First Amendment lesson sparks outrage at Florida school

A Florida teacher has angered parents after having her fourth-grade class write a statement about giving up constitutional rights, Fox 30 News reports.

Cheryl Sabb, who teaches at Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, apparently asked her fourth-grade class to write down what she was saying, including the statement: “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer and more secure,” according to Fox 30.


Aaron and Amy Harvey, the parents of one of the students, found the note with that statement, written in crayon, in their son’s backpack.

"I don't believe that any American or American child should be asked to write this," Aaron Harvey told the First Coast News.

Nikolai Vitti, the Duval County public schools superintendent, 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."

Aaron Harvey will meet this week with Sabb and a counselor, Fox 30 reported. He has invited other parents to attend.

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