Skip to comments.11-year-old to be expelled for bringing a virtual gun to a virtual school?
Posted on 09/02/2014 10:12:19 AM PDT by servo1969
Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home.
The boy, Matthew, is “attending” — through distance learning, via computer — Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a 4K-12K virtual school run as an online pubic charter school by the Northern Ozaukee School District.
Horn is its principal and executive director. For more on Horn, consult her LinkedIn page and her “Executive Director’s Message” in which she speaks about how, at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, “we pride ourselves in being both parent and student-friendly,”and about how “[o]ur lines of communication, whether face-to-face or via telephone, email, or Blackboard Collaborate room, are always open.”
This story was broken on August 29 by Wisconsin conservative talk-radio host Vicki McKenna. Her August 29 shows covered extensively how Matthew, a Second Amendment enthusiast, has been threatened with expulsion for using a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag as his online avatar in e-mails to his teacher.
A copy of the e-mail avatar that triggered this bullying of Matthew by his principal is available on Vicki’s Facebook page.
Vicki initially covered this story in her August 29 morning show in Milwaukee. Here’s an unabridged clip of her discussion. (35 minutes; downloadable version here). https://thebadger14.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/aug29_am.mp3
Vicki recapped the matter, and had an important update, in her August 29 afternoon show in Madison. Here’s an unabridged clip of that discussion. (30 minutes; downloadable version here).https://thebadger14.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/aug29_pm.mp3
For those with a special interest in how liberal educators are using their power to censor any reference to guns or the Second Amendment in the educational context, the full audio is well worth your time.
For those who want the gist of the story, here’s a video clip combining the most important parts of both broadcasts, with many of the points made by Vicki illustrated with screenshots of relevant web pages. Enjoy!
For journalists, or members of the public who wish to contact those potentially in a position to stop the bullying of Matthew for his exercise of his First Amendment right to use an avatar that reflects his enthusiasm for the Second Amendment (note that this charter school is presumably funded in part using both state and federal tax dollars), here is some contact information:
Principal Melissa A. Horn: Phone numbers 866-301-0401 or 262-692-3988 (from website). General school e-mail contact page here. Horn’s individual e-mail address (found in readily available public records) is apparently Horn.Melissa1@gmail.com.
Superintendent Blake A. Peuse: Phone number 262-692-2489, ext. 402; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (from website). Contact info for his administrative assistant, Jackie Evraets: phone number 262-692-2489, ext. 410; e-mail email@example.com.
School Board: Bios of members here. Phone numbers of members, and addresses at which they can be written, here. Note that the next school board meeting apparently will be held next Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Ozaukee middle school/high school library.
Update [10:10 a.m. Central time, Sept. 2] Vicki is now reporting that she has an audio tape of Matthew’s mother speaking to the school superintendent, though she can’t air it due to FCC regulations which apply in Wisconsin and a few other states which only allow audio to be aired with the consent of all parties. (Wisconsin is a one-party consent state, so that the recording itself was legally obtained, and hopefully Matthew’s mother will authorize it to be put online, possibly in excerpted form.)
[10:20 a .m.] Vicki mentions again what she mentioned on Aug. 29: the principal was upset at the media attention. Vicki emphasizes that this is because Matthew’s parents couldn’t get anyone at the school to call them back! (Compare the principal’s assurance in her welcome message that [o]ur lines of communication, whether face-to-face or via telephone, email, or Blackboard Collaborate room, are always open.)
Vicki reports that the superintendent says “we’re going to have a conversation” about banning pictures of guns, because “we’re worried about safety.” They’re going to go back to the drawing board and create an idiotic policy!
This is what the educational bureaucracy does when parents raise issues. Rather than telling the parents a few days ago that there was no policy, and that Matthew need not fear being expelled, they’re now told that they’re going to create a policy against virtual guns!
[10:30 a.m.] A caller mentions that in high school football games, there are frequent references during games to the “pistol formation, “and “shotgun formation,” and to “bullet passes” — next to be banned, Vicki surmises!
[10:38 a.m.] A caller remarks that, not having a day of college, he’s obviously unable to understand the thinking of these elite bureaucrats. Vicki mentions that someone texted asking whether we have to stop talking about “shooting” basketball! She says “there is no endpoint to this madness.”
My understanding is that no one can see this avatar except the teacher.
Shelter in virtual place!
The goal is to criminalize the thought of a gun. (unless it’s in the mind of a criminal)
She’s pretty good looking and she has absolutely no brains. Wow, the perfect woman! Easy to train!
“Honey, if you don’t get me a beer from the fridge then all the beer makers will go out of business and their children will have no toys to play with on Christmas”
“Yeah really, uh yeah that’s the ticket”
“Ok here is your beer”
“And honey, rather than me ask you for another, just get me one when I snap my fingers because if I talk it puts CO2 in the air which causes global warming”
“Yeah, really that’s it”
5 minutes later....
*snap* * snap*
“Here is your beer”
This is the principal Melissa Horn.
The lady in the top pic is the conservative talk show host. Better looking than the principal
The photo in the excerpt is of the talk radio host who exposed the story, not of the principal who perpetrated it.
Assine. I suppose photos of guns that might appear in historic photos are banned too.
How can someone that galactically stupid get a job teaching let alone become a principal?
These days it's practically a prerequisite for getting such a job.
I have gotten out of the habit of listening to Vicki on I-heart. Need to get back to it.
Bet the kid also has a pop tart on his desk when he sends in his assignments.
Check out the "Hot, Crazy, Matrix" on youtube. It will all make sense. Yes it's clean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKWmFWRVLlU
Those are the exact type of people our government and others want to teach and run things. Stupid people are easy to lead so if you make teachers and their administrations stupid they can't teach what is needed to create a truly informed populace. With a populace that can't think the government can become the ruling class.
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