Crash the Crasher
Jason Levin, the man behind CrashTheTeaParty.org, is now on leave while his school investigates his actions. The CTTP site now offers this message to viewers:
The icon leads people to this page.
Problem is: Jason Levin is being disingenuous. His right to free speech is not being attacked, in fact, he is under investigation for several different reasons.
From Fox News:
The school district is defending Levin’s right to free speech, but it’s investigating whether he used district computers to spread his political message or worked on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site during school hours.
In fact, Levin comes from a blue state, Oregon. The article touches on this:
A source within the district said parents at Conestoga did not initially appear upset at Levin’s anti-Tea Party activism — but that changed in recent days as controversial statements continued to emerge.
Now, the source said, parents have become outraged by the severity of his political activism, and many have told the school board members that it has no place in a public school system.
Parents supported teachers who wore Obama buttons during the 2008 presidential election, the source said. But they say Levin has crossed the line.
The school is looking into other misconduct as well:
In a now deleted post on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site, he called on his supporters to collect the Social Security numbers — among other personal identifying information — about as many Tea Party supporters as possible at the numerous rallies that took place on Thursday, Tax Day.
“Some other thoughts are to ask people at the rally to sign a petition renouncing socialism. See just how much info you can get from these folks (name address, DOB, Social Security #). The more data we can mine from the Tea Partiers, the more mayhem we can cause with it!!!!” he wrote.
The state agency is investigating whether this is a hint at identity theft, and whether it is appropriate behavior for a public school teacher. It also will investigate charges that Levin used school computers during school hours to work on his Web site. Levin teaches 6th, 7th and 8th graders about computers and technology.
According to the school district laws regulating teacher conduct, which are posted online: “The Beavertown School District rules involving teacher use of the district’s electronic system clearly state: The district’s electronic communications system shall be used for educational purposes consistent with the district’s mission, priorities and beliefs. Educational purposes do not include commercial use, use for personal financial gain or political advocacy.”
Wanting Social Security numbers goes beyond free speech. It is violating a person’s identity, which is exactly why people would be correct in saying that Levin went too far. This would be no surprise, as the left always takes things too far.