COS COB, Connecticut (LifeSiteNews) — An administrator of a Connecticut elementary school was caught in an undercover video by Project Veritas saying he subtly fosters liberal values in children and wards off conservatives by refusing to hire Catholics and older applicants.
The school district informed LifeSiteNews that the official has since been placed on administrative leave, and the district does “not support any opinions that promote discriminatory hiring practices.”
Cos Cob Elementary School assistant principal Jeremy Boland made the controversial comments during a series of conversations with an undercover Project Veritas reporter.
In the now-viral video, Boland said he and his subordinates circumvent parental control by inculcating liberal values in the children while subtly avoiding any direct mention of politics.
“I can’t get past the parents anymore,” he said. “So the parents feel as though it’s their responsibility to shape the schools, which then shape the kids, right? So because I can’t get past the parents, do I really have as much of an influence on the kids as I want? I try in my own way.”
According to Boland, he makes an “impact” on the school by hiring teachers who hold liberal worldviews.
“So it’s subtle. They [teachers I hire] will never say, ‘Oh, this is [a] liberal or a Democratic way of doing this.’ They’ll just make that the norm. And this is how we handle things, it’s subtle,” he said.
Boland told the reporter that the school teaches children “how to think,” explaining that “It doesn’t matter what they think about. If they think about it in a logical, progressive way, that becomes their habit.”
Asked whether the school “gear[s]” children “to think in a more liberal way,” he responded in the affirmative.
“Believe it or not, the open-minded, more progressive teachers are actually more savvy about delivering a Democratic message without really ever having to mention politics,” he said.
“And that’s how you get away with it?” the journalist asked.
“That’s how you get away with it,” Boland said.
During the video, Boland also said he might include a new question regarding “transgender” children in upcoming teacher interviews so he can weed out religious people and conservatives who believe that children cannot decide to identify as a different gender.
The assistant principal told the undercover reporter he has refused to hire Catholics and people over age 30 because of concerns they would hold conservative values.
“If someone is raised hardcore Catholic, it’s like, they’re brainwashed — you can never change their mindset,” he said, going on to slam an unnamed conservative teacher on staff who he said is “stuck in her ways” and he’ll “never be able to fire.”
“So I make an impact with the next teacher I hire,” he explained, touting his “instinct for hiring.”
“For one position, I think we had 30 applicants. So out of all those applicants, I don’t think I interviewed anybody over the [age] of 30,” Boland said. “The older you get, the more set in your ways — the more conservative you get.”
In its report, Project Veritas provided a quotation from Section 46A-60B1 of Connecticut Law that prohibits discriminatory hiring practices.
With kids in schools across America being used as pawns to advance the radical left's woke political agenda, the Minneapolis Teachers Union has taken this effort to a new low, now blatantly targeting white teachers specifically because of the color of their skin.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT), along with the leaders of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Minneapolis Public Schools, expressing your disgust with the union's illegal, unconstitutional embrace of reverse racism in their bargaining practices!
Thirty-thousand students were forced out of the classroom this past spring when the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers went on a strike for nearly three weeks, demanding higher pay, reduced class sizes, and increased diversity in hiring practices, among other things.
The strike finally came to an end on March 25th when the union and Minneapolis Public Schools reached a tentative new contract agreement addressing many of the members' concerns, but one particular provision was eventually identified for its inherently problematic embrace of blatant, race-based discrimination...
The new agreement stipulates that, going forward, white teachers will be LAID OFF first as a means to advance the liberal MFT's "diversity" agenda.
LEO TERRELL on Minneapolis teachers union agreement that stipulates white teachers would be laid off first: "It's racist and should be invalidated immediately." pic.twitter.com/DFjRFOwLdj— Martin Golobic (@golobicm) August 16, 2022
This plan completely disregards attributes such as seniority, qualifications, or job performance, and, instead, values teachers' general worthiness to sustain their livelihood based on their skin color alone -- a glaringly racist, discriminatory practice that goes hand-in-hand with the woke left's agenda of hate, division, and indoctrination in our children's schools.
Not only is this alarmingly regressive, it is also illegal AND unconstitutional.
The MFT's agreement with Minneapolis Public Schools is a clear violation of both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (which "prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin") and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (which requires all citizens to be treated equally under the law, and remain free from discriminatory policies that seek to harm them based on personal characteristics like race).
But if a major teachers union can somehow justify and openly endorse such a bold-faced transgression against a specific race without consequence, anyone can (and eventually will) try to do the same, and it's only a matter of time until a regressive racial policy like this affects YOU.
While the MFT's latest move may be racist towards white teachers, specifically, it could ultimately prove a bellwether for similar policies in other cities and states that may seek to discriminate against those of other races, as well.
No American (be they a teacher, or anything else) should be judged by such attributes; rather, it is the content of their character, and, in this case, their professional abilities, qualifications, and experience, that should determine their value in the workplace.
Anything less would be a grave injustice, but that's exactly what liberal teachers unions like the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers are attempting to do.
This is not only a dangerous precedent to set, but a patently un-American one, and it's time for men and women of all races, in every corner of our country, to take a stand and say "ENOUGH'S ENOUGH!"
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the MFT, AFT, and Minneapolis Public Schools expressing your opposition to their racist, un-American agreement targeting white teachers simply for being white, and let them know. that you stand against ALL forms of woke racism in education and the workplace!
This agreement is a slap in the face to everything America is all about, and harkens back to a much darker period in our history which we should've turned away from a long time ago.
But with so-called "progressives" more concerned with being "woke" than upholding core American values, no workplace -- not even our schools -- is safe for anyone.
Let the MFT, AFT, and Minneapolis Public Schools know that the American people oppose their attempts to divide us further by race, and that woke radicalism has no place in Minneapolis classrooms, or any American classroom!
According to the law, no employer may refuse to hire someone “because of the individual’s race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression,” and more.
Greenwich Public Schools (GPS), of which Cos Cob Elementary School is a part, specifically states that its schools “do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age in its programs and activities.”
On Wednesday, a GPS spokesperson shared with LifeSiteNews the contents of two emails sent to families and staff members advising them of the school district’s response to the video.
In the first email, sent August 31, GPS superintendent of schools Dr. Toni Jones said the district had been ”made aware of” the Project Veritas video the previous night.
“We intend to do a full investigation and until that time, we will not make any public statements,” she wrote.
In the next email, Jones informed recipients that Boland has been “placed on administrative leave.”
“Once again, we do not support any opinions that promote discriminatory hiring practices based on race, religion, gender, or age in any way, and we want to remind our entire community that our curriculum policies and procedures are strictly enforced by our Board,” she said.