At Yokel headquarters we often ponder what kind of world these “Groomer!” and “Racism doesn’t exist!” folks grew up in, because it can’t be the same one as us! Just look what they’ve done now:
Read the policy here, as we know our readers are the intelligent sort who like to get their information straight from the source, and not a bunch of inflammatory nincompoops. Here’s the purpose of this new policy:
I. Purpose To unequivocally state the position of the Board of Education of Frederick County (Board) that any form of racism within Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) will not be tolerated, and the Board views such behavior as destructive and in contradiction to the Board’s commitment in promoting a work and learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and civil.
Well, we know they don’t like anything that is inclusive or civil. Here’s more:
IV. Expectations A. Rejecting all acts of racism is a legal and moral imperative, and each person in the school system plays a vital role in reducing racism by creating inclusive learning and working environments. B. The school and work community shares the collective responsibility to address, eliminate, and proactively educate to prevent future acts of racism. C. Action will be taken to reinforce restorative practices that serve to address and eliminate acts of racism and provide the opportunity to understand the impact of actions. D. The Board will receive a report at least annually from the Racial Equity Committee as it relates to information, surveys, or recommendations the committee wishes the Board to consider relating to the goals outlined in this policy. E. The Board will communicate its stance against racism as identified in this policy using multiple avenues such as its website, FCPS Calendar Handbook, and periodic systemic messages.
Man oh man, what drama! We have some stories for ya! Some bad and some glad! First of all this woman has stayed off our radar, but apparently she’s running for a spot on the BOE.
Her question was, “What kind of messages will children hear over the PA for mental health awareness month because her 10 year old doesn’t know anything about mental health?” Well, that’s on you lady. No vote from the Yokel headquarters on that one.
It gets so much worse before it gets better. But it does get better.
This woman deserves some kind of perverse honorable mention because from her lips came some of the worst public comment we have ever had the misfortune of listening to. She cautioned us that teachers start out by patting kids on the head, then hugging, and then kissing the kid, before moving to the anal sex. She said she isn’t trans/homophobic, but she would rather be called that than be a sexual groomer. Teachers are using our kids to fulfill their needs. We hope the school psychologists are still there. This woman needs a lot of help!
The Moms for Liberty woman said she loves the LGBTQ+ members of her family BUT homosexuality is a sin and schools need to be neutral. (Because why won’t anyone think of the bigots?)
BOE candidate Tiffany Noble, who made sure all the ladies knew that Antifa would be in attendance on her Facebook page, wants all the health curriculum in the elementary school thrown out. All you need to do is tell the kids take care of your body and it will take care of itself. She even advocated bringing back D.A.R.E, which is laughable because that program was an abject failure.
April Montgomery, another BOE candidate, was almost in tears because all of this health stuff is inappropriate! Such drama and a big no vote from your Yokel ladies.
THEN IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER!
Kris Fair, District 3 candidate for State Delegate and Director of The Frederick Center brought it!
He reminded us how hard it is for LGBTQ+ students to function in an institution that doesn’t respect who they are. Some loudmouth shouted at him while talking about scripture, but without batting an eye Mr. Fair continues on and reminds us that kids are suffering, and we all need to be kind and compassionate. The interrupter was one of three people who were removed for being unable to conduct themselves properly in public.
There were so many more good commenters. The next fine gentleman told people that they are being used for political purposes and manipulated by liars with all this nonsense about teachers being groomers. Josh Cramer gave a wonderful comment about how these so-called “free speech advocates” are very selective when it comes to who is entitled to that First Amendment right. Next, two transgender women shared their stories, and we want you both to know that we love and appreciate your bravery ladies. We see you. And a huge thank you to the Evangelical Church Reformed Faith for speaking good sense, and bringing such kind words of acceptance for members of the community who are being publicly maligned by these rambunctious fools.
AND WHOA ARE WE PROUD OF OUR BOARD TONIGHT!
First of all, Liz implores parents that they need to watch their language; the kids are watching and listening and by saying the things some people have been saying you are hurting kids. But Sue Johnson was our hero of the evening when she brought out the children’s books in an attempt to speak the language of these ignorant folks while providing examples of elementary school appropriate content on these topics.
