"A fifth grader named Mark reported that he had been sent home with a disciplinary report for visiting 9/11 Truth websites such as InfoWars.com. The student was sent to the Principal's office to face disciplinary measures. Steiner Ranch Elementary Assistant Principal Amy Moore was reportedly surprised that the school's filters hadn't blocked this."
This is totally unacceptable. I hope the dad presses forward with this, and makes sure these educators understand what learning is about. Researching whitehouse.gov/kids is one thing, but it only gives one propaganda view of the world. If Mark was not following the instruction lesson, then he should have been written up for not following instructions. He was actually told that these websites were inappropriate.
School website: http://steiner.leanderisd.org/
LEANDER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Steiner Ranch Elementary
4001 Quinlan Park Rd.
Austin, TX 78732
Fax (512) 434-7105
This 5th grader Mark is more informed than most adults in this country. His curiosity should be exploited not muted.
Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones/ Jones Report November 8, 2006
A fifth grader named 'Mark' reported to Alex Jones' Infowars TV show by phone that he had been sent home with a disciplinary report for visiting 9/11 Truth websites such as Infowars.com.
The 10 year-old Steiner Ranch Elementary student-- in Leander I.S.D. near Austin, Texas-- says that he was browsing such sites during his Computer Lab class period when a fellow student informed on him-- as though he were doing something wrong.
"He just ran up to my teacher in front of the whole class, saying 'he's searching terrorist stuff about 9/11'.
His teacher was "all shocked" and said, according to the student, "Mark, you shouldn't have been looking at conspiracy theory websites."
Alex Jones has confirmed the student's story
Mark said, "I was just searching the government websites which tell the truth-- which they think is a conspiracy-- and I get in trouble for it."
The student was sent to the Principal's office to face disciplinary measures. Steiner Ranch Elementary Assistant Principal Amy Moore was reportedly surprised that the school's IP filters hadn't blocked the sites.
"They should have," the Principal said to Mark while at the office.
He says that his principal checked the web history in his school web account, and was 'surprised.'
"I was going to websites that tell the truth about 9/11. She thought it was all a conspiracy; I confronted her," Mark said. "'No, it's all the truth,' you know. Bush-- and its not just him, a lot of other people-- and they're just trying to cover it up."
The assistant principal then told the 10 year-old, "Don't talk back to me" before sending him to sit in the hall and later back to class.
"He came home, and I couldn't really be mad at him," his father, who also spoke to Jones during the television program, admitted. "I just told him he should stay on task."
According to the Steiner Ranch Elementary Student & Parent Handbook, students are restricted from accessing websites considered to be abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's reputation, or illegal. It is also against the rules to 'attempt to circumvent content filtered according to the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA).'
However, the school regulations call for no attempt to stifle political content, news media or public information on government activities-- which would violate American rights to free speech.
So, by that yardstick, this student did absolutely nothing wrong, yet was subjected to scolding and accused before his peers.
This is part of a chilling pattern, not only in regards to free speech, but in the inherit allowance to pursue alternative views and research information.
Has society exposed its guilty, underlying psyche at even the lowest levels when a principal cannot tolerate dicussion of 9/11 Truth?
Our schools have built up walls that make prisons-- mindset of tyrranny has fallen down into a hypertense scene of paranoid suspicion. Its handbooks go on for paragraphs and pages, laying out definitions of criminal activities-- including specific weapons, instances of 'murder', 'gangs', 'sexual harrassment', 'hit lists', 'Title 5 Felony Offenses' and even 'terroristic threats.'
A 'Terroristic Threat' is defined in the Leadner I.S.D. Elementary Handbook as:
Threats to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to: (1) cause a reaction by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, place of employment or occupation, aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance, or other public place; (4) cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service; (5) place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or (6) influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state (including the District).
This school, and far too many others-- HAVE descended into a point where children ARE the criminals. A War -- like any war on drugs, terror, poverty, the mind-- has been twisted to be waged against those it presupposes to protect.
Mark's father mentioned this school has also approached him, recommending a psych test for behavior such as "running" and "making farting noises." Meanwhile, schools like Lee Middle School in Wyoming, Michigan conduct drills where police officers pointing guns at children's heads-- all without informing the students or school beforehand. "Some parents," the AP reported, "were upset."
"Some kids were so scared," said Marge Bradshw, the mother of one of the students, "they wet their pants."
There are even cases such as Jerseyville, Illinois where a teenager "carrying a bible" is shot twice-- and fatally-- by a police stun gun. This incident did not happen on campus, but still shows how the community regards its youth.
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