A public high school in the Seattle area recently demanded that students sign a pledge to support abortion and other left-wing causes to participate in a mentoring program, according to a new report from KTTH 770 AM.
The pledge, which requires support for abortion, Black Lives Matter, open borders, and more, is mandatory for the Eastlake High School Link Crew, a program that provides junior and senior mentors to first-year students, KTTH found.
KTTH talk show host Jason Rantz said students had contacted him about this and other left-wing political actions at the school, and some are afraid to voice their conservative views.
“That means they’re not in a healthy environment,” Rantz said.
According to the research, Sammamish school students who wish to participate in Link Crew must sign a ‘Code of Conduct pledge. While some requirements are reasonable, such as a positive attitude and being a good role model, others are political.
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“Students should initialize next to statements that they believe that ‘Black Lives Matter’, ‘Love is love’, ‘No human being is illegal’, ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ and ‘Kindness is everything’,” the report continues.
It identified faculty Jason Wessels and Michelle Okroy as the faculty advisors for the program. When contacted for comment, the school district told KTTH, “Thank you for your questions and for bringing this to our attention. We will discuss this with the school and Link Crew advisors.”
The school is known for its left-wing views, and some teachers openly defend imposing their political views on students.
Shila Hodgins, a high school humanities teacher, told the Indy on Air podcast that she and other teachers are “always bringing our politics into the classroom.”
“I do my best to teach through the lens of justice in a way that focuses on a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds,” Hodgins said in December. “I want my students to see… that they are valued, heard, and supported. And I want them to know that I stand behind them and the ongoing fight for equal rights in a more just world.”
When asked about indoctrination, Hodgins seemed to see nothing wrong with what she and other teachers do.
“It has been said that it is too liberal. Right? What’s controversial about talking about systems of oppression? What’s controversial about talking about race and equal rights?” she asked.
Rantz said the problem is that she and other teachers are one-sided in not presenting the whole picture and letting students think for themselves.
Students shouldn’t “feel like they have to imitate the teacher’s opinion for fear they will get bad grades for taking the wrong position,” he said, referring to some of the Eastlake students he spoke to.
“If a common criticism of a class is that it is too liberal, then the teacher brings personal politics to the classroom,” he said. “If a teacher brings all sides into an argument — which Hodgins claims to do — then you’re unlikely to be criticized for being one-sided.”