The only fear we have now is that these rabble-rousers are going to divert their malignant energy toward our outstanding public library system! Jason Mason reminded these folks that they are on the wrong side of history. He also mentioned that they are causing pain and some absolute asshole made a snarky “awww” so he had to again remind them that it is children and their families who are hurt by this conduct. Karen Yoho is amazed, as we are, that they are bringing back the pedophilia assosciations that she recalled from the 1970s, but Jay Mason also noted that some of this is so retrograde that it’s from 70 years ago! And David Bass reminded people that public schools need to make all kids feel welcomed and affirmed. Brad apologizes to the staff, FLAC members, and people who were at the meeting for the right reasons last week.
We need to get rational people out to the next curriculum meeting and make sure these folks don’t hijack it. There’s more public comment to come, but we are tired and can’t stay up all night. So, we are going to crowdsource this one out. Put what you saw in the second half of commenting time in the comments!
Last night we posted this “press release” on our Facebook page:
It’s the same scare tactics people in Florida have used in order to abuse and erase the LBGTQ+ community. These kinds of folks know they can’t win on their own merit, so they tell falsehoods and make bigoted scare-tactic remarks to rile people up so they can win. More of our local terrible characters followed suit and also posted their objections on social media:
And lest us not forget the most horrible slate of candidates:
So we have a nice little family-life advisory council here in Frederick. Helpful people volunteer their time to go over these materials and make recommendations to FCPS. (Read all about them here). Well, this evening they had a meeting and apparently the worst humanity has to offer heeded the call of these above mentioned nincompoops and just look what happened:
And then things got worse for our nice volunteers:
What a bunch of ugly, hateful, ignorant bottom-feeders we have walking amongst us. And they all came out due to the above mentioned office seekers who know they can’t win on their own policies or merits. Let’s repeat their names so we all know who to eliminate come July:
Let all your friends and neighbors know what happens to our nice community when folks like this let their lies and vitriol fly. We have no place in our elected offices for people like this. And thank you to the advisory committee who had to put up with this tonight. We stand behind you.
It isn’t a question we want to ponder. With 11 months until the election we all need to make sure we are making good choices for our next school board. In this edition of Why We Can’t Let This Thrice Loser on the Board we will explore some recent shares on her Tentacle account.
Everyone in this county should be super skeptical of how a person who thinks they aren’t gullible, but in reality is susceptible to really dumb propaganda, would handle very real health crises in our schools. At the Yokel we like to joke that if Cindy lived in Alabama she would be a Bernie bro since it seems as though she’s more interested in being a contrarian than in formulating any logical positions on just about anything.
Uh, students are not being tested every day. But of course she has no real grasp of the day to day operations of FCPS.
Yet another example of her glaring ignorance of the FCPS curriculum. Has she read any of the standards? And we challenge her to define specifically what CRT is and how it relates to any FCPS standard.
We saved the worst for last:
Cindy has a problem with the LGBTQ+ community. She tried to sue FCPS over their regulation allowing students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. She used the argument that a girl had harassed her daughter in a locker room as the reason, which we still don’t get because it is in no way related to this regulation, but alas…when has she ever made sense? But to suggest that teachers are creepily recruiting kids into LGBTQ+ clubs not only reveals what kind of person she is, but also shows us her lack of critical thinking skills.
Her ridiculous slate had their first “event” last week; it’s hard to ascertain how many people showed up from their Facebook post. But we are going to speculate wildly and guess: less than 50, predominantly white, with a median age of about 65. Prove us wrong!
Stay alert folks. We will keep following Kirby’s advice and follow the money on the Maryland Campaign fundraising page.
With the next school board election over a year away, we are going to have to pace ourselves on our reporting of Cindy et al. But man oh man, is there a lot of material to work with here! And since they are starting early, we need to as well if not to only shine a light on the incompetence, but also to save ourselves from going down another local Trumpy hole.
Here’s the latest list of OH MY GOD IS SHE EVEN BEING SERIOUS RIGHT NOW?!
