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:
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.