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NEA NH - Hateful Politics or Children's Safety?

The recently elected Republican leadership in NH changed the rules to once again allow Licensed NH Legislators to bring their gun with them to the Statehouse. NEA NH (NH Public School Teachers Union), urged all the states public schools to stop bringing their students to the Statehouse. Then NEA NH cancelled the annual “Read with your Legislator” program. Their reasoning is it is no longer safe to bring students to the Statehouse because guns might be in the building.

Since NH is a concealed carry by license state, law abiding citizens carrying guns can be present anywhere in the state except on school grounds. If this is truly about the safety of the children then we can expect the teachers will no longer support any activities that place the children in the presence of guns.

Examples of activities to cancel are sports such as Golf, Alpine Skiing, Swimming, and Ice Hockey. No more stopping at McDonalds on the way home from events at other schools. Trips to museums, nature preserves, environmental camps, sports camps, band camps, chorus and drama events are no longer safe unless held at a public school. Class trips to the Statehouse, Washington DC or to foreign countries. The schools must pull support for the YMCA’s American Heritage Tour and New England Heritage tours.

For Peterborough’s Children and the Arts Day it could be a blessing. They are having a financial shortfall due to the Town requesting some funding from the program for providing public safety personnel. The program will now be restricted to school property to make it safe for the children. No longer can we allow all the local schools to post the kids artwork around town, then have a huge parade with dancing, singing, music, and art, art, art everywhere!

Was this a cheap, vile, fear mongering, demonizing, political ploy by the Teachers Union, a tactic taught by Saul Alinsky in his book “Rules for Radicals”, or is this real concern for the safety of the children? You decide!

Work Hard Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura

NHInsider Owner/Operator

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Reader Comments (3)

Hey Bob!

Perhaps NEA NH Prez Wesolowski should have done a straw poll to see who was, and who was not on board with her "edict" Nashua and Merrimack School Districts told the Nashua Telegraph's Mike Brindley they were not going to cancel their school trips to the Statehouse...

El Presidente Wesolowski summarily back-pedaled claiming, "We didn't cancel anything, we are simply not sponsoring the "Read Across America" program...(Not In the Name of the Hacks..Shouldn't that be an educational program?) Aside from Dr Seuss content being little more than useless doggerel, The Senate President and House Speaker stepped right up with an alternate positive event that extols the virtues of reading.

I will not read there with a gun...A Hack I am to ruin fun... I will not read there with that speaker...instead I will be a pablum squeaker...
February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRick Olson
DATELINE: THURSDAY, February 24, 2011...Entered New Hampshire Statehouse at 10:10AM. as I walked through the door, there were a whole boatload...ah, scratch that, "politically incorrect" term just in case any were of Haitian descent) there was a whole bunch of kids...about 40 or 50 being entertained by Governor Lynch and a cadre of liberal marms...It is important to point out all the smiles, enthusiasm and joy seen in the gaggle...I wouldn't have thought anybody appeared to be in fear of anybody packing heat...."just sayin" LOL
February 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterRick Olson
Years before the world of PC, students used to bring their deer rifles on the bus, leave them in the principal's office, pick them up after school and hunt their way home. Many towns, like Milford, used to teach firearms safety and marsmanship in the schools. All this, and no issues. Of course that was before we had a school full of teachers who collectively have the lowest SAT scores of college graduates (true.. not hyperbole). A bunch of simple lemmings they are!
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdave

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