Woman fatally shot outside Katy ISD high school in Texas

FT. BEND COUNTY, TX (KTRK) — A Katy ISD cafeteria worker was killed this morning, fatally shot outside a high school.

According to district officials, the female employee was getting out of her car outside Thomkins High School at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd when she was shot by her ex-husband. A coach and parent witnesses the shooting.

When officers arrived, they found two coaches performing CPR on her. She was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died.

According to the district, the suspect fled and is now barricaded inside his home in Brookshire.

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Parents outrage as school cuts off valedictorian’s microphone as he makes unauthorised remarks about the value of freedom of speech

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A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and began to speak about the constitution.

Joshua High School graduate Remington Reimer, who was accepted into the Naval Academy, had his microphone silenced during his speech right after he told fellow graduates that school officials had threatened to cut him off the day before.

His speech began like any other: ‘I’m honored to stand before you today as the Valedictorian of 2013!’

Censored: Remington Reimer, seen speaking here, was giving the valedictory speech when his microphone was turned off because he deviated from approved remarks

Censored: Remington Reimer, seen speaking here, was giving the valedictory speech when his microphone was turned off because he deviated from approved remarks

Quebec teachers strip search students during math exam

Quebec teachers strip search students during math exam

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SAINT-JEROME, QC – A school board north of Montreal has launched an internal investigation after school staff strip searched 28 high school students to find a cellphone during a year-end exam.

The board admits that staff at Cap-Jeunesse high school in Saint-Jerome, QC, “lacked judgment” for asking 28 Grade 10 students to remove their clothes when a phone went missing last week.

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Christian students give bullies notice

‘We are in a war … failure is not an option’

Radical leftist and White House confidante Dan Savage probably has perfected “bullying” Christians – given his rant at a school event for young journalists a few months back. That was where he called those who refused to listen to his anti-Bible rant “pansy-a****.”

More recently, he attacked Sarah Palin, who repeatedly has expressed her support for the traditional Judeo-Christian principles on which the nation was founded. There, he noted her stunt in using chewing tobacco during her address to the NRA, saying “Now seeing upside of oral cancers.”

Then he doubled down, “Bullying has to satisfy three criteria: it has to be verbal or physical aggression, repeated over time, involving a power differential. … So yeah, I ‘bullied’ Sarah Palin. Yup. That’s what I did.”

But a team of Christian teens in Idaho is putting Savage and his ilk on notice.

“We are an army,” they explain in a new video that is making its presence felt in a big way on the Web. “We are in a war for the hearts and souls of our generation, and we know it. Failure is not an option. We are going to win this war.”

It was put together by teens working with an organization called Reach America, which is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and focuses on the fact that “Christianity is being frozen out in America” and “It is time for a thaw.”

The five-minute production is meant as a call to youth and their parents across American to join them “as they bring Christ and our Judeo-Christian values back to our country.”

The teens’ video has a number of volunteers delivering their message about the nation’s move to freeze Christianity out of society:

  • “Why can’t I pray in school?”
  • “Why do I have to check my religion at the door?”
  • “Why can’t I write about God in my school papers?”
  • “Why do I have to tolerate people cursing my God but I am not allowed to talk about God and my faith?”
  • “Why are they taking God out of my history books?”
  • “Why do they teach every other theory in science except creation?”
  • “Why am I called names because I believe in marriage the way God designed it?”
  • “Why can’t Tim Tebow praise God after making a touchdown without causing a national uproar?”
  • “What we see in our health classes, ‘sex education,’ 4th grade and up, is pornography.”
  • “Dirty jokes fill the hallways between classes, during class, before school, at lunch, after school, on the bus, off the bus. Get the idea?”

Todd Starnes reported on Fox News that the issue really hit home for the Idaho teens because of a local assignment. The students were told to write an essay titled, “I believe,” but were banned from writing anything about God.

Gary Brown, founder of Reach America, told him, “There is a lot of bullying directed at Christian kids in public schools and the culture at large … So many teenagers are being ostracized for being a Christian.”

“We refuse to be frozen out of the public school,” the teens say on the video. “We are calling on the youth of America to join us.”

