“The Doherty student did not violate any school rule when he peacefully and silently protested during the National Anthem,” the statement from Binienda said. “He exercised his Constitutional Rights without disturbing the school assembly and he is not being disciplined by his actions.”
Oppong tweeted over the weekend that he was suspended from a game because of the protest. The statement from the superintendent appears to conflict with Oppong’s tweet.
“Worcester Public Schools is a rich, diverse community that thrives to maintain open dialogue about the challenges that our community and our country face,” the statement said.
Well, well, well, would you look at that. He was NEVER suspended in the first place. Kind of makes sense now that you think about it. The game was played on a Friday night. How could he have been suspended by an administrator on the weekend? This entire thing began when a 16 year old kid wanted to make a name for himself. That’s literally the only information anyone was working with before jumping to conclusions. Turns out none of it was true. He just wanted to become the latest martyr for black lives matter, because being a victim of racial injustice is so hot right now. And it worked perfectly. He got a few thousand extra Twitter followers out of it. Colin Kaepernick, Deray McKesson, Shaun King, and a bunch of other dooshnozzles tweeted support for him.
Life was good. Then they spoke with an adult and the real story came out.
Anyway, pretty disappointed with what Maureen Binienda said. For her to say he shouldn’t be punished for “exercising his constitutional right” is just plain inaccurate. This isn’t a constitutional issue. The constitution protects you from government censorship of your speech. It doesn’t stop a football coach from laying down ground rules and punishing kids who don’t follow those rules. If a coach wants to make his players wear a shirt and tie to school then they must. If a coach demands that kids keep a certain GPA to play then they must. If a coach wants to tell his team that they must stand for the anthem, then stand for the anthem they must. Because the coach’s job is to build unity, teach kids discipline, and win games. Everyone’s missing the most important part about this whole thing – Doherty lost the game. It was a big game too, against Leominster – the premier public school football team of Central MA. If you’re thinking about protesting instead of thinking about beating Leominster, then you’re not really a team player. A coach has the right to demand that every kid on his team be a team player. End of story.
Anyway, the kid thinks he’s a celebrity. Here’s two tweets he recently made. One was at 9:42 and the other at 9:55:
Ya know what high school kids are supposed to be doing at that time? Paying attention in class. As a matter of fact the Worcester Public Schools just instituted a new zero tolerance policy with cell phones. Yet here this kid is tweeting the day away while he should be in math class. Of course you can’t punish him for breaking this cell phone rule because him going on Twitter is a form of silent protest. Ya know, protesting police brutality and racism. So the school can’t punish him for this because then they’d be racist.
The bottom line is this kid lied about being suspended because he wanted to become an Internet victim, and it worked perfectly. That’s how predictable the social justice warrior-industrial complex is.
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