“One of the lessons that Andrew Lampart learned from being on his [Woodbury, CT high] school’s debate team was to gather facts for both sides of an argument,” foxnews.com observes. “So last month when his law class was instructed to prepare for a debate on gun control, Andrew went online using the school’s Internet service . . . When Andrew tried to log onto the National Rifle Association’s website, he realized there was a problem – a big problem. ‘Their website was blocked,’ he told me. Andrew decided to try the Second Amendment Foundation’s website. That too, was blocked. Andrew decided to set aside his debate preparation and started researching other conservative websites. He soon discovered . . .
that he had unfettered access to liberal websites, but conservative websites were blocked.
For example, the Connecticut Republican Party website was blocked. The Connecticut Democratic Party website was not blocked. National Right to Life was blocked, but Planned Parenthood was not blocked. Connecticut Family, a pro-traditional marriage group, was blocked, but LGBT Nation was not blocked.
Andrew found that even Pope Francis was blocked from the school’s web service. But although he could not access the Vatican website, the school allowed him to access an Islamic website.
So Mr. Lambert took it up with the authorities. Who promised the lad to set things right while passing the buck, from superintendent to principal to the school board. Eventually, it went back down Nonnewaug High School Superintendent Jody Goeler. Whose letter on the subject identified the left-leaning search engine censors as Regional School District 14’s Technology Committee.
Strangely, that committee isn’t on the Board of Education’s list of committees. But a quick scan of the District’s website reveals this handy chart of which sites are blocked and which sites aren’t. The list includes “weapons” and “political advocacy groups.” So that’s the NRA and SAF out. Oh wait. “political advocacy groups” are not blocked as well. And it doesn’t explain why some groups are blocked and some aren’t.
Two questions: who exactly messed with the filter and was he or she operating at the District level or the State level? TTAG will chase this story next week – if only to find out if TTAG is blocked. [h/t surlycmd]