McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd
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Author:  Catherine [ Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:18 pm ]
Post subject:  McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd


The McCain campaign actually had to bus in school kids from the surrounding area in order to fill the event. As reported by MSNBC:

A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.
This happened -- as if a reminder were needed -- less than a week out from the election, when the heat of the campaign should be drawing record crowds.

I find it absolutely amazing that the school district would allow this to happen. Were the parents informed that their son or daughter would be spending part of their school day at a McCain rally? Did each student present to their teacher and/or principal written permission from their parents to be taken off their school campus? What about the message of subterfuge these boys and girls were just taught? They learned it's ok for a presidential candidate to "use" them to try to inflate his rally attendance numbers, which puts the stamp of approval on LYING!

If I was a parent and/or an Obama supporter in this red section of PA, I'd demand the resignation of the school official that made the decision to bus these students to this rally

Author:  King Fisher [ Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd

I read about the busing of school children, Catherine. Feel sorry for those school age boys and girls having to listen to such a bunch of hot air. This will no doubt stick in their minds forever. At least till they grow up and when able to vote, remember the bad aspects of the republican party.

Author:  Catherine [ Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd

So the cold hard truth is that McCain only attracted about 2,000 people who wanted to come to this rally. Only a few days before Election Day and a candidate only attracts this kind of turnout doesn't seem very positive. The school kids were a captive audience, regardless of their parents' political affiliations. I think that's pretty goddamned shitty...especially since the msm certainly didn't seem eager to report it. First I heard it verbalized was about an hour ago on the Rachel Maddow show. Did Olbermann mention it? I missed his show tonight.

Author:  Catherine [ Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd

Daily Kos on Defiance, Ohio public school regulations regarding political activities: ... 837/646994

Taking kids from school to attend a partisan political rally? Is that something the School Board endorses?

According to the Defiance City School District Bylaws and Policies, Administrative Guidelines, um, no.


One of the primary purposes of the school is to create an environment that will permit students to grow and develop. To be of maximum effect, this environment must extend to both the formal academic program as well as to the many extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school. Because of the ages of the students and the significance of the task, it is important that this environment be protected from interference by external, sometimes coercive or disruptive, forces and influences that do not substantially contribute to the learning process.

Nonschool related activities, including political activities, do not contribute to a positive learning climate and may be disruptive, divisive and distracting. Therefore, such activities are not appropriate within the school setting. It is the Board of Education's intention to regulate such activities on all Board owned or used property, within all school buildings, and at all school sponsored activities.

A. Literature supporting or opposing one or more candidates, issues, or a particular point of view; commercial literature; and other nonschool related literature shall not be distributed on or in Board owned or occupied buildings or grounds, inside of school buildings or on school buses immediately before or after school or while school is in session. (The distribution of materials to students by other students is governed by the regulations contained in Board Policy).

B. Literature supporting or opposing one or more candidates, issues, or a particular point of view; commercial literature; and other nonschool related literature shall not be distributed at school sponsored extra-curricular activities or athletic events wherever they may occur. This regulation shall not prohibit the distribution of literature outside of the entrances and exits of athletic events provided that any such distribution does not interfere with the ability of individuals to freely enter or leave the facility, is not disruptive, and does not take place when school is in session.

C. Nonschool related, political, and/or commercial literature, or campaign posters supporting one or more candidates, issues or a particular point of view shall not be displayed within the schools or on school owned or occupied property, unless done as part of an approved teaching unit.

Revised 10/06

Interesting. There's more.


The proper performance of school business and administration of an effective educational program requires the services of individuals of integrity, high ideals, and human understanding. To maintain and promote these essentials, the Board of Education expects all administrators to maintain high standards in their working relationships, provide professional leadership in the District and community, and in the performance of their duties, to:
A. recognize basic dignities of all individuals with whom they interact in the performance of duties;

B. represent accurately their qualifications;

C. exercise due care to protect the mental and physical safety of students, colleagues, and subordinates;

D. seek and apply the knowledge and skills appropriate to assigned responsibilities;

E. keep in confidence legally-confidential information;

F. ensure that their actions or those of another on their behalf are not made with specific intent of advancing private economic interests;

G. avoid accepting anything of value offered by another for the purpose of influencing judgment;

H. refrain from using his/her position or public property, or permitting another person to use an employee's position or public property for partisan political or religious purposes. (This will in no way limit constitutionally or legally protected rights as a citizen.)

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