The organization explains its Reach America Strategy involves C-4 – a Christ Centered Counter Culture.

The website explains:

“In Acts 17:28, the Apostle Paul writes, ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ In essence, where our kids ‘live’ and ‘move,’ they ‘become.’ Our youth are attending church for a couple hours, but they are living and moving in a world that no longer recognizes Christ as God. Actually, should we be surprised at what our youth are becoming?

In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we are creating a C-4™ Community, A Christ-Centered, Counter-Culture. The biblical foundation for a C-4 Community is Jesus’ ministry with His disciples, Acts 17:28 and Paul’s ministry found in 1 Thessalonians chapters one and two.

A C-4™ Community is a vibrant, growing group of Christian youth and their families on a mission. These Christians love Jesus and have a burning desire to see their family, their friends, their community, their state and America come to Christ. This is important: When people come into our C-4™ Community, we do not become like them, they become like us, then Christ.

The object of a C-4™ Community is to create a Christ-centered culture that is counter to what the American culture has become. We believe we can be more effective reaching people for Christ by bringing people to us, than only trying to reach them where they are living.

WND has reported a number of times on Dan Savage’s campaigns. It was at a high school anti-bullying conference in Seattle, Wash., where he used his podium to bash Christians so severely droves of the students fled the auditorium.

It was the National High School Journalism Convention, hosted jointly by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, and was supposed to give aspiring students exposure to professional journalism workshops designed to make the journalists of tomorrow the best that they can be.

One such workshop, featuring Savage, was billed in the convention program as a discussion on how to properly report on bullying.

“Student journalists cover a world where bullying, harassment and hazing are part of their experience,” said the workshop description in part.

Instead, when Savage took to the microphone, the real life exposure to bullying became all too real for the young high school students.

Savage launched into an attack on the Bible, saying, “People often point out that they can’t help it. They can’t help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong.

“We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he pronounced, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things.”

In this video of the speech below, students can be seen streaming out a few at a time, but begin to leave in groups when Savage continues to blast the Bible as “a radically pro-slavery document.”

Editor’s note: The video below contains several instances of obscene language.

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Texas High School Students Taught More Than Wearing Burqas!

Students Told to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”

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An Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9-11 hijackers not as terrorists – but as “freedom fighters,” according to students who were in the class.

Students at Lumberton High School were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.”

John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, told Fox News that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong.

“What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding,” he asked. “From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids.”

Valastro said the teacher involved is a 32-year veteran who was simply following state teaching guidelines.

“I don’t think my freshman-level teacher was trying to politicize radical Islam or anything like that,” he told Fox News. “I don’t think our teacher has..to my knowledge ever converted a single student to Islam.”

A Texas mom became outraged after she discovered a Facebook photo of her child wearing Islamic garb.

The Islamic lessons in the small public high school generated national attention after a photograph of four female students wearing burqas surfaced on Facebook.

April LeBlanc’s 15-year-old daughter was one of the students in the photograph. She told Fox News that many parents in the district feel betrayed by school officials.

“My biggest thing is not the burqa,” she said. “That was the key to opening up the rest. It’s scary how far they dove into the Islamic faith. It’s scary what they taught my daughter. Who’s in charge of this? How did our superintendent let this slip through the cracks?”

LeBlanc said the students were told that they could no longer use the terms suicide bomber or terrorist. Instead, they were instructed to use the words “freedom fighters.”

“This teacher taught her that a freedom fighter is when they give their life for the Holy War – and that they’re going to go to heaven,” she told Fox News. “They were saturating these kids in Islam and my daughter is an American Christian child.”

Madelyn LeBlanc told Fox News that it was clear her teacher was very uncomfortable lecturing the students.

“I do have a lot of sympathy for her,” the 15-year-old said. “At the very beginning she said she didn’t want to teach it but it was in the curriculum.”

Her mother added that it was her impression that the teacher did not agree with the quote about calling the terrorists freedom fighters and laced her lecture with sarcasm.

