Teacher Points out Double Standard of School Walk-Out, is Disciplined

Teacher Points out Double Standard of School Walk-Out, is Disciplined
Teacher Points out Double Standard of School Walk-Out, is Disciplined

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- On March 14th and 15th,  2018, before the mass organized school “walkout” to push for more restrictions on gun ownership, a teacher led a discussion about political protests. Julianne Benzel, a teacher at Rocklin High School in California opened a debate about how protests were political, and schools should be even-handed in their politics. The teacher reported the students understood the school should not pick losers and winners of controversial issues. From cbslocal.com:

Benzel says she never discouraged her students from participating in the national school walk out, but she did question whether it’s appropriate for a school to support a protest against gun violence if they’re not willing to support all protests.

“And so I just kind of used the example which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time—a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?” she said.

She says the administration didn’t talk to her about her lecture, last week.

But while thousands of students walked out of class, Mrs. Benzel received a letter from her human resources department, informing her she’s being placed on paid administrative leave.

“I didn’t get any backlash from my students. All my students totally understood that there could not be a double standard,” she said.

Including Nick Wade, who didn’t walk out.

This is an ongoing pattern seen in these politically organized events designed to push for more restrictions on Second Amendment rights. One of the things the anti-Second Amendment groups are pushing for is a ban on semi-automatic rifles. Rifles such as the AR15 are analogous to the flintlock musket when the Second Amendment was ratified. There is a good case such rifles are precisely those most protected by the Second Amendment. Such rifles are arms that would be useful to form militias.

Note that the Rocklin school district uses a euphemism to refer to the overtly political action. They call it “civic engagement activities”.

Rocklin Student Walkout Controversy
Rocklin Student Walkout Controversy

Mrs. Benzel cleverly pointed out the school would almost certainly not participate in organized “walkout” protesting the widespread availability of abortions. A march for life occurs annually, in large numbers, but news of it is generally spiked by the national media.

Over a decade ago, I was listening to a talk radio show out of Los Angeles. A high school principal was a guest on the show. He said something that will always stick in my memory. He said, “At my school, we have perfect diversity. We all look different, but we all think alike.” It was a clear statement of what “diversity” means to Progressives. All are welcome, as long as they do not have any opinions that diverge from the politically correct ones.

The problem with tax-funded organizations, such as schools, taking sides in political debates, is that it forms a feedback loop. The political groups that use tax-funded resources become stronger and feed more taxes to those organizations that support them. They feed more support to the politicians that support them. It only ends when the funding becomes so large as to cause a backlash. A backlash in California seems unlikely.

Tax-funded organizations on one side of a political question are like a thumb on the scales of justice.

©2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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When will the voting public wake up. A number are leaving the state the rest should rebel and vote Brown out of office

Wild Bill

, Too many illegal aliens skewing California elections for woken up voters to overcome. The illegal alien problem has to be fixed first.


So will those teachers who supported the walkout be “disciplined” if “some parents” complain?


So, when is California going to slide into the Pacific ocean and leave a large brown stain ring around the ocean ?


That commiefornia liberal school system had to get rid of the conservative teacher for fear she may turn a kid’s head and make one or more of them think with some sense. By the way what is wrong with marching for anti-abortion and outlawing the instruments that are used for abortions? Let’s sentence whoever medical person that makes a mistake and kills someone. We all know gun violence is one of the lesser of life’s loss by another person. Stupid, spoon fed brats need something except a snowflake parent or parents.

Nomen Ignotus

hmmm….The “suspension ” of the Teacher …is a massively obvious violation of the Frist Amendment …so…I am awaiting the response of the ACLU …and waiting …and waiting …oh …ok….your Freedom is only to say what they agree with …like “Gun Control ” ( a term created by a German named Goebbels in the 1930’s to make confiscation appear more benign )…


Schools are no longer places of education.


Sure they are. It is the education of the left we have been warning you about for 40+ years.

Wayne Roberts

Where is the funding for these protest coming from? You know the kids are not funding them.


Jimmy Kimmel, Lady Gaga, and MTV funded some of it, , at least 17 buses from NYC


Only in CALIF!!!



It’s everywhere progressives control what is taught.


When the First Amendment was drafted there was no such thing as mass media. Regulating mass media is not interfering with free speech, it is avoiding the natural tendencies people have to push their agendas. We created to FCC to address this in the early 20th century but have not yet addressed the problems with huge networks, cable providers, and the most dangerous, the internet. Brainwashed. That all you can say about what is happening to generation after generation now. Americans or overly optimistic, and people avoid conflict and pain at any cost. That is why clear thinking, realistic conservatives… Read more »

Don H.

Let’s get this right, you won’t to use your 1st Amendment right .( Freedom of speech.)
To destroy my 2nd Amendment right.( Right to bear arms.)
Please tell me what senses that makes.
You won’t to keep your right’s but tell me I can’t keep mine!

Big Lou

I don’t understand how adults can be taking advice from someone who needs to ask their mommy or daddy for lunch money. I just can’t do it. If you’re too young to vote on the things you’re even talking about,then you have no say so period. What the hell is wrong with these parents of these children, get your kids in class so they can get an education and learn what the Second Amendment is about before they start running off ignorant statements with no logical conclusions. When someone is begging you to take away their RIGHTS, either that person… Read more »

Marc Disabled Vet

Leftist Indoctrination of Our Youth!
It’s Their Way Or The Highway.

Time For Home Schooling.
The Only Way to Cut Their Funding !


And therein lies the problem with what passes for education today. I would venture most of those high school protestors couldn’t spell “Constitution” much less tell me why it was written.


IF they do study the Constitution, it is with the warped liberal view.