Okay, can we get conservative parents to take a step back, draw in a deep breath, and come to grips with reality? No? I should’ve figured.
Anyway, the news today is reporting a story about a group of Boulder High School students who started a band. They were planning to sing Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War”. Some parents who saw the rehearsal became concerned, thinking that the kids were threatening to kill President Bush. So they called a local radio station talk show to complain. (Ugh). From there, somehow, the story got to the Secret Service, who came out to investigate.
Teacher Jim Vacca stood right behind the students: “‘In an age where narcissistic college students riot in an inarticulate drunken stupor, you have students here at Boulder High School, principled, thoughtful and yet scared of four more years of pre-emptive war, the Patriot Act and an increase in militarism at school through the No Child Left Behind Act,’ Vacca had said.”
But, of course, the conservatives had to make fools of themselves:
“Some people are upset that students and teachers are allowed to put up such a performance, and some say the high school students are being manipulated by the adults.
‘These kids are being used to promote an extreme leftist point of view on the taxpayers’ dime,’ said 7NEWS Viewer James Lemons.”
Fortunately, the principal (Ron Cabrera) also stuck up for the students: ‘I feel that the school and these students have been accused without being able to confront their accusers,’ Cabrera said, adding that no student or parent had talked to him about the allegations. ‘Why would someone do that?'”