Commentary on middle school diversity training

Tom Knighton:

Now, with that out of the way, let’s talk a bit about Kirkland Middle School in Kirkland, Washington. It seems that some hinky stuff went on there with some “diversity” education the students received.

Kirkland Middle School (KiMS) used wholly unsubstantiated claims about hate speech on campus to justify left-wing equity training for kids. What’s worse, the school appears to have cooked up data to justify the training after it had already begun. The incorrect data may have been used to address the complaints of two parents who questioned the hate speech claims.

According to emails shared with the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, KiMS principal Niki Cassaro alleged there was “an increase in the use of racial and identity slurs.” She said the incidents were occurring across all grade levels and were “pervasive rather than a single isolated incident.” Consequently, the school conducted student training to discuss the importance of diversity and the dangers of hate speech and slurs. The district, through a spokesperson, confirmed the training came “in response to a trend” about biased behavior.

Except, after a couple of parents pressed the issue, it turns out there’s little to no evidence of there being any such trend.