Call it the irony of ironies, but as a nationwide school student walk out looms Wednesday in protest of “school violence,” a new national poll shows a majority of American adults think discipline in public schools is “too easy.”
The Rasmussen survey released Monday morning says 60 percent of adults think school discipline is too easy, 25 percent think it is “about right” and four percent think it is too tough. Thirty-five percent think the biggest problem schools face is funding and a whopping 78 percent say “it’s harder for a teacher to maintain discipline in the classroom today than it was when they were..in school.”
According to ABC News, when students walk out of class one month after the Valentine’s Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., it will last for 17 minutes to honor each of the victims. A separate nationwide demonstration – the “March for Our Lives,” is slated Saturday, March 24.
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It is the latter event upon which anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety is making money off the sale of T-shirts and other paraphernalia.
But there is an interesting development in the protest story, courtesy KIRO News, the local CBS affiliate in Seattle. The station is reporting about a Western Washington teen who is allegedly being pressured by fellow students and apparently teachers to be involved in the walk out because she is a student leader.
KIRO is hosting a “Town Hall” program on guns to be broadcast live this Wednesday evening 7-8 p.m. at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium. For information, click here.
Interestingly, in the ABC story about the walk out, there’s an image of protesters carrying signs that demand lawmakers pledge to stop taking contributions from the National Rifle Association. A few weeks ago at a “Town Hall” gathering in a small town in Western Washington, a couple of people demanded to know which of the three state lawmakers in the room had taken donations from the NRA.
Curiously, nobody inquired whether any of the three had taken money from gun control advocates or gun prohibition lobbying groups. Conservative Firing Line checked with the state Public Disclosure Commission and found that one of those lawmakers had received $1,000 in 2016 from Everytown, and $2,000 from the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility (half each for the primary and the general election cycles), plus individual contributions of $1,000 each from three wealthy Seattle-area gun control advocates, that same year.