The parents of an 11-year-old 6th grade student are expressing their outrage after learning their daughter was not allowed to choose President Trump as her hero for an assignment. However picking Obama was allowed.
Bella Moscato attends Samoset Middle School and was told to write a report on a figure they found heroic or worthy of admiration. However, when she revealed her choice as America’s current commander-in-cheif she was told to select someone else.
“She said that I wasn’t allowed to do Donald Trump because he spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women,” Moscato shared with News 12. “The thing I didn’t get is she was okay with someone doing Barack Obama, but not okay with doing Donald Trump. That’s what got me angry and I didn’t like that.”
This didn’t sit well with her parents either. Her father, Arthur Moscato slammed the school board during a meeting saying, “My daughter’s hero is the president of our country. I can’t believe that anybody in the school would tell my daughter that something — that that guy can’t be her hero. I’m incensed by this.”
Moscato’s mother, Valarie had similar feelings saying, “This was really frustrating to me because, you know, my daughter has every right to pick a hero of her choice. It’s first amendment right, freedom of speech, freedom of expression. So it was really upsetting to me that she [the teacher] was trying to shut her down.”
Valerie says the moment she really became upset is when she found that the teacher had her full bias on display, allowing students to choose former President Barack Obama.
“That’s what got me angry — I didn’t like that,” she admitted.
When pressed the schools superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Graham, tried to make the girl out to be a liar saying her story was “not accurate.”
Something Moscato’s father also contested, “My story is not inaccurate. My daughter didn’t lie,” adding, “No one should make a child feel that way.”