A Missouri high school student was just suspended for simply trying to have a debate about Islamic extremism with a Muslim classmate who is a fellow member of the school debate team.
A Missouri high school that suspended a student for making critical comments about Islamic extremism says he’s not allowed to appeal the finding of wrongdoing.
Senior Alex Lonsdale, a member of Liberty High’s nationally ranked debate club, says he was just trying to have a friendly debate.
During his free period Oct. 17 at the public school near Kansas City, Lonsdale joined a spontaneous conversation among acquaintances about the nature of Islam.
He told The College Fix in a phone call Monday that he pointed to pro-terrorist sentiment among British Muslims, as indicated in polls by ICM Research for the 2016 Channel 4 documentary “What British Muslims Really Think.” The program was presented by the former chair of Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips.
[...] But the impromptu debate on Islamic extremism, by Lonsdale’s retelling, turned into a raucous imbroglio.
“Why are you making my religion out to be like that?” Lonsdale said Pervaiz asked him. The Muslim student became reticent, apparently no longer wanting to continue debating, before he ended the conversation by leaving, according to Lonsdale.
[...] Three days after the short-lived debate, Alex Lonsdale was called into a meeting with the principal, vice principal and Pervaiz, where he said he was asked to explain the statements that Pervaiz alleged he made. [...] School officials told him his behavior could be considered “harassing” or “hounding” and that Lonsdale should be conscious of “social cues,” according to Lonsdale.
The fact that Lonsdale was suspended without even being given an appeal shows how terrified the school was of not adhering to its own self-imposed code of political corectness. Clearly, the school wanted both Lonsdale and this controversy to disappear as quickly as possible so it could continue being a "safe space."
Based on the report cited above, Lonsdale did not seem to be attacking his Muslim classmate with racist statements. Instead, he was expressing his point of view on a complex issue and backing his statements up with facts and figures. The evidence Lonsdale gathered meant nothing to school administrators, however, as they would rather shut down someone who is in the right than risk drawing the ire of progressives.
Students are being taught that questioning pc-norms is wrong, and that anyone who dares to must be silenced immediately. In essence, the left is trying to raise a new generation of politically correct zombies who are ready to take anyone down who might make them look at the world from a different angle. Schools should be a place of free thought and dialogue, and a student who thinks deeply about issues like Lonsdale does should be encouraged, not suspended.