Political partisanship by teaching professionals has struck a school in Lake Ronkomkoma where a mother claims her daughter was prevented from using President Donald Trump as her hero for a 6th grade class project.
11-Year-old Bella Moscato along with her classmates were told to research and do a report on someone they idolized as a hero. To Bella, the choice was clear, Donald Trump, a man she idolized since she was only 8-years-old, was to be the subject of her assignment.
On the slip of paper she used to submit her choice to the teacher, Bella wrote under the ‘positive contributions’ section that “Donald Trump has helped millions of people by creating a great economy. He is fighting everyday to protect the people from drugs crossing the border.” Truly the words of a young girl impassioned by her support of the president.
“Donald Trump is my hero” she told News 12.
When sixth-graders at Samoset Middle School [in Long Island] were assigned to pick a hero on whom they would write a report, 11-year-old Bella Moscato said her choice was a no-brainer.
“Donald Trump is my hero,” she says.
The 45th U.S. president has been Bella’s idol since she was eight years old, which is why she dressed up as Trump for a third-grade class project. But Bella says when she told her sixth-grade teacher that Trump was her choice for the hero project, the teacher nixed the idea.
Bella says her teacher said Trump “spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women” in front of another teacher and students in the class.
The teacher told her to pick another hero.
But when it came time to tell the teacher who the subject of her project was on, Bella’s excitement quickly turned sour. She told News 12 that the teacher tried blocking her from doing the project on the hero of her choice because Donald Trump “spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women.” This statement was made in front of another teacher and students.
“I think it’s wrong because teachers are not supposed to say political stuff to the students” Bella said.
To make matters worse, another student had chosen former president Barack Obama as the subject of their project with zero objection from the teacher, showing this is not an incident of making the project nonpartisan, rather, it is an attempt to block one side of the spectrum from experiencing any positive light, even at the expense of an 11-year-old girl’s education. It was a deliberate attempt to paint one party in a negative light while handing off a teacher’s seal of approval to the opposite side.
Bella’s mother, Valerie Moscato, said this incident amounts to censorship.
School Superintendent issued a public statement claiming Bella was not barred from choosing Trump as her hero and that the incident never took place. Despite push back from her teacher, Bella still plans on doing her report on the president.
At a school board meeting, Arthur Moscato, Bella’s father, told the board “no one should make a child feel that way, and you’re supposed to protect my child.” The school board did not publicly comment on the matter, but claim to be investigating the matter.
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