Friday, April 4, 2014


Written by Keith Shirey

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Friday, 4 April 2014
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JUNIOR SCHOLASTIC® Current Events® is a publication put out by "Weekly Reader," known to millions of U.S. school kids in grades 6-10. Pre-teen student reporters write it.
But it is being banned in schools across the U.S. because of its content and analysis of the tragedy of the shootings at Ft. Hood, TX.
In it, an article describes the statements of President Barak Obama, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, concerning the shooting, as being" stupid" and "inexplicable."
The student piece also attacks media coverage of the heartbreaking event as "shallow" and "disturbing."
The student article, written by a 12-year-old girl, points out that politicians and "media pundits" say they are perplexed, if not stupefied, that Spc. Ivan Lopez took his own .45-caliber handgun onto the Ft. Hood grounds and killed and wounded people before taking his own life.
"But a little digging on Google shows that he had a history of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. Not only that, but he was being treated for PTSD," and 'self-reported' suffering a traumatic brain injury while deployed in Iraq," said the student commentary.
"Moreover, he was trying to provide for a family in Texas and two children in Puerto Rico on a salary of $28,000. Obviously, this Iraq war veteran, like so many, was living way below the poverty line. Considering his mental condition, how much stress could this soldier be expected to endure before he snapped?" asked. the article.
Providing fodder for the article, at a memorial service at Ft. Hood, President Obama called the massacre "incomprehensible" and vowed that "justice" would be done for the attack.
The Junior Scholastic column called Obama's comments "garbage."
"The only thing that is incomprehensible is that Spc. Lopez didn't go on a rampage earlier," it said. "And just what does Obama mean by 'justice?' Is the President going to somehow punish Lopez further? He's already dead, so what is he talking about?"
Whether the girl will be allowed to write further articles is open to question.
Meanwhile the ACLU is looking into school censorship of the Junior Scholastic weekly.
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