Update 1: Welcome, Gateway Pundit (Jim Hoft) readers!
Update 2: Welcome, Deplorable Press readers! Kudos to pastor Duke Taber for his clever tagline — Trump’s inaugural address has been rated “T” for Trigger, with parental permission required. He also suggests that it’s “time to drain the swamp at our schools as well.”
In that vein, for readers who’d like to write or call school officials in North Carolina to pose questions about this policy, or ask that it be rescinded, you might start with the North Carolina superintendent of schools, Mark Johnson. Below (and here) is his contact information. If you contact him, take care to be polite, especially considering that it seems unlikely he had any role in formulating or encouraging this policy, as he just took office (on January 7). And he’s a Republican — the first Republican elected to the office in 100 years.
Update 3: Welcome, HotAir (Jazz Shaw) readers! Kudos for this line: “Sure, it would be pleasant to think that you’re being tricked and this is just some sort of Rickroll to The Onion, but it’s not.” Also:
This is the inauguration of the next president. It’s living history being broadcast in high definition. Whether you voted for Trump or for Clinton, this is current events in every sense of the word. But we have people in charge of a public school who are so carried away by Trump Derangement Syndrome that they’re sending out permission slips to watch it?
Update 4: Welcome, Free Republic readers!
Update 5: Welcome, HeatStreet readers! (Others, don’t miss this amazing story by Emily Zanotti, based on reporting by Michigan talk-show host Steve Gruber, about a Michigan teacher (Brett Meteyer) who plans to preempt Trump’s inaugural address to REPLAY for his students Obama’s 2009 inaugural address! And note this update from local TV: the school superintendent is refusing to condemn the Michigan teacher!)
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Mark Belling, the godfather of Wisconsin conservative talk radio, of Milwaukee’s WISN (News/Talk 1130), acting on listener’s tip, broke news in his January 13 show of a North Carolina school district which is requiring parental permission to view the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President.
Here are the key excerpts:
(Extended, uncut version available here.)
And here is a copy of the school district’s e-mail to teachers, read by Mark starting at 4:07 of the video:
On Friday, January 20, 2017, our Nation will undergo the peaceful transfer of power, as one President ends his term and another begins his.
Many media outlets will broadcast the inauguration of the 45th President.
The ceremony, which is steeped in history and tradition, provides an opportunity for the public to watch the pomp and circumstance unfold.
It also highlights how a new Administration interprets and embraces history and tradition.
The inauguration events can certainly be a learning opportunity for our students.
Please keep a few things in mind if you decide to show the inauguration during the school day.
Parents will need to provide permission for their children to view the inauguration.
Teachers and administrators should not share their personal political opinions in regard to the inauguration.
Students whose parents don’t want them to view the inauguration must be provided an alternate learning activity.