What possessed the boards of these school districts in Michigan to go along with this not-so-subtle bit of statist indoctrination?
Terrorists will strike a busload of students in the Whitehall area on Tuesday, killing more than a half-dozen and sending dozens more to hospitals. It’s not a crystal ball that allows such a disaster to be foreseen. It’s all in the plans — disaster preparedness plans, that is.
The disaster won’t be real, but it will look real, and the participants — including students, emergency room personnel and firefighters — will act as if it’s real. …
The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled. Under the scenario, a bomb is placed on the bus and is detonated while the bus is traveling on Durham, causing the bus to land on its side and fill with smoke.
My daughter isn’t homeschooled, but many of our friends homeschool their children. This is insulting. Anyone who thinks that choosing homeschoolers as the fictitious terror group was purely random is wonderfully naive.
(Thanks to Tom at MuD & PhUD for the tip.)
Word of this spread pretty quickly through the Internet yesterday:
Chris Klicka, senior counsel of the Home-Schooling Legal Defense Association based in Washington D.C., called the characterization outlandish.
“Home-schoolers have never been accused of violence against any school,” Klicka said, after calling The Chronicle. “There’s an outpouring from the nation — it’s a mockery against what home schooling is and the contributions home-schoolers have made to the country. To label them even in a fictitious context is uncalled for and unneeded. Home-schoolers are one of the most patriotic groups in the United States.”
The Chronicle received similar complaints in phone calls and e-mails from at least a dozen states.
“Likening home-schoolers to disgruntled postal workers would be bad enough, but terrorists?” wrote Debbie Nelson of Savannah, Ga. “I vehemently oppose instigating fear of home-schoolers by public servants and the school system. Home education is a legal option in every state of the U.S.”
Daniel Stout, chief deputy for emergency services with the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department, said he never meant to offend anyone.
“That’s just what I decided to use,” he said of the name choice for Tuesday’s drill. “It may have been a poor choice, but that’s what was used … I’m the one who wrote the scenario.”
Either Mr. Stout is really clueless about the kind of people that homeschool their children, or his excuse is even more lame than the ones used by Dan Rather over the last week and a half.