A Rhode Island teacher is facing backlash from parents after sending a threatening email to a student who opposed the district’s plan to “de-level” classes.
The Barrington School District has removed special needs, honors, and conceptual classes in the name of “equity.”
In an email to a student who was outspoken against the plan, teacher Kevin Blanchard implied that his activism was potentially criminal.
“I do take offense to you invading my classroom space. Your passion is noted but your methods verge on the criminal,” the April email said. “Hope you have a good weekend and watch your back.”
The student had spoken against the de-leveling at a school board meeting and circulated a petition among students.
The teacher, a registered Democrat, is the head of the school’s English department.
Fox News reports that the student’s family pulled him from the class after the email was received.
“We want to know what Mr. Blanchard’s punishment would be, if any. [Principal] Hurley told us that he could not tell us because it was a personal matter,” the parents wrote in an article for the local paper, according to a report from Fox News.
Bill Jacobson, a long-time Barrington resident and founder of Legal Insurrection, told Fox News that, “De-leveling is part of an agenda of equalizing outcomes.”
“This equal-results approach stems from critical race theory and diversity, equity and inclusion, which posit that unequal outcomes are the result of systemic bias and discrimination. ‘Equity’ in particular is the codeword for bringing high achievers down to equalize outcomes,” Jacobson said. “‘Equity’ has become an unhealthy obsession, and parents are seeing the impact.”
The Gateway Pundit has reached out to the school for comment about Blanchard’s employment. We will update this story if one is provided.