Media stirs anemic walkouts in schools

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By Kerry Dougherty. This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: unemployed and unedited and Bacon’s revolt.

You could almost hear the local media gasping Tuesday morning. There were rumors that some high school students in Virginia were going to drop out of school to protest the Youngkin administration’s new parental rights policies.

You know, the Department of Education regulations announced earlier this month support the principle that parents are the ultimate authority over their own children.

I wrote about this reversal of Ralph Northam’s policies on parental authority last week.

Mainstream media, desperate to undermine an increasingly popular Youngkin, portrays the policy as limiting transgender rights.

This is nonsense and if members of the media took the time to actually READ the language of the rules, as I did, they would know.

Any transgender child whose parents provide written permission to the school will be allowed to dress as they wish and use facilities normally reserved for the opposite sex.

What will stop, however, is the practice of schools hiding transgender children from their parents.

You see, woke school officials worry that some parents won’t cartwheel and hang pride flags on their front doors if their child announces that he or she is now “they.” And anything short of a celebration of transgenderism is the “wrong” way for parents to react, according to AFT President Randi Weingarten and her followers on the left.

Children must be protected from “bad” parents who might, for example, seek mental help for a confused child. Or parents who might decide that their offspring are simply going through a phase and, therefore, might ban their sons from wearing dresses and makeup to school.

In the waking world it is government, schools and militant teachers unions that know what is best for children.

Not the parents.

Especially not conservative parents. Or, God forbid, Christian parents.

Never mind that despite insistence from the ACLU and other radical groups, Tuesday’s walkouts in this corner of Virginia were a failure. Nonetheless, they received inflated media coverage and sympathetic stories from woke journalists, who no doubt gladly allowed their would-be sources to exaggerate the number of attendees.

In an article titled “Protesting Youngkin’s New Transgendered Policies, Hampton Roads Students Join Statewide Walkout,” The Virginia Pilot attempted to legitimize anemic events without worrying about attending walkouts.

Get a load of the sources they used for crowd estimates.

Newport News’ Warwick High School “student organizers” estimated that 150 students – out of a student body of 1,591 – walked out.

Since when can the organizers estimate the size of the crowd? It’s the new journalism, I guess. Call it out and let activists provide the “facts.”

At First Colonial High School, which is home to 1,808 people, “student organizers” expected 50 people to come out. No reports Tuesday evening on the number of people who actually left their classes.

And in Bayside, with a student body of 1,786, a “handful” came out. No source for that.

It’s a short story ?

Only in the waking world of leftist journalism.

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