A Cookeville (Tenn.) High School administrator said Veterans for Peace and a Quaker group can’t come back into his school with materials considered ‘’anti-American'’ and ‘’anti-military.'’
The groups plan to go before the Putnam County school board tomorrow with claims that they’re being denied privileges afforded to other organizations, including military recruiters…
‘’The information was brought to the attention of administrators because of the influence it may have had,'’ said [Principal] Shank, who restricted future visits by the groups. ‘’I felt, from a principal’s viewpoint, that the students were being put into a position that they shouldn’t.'’
…Shank said he didn’t tell the groups that they couldn’t come back into the school.
He required that all their materials get advance approval, a rule he said also applies to military recruiters.
The principal also said their literature could be shown only in a classroom setting that would allow an opportunity for a ‘’balanced'’ presentation. Military recruiters and other groups don’t face that restriction, the peace activists said.
Y’see, the problem here was that the veterans and Quakers tried to influence the students. They should have followed the example of the military recruiters, who simply present impartial, factual information, without making any attempt to influence the students’ actions whatsoever. Like on TV, in those ads, when the half-naked women rub wet, sparkly bottles of Coke all over their chests, they are not attempting to encourage nor discourage people from buying Coke. They’re just presenting the facts.
If only the peace movement had the same sort of ethics as America’s military or advertisers. For shame.
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