The Santa Fe Independent School District stripped a group of its recognition as a student club after it posted pictures of high school teachers holding signs that said “Socialism Sucks” and “Resist Socialism.”

The group, Turning Point USA at Santa Fe High School, was stripped of its status as “curriculum-related student club” earlier this month after The Daily News asked the district about the photos posted on Instagram.

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Daniel Hochman

This piece is disturbing. Hasn't Santa Fe learned anything from its mistakes. Teachers have no place shoving their political beliefs down students' throats. They should give them unbiased FACTS and let them decide for themselves. Hate begets hate and this organization should have nothing to do with a high school...anywhere. It promotes ignorance and divisiveness. That can only lead to tragedy.

Keith Gray

So Daniel, how is denouncing socialism different from a teacher supporting man made climate change?

Daniel Hochman

Weber is clueless. It is a sinking ship. 2016 DID NOT REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!! Trump lost the popular vote and the rest of the election was interfered with by Russian trolls and cheating. Time for Weber to go with his buddy...out the door!

Carlos Ponce

Daniel, the alternative is Adrienne Bell who does not endear herself to those who work in the petrochemical industry in this area. Voting for her is voting your neighbors out of a job.

Gary Scoggin

The fact that Adrienne Bell is the best Democrats can come up with to oppose Randy Weber shows what disarray that party is I right now.

Carlos Ponce

Daniel Hochman, the Senate intelligence Committee, The House Intelligence Committee, the FBI and James Comey all concluded not one vote was changed. Trump WON the Electoral vote. The popular vote is used only to determine whom the Electors will vote for, state by state. Russians, Chinese, Mexicans, etc did try to influence the election. Were they successful? Not really.

Diane Turski

Comrade Weber is soon going to find himself on the wrong side of history!! Vote him OUT!!!

Carlos Ponce

Comrade Turski, Randy will be re-elected in 2020. Adrienne Bell would work towards shutting down the petrochemical industry leaving many in this area jobless. Or do you NOT care about your neighbors?

Gary Miller

Its leaders have been accused? By whom? AOC or Bernie? Accuations have no value unless backed by facts.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, below are a few reasons that Turning Point is not a group that I want in our schools, If someone wants a group like Turning Point on campus, they can do so after school and not on school property.

In February 2018, the University of South Florida chapter of TPUSA was dissolved when it was discovered that their president, Aida Vazquez-Soto, was working with a pro-Palestinian group.

Turning Point USA= TPUSA

The Anti-Defamation League has identified TPUSA as an "alt-lite" organization and gave several pieces of evidence that individuals in TPUSA supported white supremacy In May 2017, Northern Arizona University criminology professor Luis Fernandez said Turning Point surveillance of him had led to multiple threats. In The Harvard Crimson , Harvard University Professor Danielle Allen also said she had been threatened after being targeted by Charlie Kirk and Turning Point.

In February 2018, the University of South Florida chapter of TPUSA was dissolved when it was discovered that their president, Aida Vazquez-Soto, was working with a pro-Palestinian group.

Carlos Ponce

Jim Forsythe posts: "In February 2018, the University of South Florida chapter of TPUSA was dissolved when it was discovered that their president, Aida Vazquez-Soto, was working with a pro-Palestinian group." Misleading.

TPUSA wanted her to step down as president after rumors circulated she was working with a pro-Palestinian Group. As a Senator she actually worked to watering down a resolution put forth by pro=Palestinian members of their student senate.

"The New Hope resolution was a product of compromise between pro-Palestinian Senators and Hillel, a Jewish organization on campus. Vazquez-Soto worked with Hillel in attempt to change the intent and language of the original version, originally named the Hands Off resolution."

Please take time to read the this University of South Florida News article in their newspaper "Oracle".

http://www.usforacle.com/2018/02/07/rumors-lead-to-shake-up-of-tpusa/

Jim Forsythe

The point is not what Vazquez-Soto did or not do, but that Turning Point USA is not a group I want on a High school campus. Carlos, are you for Turning Point on a campus?

"The New Hope resolution was a product of compromise between pro-Palestinian Senators and Hillel, a Jewish organization on campus. Vazquez-Soto worked with Hillel in attempt to change the intent and language of the original version, originally named the Hands Off resolution. "“The New Hope Resolution didn’t make me happy, because the subtext of that resolution was always going to be pro-Palestine and the authors were not going to negotiate that part out,” Vazquez-Soto said. “But, we watered down so much of that language. I’m really happy I could have played any part in that at all.”

Carlos Ponce

"The point is not what Vazquez-Soto did or not do" THEN WHY INCLUDE A FALSE STATEMENT IN YOUR POST?

TPUSA is on over 1500 campuses nationwide. Not up to me whether they should be on campus or not. 1500 said yes to TPUSA on campus. Candace Owens supports TPUSA.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, are you for Turning Point on a campus?

Carlos Ponce

Jim Forsythe, are you for Turning Point on a campus?

Jim Forsythe

Jim Forsythe Sep 26, 2019 4:56pm

The point is not what Vazquez-Soto did or not do, but that Turning Point USA is not a group I want on a High school campus. Carlos, are you for Turning Point on a campus?

Carlos Ponce

Only if Candace Owens is in charge.

