January-February 2021 – The era of COVID-19 has forced many school districts to conduct online, remote learning. Classes are often held over the internet with each student using a computer and web camera to communicate with teachers and classmates.
Unfortunately, many teachers seem to be applying in-school classroom rules to students’ private homes. One 9-year-old student in Louisiana was suspended after the teacher saw a BB gun in the boy’s bedroom.
A sixth-grade student in New Jersey was also suspended for brandishing a white and orange toy Nerf gun during an online class session. Once the teacher saw the toy gun through the webcam, the police were called and arrived at the house a short time later.
However, toy guns are not the only thing these teachers are virtually opposing. In New Jersey, a high school student was kicked out of a virtual class session for refusing to take down a “Trump 2020” banner that was in view of the camera.
In Mississippi, a third-grade student wore a “Jesus Loves Me” mask to school but was required to remove it and wear a different mask.
northjersey.com, 9/11/20; washingtonpost.com, 9/25/20;
foxnews.com, 10/14/20; lifenews.com, 11/2/20