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TX Public School Leader: Books on the Holocaust Should Be Balanced with ‘Opposing’ Views

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It’s another day ending in “Y,” so there’s more upside-down, crazy stuff from the left.

As in — let’s all be Holocaust deniers.

That’s what Gina Peddy last week told Texas teachers in a school district near Fort Worth.

Peddy, an executive director of curriculum for Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, was training teachers on how to stock their classroom libraries in light of new legislation requiring schools to present varied viewpoints on controversial subjects, according to the Southlake podcast of NBC News Digital.

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The details are contained in Texas Senate Bill 3, set to go into effect in December, and in House Bill 3979, which went into effect last month. The laws require the teaching of essentially traditional civics in Texas schools. They allow teachers to opt out of addressing controversial subjects, but if they choose controversy, they must present a balanced viewpoint.

That’s where Peddy decided that, somehow, the Holocaust is controversial. Peddy, in effect, said there’s more than one viewpoint to genocide.

“Just try to remember the concepts of [House Bill] 3979,” Peddy said, as she was secretly recorded, with the recording given to NBC. “And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust that you have one that has an opposing … that has other perspectives.”

Right.

Does Peddy really believe there’s more than one viewpoint on whether or not the Holocaust was justified? Or was she just using a juvenile way to object to the new Texas legislation, which tempers indoctrination in topics like critical race theory? Education professionals are supposed to teach the children, not act like them.

Actually, there’s a backstory to Peddy’s nonsense. At the macro level, it’s about what’s going on nationwide in public schools — parents are realizing the indoctrination that is taking place and are objecting.

And the priests and priestesses of Big Education are responding by telling parents to butt out.

At a local level, in Southlake and elsewhere, some parents have been concerned about the school district’s elevation of diversity and inclusion teaching.

Texas law prohibits teaching that could make individuals feel “guilt or anguish,” regarding their race, according to NBC.

There has been concern about the teaching of CRT, and some Southlake teachers are incensed that the school board voted to reprimand a fourth-grade teacher who had in her classroom a book on “anti-racism.”

(For those having trouble keeping up, you can consider the term anti-racism to be as against racist attitudes as Antifa is against fascism).

Not surprisingly, Peddy’s Holocaust comment has brought reaction.

Karen Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the district is trying to aid teachers in compliance with the new legislation, not only in teaching but in books they provide students, according to NBC.

“Our district recognizes that all Texas teachers are in a precarious position with the latest legal requirements,” she said. “Our purpose is to support our teachers in ensuring they have all of the professional development, resources and materials needed. Our district has not and will not mandate books be removed nor will we mandate that classroom libraries be unavailable.”

Union spokesman Clay Robinson of the Texas State Teachers Association said the new legislation doesn’t cover classroom libraries. And he criticized what Peddy had said.

“We find it reprehensible for an educator to require a Holocaust denier to get equal treatment with the facts of history,” Robison told NBC. “That’s absurd. It’s worse than absurd. And this law does not require it.”

Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes, who wrote Senate Bill 3, concurred. Schools don’t have to present both sides of “good and evil,” and there’s no requirement to ban books with only one perspective of the Holocaust.

“That’s not what the bill says,” according to Hughes.

Following publicity surrounding Peddy’s teacher training, Carroll school superintendent Lane Ledbetter posted on Facebook: “We recognize there are not two sides of the Holocaust,” and said the district would work to clarify expectations for teachers.

Some teachers have expressed concern over what they have in their classroom libraries. One anonymous interview conducted with two teachers by NBC addressed the statement that the district is not pressuring teachers to purge their bookshelves. “That’s a lie,” one responded. “It is a flat-out lie … How could you even make that statement?”

Asked by NBC what was at stake, the anonymous teacher said: “In books, children see what the world can be. And to have that taken away because we’re afraid of a few parents getting upset about a word or two or an idea that they have imagined is in a book is unthinkable.”

And true to form for ongoing militancy among those in the education establishment, one teacher’s classroom library has been covered with yellow caution tape, similar to what is seen at police or construction sites.

Ever think that maybe what we call public schools are really private schools, as in what Big Education thinks is its own private domain?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Philadelphia Train Passengers Who Stood by and Watched Alleged Rape Will Not Be Charged

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A group of passengers stood by and watched while a man allegedly raped a helpless woman on a Philadelphia train, with some even holding up their phones toward the apparent assault.

Not a single person intervened.

Now, the passengers who stood gawking during the alleged attack have learned their probable fate.

“It’s still an open investigation, but there is no expectation at this time that we will charge passengers,” Delaware County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Margie McAboy said, according to The Associated Press.

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As a half-hearted explanation for this statement, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said prosecutors want witnesses to step forward themselves, rather than fearing charges against them. “Pennsylvania law does not allow for the prosecution of a passenger who may have witnessed a crime,” Stollsteimer added.

Police reports from the initial attack paint a gruesome picture.

The alleged assault happened in October of last year. Investigators say security cameras caught part of the encounter, and that the suspect ripped off the victim’s pants before raping her for six to eight minutes.

Surveillance video also shows bystanders seemingly doing nothing during the incident.

Philadelphia 911 never received a call about the attack.

Despite taking place on a train with passengers aboard, it took an observant Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority employee to finally alert police to something amiss.

Upper Darby police jumped in immediately and arrested 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy.

Ngoy, reportedly an illegal immigrant from the Congo, has been charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault and other counts.

The severity of the crimes and the fact that a transportation worker instantly knew something was wrong when he saw the situation hints that passengers should have known they needed to act.

