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Published On: Fri, Apr 12th, 2013

Florida father upset over son’s crayon written note stating ‘I will give up’ Constitutional rights to be safer and secure

Florida father upset over son’s crayon written note stating ‘I will give up’ Constitutional rights to be safer and secure

A child’s school work has angered his father and this time it wasn’t the grade. The message, written in crayon was that of an “oath” or a “promise” to relinquish Constitutional rights.

Kid crayon note give up Constitutional rightsIn crayon the words say: “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.” (see photo)

Jacksonville Florida father Aaron Harvey is not a happy parent.

“Everybody has their opinions,” Harvey said to The Blaze. “I am strongly for proper education , for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future … [but] the education [should be], ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen,’ ” and not so much political ideology.

The fourth-grader attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida and the paper was part of a lesson plan taught in January on the Bill of Rights.

The father just found the paper in his son’s backpack now, however, and emailed his concerns to the press, The Blaze said.

School officials have confirmed the report that back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. After the lawyer left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.

Kandra Albury, a spokeswoman for Duvall County Public Schools, which includes Cedar Hills, told TheBlaze she didn’t know what prompted Sabb to have students write the sentence.

She said the principal had fielded one parent’s concern about the lesson in January, but it wasn’t Harvey. She said Thursday the district and principal were “checking into” what had happened.

“I believe in our Constitution, I am a veteran,” he said. “Now whenever I have someone coming in and trying to pollute my child’s mind with biased opinions … there’s no education in that.”

BLAZE Update, 11:36 a.m.:​ Harvey told TheBlaze he received a call from the school Friday morning that featured the principal, guidance counselor and Sabb. He was told the sentence came during the lesson with the lawyer, that Sabb had nothing to do with it, and that Harvey’s son “wrote it on his own free will.”

Harvey said he had spoken to a girl in the class who specifically said Sabb handpicked students to write the sentence.

“All the children are pointing at the teacher,” Harvey said Friday. “They [the school] told me that my son wrote that on his own free will — there’s now way he knew how to write that on his own free will. He likes to use some big words to flourish — [but] if he was going to put together a sentence that political I’m sure it would be more jumbled than a nice sentence like that.”

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