A Kentucky police officer has a daughter that’s in high school, and she recently brought something to his attention that’s a major issue. Apparently, there’s some extremely distasteful “art” in her classroom, and the officer is quite upset after seeing what it compares policemen to.
Dave Hamblin is a police officer in Louisville, and his daughter attends the North Oldham High School in town, according to WDRB. Apparently the girl went to school recently, and on the wall of one of her classrooms was a rather disturbing image masquerading as “art.”
The picture in question came from an art project for the students, and it depicts a member of the KKK pointing a gun at a black person back in 1930, and likens it to a modern-day officer pointing a gun at a black boy. Also seen in the image is a Confederate flag paralleled against an American flag.
Now do you see why Hamblin is upset? I would be too, if I were any parent in the school. Hamblin is demanding the “hatred-filled propaganda” be removed from the wall, but of course, the school is refusing.
“When discussing social injustice, people will likely be offended by some topic,” district spokeswoman Tracy Green said. “The drawing is a student’s artistic representation based on the lens through which the student viewed that issue and the student has a First Amendment right to share that opinion.”
However, Hamblin strongly disagrees.
“When I saw it, I could see immediately why [my daughter] didn’t feel comfortable with it, because I didn’t feel comfortable with it,” Hamblin told the news station. “It’s comparing a race-based ideology, or the KKK, to that of professional workers who serve their country day-in and day-out.
“There’s propaganda and there’s the First Amendment. They’re two different things, especially in a government-run classroom.”
In a Facebook post on Feb. 23, he expressed the numerous issues he has with the picture.
I sent out a request to take it down and it seems that the school and school administrators believe this to be an appropriate form of discourse and educationally noteworthy. The teacher stated, “it’s a really good example and shows how racial violence has evolved”. My daughter was subjected to this yet again, and my requests to the school to abstain from this obvious hostile learning environment were met with deaf ears.
I now ask that each of you who care, share this with every first responder you know. I cannot sit back and allow the teacher’s supposed right to free speech when the courts have found that the right to freedom of speech is not absolute if it compromises a student’s right to learn in a hostile-free environment. For example, the courts have held that professor’s use of vulgar language is “not germane to the subject matter.” The courts have held that instructors must avoid indoctrinating or proselytizing.
Despite Hamblin’s strong appeal, Green says the picture isn’t going anywhere unless the teacher decides to take it down.
“We believe that our role as educators is to prepare our kids for the world beyond the classroom and sometimes things are gonna be controversial,” Green said. “So at this point, they’re continuing on with that assignment. It’s up to the teacher if she feels like it’s causing a distraction and wants to take it down she can, but we’re certainly not going to ask her to.”
She also admitted that Hamblin wasn’t the first to contact the school with such complaints, but that she believes the disagreement over the image is healthy for the students.
“As educators, we play an important role in preparing our students for the world that exists outside our own buildings,” Green said. “These topics can be divisive and upsetting to people on all sides of these issues but part of our role is to give students an opportunity to discuss those.”
For years, conservatives like us warned that our nation’s “education” system amounted to nothing more than an elaborate indoctrination scheme, and we were labeled conspiracy theorists as a result. However, what are people going to say now? Hamblin is right, this amounts to nothing more than anti-police propaganda, and it’s a horrible indictment of what children are being indoctrinated with in school these days.
Imagine for a second if one of the students drew an image containing the Confederate flag, but did so with the theme of Southern Pride as opposed to it being anti-cop. Do you think the school would be so “tolerant” then?
Not likely, which is evidence that they’re not interested in discourse over such issues, they’re instead interested in forcing children to believe a certain way. In other words, they’re indoctrinating students, and using propaganda like what’s seen above to do it.