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A Utah charter school is catching heat for allowing Caucasian parents to opt their children out of Black History Month lessons. February is Black History Month in America.

Maria Montessori Academy Director Micah Hirokawa issued a statement, saying he "reluctantly" sent a letter to parents informing them that they are able "to exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school."

Hirokawa expressed disappointment in the parents’ decision not to participate in lessons related to Black history, saying, "We should not shield our children from the history of our Nation, the mistreatment of its African American citizens, and the bravery of civil rights leaders, but should educate them about it." It was noted that of the 322 students who are enrolled at the school, only three students are Black.

By comparison, parents who object to schools teaching their children gender equality and LGBT+ classes are not able to opt their children out of the classes due to former President Barack Obama's executive orders that made the classes part of the mandatory health curriculum in public schools.

Since facing public backlash, the Utah school has reportedly reversed its decision, saying parents can no longer opt their children out of Black History Month lessons.

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A North Carolina news outlet sparked outrage on social media after publishing an editorial cartoon depicting prominent GOP politicians as KKK bigots.

WRAL, an NBC affiliate based in Raleigh, NC, labeled Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and State Board of Education member Olivia Oxendine as members of the Ku Klux Klan for objecting to teaching Black Lives Matter's critical race theory in the state's public schools.

Under the proposed curriculum, children as young as elementary school age will be introduced to racial politics, gender and transgender identities and dismantling the nuclear family headed by 2 heterosexual parents.

The Black Lives Matter-authored curriculum teaches children that they were "assigned" a gender at birth and they can be whatever gender they choose to be.

In the cartoon, an elephant, holding a copy of the state's proposed curriculum, is dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe, while declaring, "we prefer to start with a clean sheet."

Robinson, who is Black, slammed WRAL as "vile" for publishing the cartoon, drawn by 8th-grade social studies teacher Dennis Draughon, during Black History Month in America.

"On the second day of Black History Month, the first black Lt. Governor of North Carolina has been portrayed as such by one of the largest news outlets in this state," Robinson said. "It's something we cannot stand for."

Oxendine, the board's only Native American member, voiced her opposition to the proposed social studies standards, saying it gives "the feeling of America the oppressor, not America the land of opportunity."

Twitter user @flyfischer4428 slammed WRAL, writing: "I CANNOT believe how offensive this is. @markrobinsonNC is black. Olivia Oxendine is a Native American. @WRAL, @wlos this cartoon should be a story by itself."

Another Twitter user, @LotusBlossom44, wrote: "Wow. I thought WRAL couldn't sink any lower. This is shameful in so many ways. Calling GOP the KKK for not wanting to include race-based ideologies in the educational curriculum?"

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Democrat lawmakers are eager to put Covid-19 behind them and reopen schools and restaurants "as soon as possible."

After single-handily destroying New York City's economy by ordering restaurants and other businesses shut down for months, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo now wants to reopen his city.

"We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass," Cuomo tweeted Monday. "The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely."

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also called for reopening her city's small businesses and schools "as quickly as possible."

Lightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about rolling back Covid-19 virus restrictions quickly.

"I want to get our restaurants and bars reopened as quickly as possible," she said.

Sen. Ted Cruz's advisor Omri Ceren tweeted: "Scientists, journalists, and blue city mayors have all just discovered - more or less at once - that it's critical to get America open again. Lucky break for everyone, that convergence."

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The liberal news media, who helped drive the fear-mongering in 2020, have already removed the constant Covid-19 death counters that dominated their news broadcasts 24/7 for a year. No need for those pesky death count reminders anymore.

The next step is to report a "drop" in Covid-19 "cases" and decreased hospitalizations.

Some news outlets are already reporting a drop in new Covid-19 "cases" in Illinois in the past week. Right on schedule.

While reopening restaurants will be easy, Democrats will have a harder time convincing terrified parents to send their children back to school -- after scaring them to death for a year.

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Colorado police were called to a 12-year-old boy's home after he accidentally waved a toy gun during a virtual class.

Isaiah Elliott was home alone when a teacher called police to say he played with a toy gun during virtual art class.

The teacher admitted she knew the gun was a toy - it was a black and green plastic toy with the words "Zombie Hunter" on the side. But the teacher perceived the toy gun as a threat.

The boy's mother, Dani Elliott, was at work when she received a call from the school's principal saying officers were on their way to her home.

Elliott says she was terrified - especially because her son is Black.

"I never thought: 'You can't play with a Nerf gun in your own home because somebody may perceive it as a threat and call the police on you,'" Elliott said.

To add insult to injury, Isaiah was suspended for 5 days and now has a criminal record with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

He also has a disciplinary mark in his school records for bringing a "facsimile of a firearm to school" -- even though he was in his own home.

Elliott vented her frustration at the school and the police. She said her son has attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and he is easily distracted, so he played with his gun.

"With the cultural events going on right now, especially for young African Americans, you calling the police and telling them that he could have a gun, you put his life in jeopardy," Elliott said.

In a statement on Facebook, the Grand Mountain School administration blamed disinformation on the internet for the public uproar.

"We never have or ever will condone any form of racism or discrimination," the statement said. "Safety will always be number one for our students and staff. We follow board policies and safety protocols consistently, whether we are in-person or distance learning."

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An Alabama high school principal is going viral with his Cornavirus-themed "Can't Touch This" parody video.

The video is a parody of MC Hammer's '80s hit song "U Can't Touch This." Childersburg High School Principal Quentin Lee wears tailored suits, a face mask and gloves as he dances around while wielding tools to sanitize classrooms.

