Pointing a finger and saying “bang!” isn’t the only thing that will get you in trouble in school today. Now it seems that just complaining about your child’s homework assignment can get a finger pointed at you — for being a neo-Nazi.
This is precisely what happened to Josh Barry of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. And the kicker?
Barry is Jewish and married to a woman who is half-black and half-white.
The problems started when Barry reviewed a homework assignment in which his eighth-grade daughter’s East Pennsboro Middle School (EPMS) asked students to evaluate a New York Times article on the government shutdown. After reading the story, Barry reviewed questions his daughter was required to answer, a couple of which were, “To what issue do House Republican leaders insist on tying the federal budget?” and “Do you feel it is principled or irresponsible, for politicians to threaten a shutdown?” Given their nature and that students were provided no opposing news sources for balance, Barry concluded that the homework was “grossly slanted.” Fox43.com reports:
[Barry said,] “I don’t remember any time where anybody was threatening to shutdown the Government.”
So he vented his concerns by emailing the teacher and the school board.
Barry says, “They’re handing them an article and saying who’s responsible for the shutdown when the article blames Republicans for it.”
And what was Barry’s reward for being a vigilant parent?
Cydnee Cohen, president of the East Pennsboro Education Association, called a mutual Facebook friend and said, “We’re having some problems with a parent in our school district ... I would like to know — some of it [what Barry said] seems like he’s a neo-Nazi” (recording here).
So what did the father say to give Cohen this impression? Here are the complaints he sent the school as reported by Fox News’ Todd Starnes:
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