0331_I was there at Columbine_ Let schools spend more time on morality and character development — not politicizing the tragedy_ Let’s protest a system that exploits our students – Examples of student politicization_ March 2018 article by John Newkirk _ documentation supporting claims at end of article

Donna Jack
April 24, 2018

The Left, mainstream media, and schools exploit students and events.  Exploit: to use someone or something unfairly for your own advantage.

They politicize everything.  Politicize:   bring everything into the realm of politics, whether it belongs there or not.

John Newkirk published this article last month.  At the end I include some documentation links he emailed, that support his claim that students are being politicized in school.

“Let’s protest a system that increasingly politicizes our students, yet spends increasingly less time on morality and character development. ” — John Newkirk


Examples of Student Politicization

by John Newkirk

Our lives are full of routine and mundane days, punctuated by moments of gobsmacked reality that make us wish to God for just another routine and mundane day.

That April day started out like most others; dew-covered grass blades bowed beneath budding aspen sprouts, newborn calves gamboling in the meadow, and mountain bluebirds returning from their winter range, clothed in the same azure as the Colorado columbine.  A day’s worth of sunshine made the pastures greener, but a day’s worth of driving had me looking forward to hanging my hat, shuckin’ off the boots and setting my feet on the hearth.

But then the phone rang, and life would never be the same.

“Can you come to the church?” she pleaded, “Something terrible’s happened!”

It was the supervisor from my volunteer job as a local youth facilitator.  She was sobbing and going on about a shooting, multiple casualties and distraught, hysterical children.

“Whoa,” I said, “Can you slow down?  School shooting?  Where?”

“Columbine,” she replied, “Please come over, now.  The kids need familiar faces.  They need to know we care.  Please — I gotta go.”

For a moment I wrestled with a voice that told me to just keep on driving:  “What good can you possibly do?  You’re not a trained grief counselor.  Go home.  They’ll manage just fine without you.”  But a stronger voice prevailed and I made my way to the church near Columbine High School, where the community was already gathering inside.

A well-dressed, dignified woman stepped out of the car next to mine.  Her face looked familiar — firm and resolute, but trembling slightly.  She was a high-ranking public official; I recognized her from the newspapers.

It must have been an odd sight to the birds overhead: a cowboy and a lady pensively walking side by side down the long, grey path to the church doors.  No words, just one look into each other’s eyes and a solemn nod of the head.  But as we walked, I felt a deep, compelling urge to reach out and join hands with her, like Carton and the seamstress from “A Tale of Two Cities.”  There’s strength and comfort in knowing we don’t have to face these things alone.  In today’s world, though, such a gesture — no matter how genuine — could be misinterpreted, so I didn’t do it.

Awaiting us inside was a scene no one ever should have to face.  Frantic parents, teachers, cops, media, counselors, students — some looking to me for an explanation I didn’t have.  I tried my best to be a pillar of strength, but in the end I collapsed to my knees in tears along with the students beside me, machismo be damned.

It was then, through the wailing and the sobbing, that I felt a hand on my shoulder, the hand of a woman — firm and resolute, but trembling slightly.  I reached up and took it, and at that moment whatever differences we may have had going in — social status, ideology, political views — they all vanished as we stood in solidarity.

There’s a sinister Pied Piper out there trying to spirit away our children.  It’s high time we all join hands to stop it.  It’ll take more than just pointing fingers at the NRA or the Armalite rifle because the problem runs much deeper than that.  By all means, let’s get out there and protest: let’s protest the Hollywood hypocrites who sanctimoniously stand against gun violence, but then strap on multiple assault weapons for their latest “action-adventure” film.  Let’s protest the purveyors of ultra-violent video games that normalize killing while giving first prize for the highest body count.  Let’s protest a system that increasingly politicizes our students, yet spends increasingly less time on morality and character development.  And along with our protests, let’s never be ashamed to join hands for “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable.”

We owe it to our children.

John J. Newkirk served as Secretary of the Jefferson County Board of Education.
He raises cattle on a ranch near Conifer.


“Let’s protest a system that increasingly politicizes our students, yet spends increasingly less time on morality and character development. ” — John Newkirk

From: John Newkirk …
Sent: Saturday, April 7, 2018 3:23 PM
To: Donna Jack …
Subject: Examples of Student Politicization

Donna, thanks for the call today.

Here is what I believe was printed as my response in the Courier (along with hyperlinks):

[Newkirk responds: When an elementary school sponsors a pro-marijuana activist indicted for multiple felonies, when a middle school stages an anti-fracking assembly  and when a high school teacher shoots a plastic gun at President Trump’s image while shouting “Die!” in front of the class, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that the system is politicizing our students.]

My most recent article is also attached as a Word file.




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