The video racked up 5 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on July 28. "COVID! Is stressing me, all the updates from the CDC. Lysol! Can't be found, I've looked all around this town," Lee raps.

He sneaks up on students using a digital thermometer, a measuring tape for social distancing, and a can of Lysol spray. "You can't touch this!" he tells the students.

Lee told a reporter he hopes his efforts brings a smile to the faces of students and gives them confidence when they return to school in the fall.

"We are working tirelessly to make sure school is a place where students can be accepted, loved and clean," he said. "Everybody needs love, regardless of political party or ethnic background. If we can allow people to laugh and forget about their problems, then we've accomplished the goal."
 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued a warning to parents to make arrangements tp "tele-school" their children as the coronavirus moves closer to a pandemic.

Senior CDC official Nancy Messonier said she called her children's school and asked if there are plans for tele-schooling if the school closes to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad," Messonier said.

So far, 57 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. 40 of the cases came from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship.

More than 80,000 people are infected and 2,700 people have died worldwide. But the numbers are believed to be much higher.

A Harvard professor predicts 40-70 percent of the world's population - 3 billion to 6 billion people may become infected with the coronavirus.

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A student who fought with a substitute teacher at a Miami high school faces criminal charges. The fight was captured on cell phone video and went viral online.

The incident happened on Monday, Jan. 13, at Miami Central High School in North Miami.

The video footage shows the substitute teacher and the aggressive student brawling in a classroom as other students record the chaos on their cell phones.

The teacher, who has short hair, traded punches with the unidentified student before putting her in a headlock. The student trapped the teacher against a desk then body-slammed her to the floor.

A male student pushed the girl off the teacher and held her down while the teacher climbed atop the girl and pinned her to the floor. The video doesn't show what sparked the fight.

A Miami-Dade Public School spokesperson said the student was not supposed to be in the classroom.

"All indicators point to the student having been the aggressor," said Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, chief communications officer for MDCPS, in an emailed statement to Bradenton.com.

"This is a regrettable and isolated incident between a student and a teacher, who otherwise maintained an amicable relationship. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department continues to investigate this unfortunate matter," Gonzalez-Diego said. "It is evident the employee used great restraint in her attempts to de-escalate the situation."

The teacher will not be disciplined.
 

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A Florida teacher was arrested and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, for carrying an unruly 14-year-old boy out of his classroom.

Jeffrey Paffumi, 47, said the boy disrupted the classroom by playing music on his laptop computer. When Paffumi turned the music down, the student "slapped his hand away and turned the music back on," according to a police report.

Paffumi said the boy called him a "cracker".

"Show me how tough you are. Wanna Call me a 'cracker,'" he told the boy.

Paffumi lifted the boy out of his chair and carried him to the classroom doorway, then pushed him out into the hallway. Paffumi told police he removed the student from the classroom because the boy was "being disobedient."

The incident occurred during first period at Buddy Middle School in Palm Coast, Florida on Tuesday.

Later that night, the student told his parents about the incident. An unidentified student sent them cell phone video of the incident.

Even though the boy's father said his son was wrong for slapping the teacher's hand, the parents filed a police report with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.

The teen said the teacher did not restrict his airway and the boy was not harmed in any way.

"As a teacher you have to control your temper even when students test you," said Sheriff Rick Staly. "This is an unfortunate incident involving a teacher and student... Corporal punishment like the old days is not allowed today."

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager said in a news release: "We immediately removed Mr. Paffumi from the classroom following the incident... I have stressed to my executive team the importance of handling this investigation with the utmost seriousness it deserves."

He added that an internal "investigation will encompass the incident in its entirety and not just what is captured on a camera."
 

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Girls in one Illinois public school district will now share restrooms and locker rooms with boys who identify as girls.

The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 voted unanimously to give male-to-female transgender students unrestricted access to girls locker rooms and restrooms.

Previously, cross-dressers and male-to-female transgenders had to use the nurse's office or private stalls to change clothes, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

The school board took up the issue after a MTF transgender student, known as "Student A," wanted to use the girls' locker room, but was denied access in 2015.

The federal Office of Civil Rights, under the Obama administration at the time, said denying access to women's restrooms was a violation of non-discrimination law and gave the district 30 days to comply or else jeopardize its Title IX funding.

The district caved and allowed that student to use a private changing stall in the girls' locker room, but that wasn't sufficient. MTF trans and cross-dressers want to observe biological females in female-only spaces.

Using a private restroom defeats that purpose. Which is why there is no push by the LGBT community for private restrooms for trans individuals.

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Teachers are being encouraged to use a "Gender Snowperson" graphic to teach students about gender identity in sex education classes.

The gender snowperson image was tweeted by Teacher2Teacher, a left leaning nonprofit organization that provides lesson plans and other resources to teachers.

Teacher2Teacher is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organization identified Johnny Cole, a "diversity officer" for the Lexington School District, as the source of the image.

The image shows a genderless snowman on a board accompanied by stickers that explains the gender identity ideology. One sticker says:

"Gender Identity
Girl, Boy, Neither
Who you are and how you feel as a person."

Another sticker reads:

"Sexual orientation
Who you love or are attracted to".

A third sticker says:

Sex Assigned at Birth
Girl, Boy, Intersex
Pronoun assigned at birth".

Twitter users were confused and baffled by the agenda behind the lesson.

"What is the target age for this lesson?" asked one Twitter user.

"This is just awful. This is not something prepubescent children should have to deal with," wrote another user.

A third user tweeted: "Why is the snowman white?".