Father furious after finding crayon-written message
‘I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights … to be safer’ – the words one fourth-grader copied down after a lesson about the Constitution.
A lesson about the Bill of Rights took a strange turn when a Jacksonville, Fla., father found the words, “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure” scrawled in crayon on paper in his fourth-grader’s backpack.
Back in January, a local lawyer visited Cedar Hills Elementary, the school Aaron Harvey’s son attends, to teach students about the Constitution, reports TheBlaze.
Now here’s where things get weird. When the attorney left, Harvey says the fourth-grade teacher dictated the sentence and had students write it down. Several of his son’s classmates corroborated this story.
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The paper sat in Harvey’s son’s backpack for months, until it was discovered last week. Harvey took his concerns to TheBlaze, instead of to the school because he wasn’t sure he would have gotten a straightforward answer if he asked the school directly.
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“Everybody has their opinions,” Harvey told TheBlaze. “I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future … [but] the education is, ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this … all these things, why did they particular choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.’”
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Kandra Albury, a spokeswoman for Duvall County Public Schools, which includes Cedar Hills, told TheBlaze that the district and principal were “checking into” what had happened.
“I believe in our Constitution. I am a veteran, I served for six and a half years proudly and I served to protect our rights,” Harvey told TheBlaze. “Now whenever I have someone coming in and trying to pollute my child’s mind with biased opinions … there’s no education in that.”
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No different than your grandson coming home and spouting Christian religious ideas and that God is going to be mad at him. Who the heck thinks they have the right to scare a child? We strongly support him being educated about all religions but his school teacher doesn't get to chose. She should be fired too.
I can recall being taught that we give up some rights in order that other rights are secured, but not our constitutional rights. I have the right to own guns, but I do not have the right to have my own, personal army to defend myself. I surrender part of the money I earn to governments in order to have paved roads, a fire department, etc.
I wonder if this is a teacher who didn't quite master the concept of rights guaranteed by the constitution.
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