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Mayor Demands School Board Members Resign Or Be Charged After Outrage Over Text Book

The Mayor called the book titled: 642 Things To Write About, which was given to students “child pornography.”

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The Mayor called the book titled: 642 Things To Write About, which was given to students “child pornography.”

It wasn’t a normal Board of Education meeting on Monday night in Hudson, Ohio. The entire School Board is on the hot seat after parents were horrified at the material given to students in a writing class.

Parents were outraged over a book of writing prompts given to high school students taking a college credit course called “Writing in the Liberal Arts II.”

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The book provided to students called: 642 Things To Write About” contained writing prompts that encouraged students to write about sex, drinking, and murder.

Many of the prompts in the book were benign, such as describing the worst Thanksgiving dish you’ve ever had, but according to Cleveland.com, one of the parents of a student that received the material read out several of the prompts that are clearly not meant for high school students.

Some of the prompts from the book were:

  • Choose how you will die.
  • Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’
  • Describe your favorite part of a man’s body using only verbs.
  • You have a dream that you’ve murdered someone. Who is it, how and why did the murder happen, and what happens afterward?
  • You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why?
  • The kill fee.
  • Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.
  • Rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read.
  • You have just been caught in bed by a jealous spouse. How will you talk your way out of this?
  • Write a sermon for a beloved preacher who has been caught in a sex scandal.
  • Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.
  • Ten euphemisms for sex.
  • You are a brand-new suicide-hotline counselor. Describe how you feel during the course of your first call.
  • Write a letter from the point of view of a drug addict.
  • Drink a beer. Write about the taste.
  • Write an X-rated Disney scenario.
  • A roomful of people who want to sleep together.
  • The first time you had sex.

Parents at the meeting said that these prompts are inappropriate for high school students. One parent said that he was “appalled” at the content and demanded cameras in the classrooms to allow parents to monitor what is being taught to their children. One parent called the prompts tantamount to “grooming.”

Mayor Craig Shubert spoke up at the meeting and gave the 5-member School Board an ultimatum — resign or be charged.

He said, “It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom. I’ve spoken to a judge this evening, and she’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education, or you will be charged.”

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

In a prepared statement, Superintendent Phil Herman said the “inappropriate and offensive writing prompts” were part of a supplemental resource used in the high school senior-level College Credit Plus writing sections.

“The district immediately determined this writing resource should not be in the hands of our students, and on Monday, collected the books from the students enrolled in the course,” Herman said. “It is important to note that at no time were any of these inappropriate writing prompts assigned as part of the class.”

Brian Wilch, a high school Principal, said that the course is offered in association with Hiram College for college-level credit, but it is taught in the high school. Wilch said that the material wasn’t properly vetted for high school students.

“We did not exercise due diligence when we reviewed this resource, and as a result, we overlooked several writing prompts among the 642 that are not appropriate for our high school audience,” said Wilch. “…We feel terrible. At no time were any of these inappropriate prompts selected or discussed, but still, they were there, and they were viewable, and you can’t unsee them.”

As for Mayor Shubert’s ultimatum… it may not be successful.

It’s not clear whether the board can be held criminally liable for material that was being used in a class.

“We’ve never heard of criminal charges [filed against a school board] for curriculum,” said Ralph Lusher, staff attorney with the Ohio School Boards Association.

Having not seen the book that was used in the writing class at Hudson High School, Lusher said he wouldn’t want to judge whether the material “would cross a line or not.”

While emphasizing he is not familiar with the Hudson Board of Education’s process to approve curriculum, Lusher said school boards typically have a process where curriculum is reviewed by committees before it comes before the board for its approval. He said he believes it’s “unlikely that something would get to them that is of such moral turpitude that it would bring criminal charges.”
In Ohio, the issue of parental notification is being addressed. State House Bill 110, which takes effect on September 30, requires school districts to have parents sign permission slips for College Credit Plus classes. In addition, the Ohio departments of Education and Higher Education are working together to create a permission slip to notify parents about “mature subject material” that could be included in College Credit Plus courses. This isn’t currently a requirement in the state.

As we have seen recently, parents are taking back control of their children’s education from the monolithic teachers’ unions and demanding accountability for the curriculum.

If there’s one positive that can be attributed to the pandemic school closures, it’s that the “virtual learning” allowed parents to see what exactly was being taught to their kids. Public school enrollment dropped during the pandemic, and homeschooling has increased dramatically despite remaining a steady 3.3% of students since 2012.

Parents are also looking for alternatives in the form of charter schools and private schools.

And there is a huge push to fund “students instead of systems” and have your tax dollars follow your child rather than get dumped into the failing public school system. One of the biggest advocates of this is scholar Corey D’Angelis, the researcher at American Federation for Children. You can hear Corey talk about funding “students instead of systems” here.

Parents deserve choice, not a one-size-fits-all education system that includes B.S. material that doesn’t actually educate students.

I’m old enough to remember when a certain Orange Man said that school choice was the civil rights issue of our time.

That was right then, as it is now.

