The below photo is posted on US Constitutional Free Press. The title of the post is, “Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s Backpack: ‘I Am Willing to Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights…to Be Safer’:
The student attends Cedar Hills Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL. WDW has contacted the district superintendent. According to his office he is investigating the situation. The district office has received numerous calls from citizens and parents. It appears the photo was posted on Facebook.
Marsha Oliver, Chief of Public Relations and Marketing for Duval County Schools provided the following information:
This is a link to the Justice Teaching assignment. The assignment is part of the Sunshine State Standards. The activity “creates awareness of the five rights contained in the First Amendment to the Constitution.”
The Duval County School District released this statement, “The Justice Teaching activity on constitutional rights that was conducted at Cedar Hills Elementary School is consistent with our efforts to broaden civics-based education and develop critical thinking skills among our students. The lesson builds awareness of First Amendment rights through a partnership with an association of local attorneys. Our possible concern rests with a follow-up activity that may have been conducted after the lesson. A review and investigation will occur to determine the facts of that assignment.”
A WDW review of the assignment reveals no reference to “safety or security” or “giving up Constitutional rights”. The safety issue more relates to the Second Amendment. A request for a copy of the inquiry into the “follow-up activity” has been requested.
Steve Watson from InfoWars.com reports:
Aaron Harvey from Florida found a note scrawled in Crayon in his son’s back pack that read “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
When the father questioned his son on the matter, the boy told him that his teacher, Cheryl Sabb, had said the statement out loud and instructed the children in the class to write it down, following a lesson on The Bill of Rights and The Constitution.
Mr Harvey noted that he asked other children in the class, at Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, for an explanation and received the same answer.
The Story was first reported by TheBlaze, and has since gone viral online.
“Everybody has their opinions,” Harvey said. “I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future… [but] the education is, ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this…all these things, why did they particular choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.’” he added.
“I believe in our Constitution. I am a veteran, I served for six-and-a-half years proudly and I served to protect our rights,” Harvey said. “Now whenever I have someone coming in and trying to pollute my child’s mind with biased opinions…there’s no education in that.” he urged.
Former Congressman Ron Paul today announced the launch of his own home schooling program that promises to center heavily around The Constitution and how it “has been hijacked.”
As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”