The public school establishment
homeschoolers. They`ve smeared the movement as a
conservative Christian zealots. They`ve scoffed at
homeschooled kids as social pariahs. They`ve
painted homeschooling parents as uneducated and
And now, under the guise of
preparing students for a violent terrorist attack,
educators in one public school district are casting
homeschoolers in the
role of bomb-detonating militants.
The story about a mock terrorism
drill involving a local school district in the
Muskegon Chronicle starts out innocently enough:
school district transportation directors instigated the
exercise because they wanted to test their abilities to
respond to emergencies, said Tom Spoelman,
him] transportation consultant for the
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. They
eventually hooked up with
Muskegon County Emergency Services, and planning for
the event has been under way for about a year, Spoelman
exercise will test not only school transportation
directors, but also the Muskegon County Emergency
Operations Plan, which involves many agencies throughout
60 middle and high school students from
Whitehall public schools will be part of the
exercise, according to Kristin Tank, [email
her]public information coordinator for the
MAISD. Local law enforcement agencies, fire
departments, human service agencies, transportation
services and medical services will participate.
“Students from Muskegon Community College and Reeths-Puffer
will assist in applying makeup to add to the reality of
the gruesome scene. Between 200 and 300 people will
observe the exercise, including school bus drivers,
school administrators, emergency personnel and
evaluators from agencies across the state who will
provide feedback.” [Mock
attack will test terrorism response ,September
20, 2004 By Lynn Moore]
What`s jaw-droppingly unbelievable
is the next paragraph describing the attackers in the
exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical
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.”
This is not a joke. A
taxpayer-funded drill is using public school
students to enforce
anti-homeschooling bigotry under the guise of
preparing for terrorism. Terrorism by whom? By Islamic
hijack planes and
incinerate kids headed to Disneyland. Islamic
terrorists who take hundreds of children hostage in
Beslan, force them to drink their own urine and
shoot babies in the back. Islamic terrorists who
groom toddlers as suicide bombers.
Our enemies are Islamic extremist
murderers. Except if you happen to attend the Muskegon
County, Mich., schools, where the menacing faces of
terrorism belong to parents who make untold sacrifices
to give their children the best education they know how
by schooling them in the loving environment of their own
I recall the
Islamist-sympathizing admonition included in the
NEA`s touchy-feely, post-Sept. 11 curriculum:
“Do not suggest that any group is responsible”
for the terrorist attacks, one tip for parents and
Unless, it should be amended, you
can work an anti-homeschooling hate angle into the
When President Bush`s education
Rod Paige, likened the
National Education Association in jest to a
officials and the media became completely unhinged.
How dare he make such an odious comparison, they gasped.
How dare he make light of the real terrorists, they
"I can tell you what my first
response was: Scary. That`s really frightening,"
said Diana Garchow, a special-education teacher at
Highland Elementary School in Bakersfield, Calif.,
told the Associated Press after Paige`s remarks.
"It`s scary that you can`t voice an opinion in this
country without being called a terrorist. …I don`t
care if it was a joke or what it was, that was a totally
Paige was forced to apologize to
What about the Muskegon County,
Mich., school system?
Will its public education militants
apologize to homeschoolers for taking an intolerant
swipe at their beliefs?
Or will this politicized “Wackos
Against Schools and Education” terror drill be
coming to a classroom near you?
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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