*The Island County Free Press recently received a copy of the letter presented to the South Whidbey School Board regarding partisan activism on campus and in classes*
Dear Joe Moccia and all School Board members,
As a Mom of two little boys, a past student at South Whidbey School District, and as the Island County Republican State Committeewoman I feel an obligation to write on behalf of myself and many community members who are concerned about certain issues at South Whidbey School District.
I, among many others were recently sent a video of Mr. Eager pushing his personal political ideation to his classroom.
In this video Mr. Eager acknowledged he was “advised to be neutral” but stated that he would not comply. He went on to spread misinformation such as the fact that Trump did not condemn any of the actions at the Capitol and told people to “be wild.” Trump never said, “be wild.” I fact checked and this is a false statement by even the most left leaning news sources. Mr. Eager neglected to offer counter facts of Trump’s statement, “I know people will be marching over to the Capitol peacefully and patriotically to make your voices heard” or the fact that he instructed everyone to be “peaceful and go home.” He neglected to share with the class that Trump did indeed condemn the riots by publicly stating, “I want to be very clear, I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our movement.” (video posted to the White house official Twitter account).
I believe that when appropriate, political discussions can be educational in the classroom as they allow students to develop their critical thinking skills and express themselves in a mature manner. Those debates, however, should only voice the sociopolitical opinions of the students, not teachers. It is not a public-school teacher’s job to indoctrinate students with their own personal beliefs. How would the reaction in the community be if a teacher were to tell the students that Biden was “a liar” or a bad President and push anti-liberal views? The outrage would be overwhelming! We must remember we are an island that is politically split almost down the middle. We have a huge conservative population of families on the South end and they may be quiet with their voice, but I know firsthand they are loud with their actions. Many families are pulling their children out of the public school or simply choosing not to enroll them again.
I am deeply involved in the local community and I hear from concerned young families often. I am sure the choice to support the BLM organization came from a place of compassion and desire to bring awareness and inequality, but the concern is that the district is not researched on the organization itself and the distressing foundation it is built on. It is important to be informed and understand how many people who have deeply researched BLM in the community understand the organization. Many are alarmed that the district proudly supports a Marxist, anti-family, violent organization, “BLM.”
First, let me be clear, racism should have no place in our community and Black lives absolutely do matter. We should strive as a society to root out racism and promote love and inclusivity. However, flying a banner of an organization in which one of the founders and current board members, Susan Rosenberg, a convicted terrorist and found guilty of bombing US Government buildings and committing armed robberies is not the way to combat racism. It is, however, an exceptionally good way to drive families out of the district and divide our small community further. Furthermore, BLM is an organization, not a movement. They are trademarked and funded by multiple organizations to push their agenda, which is Communism/Marxism under the guise of civil rights. BLM charities such as ACTblue and Tatango are radical left and support only democratic policies and politicians. I implore you to research this organization and read through their “belief proclamations” below.
Here is a video of a BLM protest where members are burning the American flag.
Here is a video of a popular BLM activist calling for violence.
Here is a video of a well-known BLM activist calling for violence on national tv, “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, burn it down.”
Here is a video of the BLM co-founder, Patrice Cullors admitting “we are well-trained Marxists”
Here is a well-written article to help you understand more clearly why many of us are deeply concerned that SWSD is supporting and advertising for this organization.
Some of the information in the BLM “beliefs” statement reads, (link above) “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure…” and “When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking…”
Is this the message you want to send to our community? Is proudly supporting this organization the best way for both sides to come together to come up with solutions for inequality?
Whether it be the video of Mr. Eager, or the BLM banner proudly displayed at the high school, or the new sex ed bill that passed at the state level, parents are feeling like they need to protect their children from our own schools. It has become clear which political side the district leans. This causes political and religious discrimination in our community and among vulnerable students. Under no circumstance should our public school system push political or religious views on students. All our children should be able to attend public school without fear of pushed personal political beliefs and ideologies. We can all agree that remaining impartial provides a safer environment for all students. The same should hold true for those teachers who hold conservative values. This type of conduct is unacceptable and should not occur in the classroom. Parents put their trust in those who teach their children. Teachers are not there to serve as a political arm for their respective political party. They should not impose their positions and opinions on young and impressionable children who would not feel comfortable using their voice or disagree. Public school should be a safe place for people of all color, political standing, and religious beliefs without discrimination or indoctrination. I am told that some parents have already removed their kids from the district because of Mr. Eager and these other politically driven decisions. I am curious how much this is costing the district? How much money has the district lost due to this and how many programs are current students losing due to lack of funding? And is the loss worth it? What exactly is the goal in all this and is it producing positive results for the district?
We live in a small community and no matter what side we each stand on; we can unite under the fact that we care about our community and the health and safety of our children. Political division and silencing free speech does not support the wellbeing of our children. It is disheartening that our own school district is allowing it to happen. I am urging the school board to take a hard unbiased look at these issues and come up with a solution for the health, life, liberty, and freedom for all our children.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration,
Stina Wenzek, Clinton WA
-Island County State Committeewoman
Here is a list of signatures I collected in just one day. This letter will be presented to a wider range of the community this weekend to add their signatures so that the district understands this is a major concern to many South Whidbey residents:
Jeremy and Jackie Birchfield, Langley WA
Jack and Kristen Petosa, Freeland WA
Darrell and Lois Wenzek, Freeland, WA
Kelsey Tennison, Freeland WA
Jim Breiling, Langley WA
Mary Parrick, Clinton WA
Melody Wilkie, Clinton WA
Dale Hagglund. Clinton WA
Tara Hammons, Langley WA
Todd and Julie Parrick, Langley WA
Steve Magney, Clinton WA
Chris Bondelid, Freeland WA
David and Caroline Ethell, South Whidbey
Robin Skaggs, Clinton WA
Erik and Jonina Rhode, Clinton WA
Aryeh Rhode, Clinton WA
Blaine Leroy, South Whidbey
Clay O’Brien South Whidbey
Anthony Turnbull, South Whidbey
Tyler Dow, South Whidbey
Romney Rhode, South Whidbey
Kevin McDonald, South Whidbey
Bethany Flister, South Whidbey
Debbie Wilkie, Clinton WA
Matt Hamblen, Langley WA
Amber Terrell, South Whidbey
Justin and Allana Nichols, Langley WA
Teresa Shelley, Greenbank WA
Char Henderson, Freeland WA
Morgan Cooper, ICRP Vice Chair, Langley WA
Tim Hazelo, ICRP Chairman- Oak Harbor WA