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Speaker pro tem responds to state superintendent’s ‘school of terror’ comment made in Wilmington

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NC Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson (D) said there is nothing in the state’s new school voucher law “that would prevent someone from establishing a school of terror.” NC Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson (D) said there is nothing in the state’s new school voucher law “that would prevent someone from establishing a school of terror.”
House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam (R) released a statement this week saying apparently Atkinson “thinks it is taxpayer funding that will enable some of the 700 private schools to begin classes on suicide bombing for North Carolina’s private schools.” House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam (R) released a statement this week saying apparently Atkinson “thinks it is taxpayer funding that will enable some of the 700 private schools to begin classes on suicide bombing for North Carolina’s private schools.”

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – During a stop in Wilmington earlier this month, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson (D) told a reporter there is nothing in the state's new school voucher law "that would prevent someone from establishing a school of terror." 

Click here to watch Atkinson's interview. 

This week House Speaker Pro Tem Paul "Skip" Stam (R) shot back with the following statement: 

What would allow and inspire private schools to run schools of terror? There are hundreds of state and federal laws that prohibit terrorist acts, terrorist training and material support to terrorists.  All of these laws apply to private schools as well as public schools. There are 700 private schools in North Carolina today. Does she have information that any one of them is promoting terror, teaching terror or engaging in terror?   

Apparently she thinks it is taxpayer funding that will enable some of the 700 private schools to begin classes on suicide bombing for North Carolina's private schools. But if it is public funding that enables this kind of training there are thousands of public schools, (including 700 high schools) that get complete funding right now from the taxpayer. If funding is the missing ingredient does she find terrorist training camps in the public schools? I cannot find them. Some schools have gangs that terrorize other students but in no case is this the policy or the action of the public school itself. Quite to the contrary. Public schools make every effort to fight terrorism and gang activity. As do private schools, of course.

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