated something…”
Gunn: “6th graders? 6th graders? When do 6th graders make decisions?…When do 12-year-olds make decisions? You’re an adult, you’re the school, you’re supposed to teach my child. You don’t influence my child in any which way. Democrat, liberal, Republican, whatever it is. I want it out of the school system. So why did my son have to sit in that class — because he didn’t leave — but why wasn’t I notified?”
Boggio: “If the student chose to leave, that’s their choice.”
Gunn: “What do you mean that’s their choice? They’re 6th graders!…If this wasn’t a protest and this wasn’t happening, you would let the kid leave?”
Boggio: “I would make sure they were safe.” [Translation: “homina homina homina…”]
Gunn: “If this was not a protest yesterday across the country about gun control or whatever it is, you would have let the kids just leave?”
Boggio: “We would make sure they are safe, that’s our job.”
Gunn: “I want to know who let them go. I’m going to sue the school district. I already have a lawyer. I wasn’t notified that you were going to allow this. This is from my son, who doesn’t lie, ‘if you want to leave, you can leave.’ You told the teachers ‘if you want to go, you can go.’ Somebody told them that.”
Boggio: “I would never make a teacher ever shut the door and keep a student inside the classroom.” [ Straw man, lie, deflection..]
Gunn: You’re telling me a 12-year-old can just walk out of the class? Why can’t you just say, ‘No you can’t go.’ They’re 12-year-olds.”
In other districts around the country, students are organizing walk-outs to protest on other issues, like against abortion. Again, GOOD. Make the schools deal with their abuse of authority and politicizing education. I want to hear the arguments in court about how teachers and principles can pick and choose what kind of political speech is encouraged among students.