Update 1: Welcome, Gateway Pundit (Jim Hoft) readers!
Update 2: Welcome, Rush Limbaugh fans! (Transcript here; Rush’s FB post & his fans’ comments here; video to be added later.) [11/26 update: video w/ Rush excerpts, and much more, here, and embedded below.] Thanks to both Rush and Bo Snerdley for the shout out!
Update 3: After four days of doing nothing to rebut the Nov. 18 complaint by a parent, on Vicki McKenna’s show, that Marshall schools have banned “Rush Revere” books as “inappropriate,” today at 1:16 p.m. (Central time) the Marshall school district posted this comment asserting that it had investigated the matter and had concluded that the parent made a “false report.” The district also posted its statement on various Facebook pages (here, here, and here). The district’s statement is somewhat cryptic and, as Vicki has noted, it has responded to the controversy in an odd, even bizarre, manner (for example, by never talking to her, or to the dad, during its “investigation”; by hanging up on her when she called to ask for clarification concerning the statement; and by involving a police officer in the matter, even though no crime is plausibly involved). Detailed questions have been put to the district, both by Vicki (here) and by this blogger (here). This blogger will supply an update by early next week, after ensuring that the district has a full and fair opportunity to respond.
Update 4: The Marshall high school principal, Brian Sniff (@PrincipalSniff), has confirmed in a Facebook comment that the district administrator (Dr. Barbara Sramek) will certainly be happy to speak with Vicki when school starts up again after the holiday, this coming Monday.
Update 5: This blogger just noticed (Nov. 28, 9:30 a.m.) that on Nov. 25, a response by Dr. Sramek to Vicki’s questions was posted on at least three Facebook pages maintained by the district, here, here, and here. Despite a school district employee having previously written this blogger (on Nov. 25), no one e-mailed to alert this blogger to Dr. Sramek’s statement. Nor did anyone post a comment on this blog noting the statement. There is no indication in Dr. Sramek’s statement that it was e-mailed to Vicki McKenna. This blogger looks forward to the fruits of the conversation Dr. Sramek promised last Wednesday (via a subordinate) to have with Vicki today, now that school has resumed.
Two years ago Wisconsin talk-radio host Vicki McKenna broke a story, which quickly went national, about Wisconsin school officials who bullied an 11-year-old boy, threatening to expel him for bringing a “virtual gun” to his virtual (i.e., home) school. His offense? Displaying a tiny picture of a gun, with an American flag, on the computer which he used only at home — an image viewable by no other student. See blog posts here, here, and here.
Now Vicki has broken the story of Wisconsin school officials who are bullying a 6-year-old boy.
His offense? Bringing to school the latest book in the bestselling children’s book series on American history, “Adventures of Rush Revere,” written by Rush Limbaugh (with his wife Kathryn). The book, just published, is Rush Revere and the Presidency.
As Matt, the boy’s father, explained to Vicki during her November 18 afternoon (Madison) show, school officials in Marshall, Wisconsin, regard anything written by Rush Limbaugh as “inappropriate material” — even though the series has received rave reviews, and Rush won the 2013 “Author of the Year” award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards, for his first book in the series.
Here’s a five-minute clip from Vicki’s show:
For readers who might have questions or comments concerning this remarkable story, here is contact information for the school board’s president (bios here and here; FB here), the school district’s superintendent (bios here and here), and its director of instruction (bio here).
Dr. Barbara Sramek — District Administrator