Time for the next bit of bad comedy:
Her new slate has a very leading/misleading survey going on which would be laughable if it wasn’t so scary. You can take a look here for the full text, (go ahead and fill it out for them if you’ve got some time on your hands!) but we’ll take you on a little tour:
And really that is what this is all about. These folks, except for Cindy, do not have kids in our school system. One of them homeschooled their children and has no interaction at all with FCPS except for showing up at public comment lately unmasked! They don’t care about public education, teachers, or kids. Their goal is to dismantle and sow discord. So, even if you have been dissatisfied with the board lately, this is not the ship to correct the course.
Next up, we’ll start following the money to see who is funding our new slate!
I don’t know about you, but we Yokels are exhausted. Daily we are bombarded with news that just keeps getting worse. Unwanted hysterectomies , meltdown by a top official, the west coast is on fire, it’s hurricane season and oh, don’t forget the pandemic is still very real. Sadly we just learned of the passing of the notorious RBG. Icon. 2020 just keeps on sucking.
The latest Maryland statistics show our numbers are increasing. Nevertheless, folks are clamoring for FCPS to start fall sports and send kids back to school. What data are the masses using to justify this change? Has anyone seen any data about Covid-19 in areas where sports are being played or where schools are open? How many deaths are ok? Are student or teacher illnesses more acceptable?Can we get transparency from our local health department about how many cases of Covid-19 have occurred since preseason training commenced?
Have you heard about Archbishop Spaulding? What is the logic of moving to virtual for 2 days? It will be interesting to see how that plays out. What about this poor coach, who was 29 years old?
I know we all want our kids to be able to get back to normal. But in case you haven’t noticed, nothing is fucking normal around here anymore, and there is no end in sight. Let’s try and learn something from the countries that had this under control and opened back up and are surging again.
Don’t just say, “All the states around us are doing it, we should too!” Let’s hope that the BOE and Superintendent Alban are using data and not feelings, not the other counties/states/countries are in school/playing sports are so we should too bandwagon. Otherwise, they are saying that teachers and students lives aren’t valuable and some of you guys are expendable. Mmmkay?
And let your voice of reason be heard, cause we’ve been hearing the BOE has been getting bombarded by the voices of the Covid deniers.
Current Board Members
Brad W. Young, President, Board of Education Current elected term: December 2018-December 2022
ICYMI, yesterday we wrote a post about Cindy Rose’s post about the anal sex being taught in FCPS! As promised, she wrote a Part 2 after going down to the central office to “inspect” the materials. Brace yourself for some interesting takes on how FCPS is disrespecting ALL the girls:
This lesson seems to say through its silence, our daughters are objects for the enjoyment of others. More times than not, it’s our daughters feeling pressured to consenting to sex. Where are they taught they can say “no”?
Yes, #1 of the lesson says “Make sure you both consent to whatever you plan to do sexually.” Get that? “…whatever you plan to do….” The stage is set. It doesn’t say “You do not have to have sex.” It actually says “you shouldn’t”. I know the 21st Century education system likes to play fast and loose with words, this is why. “Don’t” is a command; “shouldn’t” is a suggestion. Each has a different impact on the psyche.
This is AMAZING on a number of levels. First off, for years Cindy rallied against the school system teaching any kind of opinion or feeling. There are numerous Facebook posts in which she made known that a teacher’s role was to solely impart information and then allow the students (and their parents) to come to their own conclusion. If not, the teacher was a liberal brainwasher. So how does this all fit in to that worldview? Secondly, abstinence-only education DOES NOT WORK. And, FYI Mrs. Rose, consent means that both parties have the right to say YES or NO!
Does she really think that the school system should instruct students in a philosophy that time and time again has shown to have negative outcomes?How in the world is that a responsible thing to do?
Another concern was the Curriculum Specialist “knew”, “lots” of the students used birth control implants. How does he know? Are the classes so casual that girls are just blurting out they are not only on birth control but what kind? Is there a survey? Did parents’ consent?
Guess what? Students talk to teachers about their personal lives. Today’s young people are not shy when it comes to talking about birth control. How is having a discussion about birth control in a sex ed classroom casual talk? Guess she would rather these girls feel some shame about preventing an unwanted pregnancy. Which brings us to this:
Fathers of daughters who attend Frederick County Public Schools, where are you? Are you paying attention to what is happening in your little girl’s classroom? An FCPS teacher is talking to your 13 year old daughter about how to put a condom on a penis and how to use a “dental dam”. You don’t find this disrespectful? Do you know what’s in FCPS policies and lessons that diminish a girl’s self-respect and doesn’t support personal boundaries?
