Theodore and Sonia Mancini of Connecticut are suing the private Cheshire Academy and accusing the school of expelling their son, Michael, from school for expressing conservative views that were not appreciated in a liberal atmosphere. The Mancinis say the school is guilty of breach of contract, discriminating against their son for his ideological opinions. As evidence, they cite the school’s reaction to remarks 16-year-old Michael made in an English class earlier in the year.
From the Washington Examiner:
The incident happened during a class discussion of gender fluidity themes presented in William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” When classmates made the argument that transgenderism was an important element of the work’s social setting, Mancini disagreed, arguing that “that kind of behavior was frowned upon” at the time, according to his parents.
After Mancini made the comments, the parents say that their son was verbally assaulted by students in the class. That disagreement between Mancini and his classmates led to his expulsion from the school earlier this week.
“I do a lot of school litigation on bullying cases and in a sense, this is bullying for having non-traditional ideas,” family attorney Jamie Sullivan told the New Haven Register. “It belies the whole concept of liberalism, which is to embrace diverse ideas. In this politically correct environment, they are being very intolerant.”
School officials insist that the family is wrong and that they expelled Michael Mancini for reasons that had nothing to do with his conservatism.
“Contrary to what you may have read,” said Cheshire Academy head Julie Anderson, “our decision was not based on an opposition to political dialogue. We will take steps to defend the good name and reputation of CA, and will continue to work with legal counsel through this unfortunate episode.”
We literally know nothing about Cheshire Academy or its atmosphere, but we doubt that the Mancinis would go through the trouble and expense of suing the school if they had no reason to believe this was a case of ideological discrimination. And we have no trouble believing, in this day and age, that a school is so uptight about the fee-fees of transgender people that they would take harsh disciplinary action against any student who said they were anything less than God’s gift to the West.