Sunday, January 20, 2013
In a response to Jeff Ward's Jan. 17 column, Geneva resident Andrea Cladis defends the Pledge of Allegiance and says "disdain for America is perpetuated by a far-left mentality."
Sunday, January 20
Mr. Jeff Ward: Thank you for making me a Patch news headline. Thank you for chastising my letter to the editor. Thank you for demonstrating to my students that bullying is ambient outside of the classroom, as well. And most importantly, thank you for so graciously proving my point that disdain for America is perpetuated by a far-left mentality. The progressive model of education requires that students take courses to address the challenges of bullying in our schools. Not only do they learn how to fight bullies, but they learn how to be bullies. This backward logic aimed to be an infallible solution to the problem is abominable and has only served to increase the severity and frequency of bullying. For this wonderful development, we can …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The father said he never meant to cause fear or be threatening during the Jan. 10 incident. He
still takes issue with the school creed.
Here is the full text of Colin McGroarty's apology, posted on Facebook at about 9:20 a.m. Jan. 14: Apology to Geneva area residents I would like to apologize to Geneva area residents for unintentionally contributing to a heightened state of fear in the local area. My poor choice of wording in the publicly released statement after witnessing the children in the afternoon kindergarten class promising to obey rules and teachers while performing the Pledge of Allegiance was open to misinterpretation. Please understand that generating fear was not the intent. The event left me horrified and in a heightened emotional state due to my own personal knowledge and experience (knowledge of American history to include Eugenics, the genocide of my own …
Monday, January 14, 2013
In response to the recent concern over certain aspects of the recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance at Mill Creek Elementary School, Colin M. McGroarty deserves strong support for his commitment to patriotism and liberty.
In response to the recent news surrounding stipulations of student recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva, I just have one question, “What is so wrong about teaching our children to respect the country they live in and to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed and fought earnestly for our liberties?” As a college graduate who is near completion of post-graduate studies in education leading to the acquisition of licensure in English and French, I have spent the past two years teaching and observing at several schools in the Western suburbs. From what I have witnessed as far as disdain for the pledge and complete disregard for patriotism and American values in numerous local schools, I firmly …
It's time to stand up to conservative bullies, and it can start with the arrest of the parent who disrupted a Mill Creek kindergarten class in a dispute over the Pledge of Allegiance.
When I read about last week’s Mill Creek Elementary School incident, I desperately wanted to chalk it up to an extreme example of conservatism run amok, but I couldn’t. You see, the sad truth is, when a plurality of Americans insist upon shrieking socialism, birth certificate, secession, and taking back our country, a parent verbally assaulting a kindergarten class blends right in. And please don’t try and tell me that the left is just as bad, because they aren’t. Yes! There are real conservatives who refuse to regularly succumb to that uncontrollable urge to control other peoples’ lives, but their capacity to ignore and even subtly encourage their bitter and overzealous brethren is unparalleled. Incensed over a perceived Pledge of …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The parent who disrupted a kindergarten class Wednesday at Mill Creek Elementary School has been issued a no-trespass order to the school. His Facebook posts indicate his opinions about the Pledge of Allegiance.
The parent who entered Mill Creek Elementary School and engaged in an argument over the Pledge of Allegiance has been issued a no-trespass order, which means he may no longer legally enter the school or set foot on its property, the Kane County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Thursday. Colin M. McGroarty's public Facebook bio and comments, meanwhile, explain in greater detail his point of view regarding the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in the elementary school. McGroarty has strong opinions, formed in part by his service in the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne). McGroarty is a consultant in the technology industry. His business, McGroarty Consulting Group, is located in Rockford and has been around since September 2002, according …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Kane County Sheriff's Office increases security presence at the school. Colin M. McGroarty sends message to School District 304, saying, "I've shed blood for this Country and will do so again if necessary."
2nd UPDATE: The parent has issued an apology on his public Facebook page. UPDATE: The parent who took issue with the school's Pledge of Allegiance was issued a no-trespass order and is not allowed on school grounds. GENEVA, IL -- A parent disrupted a kindergarten class Wednesday at Mill Creek Elementary School and later released a statement saying he will "shed blood" if necessary in a protest of the way the Pledge of Allegiance is recited at the school. According to a letter to parents from Mill Creek Elementary Principal George Petmezas and a Geneva School District 304 press release, a parent identified as Colin M. McGroarty disrupted the class by using language "that is not typically heard in an elementary school setting," Petmezas' e-…