In Revere, Massachusetts, a fascist clampdown on speech helped bench a high school cheerleader.
What was the only offense the education authorities acknowledged publicly?
According to media accounts, Caley Godino, captain of her high school cheerleading team, responded to “to a tweet from her teacher about the low voter turnout for November’s mayoral race.”
“When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal,” Godino said in the tweet.”
Godino has been benched, so to speak, and won’t be able to cheer for the remainder of the season.
The fascist aspect of Godino’s punishment is clear in a statement made by Revere superintendent Dianne Kelly, a longtime fixture in education. Kelly’s remarks comprise a direct assault on freedom, specifically, the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Fox 25 (Boston) reported:
“But after other students complained, the school stepped in. Revere Superintendent Dianne Kelly says the district believes in freedom of speech, but cannot support what she calls insensitive language.
“If you’re going to stand up and say something that other people will find offensive- than you need to be prepare to deal with the ramifications of that,” Kelly said.
Kelly’s statement is so offensive she should be banned from education forever. “Insensitive language” is not singled out as an exception to limits on government’s power over speech. Her “ramifications” should be a pink slip.
“Something that other people will find offensive”?
How, exactly does one cover all the myriad manifestations of what might offend another person in our currently victim-obsessed culture?
This student’s rights have not only been trampled by this superintendent, they have been obliterated.
How did her peers respond in media?
At Seventeen—no, I can’t believe I’m citing it, but it is what it is—there’s an op-ed on Godino’s statement. The obviously clueless writer said this:
It is almost impossible to refrain from screaming when you read something like this. Idiocy abounds.
Seventeen also said about 27 percent of Revere’s population “was born outside the United States.” No figures were given on the bloc of that 27 percent who broke federal law.
According to the Dept. of Homeland Security, more than 2,000 youth who were mostly young adults—“unaccompanied minors”—were released to “sponsors” in Massachusetts in the last two years. How does this impact Godino’s school district? How many of them broke federal law to enter the US?
Such policies resulted in a direct loss of resources for students who are citizens or legal immigrants.
The previous superintendent, in July, 2014, explained it:
“We’re seeing older teens and 19 year olds that want to go to school and they have no English language skills at all and several don’t even have literacy in their own language, which creates even more difficulties.”
A surge of young adult immigrants with limited skills have flooded the Revere schools and surrounding community school districts, challenging the schools’ missions and causing them to divert resources from the traditional student population.”
That statement opens the door for a class action lawsuit. If students in the country legally are deprived of resources—a de facto economic loss—by the government’s actions, that constitutes a wrong.
Godino’s tweet may have rubbed some the wrong way, and the superintendent did claim the tweet wasn’t the only reason for the student’s punishment. Regardless, Kelly’s response better fits the regime of communist China than the Republic of the US.
Godino seems to be supportive of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Considering the political bent of most non-teacher bureaucrats proliferating in education, we can probably assume Ms. Kelly is no fan of Mr. Trump.
The overriding issue isn’t even Godino’s tweet—it is the remarkably fascist statement a school superintendent made to media, reflecting complete ignorance on limits on government power over speech.
Ms. Kelly belongs nowhere near bright young minds. If she worked in my school district, I would be leading a petition to have her benched from education for life. Anyone that intolerant and ignorant regarding the First Amendment, a linchpin in liberty in the US, is not fit to serve in education.
The current war on speech represents a threat to the Republic.
See more articles about ongoing attacks on the First Amendment at Day on the Day.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 24, 2015)
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