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Georgia school forced boy to change his ‘Fake News Network’ shirt before CNN field trip

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Two Georgia elected officials are fighting back after their 7th grader son’s school refused to allow him to wear a “Fake News Network” shirt on a field trip to visit CNN last week.

Nancy Jester, a county commissioner, and Stan Jester, a member of the local school board, said the “FNN” shirt was their son Jaxon’s idea.

The parents said that their son’s First Amendment right was violated by the teacher and Cedar Grove High School in Dekalb.

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“This year when the CNN tour was announced, my seventh-grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” Stan Jester wrote in his blog. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”

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The post continued on to say that Jaxon’s “mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that and he was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.”

The angry father also noted that the school had allowed students to take a knee during the national anthem before a playoff game in October, arguing that the would not interfere with their freedom of speech.

“If students should elect to express their free speech rights, we want to create and provide a safe space to do so. The goal is not to interfere with the students’ constitutional right to freedom of speech,” a statement from Cedar Grove High School about students taking a knee read.

While the local media has turned the issue into a debate about whether or not the parents should have allowed Jaxon to wear the shirt at all, Stan Jester maintains that he supports free speech for all — which naturally includes his own son.

“I’m disappointed by the hypocrisy of this decision. Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable,” Stan Jester wrote.

The school has now apologized to the Jesters, but the parents want them to provide an apology directly to their son.

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Endangered California Condor Seen in Sequoia National Park for the First Time in 50 Years

It’s the largest bird in North America.

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One of the most endangered animals in the United States has been observed in a national park that is part of its historical range. The National Park and U.S. Fish and Wildlife services confirmed in a joint statement that six California Condors have been seeing flying above the Sequoia National Park in Eastern California.

The birds were also photographed by park personnel.

A biologist of the Santa Barbara Zoo confirmed that specimens being GPS-tracked by the zoo had been geolocated in the national park.

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We use GPS transmitters to track the birds’ movement, which can be over hundreds of miles on a single day,” said Dave Meyer. “On this particular day we documented the birds’ signals around Giant Forest, and we are excited that park employees observed the birds and confirmed their use of this important historic habitat.

The Sequoia National Park consists of more then 400,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The rare vultures, which feed upon carrion, had once been known to nest in the great Sequoia trees of the park, before disappearing from the habitat around the 1970’s.

The California Condor is a New World vulture, and an exceptionally large bird, the largest native to North America. It range once broadly consisted of the entire western United States, spanning from Canada to Baja California in Mexico.

It had been declared to be extinct in the wild in 1987, but a preservation program to save the species has proved successful in reintroducing captive individuals to the wild in northern Arizona and Utah. Poaching, habitat destruction, and poisoning from manmade chemicals have severely eroded the population of the birds in the wild, and it’s currently listed as critically endangered. Preservation efforts have increased the wild population of the California Condor from merely 22 animals to more than 400 today.

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