Just Report It… Unless You’re a Conservative Parent

by James A. Bacon
The Washington Post

is still fulminating about the Youngkin administration’s “toxic” school tip line. By inviting parents to send “reports and observations” on divisive material taught in schools, writes the editorial board today, the administration could intimidate teachers and send “the message they should tread carefully, particularly on instruction involving race, or avoid such topics altogether.”

Hmmm. I wonder where the Youngkinites got the idea for a tip line?

Maybe everywhere they turn.

Mechanisms for reporting bias, discrimination and harassment are ubiquitous in Virginia education. I’ll throw out examples from the first two institutions I checked.

First, the Fairfax County Public Schools: The FCPS human resources department website instructs people on how to file “a complaint of discrimination.”

To file a complaint of discrimination, you may contact the Office of Equity and Employee Relations (EER) directly at 571-423-3070, email us at EEO@fcps.educomplete a complaint form, or put your concerns in writing. A complaint should be filed immediately following the event giving rise to the complaint but no later than one year after. Once completed, the form or letter should be forwarded to: Office of Equity and Employee Relations.

Second, there’s this from a University of Virginia web page entitled, “Just Report It.”

If you are not a University student or employee, you may report such conduct by or affecting (1) a University student, by contacting Student Affairs, or (2) a University employee, by contacting the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.

These are tip lines in everything but name. I could go on and on but, frankly, the exercise would quickly become monotonous. Schools and universities across Virginia encourage people to report alleged incidents of bias, discrimination and sexual harassment. It’s so routine we take it for granted.

The Post is exercised about the prospect that the Youngkin tip line “could” be used to intimidate teachers. After more than half a year since the tip line was set up, the editorial writers can’t document a single instance of such abuse. To the contrary, Team Youngkin appears to have been, dare I say, intimidated into silence about the tip line. When’s the last time the Governor brought up the topic? When I asked the Superintendent of Public Education about it a couple of months ago, I got a no comment.

The Post is also agitated by the fact that the administration is resisting FOIA requests, backed up by a lawsuit filed by several news organizations, to gain access to the tip line’s submissions. Curious. I don’t see The Washington Post or any other news organization filing FOIAs and lawsuits to get UVa or Fairfax schools to cough up submissions reporting bias or discrimination.

Governments routinely maintain tip lines for citizens to report waste, fraud and abuse. The problem isn’t the collecting of information. It’s a matter of concern only if government acts upon that information improperly.

Speaking on the John Fredericks radio show, Youngkin described the tip line as a channel “for parents to send us any instances where they feel their fundamental rights are being violated, where their children are not being respected [and] where there are inherently divisive practices in their schools.”

Where else is Team Youngkin going to get information about such abuses? From public school officials? Yeah, right, we’ve seen how open and transparent Loudoun County school officials are. From the media? Yeah, right. The establishment media has done everything within its power to obscure, downplay or deny that conservative parents have genuine concerns.

The only legitimate question is what the Youngkin administration does with the information it receives. Have Youngkin’s operatives used tip-line reports to “intimidate” teachers or other school officials? If they have, the circumstances surrounding such incidents deserve a closer look. If not, WaPo editorial writers are foaming at the mouth over an entirely hypothetical concern that, based upon what we know, exists only in their fervid imaginations.

Perhaps the newspaper that believes “Democracy dies in darkness” should turn its attention to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who last year cited an alleged  “spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” by irate parents against school officials as justification for involving the FBI in local law enforcement. Talk about intimidation!

But the WaPo doesn’t oppose intimidation as a tactic of government. It has no issue with Garland intimidating rowdy Deplorables objecting to sexualized curricula for young children and pornographic “literature” in libraries. People whom the WaPo does approve of, such as woke teachers and administrators, should be allowed to operate free from public scrutiny… in the dark, you might say. 

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34 responses to “Just Report It… Unless You’re a Conservative Parent”

  1. DJRippert Avatar

    “Turnabout is fair play” is not a quote liberals understand. Tiplines are only for the woke, not anybody else.

    1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
      Eric the half a troll

      So reporting sexual harassment is only for the “woke” these days, eh…??

      1. DJRippert Avatar

        Sexual harassment, in general, is is not illegal. It is against the policies of many public institutions. Teaching divisive material is not illegal. It is against the policies of Virginia public schools.

        Why does the Washington Post bitterly complain about one tip line but not the other? Because the Washington Post only supports tip lines for things it considers acceptable to tip (i.e., woke matters).

        1. James McCarthy Avatar
          James McCarthy

          Doesn’t need to be illegal to contribute to a toxic workplace.

        2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
          Eric the half a troll

          You said above that tip lines are only for the “woke” and again you are implying that you consider reporting sexual harassment to make one “woke”…?? The “turnabout” phrase is pretty strange as well. You seem to be implying that reporting sexual harassment is a negative thing… at least from a Conservative point of view…

        3. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar

          The best thing that could have happened to American journalism is if Bezos would have shuttered the Post right after he bought it.

          The Post regularly allows its editorial department to influence and sometimes control what is written in news stories contrary to written policy. A reporter told me that he/she was pressured by editorial staff not to write negative stories about then-Governor Tim Kaine. Guess who was in charge of the editorial board then? Why didn’t he know about this and enforce the sacred separation rule? Or did he permit a serious violation? We will never know.

