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#Walkout allows political activists to target students

Children have become targets for political activists.  |  Photo Courtesy of Angel Franco

 

It was once said, “If a tree falls in the forest, you’ll get three stories: yours, mine and the tree’s.”

On March 14 the national student protest #walkout led many students to protest outside their schools, remembering the tragic deaths of 17 students in Florida's school shooting last month.

The media presented two stories. In one story, students are held together, marching in solidarity to bring awareness to the violence of school shootings, the first fruits of a new voice echoing into the political theater. In the other story, students were unleashed into the community, vandalizing and being arrested by law enforcement.

Only recently has a third story surfaced—a darker story that has led a non-participating student to suspension and a questioning public school teacher to administrative probation. Overnight, radical political activists turned our public schools into the new political frontier, turning students into child soldiers.

#WalkOut organizers organized #WomansMarch

The #walkout was rumored to have been spearheaded by high school students who oppose gun violence in schools and are in mourning for those killed in the Parkland shooting. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, the same massive political activist conglomerate which brought January 2017’s #WomansMarch, brought about #WalkOut through its youth program, EMPOWER. This conglomerate touts leadership from Linda Sarsour, who has ties to the Nation of Islam and garnishes support from Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, MoveOn.org and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Each of these organizations has less to do with responding to gun violence than creating entrenched, nation-wide political activists.

The concern is not whether these organizations have a right to create activists, but if these organizations should be allowed to draft our youth. It is not a question about how agreeable, different, radical or devastating their political views may be. Rather, it is a question about if children should have to contend against ideologues in the halls of their most elementary education. Whether you support these organizations, the doors will swing both ways and the political floodwaters will drown youthful minds.

Future Child Soldiers

The concern for politicizing our education system is no longer a hypothetical, but now an active contest. Public schools were too swift to support a massive political activist conglomeration. Parents were too swift to write-off the national protest as untethered voices of a new generation. Politicians were too swift to open their arms and embrace our youth. History has already testified to the dangers of throwing children into the political grinding wheel. In the wake of the #walkout protests, nothing new has emerged except now in America children are again no longer safe from becoming targets for political activists.

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  1. Clementine

    this is the dumbest article ever written March 21, 2018

  2. Concerned Alumnus

    This article is genuinely disturbing and offensive. The chimes should remove this article and ban the writer from commenting on politics. This makes look Biola look terrible. March 24, 2018

  3. Al

    This is the most speculative, poorly researched, and uninformed college news article I have ever read.

    The difference between this movement and the movement of conservative groups is that conservative groups are formed by adults entirely, center on figurative children's rights as justification for denigrating other peoples' rights, and use their children as uninformed props. These youth activists discussed by the author are actual agents of social change who use resources made available by other organizations to speak their own messages.

    Stop promoting your conservative conspiracy theories as actual news. March 24, 2018

  4. Recent Alum

    Where is the editorial oversight in this? This entire article is a hack-job. I am so embarrassed and disappointed. It is one thing to do an investigative report that critiques a movement or organization, but it is another to just publish ridiculous, poorly researched social myths and propaganda and call it "news." No wonder news reporting is so bad in the US - look at how students are trained at places like BIOLA, my alma-mater. SHAME ON YOU CHIMES. March 24, 2018

  5. Ronaldo

    This is so embarasing. I cant believe how badly this is written and investigated. March 24, 2018

  6. BCummins

    Children are becoming political activist because they are th TARGETS of gun violence ya moron. Putting the car before the horse here. I hope you don’t have dreams of being journalist. March 25, 2018

  7. Stephen Albright

    So proud of the author of this article for standing up for the truth. Judging by the other comments here, it looks like you struck a nerve with a bunch of small-minded fascists. Shame on them, especially "Concerned Alumnus" who calls for you to be silenced. What a pathetic, sniveling coward. Keep telling the truth, Logan. You are brave. March 25, 2018

  8. Another concerned alumnus

    Stephen, that wasn’t a very nice or Christian like thing to say to someone else. Seems like you don’t want to listen to another perspective and actially hear what they are saying. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that sounds like the definition of small mindedness, as you claim this alumnus is acting. Perhaps you’ll learn something if you just listen to others and stopped running your mouth... March 26, 2018

  9. Leslie

    Confused as to why young adults being involved in issues that directly effect them is labeled as them being “targeted by political activists”. Isn’t this something all youth are encouraged to do? Find something you are passionate about, get involved, do something?

    Also, extremely biased article without giving any high schoolers the opportunity to speak up for why they are involved with this... March 26, 2018

  10. Stephen Albright

    Once again Logan, I implore you to ignore these hateful bigots in your comments. They are wicked, evil people who hate the Bible and everything it stands for. Keep on bravely speaking the truth. “By their fruit you shall know them”. Look at what they are saying. They are on the wrong side of history, and worse, the wrong side of God’s Word. March 27, 2018

  11. Another concerned alumnus

    Are you kidding me right now, Stephen? Are you really judging me, a complete stranger to you, and saying that I “hate the Bible and everything it stands for”? YOU DON’T KNOW ME. How can you judge me, a complete stranger? You don’t know my walk with God, or my life stage that I am in. You don’t even know my name...How dare you place judgment on me! If anyone is being hateful and bigoted here, it’s you and the words you’re spewing out. I am willing to listen to different perspectives, but I expect to be listen to as well. You are not listening and you are placing judgment on people you don’t know. I seem to remember many theology classes at Biola teaching that judgment comes from God, not us. Who are we to judge another persons walk with God, especially someone who you have never met before. Maybe you should retake some of those classes, or better yet, read the Bible for yourself. You need to check yourself and ask yourself honestly if you’re the one being mean in this situation... March 27, 2018

  12. Another concerned alumnus

    Also, this article is about the March and gun reform....how on earth did you take it from the topic of march for our lives, to saying I am evil, hate the Bible, and indirectly hate god? Please explain... March 27, 2018

  13. Stephen Albright

    “(Another) Concerned Alumnus”, you’re out here hiding behind two fake aliases, defending fascism and calling to silence truth and bravery. You will never win. You may fool a few people (unlikely), but know that you will never fool God. May you live as long as possible so as to have the maximum amount of time to endure your shame. March 28, 2018

  14. Another concerned alumnus

    All I can say is wow....you are heartbreaking...so much hatred and judgment inside of you, and all of it lashing out and in hatred toward someone you know nothing about....very sad to see that, especially coming from a Biola student. My heart breaks for you man. March 28, 2018

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