PENTAGON CLAIMS 1,100 HIGH SCHOOLS BAR RECRUITERS; PEACE ACTIVISTS OFFER $1,000 AWARD IF ANY SUCH SCHOOL CAN BE FOUND | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


PENTAGON CLAIMS 1,100 HIGH SCHOOLS BAR RECRUITERS; PEACE ACTIVISTS OFFER $1,000 AWARD IF ANY SUCH SCHOOL CAN BE FOUND

SOURCE: WASHINGTONSBLOG.COM
By David Swanson and Pat Elder

According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of 1,100 high schools.

The two of us are offering a $1,000 prize (details below) to any public U.S. high school that can identify itself as fitting this description.

Peace activists who struggle to gain admittance to high schools to present the case against military enlistment have not in recent years encountered a school that barred admittance to the military. The military has not publicly named a single example from its claimed list of 1,100 public high schools.

In fact, federal law requires schools that receive federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act to allow in military recruiters if they allow in college or job recruiters.

The possibility exists that the Pentagon is being as honest here as it was about Iraqi WMDs, and that recruiters’ difficulties in recent years are not due to schools’ policies, but rather to the low unemployment rate and the unpopularity of participating in endless brutal wars that serve no clear purpose, increase hostility toward the United States, and leave participants at heightened risk of death, physical injury, brain damage, PTSD, moral injury, violent crime, homelessness, and suicide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that every parent of a kid in high school should, as their parent, having the right to have that child, or children, in an "opt-out" event, or sent for study time on the days recruiters are due to show up.

When they become legal adults, of course, they should have the opportunity to talk with military recruiters; but I would hope that their mom and dad would also see to it, that their kids had equal time for an appointment with a Vet who has actually seen combat, as they would the military recruiters.

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