Do you know FCPS is teaching young boys to make sure they put on a condom before they violate your little girl anally? Not to worry, they make sure to teach them to put on a clean condom after anal sex, before he puts his penis in her vagina. These are 13 and 14 year olds. Is this reassuring or comforting?
Thank goodness they are there to teach our little girls it’s normal and OK to be violated in all sorts of ways. There appears to be little instruction or encouragement on why a student should wait to have sex or even say “no”.
Sooooooo boys are the monsters looking out to violate all the little girl’s anuses because they were taught the correct way to put a condom on? What century is this again? Is that the conclusion she believes we should all come to?! Proper use of contraception is disrespectful to girls?! This is truly an argument we have never seen before. So kudos to you Cindy for coming up with the most astonishing argument against sex ed that we have ever had the displeasure to set our eyes upon!
And in case you haven’t noticed, girls these days can speak for themselves. They not only know how to say no because of the recent cultural changes, but also because they’ve been taught about consent! They don’t need Daddy standing at the door with his shotgun! Need we point out how disrespectful to boys all this nonsense is?!
Lastly, she goes back to her irresponsible claim that a long term sub at TJ High School was teaching the middle school sex ed curriculum:
In light of recent events we also need to know “who” teaches these lessons? Did the long term substitute at Thomas Johnson High get to walk around the classroom with a wooden penis, demonstrating how to use a condom talking about anal sex?
This clip of an interview by WMAL with Frederick’s own High Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is something else. The first thing that jumps out is that WMAL can’t spell Frederick County. It’s not Fredrick. Once we recovered from seeing this error, and managed to listen we were excited concerned to hear his thoughts on school security in the wake of Parkland.
He made it clear that he feels the buck stops with him for any actions/inactions done by deputies whom he had trained and that work for him. Our first thought in hearing this was remembering the death of Ethan Saylor. The sheriff may have publicly commented on his feelings about that, but all we could find was that he said they need to revise the way deputies were trained.
Check out this part from the link we posted:
As the interview continued, Sheriff Jenkins addressed Sheriff Israel’s actions of politicizing the incident:
O’Connor: I think many people are sort of scrutinizing Sheriff Israel right now because it appears as though he knew about those breakdowns last week, but he still did that nationally televised political event where he was basically blaming the NRA, blaming politicians, he was kind of partisan. Do you think that was appropriate for him?
Sheriff Jenkins: No, I don’t. Again, I think we all have our political beliefs and ideologies but you keep them separate from the actual events that you’re addressing. And some of the statements he said, he made, I don’t think were really appropriate. Again, I wasn’t there. I’m not in his shoes. But I can tell you, you don’t turn a situation like that into politics and you don’t blame the NRA because it’s not a gun control issue. The very basic issues are these:
How do you limit access of firearms to individuals that shouldn’t have them in their hands?
How do we harden the security at our schools to eliminate the threats to our students and staff?
There are a number of ways to do it, but again I don’t think you make it political.
How are guns not a political issue? The sheriff is making it political himself when he mentions limiting access. You can’t limit access without changing laws. Of course this is a political issue.
The sheriff announced plans to bring a proposal to the Board of Education to put an armed and trained security force of 5 or 6 into each and every school. This is how he thinks he will keep our kids safe. We reached out to Karl Bickel, democratic candidate for Frederick County Sheriff to see what he thinks of this idea. Karl didn’t want to give a final opinion on it since it is just a thought at the moment, but he did say it felt like a knee-jerk reaction. “It sounds like an ill-conceived idea that is fraught with problems that would put students, staff and any officers (deputies) in even greater danger.” We tend to agree. We’ll stand by to see what the sheriff presents to the board.
Our meeting starts off with a nice recognition of the Linganore High School football team. Billy votes against the whole agenda, so can’t he just leave now? We have four nice public commenters. Many are present to talk about the amendments to the Forest Ordinance Bill. Melanie Cox, of the League of Women Voters, also commends the council for putting the hearing concerning DRRAs back on the agenda. The league has researched this issue, and believes this bill is a good way to balance growth in our community.
