Student Paddled for Writing Trump on Blackboard in School That Banned Election Talk
Liberals warned authoritarianism would rise up if Donald Trump was elected president and it looks like they were right.
A fourteen-year-old Childersburg, Alabama student was paddled last week by an assistant principal for writing ‘Trump’ on a classroom blackboard in violation of a school dictate barring students from speaking about the election that resulted in Trump winning the presidency.
The father of an eighth-grade Childersburg boy said his son was paddled at school for writing “Trump” on the blackboard, and he’s livid.
“I don’t think you ought to be punished for writing the president’s name,” Troy Stephenson told Al.com. “Yeah, I’m pretty mad.”
The incident happened Thursday at Childersburg Middle School. This is what was written on the Talladega County Schools Discipline Referral Form sent home with the student: “Students were told on yesterday because of the sensitivity of the matter, not to discuss the election unless it was in history class. They were told any discussion would result in an office referral. (The student) decided to write “Trump” on my board this morning, disregarding others that were in the classroom. This resulted in some upset students. I informed the student that the name (it could have been the other candidate) wasn’t the issue. But it was the nature of everything behind it.”
The disciplinary form reflected the following actions: conference with pupil, phone call to parents, and corporal punishment. Efforts to reach Childersburg Middle School officials for comment Friday and Monday were unsuccessful.
…By the time his wife arrived, the young teen had already been paddled by Assistant Principal Chad Bynum, Stephenson said. Alabama is one of just 15 states with a state law that explicitly allows for corporal punishment. Another 29 states specifically ban the practice.
…Stephenson said he spoke with a school official Monday morning who told him his son was paddled not because he wrote “Trump” on the board, but because he wrote anything on the board at all.
Stephenson has contacted a lawyer, and they are deciding what to do next. In the meantime, he said, he has instructed his son to avoid all political discussions at school.
“Basically what they’ve done is give them a gag order. That’s against the First Amendment, and I just don’t understand,” he said. “It just seems drastic to me.””
This story has not been reported by the national media which reports every unsubstantiated charge against Trump supporters. Imagine an America where students are not allowed to speak or write the name of the President-Elect of the United States. But you don’t have to imagine it, it’s here.