Anti-police extremist invited to speak to Chicago students
Outrage follows when Chicago principal’s decision in an anti-police extremist to speak with the children on the Career of the Day.” #Tucker
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools principal suddenly withdrawn after outraged parents by inviting an anti-police extremist to talk to students on “Career Day.”
Mary Beth Cunat personally invited the anti-police activist, Ethan of Ethos, to speak to sixth-through eighth-grade students at Wildwood elementary School. Ethos is a self-described “radical” who routinely posts violent anti-police rhetoric online.
After a commander of the Chicago police was shot and killed execution-style in February, Ethos posted online, “F HIM [and] HIS FAMILY.”
Ethos also reports the term “CPDK” which apparently stands for “Chicago Police department Killer.” The extremist referred to police as “pigs” and a time posted about the killing of rich people.
Ethos apparently has shown hatred against the police because he claimed to be a Chicago police officer killed his friend with a stun gun.
In an apology letter to the parents, Cunat wrote that they brought in Ethos to talk with students about his poetry and social work, but went off the rails.
“He told me that the police are bad and the police wanted to kill people,” said Linda Ricciardi, who had three children listening to Ethos on career day. “I was very disappointed that someone would come in this school and hate to preach about the police. Or, even if he was talking about someone else, I would still be angry.”
Mary Beth Cunat wrote a letter of apology before going to sleep, writing in part, “I was present at his story took a negative turn over the police, at which point I immediately intervened… I care about your children and would never intentionally publish or to endorse this kind of negativity.”
Some parents, including Ricciardi disputed that Cunat immediately intervened, saying Ethos spoke to a few classrooms without interruption.
Some parents also said Cunat brought in Ethos, because she had recently been put under pressure to carry out anti-police philosophies of the students.
Almost every parent who spoke to Fox News said that the principal was doing an excellent job at the school, which is one of Chicago’s top-performing, but they made a serious mistake.
A Chicago police officer, Fernando Flores, who lives in the neighborhood and had children that attend the school, said Ethos to speak out for the students it was part of a wider indoctrination.
“Offended. Angry. I can’t believe that they are not grease it well. Look at his Facebook account,” Flores said. “Some of the things on his account are absolutely terrible.”
Ethan Ethos declined Fox News’ request for an interview.
The Chicago School District, wrote in an e-mail that it does not know or approve of the Ethos to speak for students.
Cunat said in a brief phone conversation that she did not resign, but retire. Her letter to parents said in part that she retire to spend time with family.
Matt Finn is a Fox News correspondent based in the Chicago office. Follow him on Twitter: @MattFinnFNC