Parents in WIlliamston, Michigan, were furious over a letter sent home with students in which the teacher reportedly banned his students from watching the inaugural address of President Donald Trump.
Brett Meteyer of Explorer Elementary came under fire for his letter to parents of his fourth grade students explaining his refusal to let the kids watch the inaugural speech Friday. Meteyer admitted that he had allowed his students to watch the inaugural speeches of the last two presidents but claimed to be worried that Trump’s speech would be unsuitable for his class because of Trump’s past rhetoric regarding minorities, the disabled and women.
The letter, shown below, included statements like, “Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration of Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech.”
“Any child that’s curious about the inaugural address, I think should be allowed to watch it,” said Imlay City resident Henry Lussier. Several other parents complained that Meteyer was cheating his students.
“What kind of message does this send to kids?” radio host Steve Gruber asked watchdog.org. “‘This president is a bad guy and kids should not watch him’? This is a piece of history and the kids should be allowed to watch.”
Kyle Welch, a Detroit resident, said that he had not been interested in presidential speeches as a child but that he did not think today’s inauguration should be censored for school children. “You don’t have to agree with (Trump), but I think they have the right to see the speech,” Welch said.
See the letter below:
Meteyer attempted to couch his refusal to show the inauguration in conservative language, but we’re not buying it. Conservatives honor history and value free speech — even free speech with which they don’t agree. They also respect the ability of parents to make informed decisions for their own children and don’t need a nanny-state government agent (read: public school teacher) doing it for them.
That said, however, one commenter cited by Lifezette may have had the best response:
“No sweat. They can catch it as 8th graders.”
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