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Connecticut High School Blocks Student Access To Conservative Web Sites

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A Connecticut High School has reportedly blocked students from accessing conservative web sites, which have been deemed hate speech by the powers that be. A brave student whistleblower at Nonnewaug High is now speaking out.

According to local news reports, a student at Nonnewaug High School was preparing for a class sponsored debate on gun control. Hoping to do his due diligence in researching the topic, he attempted to access sources of information available online. What he found was so upsetting that he confronted the school board at a recent meeting to demand answers.

The answers he was given by at least one administrator were even more shocking. When confronted by the student, the following exchange took place:

I was first directed by the school administration to Superintendent Jody Goegler, who l would like to thank for being helpful in answering my questions. Mr. Goegler informed me that all politically oriented websites were to be blocked to prevent hate-speech from leeching into the school. However, even after informing him of the previously stated websites, nothing has been done to correct the problem.

What websites were deemed hate speech? Some of the more egregious examples include Paul Ryan for Congress, The NRA, Debate.org, National Right to Life, Christianity.com and The Vatican’s official website.

The student, Adam Lampart, read a speech to the school board on June 16. Here is the full text of that speech:

To the Board of Education members,

My name is Andrew Lampart from Woodbury, Connecticut. I am a senior at Nonnewaug High school.

Earlier in the semester, our law class was promised to hold a debate closer to the end of the year on the issue of gun control. To prepare, I decided to do some research and gather resources during study hall. However, I immediately found it difficult to find resources that were opposed to stricter gun-control as most of these websites were blocked by the firewall. Most of these websites were blocked under the category of “Political/Advocacy Groups.” Out of curiousity, I decided to perform a brief investigation and search to see what other websites were blocked under this listing. What I discovered was appalling.

As you can see from the list that I have provided you, the firewall at the high school offers a very biased viewpoint towards not only the issue of gun-control, but also abortion, religion, and political parties. Even in this crucial election year for not only the state of Connecticut, but the entire nation, the firewall has selectively blocked candidate websites.

Is the region encouraging us to support abortion and gay marriage over traditional family values, as websites such as lgbtqnation.com, and Planned parenthood are unblocked, while protectmarriage.com, ctfamily.org, and the National Right To Life Organization are blocked? Is the Board trying to press these ideas onto the students of Region 14?

Is the Region suggesting that it is better for students to reject the Second Amendment and for them and their families to disarm, as nationalgunrights.org, Second Amendment Foundation, and National Rifle Association are blocked, while Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action, and even banhandgunsnow.org are unblocked? Is it the policy of the region to reject the right to bear arms?

Is the region supporting the religion of Islam, whose radical believers wage war against this nation, who murdered almost 3000 Americans on 9/11, and vow to continue these acts of terrorism, but are rejecting the principles of Christianity which this nation was founded upon? The Offical Vatican webpage and Chritianity.com are blocked, while islam-guide.com, and al-islam.org are unblocked. Is the Board endorsing the religion of our current enemy?

Is the region attempting to sway students to think and vote for the Democrat party instead of Republican ideology, as the official website for the state Republican Party is blocked, while the webpage for the state Democrat party is unblocked? Even down to the news sources which a student may access; allowing students to access content from extremely liberal news sources like the Huffington Post and MSNBC, while at the same time blocking The Blaze, Town Hall, Red State, and CT Mirror are blocked? Is the Board looking to sway students to think and register towards a particular political party?

Is the region rejecting its political neutrality by pushing students and staff to vote for a specific candidate during these crucial state and federal elections, as the campaign websites for Republican candidates Kie Westby for Attorney General and Governor hopeful Joseph Visconti are blocked, yet the campaign page for Governor Daniel Malloy is unblocked? Is the Board willing to sacrifice its mandatory political neutrality in hopes to elect the candidates they wish to see elected?

I was first directed by the school administration to Superintendent Jody Goegler, who l would like to thank for being helpful in answering my questions. Mr. Goegler informed me that all politically oriented websites were to be blocked to prevent hate-speech from leeching into the school. However, even after informing him of the previously stated websites, nothing has been done to correct the problem.

On behalf of all NHS students, I would like to know what policies are in effect regarding internet security, as well as who, if anyone, is monitoring the internet for the school and region.

Our education system is designed to produce graduates who are free-thinkers – not ones who are told what to think. By blocking politics from school – especially high school – the district is leaving students unprepared to face, deliberate, and solve the real-world issues that our country faces today and those in the unimagined future. Our school system requires an internet policy that is fair and balanced towards all ways of thinking.

I would like to thank you for giving me the time to bring this issue to your attention, so that the Board may review the internet policies and make changes where necessary.

–Blocked–
-National Right To Life
-ctmirror.org
-debate.org
-Second Amendment Foundation
-National Rifle Association
-Paul Ryan for Congress
-liberallogic101.com
-The Black Sphere
–rightwingnewscom
-ctfamily.org
rightwingwatch.org
redstate.com
townhall.com
sarahpac.com
teaparty.org
National Right To Life Foundation
Protectmarriage.com
vatican.va
christianity.com
nationalgunrights.org
ctgop.org
liberallogic101.com

-Unblocked-
ctdems.org
newtownactionalliance.org
momsdemandaxtion.org
islam-guide.com
lgbtqnation.com
plannedparenthod.org
prochoiceamerica.org
americanprogress.org
conservativelogic101.com
wsws.org
hillaryclintonoffice.com
danmalloy2014.com
nationalgrassrootscoalition.org
banhandgunsnow.org

The superintendent, Jody Ian Goegler, can be reached at (203)263-4330, or jgoeler@ctreg14.org.

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