Megan Howerton, 18, finished her studies at McHenry West High School earlier than usual so she could start her career as a Marine. She still wanted to attend her class graduation with her friends this past May, and being active-duty as a Marine Corps Private, Megan wanted to wear her uniform to honor the Marines and her country. The school refused to let her participate with her uniform on. What is so wrong with her wearing it?! Is the school so offended by our own country's uniforms? The school said that they couldn't allow one student to be dressed differently than the others. Of course they could have! They just wanted to forbid wearing U.S. military uniforms in the name of political correctness. So, what did Megan do? Rather than compromise her principles, she chose to wear her uniform, and so was not allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Alex Stone, 16, a student at Summerville High School, was arrested because of what he wrote in a creative writing assignment. The boy wrote a fictional story about killing a dinosaur. After seeing words like "gun" and "take care of business" in his writing, the teacher reported it to school officials. The school then notified police, who questioned Alex about his story and what it meant. He told them that it was just a made-up story and that there was nothing to it. Not satisfied with his answer, the police arrested Alex and searched his book bag and locker. Do you know what they found? Absolutely nothing. Now to save face, the school suspended Alex for a week! They never contacted his mother when all this was going on. The boy's lawyer, David Aylor, said that arresting Alex because of a writing assignment about killing a dinosaur was completely absurd. Aylor went on to say, "This is a perfect example of political correctness that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense." Well said.
Now, are you ready for this story? A 5-year-old girl was suspended from kindergarten at an elementary school in Colorado on May 16. Why? She had brought to school a plastic princess bubble gun. The girl didn't think anything about it, since it's only a toy. I would see no problem with the school confiscating the toy, telling her that she couldn't bring items like that to school, and then giving it back to her when she went home. But suspending the kindergartner for a day... no way! The girl's mother was upset because of the suspension and because no one at the school had contacted her first. "Could we have a warning?" she asked, stating that this could've been handled in a more appropriate way - "It blows bubbles!" This is political correctness gone nuts!
What's next in this politically correct madness?! I'll tell you... transgender bathrooms. It has become a big deal in the past couple of months. Target has come under a lot of heat lately, by siding with the less than 1% - transgender people - stating that customers and employees can use restrooms and fitting rooms that correspond to a person's "gender identity". Many others say that people should use facilities according to the gender stated on their birth certificates. So how should it be?
I agree that laws and rules should not be catered to less than 1% of the population, forgetting about the 99%. That is not right. And a lot of people do not agree with the whole transgender idea. Of course, transgenders and ones who accept that lifestyle agree with the transgender movement, but many other people do not. Transgenders say that they were born with the wrong identity. Still, many others say the opposite. People have a right to believe how they believe. It is not right to force people to accept something that goes contrary to their belief or conscience.
Many transgenders say that they were that way when they were born. But there is no conclusive scientific evidence for that. Some scientists stand behind that theory while others say it is a choice. One cannot say with absolute certainty that they were born that way; one can believe that but it is still not a fact. Neither I, nor anyone else, can remember what we felt when we were one day old.
Now getting back to the Target controversy... how should it be? By gender identity or by birth certificate? Look, I don't agree with Target catering to less than 1% of the population because of political correctness, but their policy is right! I don't want to see someone who looks like a woman in the men's room! Do you?! And likewise, you don't want someone who looks like a man entering the women's bathroom, just because it says they were born a female on their birth certificate!
Let's use some common sense and not base our decisions on being politically correct. Likewise, we need to consider the rights of all, not just a few. You cannot force someone to believe your way or hold to your ideals. That's life! Some people agree with you and others don't. Deal with it!