Police investigation reveals discouraging trend

Police investigation reveals discouraging trend

Police investigation reveals discouraging trend

A situation involving an Arizona school board is being viewed as more evidence that those who consider themselves education elite are looking down on parents who advocate for what they believe is best for their own children.

Scottsdale police announced last weekend that they were investigating allegations against Scottsdale Unified School District President Jann-Michael Greenburg for distributing a dossier of nearly 50 parents who oppose masks and CRT.

"We are conducting an investigation into the matter and will report our findings once it is complete," the Scottsdale Police Department said in a statement.

Butcher, Jonathan (Heritage) Butcher

Jonathan Butcher of The Heritage Foundation, a center-right think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., says the dossier is evidence that it is happening elsewhere in the country.

"The National School Boards Association asked the White House to become a lot more aggressive, much more aggressive in pursuing or finding out more information about parents who are speaking at school board meetings, and even invoking the Patriot Act and saying that the FBI should get involved in issues where parents disagree with school board decisions about the teaching of critical race theory," Butcher continues.

That combined with recent statements from former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Virginia) that parents should not be telling schools what they should teach is what Butcher deems a discouraging trend.

"Arizona, Virginia -- two different sides of the country, and you have people in positions of authority saying that they know more than parents do about how their children should be taught," Butcher observes.

The school board announced Friday, November 12th that an independent investigator would be looking into the situation. American Family News has reached out to the superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District for comment.

According to the New York Post, the private dossier contained information on nearly 50 parents, including photos, Social Security numbers, and details involving personal finances.

Meanwhile in Loudoun County, Virginia, some teachers are asking a court to stop a controversial policy as their case moves forward.

Spena, Logan (ADF attorney) Spena

"The policy would require the teachers to use pretty much any pronouns requested by a student, and that would include, of course, pronouns that are inconsistent with that student's biological sex," says attorney Logan Spena of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the law firm representing Monica Gill, Kim Wright, and Tanner Cross in Cross v. Loudoun County School Board. "This violates the religious beliefs of these teachers; it requires teachers to say things that aren't true, and so they object to that. The hearing is going to determine whether or not that policy can apply as the lawsuit continues."

The pronouns policy is meant to be inclusive, and some people feel as though teachers, who chose their job, should simply submit. Still, Spena says teachers and students do not surrender their constitutional liberties just because they have entered a school.

"Public employees generally do not lose their free speech rights simply by virtue of joining public service," the attorney notes. "There are certain legal rules that apply to determine whether or not the government can restrict speech as an employer. It's not exactly the same as a private citizen, but the basic principle that you don't surrender your constitutional rights when you enter the schoolhouse gates applies to teachers."

Monday's hearing was held at the Loudoun County Circuit Court in Leesburg, where the judge decided to wait to make a decision in the temporary injunction of Loudoun County schools transgender policy. The decision could be made after the holidays.