Running behind, as usual. Finally got around to catching up on some email, and learned of this outrage in Lombard, Illinois (excerpt):
Over the last several days, I’ve exchanged emails with Amanda Razeq, an 11th grade English teacher at College Preparatory School of America, which is a high school in Lombard, Illinois. Ms. Razeq emailed me to ask if I would be willing to come and speak to her students about the proposed concealed carry law in Illinois, after she had been unable to find another pro gun person who was willing to do so.OK--so far so good. It's an important subject, and knowing that her own knowledge was inadequate for the task of instructing her students, she sought outside expertise. I certainly respect that. The problem comes later.
I emailed her back, and expressed possible interest in speaking to her class if she remained unable to find a speaker (I’ve never appeared as a pro gun speaker and therefore would prefer to have someone more experienced do the job if possible, not to mention that I’m rather busy at the moment with school, work, and preparing for the bar exam).In other words, to protect the delicate sensibilities of some parents, who might, theoretically object to their offspring learning about self-defense, only the pro-defenselessness side would be presented. There's some quality education administration.
Ms. Razeq politely emailed me back, said that she had found a pro gun rights speaker - but that the school was unwilling to allow any pro gun rights speaker to come speak to her class, out of concern for how the parents would react. The school said that only the anti gun rights speaker from the Million Mom March (an anti gun group) could come speak to the class, although Ms. Razeq (who is not an expert in the pro gun rights area) could offer her opinions.
My thoughts on the matter, my correspondence with Ms. Razeq, and the school’s contact information are below. The school plans to give the anti gun speaker the ability to indoctrinate the students on Friday, March 20, 2009, so please contact the school and express your concerns right awayGo to the original link (here it is again) and read the whole thing. Obviously, there's not a lot of time, so I'd like to get folks moving on this. Here's the contact info:
Address: College Preparatory School of America, 331 West Madison Street, Lombard, IL 60148.