          The Post often refuses to allow op-ed (i.e., opposition to editorials) pieces to be published when they bring up facts and arguments that counter editorial positions.

          “Journalists in the United States differ markedly from the general public in their views of “bothsidesism” – whether journalists should always strive to give equal coverage to all sides of an issue – according to a recent Pew Research Center study. A little more than half of the journalists surveyed (55%) say that every side does not always deserve equal coverage in the news. By contrast, 22% of Americans overall say the same, whereas about three-quarters (76%) say journalists should always strive to give all sides equal coverage.”


          It’s a shame to those journalists and former journalists that believed in finding and reporting the facts as they found them. The good thing is that more and more journalists keep losing their jobs.

  2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “Schools and universities across Virginia encourage people to report alleged incidents of bias, discrimination and sexual harassment.”

    You really equate such offenses to teaching Johnny about Jim Crow…?? Really pitiful, JAB…

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      yep. oh , and then throw in Garland and other..

      taking lessons from Walter…

    2. You really think conservatives don’t want children to learn about Jim Crow? Really pitiful, Eric the .5…

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Well, since the comments to Youngkin’s tipline are kept secret, I guess we will never really know…

        1. Since you had no basis for your statement, discussing it would be meaningless.
          Are you trying to get promoted to Eric the Troll?

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            What statement has no basis? That Youngkin is keeping his report-a-teacher line secret? Given that is the only statement I made, I think you are incorrect. I can post the Youngkin statement to that effect but it really is pretty indisputable.

          2. That republicans don’t want Jim Crow taught in school.

          3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            That was a question… hence the “?” punctuation..,

          4. And now you know the answer.

          5. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Already knew the answer… it was “yes” that is exactly what JAB does… it was the central premise of his piece…

          6. Merchantseamen Avatar

            I was taught Jim Crow in 1972. In Virginia. in a desegregated school. Hmmm.

      2. LarrytheG Avatar

        inherently divisive concept?

    3. To answer the question of what to teach about Jim Crow, and speaking for myself:I would teach that Jim Crow was a great moral outrage.
      That its underlying method is grouping people rather than treating them as individuals. That it relies on a technique of putting those you dislike into a group, vilifying the group, and then destroying the group. That this allows one extreme example to be held up as being the norm for the group to justify your hatred of the group.
      That it is designed to make one group feel superior to another, not because they are or to solve any problems, but to massage the egos of the ‘superior’ group and justify their otherwise immoral actions.
      I would teach that people who practice this grouping and destruction technique are bigots and cowards who do not deserve your support.
      I would also teach that they are Un-American, as the US is built on the idea of judging individual worth and merit, not assigning group guilt and blame.
      That the democrat party created Jim Crow in the 1860’s as a continuation of the arguments it had used to justify slavery, and it is still practicing it today.
      That the methods of Jim Crow were used to keep blacks in slavery after the Civil War, to put Japanese Americans in camps in WW2, by the communists to put their enemies in the gulags, and by the Nazis to put the Jews in the concentration camps. The methods are being used today by the democrat party to target gun owners, Trump supporters and anyone else they disagree with.
      That’s what I would teach our young people.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Sounds pretty divisive to me… pretty sure you would get turned into the hotline by a number of individuals…

        1. There’s always someone easily offended by the truth.

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Exactly the impetus of Youngkin’s hotline… well said…

        2. There’s always someone easily offended by the truth.

  3. LarrytheG Avatar

    To put this in context. What if Youngkin set up a tip line for doctors, or dentists or VDOT or auto mechanics or the DMV?

    And almost no guidelines, and no reporting , just a “tip line”

  4. Kathleen Smith Avatar
    Kathleen Smith

    If there is nothing being done to anyone who is reported, why have it in the first place? If there have been no actions taken, it really serves no purpose.

    1. James McCarthy Avatar
      James McCarthy

      The unknown knowns could be damaging. Who’s reading the tips? Passing them along?

  5. James McCarthy Avatar
    James McCarthy

    Ya gotta get real. The Youngthing tipline was a very bad idea. Trash it!! It sounds gar too similar to Texas bounties for abortion squealers.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      it’s the way that some folks “think” government…. Youngkin is their hero…

  6. Lefty665 Avatar

    “Public Scrutiny Dies in Darkness” to coin a phrase.

    WashPost and WSJ editorial pages are equally toxic. I avoid ’em both like the plague. Curiously, the WSJ frequently has straighter reporting.

  7. walter smith Avatar
    walter smith

    It’s so scawy…Mean pawents might say something mean about a groomer teacher or a lying administrator.
    You Lefties sure hate “democracy” when non-Marxists engage in it…

    1. James McCarthy Avatar
      James McCarthy

      Youngkin is a non-Marxist democrat?? Advise him before he continues his national campaign.

      1. walter smith Avatar
        walter smith

        I’m not a huge fan. He’s too soft for me, but he was better than Terry McAwful.

  8. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Yea SCOTUS!

    Don’t bury it. Let it write opinion pieces on DE&I for BR…

  9. Ruckweiler Avatar

    Considering the dismal results of the public schools, maybe the teachers need to be intimidated right out the door.

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