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Sources: Verona teacher tells students, ‘all cops are racist’

UPDATED: 4.20 p.m.,  May 6 — Based on recent re-interviews with the parents, the article below has been updated to make clear that the parents of the student reached out to district officials on several occasions regarding concerns they have had about the teacher’s lessons and other curriculum. The parents contend (and have provided emails to support the contentions) that teachers and administrators have previously been slow to respond.  However, Verona High School’s principal did return a call regarding the parents’ latest concerns on the same day they were communicated and the article has been modified to reflect that timing.

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — The parent of a Verona High School student said an English teacher recently taught her class that “all cops are racist” and compared them to “slave owners.”

It’s just the latest example of anti-police rhetoric in a liberal suburban school district steeped in race-based curriculum, concerned parents tell Empower Wisconsin and conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna.

The father of the high school student said his son’s new teacher, Valerie Vinyard, last week devoted an entire class to the topics of “white privilege” and “police violence.” The conversation stemmed from the recent police officer-involved fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man.

“Yesterday she devoted another 1.5 hour class to lecturing the kids to what I believe is her activist views,” said the father, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his child from bullying. “Here are some terms she used yesterday in class…..’all cops are racist.’  ‘Cops are like slave owners.’  ‘If you are black and the police pull you over, you will get shot.”

The source, a former Twin Cities-area police officer, said Vinyard “went on to say how she supports Black Lives Matter and encouraged the kids to protest. She made reference to how Trump is racist.”

He said his son told him about the educator’s political rant in a nightly dinner table conversation, where such subjects come up “almost daily.” He said there’s so much left-leaning re-education going on in Verona schools that he and his wife feel like they have to “de-program” their children.

The school’s principal did return a call to the parents about their latest concerns.

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention earlier today. We are looking into the concerns raised by the parents,” Raechelle A. Belli, public information officer for the Verona Area School District, wrote in an email Thursday afternoon.

Another parent tells Empower Wisconsin that Woke indoctrination is ingrained in Verona’s educational culture. The parent recalled seeing a banner in the high school hallway with a timeline and a headline declaring, United States: 400 Years of Oppression.

In a middle school class, a black teacher made all the kids stand up and move to one side of the room if they believed in white privilege, and to another side if they didn’t. “That put all of these kids in a really awkward situation,” said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution.

The source said there is a “palpable disdain” for police among high school leadership and the superintendent, publicly expressed in the district’s decision to remove the student resource officer from the high school, despite the many incidents of fighting on school property.

Perhaps the radicalization of school culture and curriculum should come as little surprise. Verona’s school board President is Noah Roberts, senior policy advisor to liberal, identity politics practitioner, Gov. Tony Evers.

“It has been very frustrating,” the source said. “We have seen a district that has declining achievement, a high rate of students not proficient in language arts and math and we continue to focus on dividing people with race, not focused on making Verona School District students successful.”

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14 thoughts on “Sources: Verona teacher tells students, ‘all cops are racist’

  • Very proud of this teacher. She went through the education to become a teacher and has decided that this is what is best for her students. She’s probably right. She certainly knows those kids better than anyone commenting here.

  • If only Trump were still in office… we could all inject bleach, stick a light bulb up our backside and then everything would be wonderful again.

  • “Based on FBI crime data, Verona is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Wisconsin, Verona has a crime rate that is higher than 78% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.” Is this teacher protecting her friends? Or is she just ignorant?

  • We send our kids to school to be educated not indoctrinated ! Without kids in school there are no schools really crossing a line here teacher should be fired for this, hopefully this will be corrected, as when it’s to late it’s to late ,the principal said to the parent did you not know there is a movement going on? then there will be a real movement of the silent majority soon , parents are sick of this and are waking up to the truth, teachers were never essential? Really start teaching reading ,writing ,,arithmetic and history of this country ,and not your own beliefs parents will start choosing private schools over public and then you will all be out of jobs , very concerning !!principal of Verona should be fired as well if we did this at our jobs we would be let go rest assured

  • Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans. We are going to permanently change the name of “The White House” to “The People’s House,” and the colors of the American flag to red, black, and blue. If you miraculously outgrow your ego, these changes will make you dance with joy. Don’t worry — we’ll teach you rhythm and empathy.

  • American is a meaningless country populated by soulless meat children. Every citizen should be given a free handgun when they turn eighteen, as well as a monthly stipend of ammunition. Our Founding Fathers’ grand experiment created an evil Frankenstein Monster that needs to put itself out of its misery.

  • Proud to be from Verona, for once! Hope she keeps it up and other teachers become involved too! Students (especially white ones) need to be educated on our justice system and the inherent racism that it supports! A lot of these white parents don’t want their kids learning about their privilege in society, which is ridiculous. These discussions and lessons are SO important, and learning how we can change the world for the better is the best thing any teacher can teach. Keep it up, queen!!

  • People need to do to these teachers what the liberals themselves do to others. And see how they like it. Examples? Just review the BS handed to Trump by them. Now almost everything found to false and purposely brought on. LIES LIES and more LIES to ruin peoples reputations and livelihoods. And even Elections! (HUNTERS cover up) THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO WOKISM. USE THEM!

  • As a Senior citizen I am horrified at what are young people are being taught. Parents need to be completely involved in what is being taught and demand qualified teachers, not liberals.

  • This is another example as to why we need to cut funding to schools. The education system in Wisconsin continually fails to properly educate our youth. No longer can you find more than a hand full of students that could pass a civics test much less the test that green card holders have to take to become U.S. citizens! It is time to either stop the indoctrination of our children to become Socialists or close schools that fail to PROPERLY EDUCATE American youth to love and RESPECT the LAWS

  • This is probably one of the best truths that has been somewhat covertly unearthed as a result of the pandemic–parents being more directly involved in their kids educational lessons and becoming aware in a-first-person-learning just how dysfunctional many of our school systems are becoming– how our schools have been taken over by teachers who are NOT teaching our kids HOW to think, but rather WHAT to think. In communist nations this would be called indoctrination and propaganda. It is time for parents to get involved at the grass roots level to tackle and take back genuine educational principles and practices.

  • Here in Stevens Point the school board (most anyway) do not respond to queries about the rational of hiring a diversity/inclusion czar at the tune of $85 k a year. I asked what this person wil do? And received a gobbly gook verbage job announcement. One school board member said Cory somebody would contact me. This never happened. I also pointed out that Great Schools, a national objective school evaluation site rated Point schools 4s and 5 out of 10, and this was before COVID. Pretty mediocre for a university town. This school district eliminated sports and had high schoolers going to school 2 days a week. And yes “white privilege” crap is taught in schools.

  • Here’s a radical concept: how about “ABCs” and “1-2-3s” instead of “BLM” and “1619”? How about we get back to teaching “the truth” instead of “your truth”?

    Sadly, many parents have allowed all of this stuff to get ingrained into the educational system by leaving the upbringing of their kids up to the schools instead of being active in the raising of their children. Thankfully, many parents are now “awakening” to the “woke” culture being pushed and are trying to correct the errors. Hopefully, it’s not too late.

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