During a lesson on Judaism, LeBlanc said the teacher told the class, “Students, I’m supposed to be politically correct and tell you that the Holocaust was not Genocide. It was an ethnic cleansing.”

LeBlanc said her daughter kept detailed notes of every classroom lecture and as she read the transcripts she became disturbed.

“Really,” she asked. “They can’t call the Holocaust Genocide? I was more upset with that than the lessons on Islam. It made me sick.”

And then came the comparison between the 9-11 hijackers and the freedom fighters.

Madelyn said a young man sitting beside her was stunned.

“He was shocked that we had to call them that,” she told Fox News. “He laughed and asked the teacher, ‘Is that a joke? Are you serious? Why do we have to call them that? That makes it sound okay (what they did) And it’s not.’”

Madelyn said the teacher didn’t know how to respond.

“She said it was something we have to learn for the end of the year testing,” she said. “I’m sure it was very difficult for her to do.”

Madelyn said the lesson about freedom fighters made her feel “terrible.”

“That made it sound like what they were doing was okay,” she said.

The superintendent also defended the lesson on freedom fighters.

“The whole idea behind this particular lesson – do you call yourself a freedom fighter or Islamic jihadist – or whatever it is you want to be called – you’ve got to put things in perspective,” the superintendent said. “We’re trying to teach the kids to discern for themselves that one thing can be called many different things.”

Valastro said it’s important for students to understand context.

“We might see it as terrorism, but from the Islamic side they might call it jihadist or freedom fighter,” he said.

The superintendent said he was not aware of the specific comments made about the 9-11 hijackers – but conceded there was only one side to the attack.

“I do agree it was a terrorist attack,” he said. “But in several classes across this country, you’re going to have a make-up of students from all over the world in your class. We teach it as an act of terrorism – whereas they are teaching it to their kids as a revolutionary event.”

Fox News has learned that the lessons were not part of a controversial statewide curriculum called CSCOPE. That program has generated massive criticism for being pro-Islam and anti-Christian.

Janice VanCleave, a vocal CSCOPE critic and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review, said that may be the case – but the fingerprints of CSCOPE are all over the AP class.

“With or without the lessons, the class was using required information set by CSCOPE and required by the superintendent,” she said.

VanCleave said she was personally disgusted to learn that Texas school children were being taught that the 9-11 hijackers were freedom fighters.

“This has to stop right now,” she said. “Texas superintendents and school board members are to blame for CSCOPE being in Texas schools. Anyone of them that promotes the use of the title of freedom fighters for those who destroyed and killed so many on 9-11 need to be removed from our schools today.”

VanCleave said school administrators who support CSCOPE are “working to destroy Texas education and teach our children untruths.”

One controversial lesson actually instructed students to call the Boston Tea Party a terrorist act.

“The Boston Tea Party (participants) were freedom fighters,” she said. “The 9-11 hijackers were terrorists.”

Valastro blamed the controversy in his district on outsiders.

“The unfortunate thing is we have a group in Texas that has politicized our curriculum,” he said. “It’s unfortunate this teacher is getting beat up in the middle of this so people can make political points.”

As for the Boston Tea Party – the superintendent said it goes back to perspective.

“We were revolutionaries, but on the British side of the ocean we were destroying their content and they saw it as a terrorist attack,” he said.

LeBlanc said she was especially bothered by the lack of emphasis on other religions. She said there were hardly any lessons on Judaism and none on Christianity.

“I wondered how it was okay for them to go so in-depth into a religion from the other side of the world but it was not okay for them to be like that with Christianity,” she said.

“I try to stay open-minded,” she said. “I don’t want my daughter to be ignorant about the world. My kids watch the news with us. We make them aware. I don’t even mind the high school teaching these things.”

But, she added, there was no balance.

“They can talk about how important Mecca is – but why aren’t they talking about how important Christianity was to the founding of the nation,” she asked.

LeBlanc and other parents said they feel betrayed.

“We trusted these people,” she said of the school system. “It scares me. I feel like our school is being infiltrated. How can this not be a sign? We’re talking about Lumberton, Texas. We’re talking about a small town with Christian churches on every street corner. Right in our small school this is going on.”

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