A professor who was fired by Kirkwood Community College after telling a media outlet “I am antifa” has won a $25,000 settlement, roughly the equivalent of what he would have made for teaching three years of classes.
Jeff Klinzman claimed that he was forced to resign in violation of his First Amendment rights.
Klinzman, 62, had gained media attention in August after local station KCRG-TV reported on his extremist social media posts. The news of his claims of Antifa affiliation quickly went viral and people began to lobby for him to be fired from his job.
Campus Reform reports that in a 2012 post, Klinzman wrote on Facebook that “this is what the country will come to if we don’t stop Evangelical Christians,” quoting a poem reading “Kill them all, and bury them deep into the ground, before millions more are tortured to death.”
He added: “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what Evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage and a desire to exact revenge.”
When a reporter from the station reached out to Klinzman, he defended his comments and declared: “I affirm that I am antifa.”
As the public demanded his termination, the college decided to cancel his classes for the rest of the year due to “the potential to create an environment that is disruptive to our mission.” They agreed to pay him for the semester anyways, however, which amounted to $3,624 for a 16-week period.
“Our decision to remove Mr. Klinzman from the classroom has nothing to do with the substance of his views or his right to express them. Rather, our decision is based solely on our commitment to fostering a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” KCC President Lori Sundberg said in a statement at the time.
Shortly after being removed from the classroom, Klinzman emailed the school and told them he would resign.
“Due to the controversy surrounding reporting about my activism, and in the interest of preserving the safety of the Kirkwood campus, its students, faculty, and staff, I resign my position as a member of the English faculty effective immediately,” the email from Klinzman said, hardly sounding like someone who was being forced out by his boss.
However, Klinzman later claimed that he was forced to quit by being removed from the classroom and filed a lawsuit with representation by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
“Public colleges simply cannot fire professors because a small, vocal group of people online get upset. We are grateful that we were able to work with Kirkwood to resolve this matter and secure a good result for Jeff,” said Greg Harold Greubel, staff attorney for FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project said in a statement released by the organization. “Ultimately, this is a victory for Jeff. More broadly, we hope that Jeff’s story will remind colleges that all of their professors have the right to express their political opinions online, and FIRE will be ready to act if colleges violate those expressive rights.”
A spokesperson from Kirkwood Community College told Campus Reform that they believe they handled the situation appropriately, but wanted to avoid costly litigation defending themselves so that they can focus on students.
“The college remains confident in how sensitive issues were managed related to his resignation at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. With this matter now settled, Kirkwood avoids potentially lengthy and costly litigation to defend itself and can keep its attention focused on educating students.”
“Kirkwood is pleased to put this matter behind the institution as it moves forward with its continued commitment to creating a learning environment where free speech and academic freedom can thrive,” the college added.
Teacher Goes on Anti-Trump Rant After 10-Year-Old Says He Admires the President, Lies to Student’s Mom When Confronted (VIDEO)
The anti-conservative rant was prompted after Stanton asked the class “Who is the one person you admire and why?”
A Tacoma, Washington, sixth grade teacher was caught on camera going on an anti-Trump tirade over a student saying that he admires the president.
The teacher then lied to the boy’s mother, Elsy Kusander, about the classroom discussion when she confronted him. She recorded the exchange.
Kusander is from Honduras and is a big supporter of President Trump. She did not hesitate to defend both her child and the president to the unhinged “educator.”
“Brendan Stanton, a middle school teacher at P.G. Keithley Middle School in Tacoma, asked students who they admired and why. One student answered President Trump. That triggered Stanton,” KTTH reports.
The morning after the world learned President Donald Trump contracted the coronavirus, a Seattle-area teacher went on a rant about the president to sixth graders. When a parent complained, he misled her about what happened. And it was caught on video.READ DETAILS: https://mynorthwest.com/2203336/rantz-seattle-teacher-scolds-student-trump/
Publiée par The Jason Rantz Show on AM 770 KTTH sur Dimanche 4 octobre 2020
The anti-conservative rant was prompted after Stanton asked the class “Who is the one person you admire and why?”
Kusander’s son responded by writing “I admire Donald J. Trump because he is making America great again. And because he is the best president the United States of America could ever, ever have. And he built the wall so terrorists couldn’t come into in the U.S. Trump is the best person in the world. And that’s why I had admire him.”
This response prompted Stanton to completely blow his lid and kick the student out of the virtual classroom.
The teacher told the student, and the class, that it was not an acceptable answer because President Trump spreads “hate.” The rant took place on the same day that it was announced the president has contracted the coronavirus.
“The example that was shared in the chat, which I went ahead and erased for us, was not appropriate right? Especially as that individual has created so much division and hatred between people and specifically spoken hatred to many different individuals, OK?,” Stanton told his students.
KTTH noted that the teacher would not even speak the president’s name, referring to him as “the individual.”
“Again, that individual has spoken hate to many individuals and I don’t think is an appropriate example for a role model that we should be admiring,” Stanton said.
High School Football Players Suspended for Carrying Thin Blue, Thin Red Line Flags Before 9/11 Game
High School football players in Florida have been suspended from their team for carrying Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags during their football game on 9/11 to honor the first responders who died during the attack on the World Trade Center.
One of the young men on the Little Miami High School football team is the son of a police officer, another, the son of a firefighter.
“Were you trying to make some kind of a political statement here?” a Local 12 reporter asked Brady Williams, a senior cornerback, who carried the Thin Blue Line flag.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
“No,” he answered quickly. “Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.”
Jarad Bentley, whose father is a firefighter, carried the Thin Red Line flag.
“I was all for it,” he said. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him.”
The young men had asked the school for permission to carry the flags on to the field before the game, and the school refused. They were told that if they did, there would be consequences.
Still, the boys did it anyways.
“Listen,” Williams said. “I don’t care what my consequences are. So long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”
Local 12 reports that “Williams and Bentley heard from the athletic director Monday afternoon and received an indefinite suspension.” The station said that they had called the superintendent about the boys a few hours prior.
Superintendent Gregory Power claimed that they denied the boys’ request because they don’t want to “set a precedent” for “political” flags being carried out on the field.
“We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] many other families may not agree with from a political perspective,” Power claimed.
Poll Finds 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool or Virtual School After Lockdowns
“Homeschooling is the new status quo.”
A new national poll has revealed that 40 percent of families are more likely to continue home or virtual schooling after the lock downs end.
The RealClear Opinion Research survey also found that 64 percent of registered voters support school choice.
Homeschool has been under attack in a big way since the lock downs began, but mainstream media’s efforts to dismiss it is clearly not resonating with voters.
A new national survey finds 41% of parents are MORE likely to homeschool after the lockdown.
This is why government school monopolists are freaking out.
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) May 14, 2020
“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. Policymakers should note that there is a strong desire to have these and other educational options available to families, with both strong support for the general concept of school choice and even stronger support for a specific federal proposal, Education Freedom Scholarships,” John Schilling, President of the American Federation of Children, said in response to the poll results.
Schilling added that this is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.
“Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible,” Schilling said. “We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”
More black and Asian parents said that they are more likely to consider homeschooling now, with 50.4 percent of black voters saying so, and 53.8 percent of Asian parents. Just 36.3 percent of white parents said the same, and 38.2 percent of Hispanic.
The issue did not seem to be partisan, however, as 45.7 percent of Democrats said they are more likely to consider homeschool, as well as 42.3 percent of Republicans.
Corey A. DeAngelis, the director of school choice at the Reason Foundation told the District Herald that these shutdowns have helped parents to realize that homeschool works better than government schooling.