The Political Correctness Lunacy in the Classroom Award of the Moment

A nine-year old boy attending Brookside Elementary School in Gastonia, North Carolina has been suspended after being accused of making an inappropriate statement. What was the nature of his statement? Had he threatened to punch another kid?? Had he threatened to smoke in the boys room? Had he even threatened to share a school lunch with some poor unsuspecting sap of a bag-luncher?

Nope, nothing as averagely insidious as any of those things. What 9-year old Emanyea Lockett did- and ADMITTEDLY so- was to commit the ultimate in deviant, godless wrongdoing. Yes, Emanyea told his friends he thought a teacher was "cute".

Thank the National Teachers Association and Gloria Steinem a morally superior substitute teacher just happened to be eavesdropping at the time and heard Emanyea's shameless statement. The substitute, knowing how such a perverse statement can damage vulnerable teachers, reported the incident to the school's principal. The principal, being the pious Political Correct Watchdog type, immediately recognized sexual harassment when it raised its ugly head. The principal acted promptly, and with an act of wisdom that would humble Solomon himself, by sentencing the offender to two days suspension.

Has this purveyor of "sexual harassment" learned his lesson? Apparently not; he freely admits what was said between himself and his friends, and his Mom is not happy with the way her son has been treated. Additionally, the story has now gained National attention. Legions of people are voicing support for Emanyea, and many are thinking the time has come to throw the PC Inquisition out of the classroom for good.

This isn't the first time some grown idiot's cry of sexual harassment has been brought against an innocent school child. Here a few examples of this growing trend:

The 5-year old Mass. girl forced to apologize for hugging classmate

The 4-year old accused of demonstrating "sexual harassment" for hugging a teacher's aid

Teen suspended for hugging another student

5-year old Maryland child accused of sexual harassment of another student

Now I don't know about you, but I feel these kind of allegations by teachers are making home schooling a more attractive option all the time. The environment that breeds automatic suspicion and vilification of innocent acts by children is one born of Political Correctness. Before PC such outrageous accusations would have been recognized for the b*llshit they are. But today the policies of school systems are too often dictated by the whims and demands of those simply not qualified -or even fit- to instruct and care for children. If a teacher harbors a racial prejudice and wants to take their bigotry out on a certain child, all they have to do is cry "sexual harassment". If the teacher hates males in general and wants to make an example of some random young male all she has to do is cry "sexual harassment". If the teacher has a phobia of physical affection and is looking for an example of affection she can humiliate all he or she needs do is cry "sexual harassment". If a teacher is prone to jealousy and resents knowing a child thinks another teacher is cuter all he/she has to do is cry "sexual harassment" and obtain revenge. For all these reasons there is a common retaliatory action sure to gain prompt and assured results.

This all-too-familiar story should not be allowed and yet it is. Tyranny over normal, natural childhood behavior is sheltered under the wing of strong teaching unions. These unions exist for the sole objective of protecting teacher jobs and benefits, and one of these benefits is the assurance of having as stress-free a work environment as possible for the teacher. School system officials, being supported in large by Federal funds, have embraced this PC objective and subsequently have handed to bad teachers -on a silver platter- the means of venting on any child that offends a teacher's personal pet peeve. Not that all teachers are bad, nor are all teachers supportive of this trend. But there are enough, unfortunately, that all our little Johnnies, Janies and Emanyeas have become fair game to teachers with self-serving agendas.

So today's award for Lunacy in the Classroom goes out to the substitute teacher who eavesdropped on the conversation between Emanyea Lockett and his young friends and the principal who made the final decision that has insured a permanent black eye on Emanyea's school records. Take a bow, you stalwart examples of education professionals, you represent the Modern Age of Academia Divorced of Wisdom.

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mom101 5 years ago

Hey Beth, welcome to the hub.

I see you are from the big Orange as well.

Thank you for the hub. This seems to be a growing trend, at least here, and it is a very disturbing one at that. Oh I know there are going to be many who will side with the actions taken by the principal, and say we are the "wrong" ones for feeling the way we do.

My son, has gone through pure **** his entire school life. One thing is kids being bullies, yes, it is wrong, but kids can get through it. Another is a teacher being the bully. Children don't get over this. And at a tender age of 9, what a teacher says to a child, will more than likely remain with that child.

It appears to me, schools are turning into day care centers for the social elite of the community.

I am not well liked on the subject of schools.

Children ARE our future. Plain. Simple. We should protect THEM.

I have struggled 12 years to get my son to stay in school long enough to get that little piece of paper. It wasn't the work, the bullies, or the like that he didn't like at school, it was the way the "staff" handled situations. Many times, more often than not, the good guys got the punishement while the "bad guys" were rewarded.

When he got old enough, he told the principal he was quitting. This upset the principal. No, not because a student was so upset that he was willing to walk away from the education he had fought for for 13 years, but because the school was already on "probation" or in jeopardy of losing the federal funding from the state if even one more person dropped out.

Beth, I could go on and on. But, I think you get what I am saying. This subject is a very touchy one for me and the wounds haven't healed long enough for me to talk about it. But you are correct.

We need to form a "student union". Seriously. Why not?


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Good stuff. Tiny children learn what is considered "cute" when they see the images one must endure in order to go through the check out lines at grocery stores. Our children are getting quite the education in and out of the classroom, aren't they?!


