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Friday, December 8, 2017
Conservative High School Group Posts Video of Far Left Students Dishonoring Veterans--Now They’re Getting Death Threats
The following article appeared on the Gateway Pundit on December 7th
By Jim Hoft
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, during a Veterans Day observance a number of Edina High School minority students refused to stand for the national anthem and the subsequent playing of Taps to honor fallen soldiers.
The students sat in the gymnasium floor during Taps.
The school had invited local veterans to the school for the ceremony.
Following this display of disrespect,
the Young Conservatives Club posted video of the protest on social media (see
below). The conservative students denounced the actions of the far left
Then this happened…
The conservative group was hit with a rash of threats against the club members, social media posts labelling the students as racists, and a video posted by a masked individual using the moniker, “EHS Antifa.”
Today lawyers for the conservative student group are holding a press conference to announce a lawsuit.
“The U.S. Flag Code preempts Edina High School’s requirement that students respect flag protesters—whatever that means. This is a clear case of discrimination against students with conservative beliefs by a school whose policies have been documented as promoting an extreme ideological agenda,” stated Erick Kaardal, of Mohrman, Kaardal and Erickson, P.A. “Edina High School has essentially declared itself to be ‘big brother’ – to ensure that students ‘think correctly’ about the U.S. flag, political and social issues.”
The lawsuit arises from the aftermath of a Thursday, November 9, 2017, Veterans Day observance during which a number of Edina High School students refused to stand for the national anthem and the subsequent playing of Taps to honor fallen soldiers. Some of the protesters reportedly were lying on the floor in protest. Following this display of disrespect, a video of the assembly was posted on a Young Conservatives Club social media stream, accompanied by denouncement of the protest behavior.
What next occurred was a rash of threats against the club members, social media posts labelling the students as racists, and a video posted by a masked individual using the moniker, “EHS Antifa.”
The video, which Edina Schools Superintendent John Schultz, deemed “inflammatory and creepy,” threatened members of the club for “pursuing your alt-right agenda.” The masked antagonist proclaimed, “This is why we at EHS Anti-fascists have decided your club cannot continue to exist in its current form. We will not stop until every tentacle of your evil monstrosity is sliced off at the nerve.”
Over Veterans Day weekend, tensions escalated. On Monday, police were called to investigate, several members of the Young Conservatives Club left school in fear, and the administration response was to terminate the club. The Young Conservatives Club was terminated because it “criticized the school’s policies supporting the organized student protest at the November 9, 2017, Edina High School Veterans Day program.” As a result of the termination, the club’s membership has plummeted from over a hundred active members to a handful who have joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs.
Edina High School Principal Andy Beaton defended the protestors, telling the school newspaper, “The bottom line with this particular instance is that students are not required to stand for the national anthem, or Taps or the pledge.” About the Young Conservatives Club members who objected, he commented, “When the statements become disrespectful, that’s when we have to step in.”