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August 23, 2023

Is Anyone Vetting Teachers?

There will always be bad apples, but schools must do more to protect kids from predators.

If you’ve been paying attention for at least five minutes to the overall tone of today’s society, you may have noticed that fundamental morality and a basic sense of right and wrong have been on a rapid decline.

Among the many questionable positions that directionless people have adopted as rational is that of abandoning our responsibility to protect children and their innocence. Some folks see no reason to shield kids from people who would inappropriately break boundaries with them or intentionally cause emotional and/or physical harm.

Yet somehow, perhaps in the name of “progressivism,” there are individuals and groups that view protection of the innocent as oppressive and outdated. As articulated within gender ideology and queer theory, any boundaries regarding the interactions between adults and children are a social construct that unnecessarily oppress children. The protocols that most of society have acknowledged as imperative for the safekeeping of the most vulnerable are believed by these activists to be doing more harm than good.

On the list of safety procedures being abandoned by today’s “progressive” movement is the vetting process by school administrators of the individuals they hire for the specific responsibility of teaching children, as well as guiding their academic success and social development.

A glaring example of this abdication of responsibility by administrative staff came to light when Homer Community Consolidated School District was put on blast by the infamous X (Twitter) account Libs of TikTok. It was revealed that the district had hired an elementary teacher who had publicly posted about a personal battle with psychosis and mania, which sometimes led to episodes of violence and harm.

This person ranted: “I am NOT my disease. I am ME! And I know ME! And I LOVE ME!” That was directly above an image depicting symbols that would indicate a predilection for satanism.

Just a few days following the public exposure by Libs of TikTok, a vote was conducted during a school board meeting for the district, and the individual was fired.

The questions that need to be answered are as follows: Why was this person hired in the first place? Had widespread attention not been shone on this person’s deeply concerning social media posts, where parents were able to demand the removal of this teacher and force the school board to respond? How long would these students be under this person’s care? And what would the consequences have been?

It is understandable that not every potential negative scenario can be considered and planned for in the hiring process. However, in the age of oversharing and the addiction to validation in the form of social media “likes” and followers, there is a lot that can be easily discovered with a simple sweep of Facebook, Instagram, X, and TikTok that could expose these crucial red flags that there is no excuse to miss.

Teachers have become more brazen in vocalizing their contempt for parents, laws, and boundaries. They are not shy when it comes to creating videos in which they demonstrate their intention to break any rules that might stop them from indoctrinating children into their brand of activism, regardless of what parents want. And they often find it amusing to add a dance or costume to their message, as if to let parents know that they are not concerned about any potential backlash.

Another post on the Libs of TikTok account showed a librarian of a Tulsa Oklahoma Elementary School dancing toward the camera with the message, “POV: teachers in your state are dropping like flies but you are still just not quite finished pushing your woke agenda at the public school.”

Hopefully, a vote on the fate of her job will be carried out soon, and the appropriate determination will be made.

These are just the incidents that have been exposed, but this is happening in every school district in the country to some extent.

Schools are abandoning parents, and if we are not the ones demanding and enforcing a vetting process for those who spend hours every day with our children, it looks like no one will.

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