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stclairjack 5 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

"zero tollerance" has awkwardly tried to compensate for zero brains,.... but alas,.... all in vain!

good job here,... and i agree,....

my 14 yr old son recently just got suspended for "using inapropiate language in class" the principal called me at work to discuss this,.... when i asked which one of george carlins 7 he used, she was confused,... so i asked wich word did my son use that would be commonly understood as a curse word.

turns out, a fellow classmate acused jeff of eating possums,... to which my hillbilly son replied,... "no, we don't eat possums 'cause they eat dead cows butthole first"

i burst out laughing,... but its true,.... my 14 y old son was suspended for saying "dead cows buttholes" in class.


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ShawnB2011 5 years ago from Arizona

Unbelievable!! WTF is wrong with people? Political Correctness is just stupid! You are not a waitress you are a guest service provider, you are not a secretary you are an office organizer blah blah blah. NO, you ARE just a waitress sorry for the bad news, and you ARE just a secretary. Oooops did I say that out loud? Hell yes I did!

Sexual harassment? F'n serious? That wannabe teacher and dumb ass principle should be fired and sent to the classroom of the REAL WORLD! She probably hasn't gotten laid in years and taking her male hating frustrations out on an innocent kid! Give me a break!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Hope you don't get suspended either on this one dear Beth, but this is ridiculous! Soon they are going to get suspended for accidentally walking behind your back!!

Voted up!

LORD


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Political correctness was a brilliant move by the left, because it legally infringes on our free speech. Many websites will ban you for violating the "moral standards" of the left (an oxymoron if I ever heard one!)


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Mom101, thank you and I appreciate you sharing the experience you and your son have gone through. It isn't easy to talk about these things, especially in certain forums. But I know how you feel; my husband and I have faced some similar situations, situations that shouldn't ever be allowed to be perpetuated on our children. It is tough, it truly is; school isn't fun to begin with and when you throw in totally dysfunctional teachers and a hypocritical, self-serving background it makes it all the harder to get a child to take schooling seriously.

Thank you very much again for sharing and I wish your son all the best.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

RTalloni, thank you for the comments. I agree children do learn from what they see. Thankfully parents have more control over the examples they see on TV, movies or in the rag shelf at the store. The sad part is we should, by every right, have such control over what is taught to our kids in school.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

stclairjack, that is a humorous story even if it does highlight the stupidity of zero-tolerance, lol. One of our kids was accused of "sexual harassing" by another child and got suspended. We found out later the child who accused him had a crush on him and wanted his attention by making the accusation. Now this girl wasn't suspended, and it was already to late to make it up to my son, but still, the principal's reaction to the charge still galls me. It was unfair, it was untrue, and hey I am not calling for blood, but why did my son have to suffer just because of their high-handed zero-tolerance b.s.?

Thanks much for sharing, I enjoyed the possums and cows story!


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

ShawnB2011, thanks for comments. I wouldn't be surprised if you've totally hit the nail on the head about the not getting laid part.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

lord de cross, thanks much for commenting. You may well be on to something. I can just see schools changing the lunch menus to "chicken chests" to avert sexual innuendo. And while they're at it they might as well get rid of pencil sharpeners. If poking a firm stick of wood into a small dark hole isn't symbolism what the heck is? lol


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Agreed, Will. It's like the old adage: if you can control human sexuality you can control the world. The problem here is that the Left has conjured and created one ferocious monster, and in time the monster will turn against its creators, too.

Thank you for the comment!


geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

I don't see the problem with a child stating a teacher is cute. Why did she get all bunged up for? Is she actually a "dog"? The truth is the PC movement is full of s**t as are most educators.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

geordmc, thanks for reading and commenting.


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LisaKoski 4 years ago from WA

This story is kind of amazing just because it's so ridiculous that it seems unreal. Thanks for sharing. Yet another of example of why I hate people who are overly PC.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Lisa, thanks for reading and I enjoyed hearing your thoughts!


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S.

It is the highest of absurdity that these people are in education. There's not one ounce of common sense in their heads. They should just be fired, which is why they have unions to prevent that. Grrr.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Cassie Smith, amen!


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feenix 4 years ago

Hi, Beth,

If PC had been in effect back in the day when I was in high school, not only would boys have gotten for busted for "breaking the rules of PC," a whole lot of girls and women would have gotten busted, too.

I mean, like, back in the day, boys always let out a loud "wolf whistle" when a pretty girl walked by them, and it almost always made the girl feel like a "natural woman," as Aretha Franklin said in that old-school song of hers. Boys frequently told girls, "Baby, you're so fine," and girls frequently told boys, "Baby, you're so fine." And on more than one occasion when I was in high school, I told one of the comely young female teachers something like, "Miss McGillicuddy, that's a real cool hairstyle you're wearing today," and she would respond by smilingly saying something like, "Why, thank you, feenix. I'm glad you like it."


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Feenix, you're so right. I remember in high school one of the male teachers was a very attractive man and all the girls had a crush on him. If things had been back then the way they are today we'd have never been allowed to take his class, lol.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Where is the ACLU? Are they not there to protect our first amendment rights to free speech? political correctness is the biggest abuse of free speech ever, in my opinion.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Dahoglund, excellent question and observation!


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wba108@yahoo.com 2 years ago from upstate, NY

Political correctness has so silently crept into American society that many are unaware of its potential to destroy a free nation. Liberals and progressives have long sought to use political correctness as a tool of intimidation and it has had major success.

Liberals have used blacks, women and gays to advance their fascist progressive agenda. Power is what they really seek and the only language these liberals understand is power therefore patriots and conservatives need to push back. We are in a power struggle with the political left and to save our country we need to push back, the harder the better.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

wba108, you are correct. If we don't push back fascists will continue to manipulate people until we are all under their boot.

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