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Teacher ‘told fourth-graders to write notes saying they were prepared to give up their constitutional rights to be safer’

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 17:08 EST, 13  April 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:09 EST, 13 April 2013

 

A Florida father was disturbed to find a  note in his ten-year-old son’s backpack  that read: ‘I am willing to give up some  of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.’

Aaron Harvey, of Duval County, says his child was told to write the sentence by the  teacher during a civics lesson at Cedar Hills Elementary School.

Harvey believes that this is the personal  view of the teacher rather than his fourth-grade son. ‘I don’t believe that any  American or American child should be asked to write this,’ the military veteran  told First Coast  News.

Disturbing: A Florida father was concerned by finding this note in his fourth-grade son's backpack 

Disturbing: A Florida father was concerned by finding  this note in his fourth-grade son’s backpack

‘That sentence talking about giving away  freedoms for safety and security – that bothers me,’ Harvey added to Wokv.com.

‘I served in the military. I served to  protect my family, my country, and that Constitution and everyone’s freedom,’ he  continues.

The father maintains he wouldn’t mind if his  son had reached this opinion of his own accord. But the father doesn’t believe  the ten-year-old actually understands what he wrote and that this is not the point of education.

‘Being able to understand so they can form  their own thoughts and have their own opinions when they get older,’ is how he  explained school to Wokv.

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Concern: The boy’s parent’s Aaron and Amy were worried  by the discovery

The boys parents believe their child should  be taught the history of First Amendment rights.

But Amy Harvey, the boy’s mother, was also  upset by the note. ‘If I don’t check his backpack I won’t find things like  this,’ she told First Coast News.

It isn’t yet clear if a visiting  constitutional lawyer gave this work in the civics class or a teacher set this  assignment a number of days later.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti of Duval County Public Schools said in a written  statement: ‘The Justice Teaching activity on constitutional rights that was  conducted at Cedar Hills Elementary School is consistent with our efforts to  broaden civics-based education and develop critical thinking skills among our  students.

‘The lesson builds awareness of First  Amendment rights through a partnership with an association of local attorneys.

Our possible concern rests with a follow-up  activity that may have been conducted after the lesson.’

The school has set a meeting to discuss this  issue next week.

Discussions: Cedar Hills Elementary School has scheduled a meeting to talk about the note 

Discussions: Cedar Hills Elementary School has scheduled  a meeting to talk about the note

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