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School Principal Apologizes For Trump Tombstone In Halloween Display

In a perfect world, our nation’s schools, classrooms, and extracurricular events will be free from political talking points being offered up by teachers, administrators, and parents. The reasoning behind that is awfully simple. There’s zero reason for impressionable young minds to be influenced by those in a position of authority about how they should feel about things of a political nature. Zero. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. Despite the fact that many schools have strict rules in place to prevent such things from happening, it still comes up from time to time.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, our latest example comes courtesy of an incident that took place at West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The parent-teacher organization was holding a fundraiser. That seems like a perfect time to bring partisan talking points into the equation, right? It’s not, and the red-faced principal of the school is apologizing after the incident gained traction on social media.

One of the parents brought in a bean bag toss game that included fake tombstones, one of which was designated for President Donald Trump. Offended parents brought it to the attention of Massachusetts Republican Party committee person Amanda Orlando Kesterson, and she would share it on social media.

“I find it absolutely despicable that the PTO of one of our local elementary schools would bring this political agenda before our children. The parents or teachers responsible for this disgusting display should claim responsibility publicly and apologize publicly as well,” she wrote. “Donald Trump is our president and he deserves respect. We should teach our children that the office of the president ALWAYS deserves respect. Our school system is not the place for nasty political agendas.”

Those are some incredibly fair points. Sadly, the concept of respect for the office of the president seems to be a thing of the past. That’s off-putting enough in general, but it becomes all the more disturbing to have such thoughts being presented as perfectly fine to impressionable children. The school’s principal, Dr. Telena Imel, wrote a letter to parents to apologize for the fact that the contribution of the parent in question “inappropriately brought a political agenda into what was designed to be a fun family affair.”

You think? Kudos to Imel for her apology, but this is yet another example that some folks are taking politics way too far in the current environment. Not everything needs to revolve around partisan talking points. Really, we promise.

“Our school, and this includes school events sponsored by related groups, is not the place for politics,” Imel continued. “In planning future events, it will be made clear to organizers that school is not the place to engage in or to display political agendas or opinions.”

It’s fantastic that Imel will be making that clear, but it doesn’t make it any less disturbing that she even has to waste the time to point it out. Sadly, there appears to be a gigantic need for a refresher course on the simple concept of leaving politics out of it in all sorts of cases in the current environment.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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