Schools no longer safe for students and educators; Los Angeles teachers’ union seeks to eliminate school police force

 

 

By Michael Hernandez

Safety will become the top reason to exit public schools if teachers’ unions are successful in eliminating school police forces.

The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) which represents teachers and support staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) called for the elimination of the 400-member police force protecting schools in the district at an event co-hosted Monday with Black Lives Matter leaders in a move toward dismantling “white supremacy.” Interestingly enough, UTLA did not give stats of the make-up of this police force which includes Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, white officers as well as women.

“We have to dismantle white supremacy. We must…defund the police and bring in the mental health services that our students need,” said Cecily Myart-Cruz, the incoming president of UTLA, which represents about 30,000 teachers, nurses, counselors and other staff in the school district reported Breibart News.

School police officers are often called upon to break up fights, keep the peace in gang-ridden school districts, and deter school shootings. They do not carry guns but can make arrests. The Los Angeles Times reported in February 2018 that school police are part of the district’s strategy at preventing mass shooting events and that many parents in the district supported the presence of police officers on school grounds.

It now appears that the teachers’ own union no longer supports school safety. The teachers’ union leadership is so radicalized that they have become “the money and muscle behind the degradation of America’s schools and culture.”

Real-life stories are shared in “Standing Up To Goliath” a 2018 book written by a former 28-year California public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs who writes that her mission is “battling state and national teachers’ unions for the heart and soul of our kids and country.”

Her lawsuit, Friedrichs v California Teachers’ Association sought to free teachers from forced union membership, was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 but the Court deadlocked after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and would not make a decision on forced union membership until they ruled in favor of Mark Janus in Janus v American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees  on June 27, 2018.

Friedrichs writes: “America’s teachers, parents, and kids deserve better. If we want freedom, we’re going to have to fight for it.” In 2020, Friedrichs, the founder of For Kids & Country joined the Public School Exit 15-member advisory board.

The Public School Exit website lists 18 other reasons to Exit Public Schools with two of the top reasons listed on the list:  Indoctrination that turns children against “God, church, family, country, morality and more” and sexualizing children “with radical sex education, including flagrant promotion of homosexuality, fornication, gender confusion, and more.”  

(Editor’s Note;  To see the reasons to exit public schools go to the following link:

https://www.publicschoolexit.com/reasons-to-exit.)

While there are many reasons to exit public schools: the three reasons listed in this editorial:  safety, indoctrination, and sexualizing children should be enough to make every parent question whether they should send their children to public schools? The two main options are private schools or home education. To see a video link on learning how to homeschool go to a 90-minute Introduction to Homeschooling made by Dr. Carl J. Broggi, Pastor of Community Bible Church, Beaufort, South Carolina:

https://www.communitybiblechurch.us/resources/messages/learning-to-homeschool-2020/

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]


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