Democrats don’t want school choice because it would induce great anger from their big backers, teachers’ unions. They’d rather just have public schools continue to fail students rather than see competition for education dollars.

Parents need to continue to pressure school boards to actually educate students and call them out when they get things wrong, just as they’re doing in Hudson, Ohio, right now.

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American Missionaries, Including Children, Kidnapped in Haiti

The FBI has now gotten involved as well.

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There is once again trouble in the unsettled streets of Haiti, and this time there are American lives at stake.

As the tiny island nation continues to suffer from unrest and an unhealthy escalation of gang-related violence, a number of American missionaries from Ohio have been kidnapped.

A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident.

The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

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“This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute message said. “Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.”

The message says the mission’s field director is working with the U.S. Embassy, and that the field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the FBI had gotten involved, and other entities within the federal government were doing all they could to help.

The State Department said Sunday its officials have been in “regular contact” with Haitian authorities “and will continue to work with them and interagency partners” to recover the group, a spokesperson told ABC News. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is leading coordination with local authorities and providing assistance to the families, Psaki added.

The Haitian government suspects the gang known as 400 Mawozo to be responsible for the abductions, according to a source at the Haitian presidential office.

Haiti’s gang violence has now cemented the nation as the kidnapping capital of the world, with over 600 such crimes having occurred there in 2021 alone.

 

There is once again trouble in the unsettled streets of Haiti, and this time there are American lives at stake. As the tiny island nation continues to suffer from unrest and an unhealthy escalation of gang-related violence, a number of American missionaries from Ohio have been kidnapped. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. “This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute message said. “Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.” The message says the mission’s field director is working with the U.S. Embassy, and that the field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the FBI had gotten involved, and other entities within the federal government were doing all they could to help. The State Department said Sunday its officials have been in “regular contact” with Haitian authorities “and will continue to work with them and interagency partners” to recover the group, a spokesperson told ABC News. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is leading coordination with local authorities and providing assistance to the families, Psaki added. The Haitian government suspects the gang known as 400 Mawozo to be responsible for the abductions, according to a source at the Haitian presidential office. Haiti’s gang violence has now cemented the nation as the kidnapping capital of the world, with over 600 such crimes having occurred there in 2021 alone.  

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Southwest Airlines Hit by Major Employee Protest Over Vaccine Mandate

And just one week after a mysterious mass cancelation of flights.

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Just a week ago, Southwest Airlines was in the midst of a massive and troublesome cancelation of flights, with some estimates suggesting that nearly one third of the company’s entire fleet was grounded.

Southwest was quick in trying to get out ahead of the controversy, blaming weather and air traffic control issues for the massive trouble, but astute researchers were quick to point out that ATC hadn’t suggested anything of the sort on their end, and that the percentage of all canceled flights that belonged to Southwest was indicative of a problem within the airline itself.

Many began to suggest that the airline was suffering from the fallout of their coming vaccine mandate, and new evidence this week seems to refute the company’s claim to the contrary.

Current and former Southwest Airlines workers gathered to protest recent COVID-19 vaccination mandates on Monday, Oct. 18.

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They gathered to celebrate “medical freedom” at the airline’s headquarters in Dallas.

Chopper 11 flew over the group of hundreds of people holding signs that said, “Terminate the mandate,” “freedom not force” and “no jabs for jobs,”

Southwest set its deadline the first week of October under a federal vaccination mandate for employees of companies holding contracts with the U.S. government. But workers can seek medical or religious exemptions. Workers have until late November to comply with the vaccine mandate.

Employers who have embraced vaccine mandates have suffered greatly in recent weeks, as Americans continue to exercise their right to bodily sovereignty in the face of growing pressure to receive the jab.

Just a week ago, Southwest Airlines was in the midst of a massive and troublesome cancelation of flights, with some estimates suggesting that nearly one third of the company’s entire fleet was grounded. Southwest was quick in trying to get out ahead of the controversy, blaming weather and air traffic control issues for the massive trouble, but astute researchers were quick to point out that ATC hadn’t suggested anything of the sort on their end, and that the percentage of all canceled flights that belonged to Southwest was indicative of a problem within the airline itself. Many began to suggest that the airline was suffering from the fallout of their coming vaccine mandate, and new evidence this week seems to refute the company’s claim to the contrary. Current and former Southwest Airlines workers gathered to protest recent COVID-19 vaccination mandates on Monday, Oct. 18. They gathered to celebrate “medical freedom” at the airline’s headquarters in Dallas. Chopper 11 flew over the group of hundreds of people holding signs that said, “Terminate the mandate,” “freedom not force” and “no jabs for jobs,” Southwest set its deadline the first week of October under a federal vaccination mandate for employees of companies holding contracts with the U.S. government. But workers can seek medical or religious exemptions. Workers have until late November to comply with the vaccine mandate. Employers who have embraced vaccine mandates have suffered greatly in recent weeks, as Americans continue to exercise their right to bodily sovereignty in the face of growing pressure to receive the jab.

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