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California teacher put on leave for asking if schools would allow walkouts to protest abortion

Posted by on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/16/california-teacher-put-on-leave-for-asking-if-schools-would-allow-walkouts-to-protest-abortion.html

California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel was put on paid leave after questioning in front of her students whether school administrations would let a group of students protesting abortion walk out of class in the middle of the school day like they did with students who did so on Wednesday in protests over school shootings.

“I opened up the discussion for if schools … are going to allow one group of students to get up during class and walk out to protest on one issue, would they still give the same courtesy to another group of students who wanted to get up and walk out in protest. And I used the example of abortion,” Rocklin High School teacher Benzel said on Fox News Friday morning.

Benzel said two students and one parent took issue with her comment and complained to the administration who then placed her on leave for two days.

The California teacher said she was trying to a start a class discussion ahead of National Walkout Day on whether the situation would be treated the same way if a school walkout was organized from the other side of the political aisle.

Read more at WashingtonExaminer.com 


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numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:44 AM

She should be fired-- I was wrong


I didnt delete this because of those who will accuse I deleted. I misread. And I agree with this teacher. And she NEVER should have been sent on leave

Ma_Ingalls
by on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:45 AM
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Why? I agree with her.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

She should be fired

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:55 AM
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Because Teachers Teach, They are NOT supposed to impose their views on the children.  I am pretty religious and I would say the same for any teacher that did this for a walk out on religious, pro life events etc..

Quoting Ma_Ingalls: Why? I agree with her.
Quoting numbr1wmn:

She should be fired


Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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She has a point. What if students who are pro life want to walk out to show support for the March for Life demonstration, should they be allowed to?

I think if schools are going to have a policy on walk outs then they need to stick to it, and not pick and choose which causes they will make exceptions for.

If kids want to protest or walk out, then they have to face the consequences. It's what I told my son about participating Wednesday, but his school ended up making it a memorial in the school.
numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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Your son's school was smart. A memorial was a great Idea

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: She has a point. What if students who are pro life want to walk out to show support for the March for Life demonstration, should they be allowed to? I think if schools are going to have a policy on walk outs then they need to stick to it, and not pick and choose which causes they will make exceptions for. If kids want to protest or walk out, then they have to face the consequences. It's what I told my son about participating Wednesday, but his school ended up making it a memorial in the school.


atlmom2
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 11:01 AM
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This is why walkouts shouldn't be allowed in schools because it opened a can of worms. That lady should not have been put on leave.  

Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 11:04 AM
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A lot of schools in my area turned it into a memorial and time of silence. Some schools did have more of a protest, with signs and speeches. So now, those schools that allowed protesting, what happens in the future with other causes?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Your son's school was smart. A memorial was a great Idea

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: She has a point. What if students who are pro life want to walk out to show support for the March for Life demonstration, should they be allowed to?



I think if schools are going to have a policy on walk outs then they need to stick to it, and not pick and choose which causes they will make exceptions for.



If kids want to protest or walk out, then they have to face the consequences. It's what I told my son about participating Wednesday, but his school ended up making it a memorial in the school.

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 16, 2018 at 11:06 AM
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I know. School is for learning not the teachers political belief. There are people that may believe what she does but there are people that don't.  Teachers are teachers they need to separate their political beliefs

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: A lot of schools in my area turned it into a memorial and time of silence. Some schools did have more of a protest, with signs and speeches. So now did those schools that allowed protesting, what happens in the future with other causes?
Quoting numbr1wmn:

Your son's school was smart. A memorial was a great Idea

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: She has a point. What if students who are pro life want to walk out to show support for the March for Life demonstration, should they be allowed to? I think if schools are going to have a policy on walk outs then they need to stick to it, and not pick and choose which causes they will make exceptions for. If kids want to protest or walk out, then they have to face the consequences. It's what I told my son about participating Wednesday, but his school ended up making it a memorial in the school.



Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 11:08 AM
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I agree, I think she brought up a good discussion, that high school students could definitely have handled. Abortion was not the focus, it as who has a right to walk out for what cause.

It would have been a good debate, within the construct of a social studies class.


Quoting atlmom2:

This is why walkouts shouldn't be allowed in schools because it opened a can of worms. That lady should not have been put on leave.  

Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM
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I would agree if the focus were abortion. But, she was bringing up a current event, in a social studies class, that could be a good topic of discussion for high school students.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I know. School is for learning not the teachers political belief. There are people that may believe what she does but there are people that don't.  Teachers are teachers they need to separate their political beliefs

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: A lot of schools in my area turned it into a memorial and time of silence. Some schools did have more of a protest, with signs and speeches. So now did those schools that allowed protesting, what happens in the future with other causes?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Your son's school was smart. A memorial was a great Idea

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: She has a point. What if students who are pro life want to walk out to show support for the March for Life demonstration, should they be allowed to?

I think if schools are going to have a policy on walk outs then they need to stick to it, and not pick and choose which causes they will make exceptions for.

If kids want to protest or walk out, then they have to face the consequences. It's what I told my son about participating Wednesday, but his school ended up making it a memorial in the school.

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