Instead, it seems an infectious bout of apathy swept the crowd.

Requests for the footage to be released have been denied, with authorities citing the ongoing investigation.

With officials remaining tight-lipped on how much these passengers saw and knew, it’s unlikely that we will get a clear answer on the district attorney’s decision anytime soon.

Is this justice? If anything, it seems this decision will only encourage the inaction of people towards heinous crime happening in their own communities.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A group of passengers stood by and watched while a man allegedly raped a helpless woman on a Philadelphia train, with some even holding up their phones toward the apparent assault. Not a single person intervened. Now, the passengers who stood gawking during the alleged attack have learned their probable fate. “It’s still an open investigation, but there is no expectation at this time that we will charge passengers,” Delaware County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Margie McAboy said, according to The Associated Press. As a half-hearted explanation for this statement, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said prosecutors want witnesses to step forward themselves, rather than fearing charges against them. “Pennsylvania law does not allow for the prosecution of a passenger who may have witnessed a crime,” Stollsteimer added. Police reports from the initial attack paint a gruesome picture. The alleged assault happened in October of last year. Investigators say security cameras caught part of the encounter, and that the suspect ripped off the victim’s pants before raping her for six to eight minutes. Surveillance video also shows bystanders seemingly doing nothing during the incident. Philadelphia 911 never received a call about the attack. Despite taking place on a train with passengers aboard, it took an observant Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority employee to finally alert police to something amiss. Upper Darby police jumped in immediately and arrested 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy. Ngoy, reportedly an illegal immigrant from the Congo, has been charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault and other counts. Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been charged with subjecting a woman to a 9 minute rape on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train. Not one person came to her aid but got out their smartphones to film it. https://t.co/Sn6lxaKb6O pic.twitter.com/4chyDfBv3p — David Atherton (@DaveAtherton20) October 24, 2021 The severity of the crimes and the…

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Olympic Athlete Reveals Chilling Side Effect of COVID Booster Shot

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Professional athletes fine-tune their bodies in an effort to be the best in the world — but what happens when something goes wrong with a medical procedure?

That’s the unfortunate position Swiss sprinter and Olympian Sarah Atcho found herself in after having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

The 26-year-old who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games took to social media on Monday to share her experience with the world, giving a matter-of-fact account of a possibly life-changing event.

“Obviously as you know, I’m trying to be as transparent as I can and now is more important than ever,” she began her lengthy post.

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“On December 22 I got my booster vaccination because I didn’t want to struggle with this when the season started. I was told that it was safer to get Pfizer (even though I had Moderna the first time) to avoid cardiac side effects,” she wrote.

A recent study found that Moderna’s vaccine is four times more likely to cause heart inflammation than Pfizer’s. Sweden and Finland have both halted its use.

“On December 27 I felt a tightness in the chest and started feeling dizzy while walking up the stairs,” the young athlete continued.

“This happened a few more times until I decided to check with a cardiologist who diagnosed me with pericarditis (inflammation of the thin membrane surrounding the heart).”

Atcho went on to say she would have to take time off from activities that increased her heart rate.

“I have to admit that I am upset at the situation because we don’t talk enough about the side effects. I feel helpless since this is completely out of my control,” Atcho disclosed.

“I am glad the vaccine helped avoid many deaths and reduce the pressure on the hospitals and hospital staff however I am frustrated that myself as well as other young and healthy people are suffering from these heavy side effects,” she added.

There have been other anecdotal accounts of young athletes experiencing serious side effects such as myocarditis and pericarditis after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, but officials still insist this occurrence is rare.

Of course, it’s hard to tell, since even talking about vaccine side effects or expressing skepticism about the jab is enough to get a person de-platformed.

Dr. Robert Malone, who was instrumental in inventing the mRNA technology used in the COVID-19 vaccines, was thrown off Twitter for expressing his concerns that the vaccines may be doing more harm than good.

Regardless of whether Malone is correct or not, any treatment or procedure should be able to withstand the scrutiny that comes with speaking about its potential side effects.

Perhaps Atcho is a one-in-a-million case — who knows? But the fact that vaccine injury is a subject too taboo to discuss in public raises major red flags.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Professional athletes fine-tune their bodies in an effort to be the best in the world — but what happens when something goes wrong with a medical procedure? That’s the unfortunate position Swiss sprinter and Olympian Sarah Atcho found herself in after having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 booster vaccine. The 26-year-old who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games took to social media on Monday to share her experience with the world, giving a matter-of-fact account of a possibly life-changing event. “Obviously as you know, I’m trying to be as transparent as I can and now is more important than ever,” she began her lengthy post. “On December 22 I got my booster vaccination because I didn’t want to struggle with this when the season started. I was told that it was safer to get Pfizer (even though I had Moderna the first time) to avoid cardiac side effects,” she wrote. A recent study found that Moderna’s vaccine is four times more likely to cause heart inflammation than Pfizer’s. Sweden and Finland have both halted its use. “On December 27 I felt a tightness in the chest and started feeling dizzy while walking up the stairs,” the young athlete continued. “This happened a few more times until I decided to check with a cardiologist who diagnosed me with pericarditis (inflammation of the thin membrane surrounding the heart).” Atcho went on to say she would have to take time off from activities that increased her heart rate. “I have to admit that I am upset at the situation because we don’t talk enough about the side effects. I feel helpless since this is completely out of my control,” Atcho disclosed. “I am glad the vaccine helped avoid many deaths and reduce the pressure on the hospitals and hospital staff however I…

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