Ohio School Says Remembering 9-11, or Saying the Pledge, Offensive

By Faye Higbee

An Ohio School District doesn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance, nor have a moment of silence of the victims of 9-11. Is it fear of ‘hurting someone’s feelings’…or maybe an outright attempt to divide us for perceived issues that have little basis in reality? “Inclusion” now runs the agenda rather than normal relations in schools.

Big Walnut School District, k-12- Sunbury Ohio

A student at the Big Walnut school district emailed us to say that the school didn’t have a moment of silence in respect for the victims of 9-11. They also do not have the Pledge of Allegiance because it’s offensive to certain groups.

“…no silence for 9/11, complete ignorance. No pledge of allegiance because apparently it is offensive towards people. I thought this was America!”

We called the school on 9-12-2017, and asked for a statement of their side of things, but they had not responded by time for publication. If they do respond at a later time, we will add it to this article.

This sort of thing has been going on for several years both in high schools and colleges. Here’s an example:

University of Minnesota -UMN, 2015

In October of 2015,  Theo Menon, a member of the College Republicans, wrote a very short resolution requesting a simple moment of silence out of respect for the victims of 9-11. It was voted down by the student association.

“This resolution was non-controversial and was supported by the MSA’s President and Vice-President. However, several members, in exchanges with CRs rep Theo Menon, were militant in their opposition to it due to a perceived bias toward Muslims.” Nathan Amundson, President of Young Americans for Liberty at UMN

The opposition was hysterically opposed to it. They didn’t want dialogue. Militant is a good description. It might ruin their “safe space” and make people actually think.

“The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe. Islamophobia and racism fueled through that are alive and well…When will we start having moments of silence for all of the times white folks have done something terrible?” David Algadi, Director of Diversity and Inclusion 

The Daily Beast (usually very liberal) wrote this back in 2015:

“To be clear, the resolution did not refer to Islam. It did not impugn Muslim students, or other Muslims. It did not require anyone to contemplate the fact that the terrorists responsible for 9/11 were Muslims. It said nothing about whether Islam itself is to blame for global terrorism. It merely stated that 9/11 has had a lasting effect on many students, and ought to be reflected upon for a single moment, once a year.”

The horror of living in the ‘maybe’ as opposed to the reality. Is that what happened at Big Walnut School District? Did they skip the pledge and a moment of silence because they “might” cause a problem?

Angie Pollock, the Big Walnut School District Superintendent, wrote that part of their vision was focused on growing minds by immersing them in the classroom “experience” and how the teachers collect data on the students to “promote student growth.” But nowhere did she mention teaching them critical thinking.

Flying two planes into the Twin Towers and Pentagon- far more “offensive” than anything this school is afraid of.