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RHS administration is endorsing (enforcing?) a “17 minutes hate” ?

RHS administration is endorsing (enforcing?) a “17 minutes hate” (see Orwell’s 1984) dressed up as a KumBaYa moment.
Who’s to say that, after the predetermined 17 minutes of blatant virtue signaling on the “front lawn”, they’ll obediently return to class, Gorman old boy? Stripped of responsible supervision (“We are aware…”), perhaps they will choose to adjourn to YOUR office and refuse to leave until YOU agree to resign. Will you oblige?
No student has the right to “walk out” of class without disciplinary repercussions. You are complicit in this misbehavior as a principal who thinks he is entitled to suspend the rules as long as the “cause” is sufficiently politically correct. We will remember this outrageous surrender of adult authority
Hey, hell, why not bring an enormous rainbow flag out to the “front lawn” protest? Just say it was meant to “display solidarity” with the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings.
What’s next week’s school-endorsed walk-out “cause”, Principal Gorman? A demand for a parking garage for student parking? Where does this end?
March 12, 2018
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Students, Faculty, and Staff:
We are aware that many RHS students will be participating in the student-led national walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. On March 14 at 10:00 A.M., students will assemble on the front lawn of the high school to participate in speeches, songs, and a moment of silence. After 17 minutes, they will return to the building to resume class. The event is organized by Students Demand Action, a newly formed club at RHS. The students will pay tribute to the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and express their desire for safer schools.
Simultaneously, another newly formed student-led group will assemble in the Campus Center to advocate for safer schools and Second Amendment rights.
If a student does not wish to participate in these assemblies, he or she may remain in class with the teacher or, if on a free period, in the building with designated faculty members.
Students involved in the walkout will not be penalized for their actions provided they follow RHS school rules, act in a respectful and dignified manner, and return to class after the event is held. We ask parents to speak with their children about the walkout and the issues pertaining to school shootings.
We are working with the Ridgewood Police and Fire Departments to ensure everyone’s safety and have security measures in place for this day. With that in mind, we want this event to solely be one by and for the students. We ask for all outside groups and parents to respect their wishes and not visit RHS during this time.
Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D.

15 thoughts on “RHS administration is endorsing (enforcing?) a “17 minutes hate” ?

  1. 17 minutes of freedom of speech.

  2. Try those 17 minutes at your job. See how that works out.

  3. Liberal Progressive Bullshit forced upon our children…

  4. 3:51 how on earth is this being forced upon them? If they don’t want to protest, they don’t have to. Or if they wish, they may attend a counter-protest.

  5. You people are absolutely shameless. This is walkout to highlight the problem of gun violence in this country. Go back to complaining about the garage, the village council and the tree at Graydon.

  6. Participating in a gesture of solidarity with students across the nation who believe can be a safer nation with less access to assault weapons and worry about their personal safety is not only an appropriate use of school time but it is where they spend their time. Thank you Dr, Fishbein for allowing our students the choice to,participate or not. This is truly a teachable moment that will be remembered long after any shortened class will be.

  7. You, sir, are a dunce. Your reasoning is shoddy, except where it is nonexistent. Students are forced to do nothing. Gorman, by responsibly permitting a period in which they are allowed to make their concerns known, is demonstrating leadership, not advocating it. I am pleased that you are not in charge of this situation, though I suspect that you would never be, because your shortsightedness, choler, childish anger, and blogger muscles would take you out of the running right away.

  8. I believe the BOE must keep a neutral position. If it affords a platform to one side, then the same message and support has to be given to the opposing side. Newark might want to hear about this.

  9. If they want to be thought well of by the overwhelming number of teachers and administrators who are die-hard radical progressive liberals, they will grit their teeth and attend the seventeen minutes hate.

  10. Hooray 5:34 and 6:45! Well said! Thank you.

  11. I believe there will be a pro choice event simultaneously in the Campus Center for those who believe there is a place for guns for student and citizen safety

  12. “…responsibly permitting a period in which they are allowed…”, 6:45pm? Perhaps it is you who is the dunce. Since when did Gorman have a real choice in the matter? This event is called a “walkout.” It is not an “assembly”. Get real. Gorman himself referred to this situation as a “powderkeg”. Why would he use that kind of language unless he was under duress when he consented to the current arrangement? Who would know better than he what this event is all about? You?

  13. Would the second amendment club have advocated for a walkout? Clearly no. In the eyes of sixties throwback radicals, this only means that they are weak and pitifully unschooled in Saul Alinsky/Cloward-Piven tactics.

  14. I have more of a problem with school administrators threatening to suspend students who do participate in a walkout than for administrators supporting the students.

  15. Think its great that young people on all sides are speaking their minds. Both of the conservative and liberal lobes of my brain are enthused by the excercise of free speech. What else are we fighting wars, paying taxes and leading the world for? And what better place to learn the value of free speech than a time period set aside by the school that allows students to speak their mind on one point or the other or simply sit at their desk and study for their next class.

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