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Class Dismissed

     So what do you make of this incident in Vermont, where a grade school student was silenced by his teacher for talking about hunting in class? According to this Rutland Herald story the student, Jared Harrington, was discussing turkey hunting with a classmate during a free snack time, when his teacher reportedly covered her ears to block out the conversation, then told Harrington there was to be no talk of "killing" in her room.
     Harrington's father said that when he later confronted the teacher about the incident, the conversation ended with her asking him to leave the classroom (the paper noted there was some "screeching" involved in her request).
    According to Harrington's parents, the teacher then seemed to single out their son with unfair treatment such as assigning excessive homework. Citing freedom of speech issues, the parents took the incident up with the school board and ultimately decided to home school their son for the remainder of the year.
     Even if you're willing to give the teacher the benefit of the doubt, it's hard to come up with much to say in her defense. I'm not sure what I would have done as a parent in response to such a situation, but I will say I don't envy that school board's prickly job of finding a solution for it. -K.H.

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Sid Lark

Nothing new here, this one incident just received attention while hundreds of others have gone unnoticed over the years.

My eldest Son (30+) came home singing anit-hunting songs taught in grade school by a teacher. (?)

I also recall text books that contained anit-hunting sentiment. I complained to no avail and the practice continued throughout his public education.

My Son has gone on many hunting trips with me over the years and thanks to the school system he can spell the names of the game that he has taken and count how many points his deer have had !!

NorCal Cazadora

In Vermont, of all places!

Good for the parents for defending free speech and raising awareness about the issue. Teachers have so much influence over kids. I'm sure that woman couldn't convince this little boy that what he was doing is bad, but I'm sure she sent a really strong message to any kids in non-hunting families there, and that's the real danger of this behavior. Twenty or thirty other kids now think it's appropriate to ostracize hunters.

I can only hope that the school board has addressed or will address the issue with the teacher. But who knows? It's not like free speech and debate is actually encouraged in elementary school.

Katie

I can say as an upcoming teacher I am really upset by this story. I'm sure there are many more that take place and never get heard of, but it is NOT the place of the teacher to make those kind of decision for the parents, nor is it fair to the students to be treated that way. I understand that is hard to make sure that the kids are in a safe environment with the issues there are now with student safety and some kids bringing weapons to school, but her behavior is un-called for. I hope the school board makes the right decision in this case.

Laura Bell

Math,
History,
Anit-Hunting,
Science,
English,

I have to laugh about it a little, I mean, she covered her ears? LOl
Thank God I was Home Schooled!! I might not be the hunter I am today, especially had there been teachers like that in my school district.

Elvis

There will be no talk of killing? What does that teacher eat for lunch, sand?

All living human's eat other living beings. If its an animal it bleeds blood. If its a plant it bleeds sap. Same result for both, they die you live.

Someone needs to investigate if this teacher has any education at all. Additionally, people this bizarre need to not have contact with children. Televison is doing enough damage!