Julianne had a question for her high school history class:
“Are all protests equal?”
If students can decide to walk out of school for 17 minutes in support of gun control, can they do the same to protest abortion?
Julianne wanted her students to think about the double standard.
Her message resonated with student Nick Wade. He said, “I feel like if we were to go to school and say something like I want to walk out maybe for abortion rights, then you know they probably wouldn’t let us because that’s more of a conservative push. But someone wants to say let’s walk out for gun control then the school’s going to go with it because it’s more of a popular view.”
She was proud that her students were thoughtful and receptive to the questioning. The school administration — not so much.
After class, Julianne received a call that she had been placed on leave.
Officials claimed that they had received several complaints from parents and students involving the teacher’s communications regarding the conversation about the walkout.
For Julianne, the Second Amendment conversation has turned into a plea for the First Amendment.
She is steadfast in her belief that, “If you’re going to allow students to walk up and get out of class without penalty then you have to allow any group of students that wants to protest.”
There are great teachers out there, and Julianne is one of them.
She is the reason kids should stay in school during school hours — they would probably learn a thing or two.
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