UPDATE: The girl was lying.
Homework can be dangerous:
Melanie Bowers, 13, was told to make a protest sign for or against an issue for her U.S. history class. So, she came to school March 31st with a sign that said “If you love our nation, stop illegal immigration.”
My guess is that isn’t the sort of protest that they meant. They meant acceptable protests, like “Impeach Bush,” “Christians Are Totally Stupid,” or “Eat the Rich.” My guess is that any of those would NOT have resulted in physical violence. But Melanie’s sign got her just that.
The girl’s father, J.R. Bowers, says his eighth-grade daughter was attacked last Friday in a hallway. She suffered scrapes and bruises and later needed medical attention.
“I don’t know any of these people,” Melanie says. “He jumped on my back and he put me in a chokehold thing, like that. And we have brick walls in the middle school, he slid my face on the brick wall.”
Melanie Bowers also claims some boys threatened to rape and kill her. The family also says she was ordered back to class and was not allowed to call her parents.
Now, we don’t know how accurate the claims are and I don’t want to jump to conclusions. But I’ve got to think the school’s reaction is more troubling than the attack, if that can be believed.
Her family is keeping her out of school until the issue is resolved. Physical attacks? Threats to rape and kill? My daughter would never be going back if that happened.
In the end, this will be held up as an example of intolerance by a white American citizen.
Next time, draw people smiling, dogs running, and rainbows. They don’t have meetings about rainbows.