Students Forbidden to Watch Inauguration Speech

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On Friday, President-elect Donald J. Trump will deliver his inauguration speech in Washington D.C.  Hundreds of millions of people from around the world will be watching, but in Michigan a fourth-grade class will not be permitted to view the historical event.

Brett Meteyer emailed the parents of his students to let them know that while he will allow the viewing of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, Trump’s speech will not be screened because Meteyer has trepidation about what President Trump might say.

Meteyer reported to the parents that he has asked the Trump team for a copy of the 45th President’s speech, but has not yet to receive a reply. 

Here is the letter he sent:

Dear Parents,

Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration of Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech. Because every peaceful transition of power is a historic moment, I put in a request to the Trump team to preview the speech, but I have not heard back from them.

I showed the speeches of Presidents Obama and Bush in 2009 and 2005, respectively, but I am anxious about showing Mr. Trump’s inaugural address, given his past inflammatory and degrading comments about minorities, women, and the disabled. I am also uneasy about Mr. Trump’s casual use of profanity, so I sought an assurance that as their teacher, I would not be exposing children to language that would not appear in G- or PG-rated movies.

I do not know if Mr. Trump’s speech is something that would be provided to the press or concerned citizens beforehand, but these plans may change if I hear back from them.

Brett Meteyer


H/T Conservative talk show host Steve Gruber

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