Next up is a rather lengthly discussion from Carson Bise on impact fees. You can read the whole report if you like. Basically, elementary and high schools will be severely overcrowded by 2026-27 if we aren’t careful.
Most of the council members have thoughtful comments and questions, but not Kirby! He seems to want to argue over the cost of the study, then doesn’t. Then he tells us that WE should have planned better for all this growth!
Is he actually admitting fault, or trying to pretend he hasn’t been on the board/council since 2010? He was a significant part of the “we” who should have done this hypothetical planning. Anyhoo, Kirby doesn’t think it’s much of a crisis yet. And, we have all these homes in the pipeline and all these homes were in the pipeline in the past, so all’s good?
Billy wants to know if FCPS is going to redistrict the whole county any time soon, you know because that’s such an easy, uncomplicated process! So, Urbana folks don’t be surprised when Billy starts advocating that your kids be shipped up to Thurmont!
John Mathias, our esteemed county attorney, is here to make a presentation on the legal side of DRRAs. He explains their history, court cases, and implications for our county. He tells of a certain court case which ruled that you couldn’t change the type of development once vesting had occurred. Mostly because it isn’t fair to the people who already invested in said development. It seems as though Mr. Mathias was sent there to explain to some people how to do their job. More power to him! Tony has much to say, but we are to the point where his voice is just a buzzing noise, so you’ll have to figure all that out on your own.
Lastly, before the council breaks, Jessica and Tony introduce some amendments to the County Executive’s Forest Ordinance Bill. With input from the community they came up with some compromises. The amendments pass, with Billy and Kirby voting no. It will now go back to a public hearing.
Bud then moves to have his forest bill removed from consideration. He tells us that he wishes there was more discussion before hand, before he felt the need to write his own bill. He states that compromise is good for the community and the country. And, we would really like to know, Bud, when things all broke down. We are still perplexed and angry over all that’s gone down lately. Bill is removed with Billy abstaining and Kirby voting no.
The council then goes into closed session, we hear that more shenanigans went down with the DRAA hearing. Stay tuned!
Failed BOE candidate Cindy Rose has scribed an irrational fury bomb about FCPS and tossed it on the world via The Sucky Octopus Feeler. We cannot ever recommend clicking that. And we thought she would crawl under a sea rock and go away (just kidding, unfortunately–we did not think that).
She is seething angry because FCPS needs to adopt a transgender policy for the school potties now that Pres-o-Dent Bull-in-China-Shop has reversed the mandate that icked some people out, and she seems to be insinuating that business interests and the like are probably behind this because it is always some business interest or social activist (irony alert: what does she think she is in this scenario? a diplomat?). Plus, this is silly. Lobbyists do not go directly to her archnemesis Dr. Alban when they want all their wildest dreams to come true. Sure, Pearson makes the megamoolah on tests and curriculum. They do that by getting widespread legislative changes enacted by elected officials, not going small taters to the superintendent. Having a policy for inclusivity is probably not where the big bucks are. Unless…is it the Joe the Plumber lobby????? Heinh????
In her twisted world, the fact that FCPS seeks to avoid discriminating against transgender students is somehow discriminating against her. This lady is so filled with loathing that she will find any excuse to pick a fight with the school system. All others who may have special needs and concerns be damned.
Ms. Rose also is angry (is there another way for her to be?) because the school system will not let her sit in on their school culture training. Look, this is obviously perfectly understandable, if sensitive to explain. We all know a portion of the school culture seminar is, “What you do with whackalooney parents who will not stop sending you 70 bajillion PIA requests per day.” Letting her sit in there–even all quiet and not spitting and hopping around–like a fly on the wall would just be all kinds of awkward.
Ms. Rose says that Dr. Alban likened her PIA addiction to a person who calls 911 abusively, and if you will follow the links in that PIA request link you will see that it is a crying shame that Dr. Alban failed to note that on some occasions it is like that woman who called 911 from the drive-thru at McDonald’s because she was tired of waiting for her McNuggets.