Daniel Hochman

Gary, you wouldn't know facts if they jumped up and bit you. If you knew how to read, you would see that the anti-def league is associated with a white supremacy group. That should be enough to make it inappropriate. Here are some facts about the organization that have nothing to do with any politician:

by 2018 "evolved into an ultra-Trumpian event complete with 'lock her up' chants and vulgar T-shirts disparaging Hillary Clinton."[15] Candace Owens, who days prior to the 2018 conference stirred controversy by saying "the entire premise of #metoo is that women are stupid, weak, and inconsequential", was greeted with a standing ovation at the conference.[15] Turning Point USA is pro-military and pro-police.[19] It supports the NRA and the use of fossil fuels,[20] and opposes groups such as Black Lives Matter.[21]



Turning Point USA also operates a website called Professor Watchlist.[6] Kirk has said the site is "dedicated to documenting and exposing college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom."[30] Tips are accepted from the public, and more than 250 professors are currently listed.[31] The list contains many inaccuracies and includes professors listed for things they didn't exactly say or do and others listed for being rude to students or for making "clever remarks" about Trump.[32]

The website has been criticized for using surveillance type propaganda to manipulate ideas of truth, equality, and freedom.[4][33][34] Critics have compared Professor Watchlist to the actions of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, who tried to publicly identify American citizens as Communists and Communist sympathizers in the 1950s.[35][36] The New York Times wrote that it was "a threat to academic freedom,"[4] while Salon commented that it was "a sign of the stupidity of the post truth era."[37]

In May 2017, Northern Arizona University criminology professor Luis Fernandez said Turning Point surveillance of him had led to multiple threats.[38] In The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University Professor Danielle Allen also said she had been threatened after being targeted by Charlie Kirk and Turning Point.[39]



At Drake University, Turning Point was denied recognition as an official student organization based on student senate concerns that the organization has "a hateful record," "aggressive marketing" and "an unethical privacy concern."[40]



Lambert left the organization some time after Trump's election, and in August 2019 he pled guilty to creating a fake law firm and posing as an experienced lawyer. The scam netted him over $46,000, which he will forfeit. Lambert also faces prison time. After Lambert's arrest in April, Students for Trump distanced themselves from him.[53]



n September 2017, a University of Nebraska lecturer was reassigned after she received threats stemming from a video posted online that showed her confronting a student recruiting for TPUSA.[57]

In October 2017, several Turning Point student members at Kent State University conducted a protest against campus "safe space" culture, which involved members dressing up in diapers as babies.[58][59] Following widespread ridicule on social media, the student-run publication KentWired.com reported that the Turning Point chapter at Kent State had disbanded.[60]

In February 2018, the University of South Florida chapter of TPUSA was dissolved when it was discovered that their president, Aida Vazquez-Soto, was working with a pro-Palestinian group. Vazquez-Soto said 'Something is clearly wrong with an organization that felt that somehow by silencing me they could deal with the problem at hand.' [61]

In June 2018, conservative radio talk show host Joe Walsh resigned from the TPUSA board because Charlie Kirk was too closely tied to Donald Trump. Walsh said that "It’s so important to not be beholden to politicians, but to be beholden to the issues ... When Charlie went to work for Trump, that crossed that line. You can’t advance Trump and advance these issues."[62]

In October 2018, the Miami New Times reported that TPUSA members at Florida International University shared jokes "about watching underage cartoon pornography and deporting Latina women, and, in the most repugnant case, share racist 'Pepe the Frog' memes showing Syrian men raping a white Swedish woman at gunpoint."[63]

In November 2018, Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal cut off Turning Point USA's Anna Paulina after she compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the disease herpes.[64]

The Hill reported in February 2019 that Benny Johnson – who was fired from BuzzFeed in 2014 for multiple instances of plagiarism, and later let go by Independent Journal Review for multiple problems, including plagiarism – was joining TPUSA as their "Chief Creative Officer".[65]



interviews with former minority members of the organization. Former staff members said they witnessed widespread discrimination against minorities in the group, and stated "the organization was a difficult workplace and rife with tension, some of it racial."[9][66] One former employee, an African-American woman, said she was the only person of color working for the organization at the time she was hired in 2014; she then said that she was fired on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The article also revealed text messages sent by Crystal Clanton – who was a leading figure in the organization and served as the group's national field director for five years – to another Turning Point employee saying "i hate black people. Like fuck them all . . . I hate blacks.



yeah...this is a lovely organization to expose kids to.....

Bailey Jones

The fact that Turning Point's founder got his start on Breitbart is all you need to know. Considering Santa Fe HS's 2019 "D" rating in school progress, this is not the sort of "progress" they need.

Carlos Ponce

Texas TEKS: World History 113.42: Economics. The student understands the historical origins of contemporary economic systems and the benefits of free enterprise in world history. The student is expected to identify the historical origins and characteristics of socialism.

Texas TEKS:Economics 113.31. Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits, High School 113.31: The student understands free enterprise, socialist, and communist economic systems. The student is expected to contrast current and historic examples of the free enterprise system, socialism, and communism using the basic characteristics of economic systems.

Texas TEKS: Social Studies 113.46-Sociology: Social institutions. The student identifies the basic social institutions of economics and politics and explains their influence on society. The student is expected to define and differentiate between the economic models of free enterprise and socialism and how they impact society.

"Socialism Sux" and "Resist Socialism" may seem a bit graphic but it does fulfill the TEKS objective.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113c.html

Paula Flinn

There is a huge difference between “identify, understand, contrast, differentiate,” for the teacher to present objective facts to students, AND for the teacher to “give an opinion.”

Carlos Ponce

Texas TEKS: Economics 113.31. Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits.

Saying the Free Enterprise System is beneficial is not an opinion - it is part of the Texas TEKS. [beam]

Paul Hyatt

Teachers give opinions all of the time. Every time they preach evolution they are giving an opinion of a theory that is false and will never be proven to have any validity ever. Evolution is a religion made up by man to try and counter what God's word has said.

Bailey Jones

Thanks for the heads up, Paul. This will save me lot of reading and responding time in the future.

Ted Gillis

Paul please? Did you have to bring religion into this discussion? That’s what got the SFISD trustees in trouble the first time around. Been there and lived that. Go preach in a church.

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