A New Jersey mother complained about pansexuality posters at her child’s elementary school in a Facebook group posting and was targeted by a high-ranking military official over it, resulting in calls for his resignation Wednesday.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Angela Reading, who is a member of the Northern Burlington Board of Education, spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday about the stunning reprimand from the military that “scared” and “surprised” her.
Lt. Col. Christopher Schilling flagged her Facebook posting and sent it to local police for exhibiting what he described as “safety concerns.” The mother had not broken the law or incited violence in the least. She simply alerted other parents to posters that were hanging at the entrance of her 7-year-old’s school displaying different kinds of sexuality, including the virtues of being “polysexual.”
Evidently, the posters were part of an assignment intended to create a “safe space” for all students to “feel good and accepted.” Students as young as 9 years old took part in making the posters, according to “Chaos and Control’s” Substack page.
Reading called the posters “perverse,” contending “it should be illegal to expose my kids to sexual content.” She then posted pictures of the posters for parents to see.
“A high ranking official, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Shilling, stated that the Joint Base (McGuire, Fort Dix and Lakehurst) leadership is now working with local law enforcement to ensure the ‘safety’ of the entire community.” https://t.co/rTp8T7KcuN
— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) December 8, 2022
The mother was shocked when her posting was responded to by the military.
“I was more than surprised. I was scared,” she told Carlson. “I actually pulled my kids from school the day I found out. It was mind-boggling and I was worried for them when the U.S. military comes after you for simply raising concern about a public poster that is widely available for all to see.”
Schilling asserted on his personal Facebook page that there were “security concerns” with Reading’s post. He claimed that the Joint Base was working with local law enforcement to “monitor the situation” and “ensure the continued safety of the entire community.”
“The current situation involving Ms. Reading’s actions has caused safety concerns for many families,” he accused. “The Joint Base leadership takes this situation very seriously and from the beginning have had the Security Forces working with multiple state and local law enforcement agencies to monitor the situation to ensure the continued safety of the entire community.”
— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) December 8, 2022
Reading says that her post was “really moderate.”
“It essentially said I didn’t think my 7-year-old was age-appropriate to be exposed to words such as polysexual and pansexual,” she told Carlson on his show. “I said that all people are deserving of love and respect. My post was very explicit about that. Still, it prompted this response and it’s really scary that in this country we can’t have a right to speak and raise concerns about our public education system.”
She does not want people to blame the entire military for the actions of Schilling whom she describes as a “bad-faith actor.” But the involvement of the military concerning comments on Facebook is frightening to her and certainly could chill free speech.
The administrator of the Facebook group told Reading that North Hanover Police Chief Robert Duff reached out urging her to take down the post.
“I said, ‘I don’t want Homeland Security coming after me. Take the post down. I don’t want to be dealing with this.’ I agreed that the post should come down,” she stated, adding that she later contacted the police chief “and reminded him of the First Amendment.”
Who gave the order to weaponize the military against civilized law-abiding parents?
— (@Beth2point0_) December 8, 2022
“We shouldn’t be utilizing government resources and our positions to pressure individuals to take down Facebook posts,” she said. “I also shared with him the post that he’d already seen. There was nothing wrong. It didn’t violate any law, it didn’t violate any Facebook rule whatsoever.”
The Joint Base confirmed to Fox News that it notified law enforcement concerning the social media posting, “which is common information-sharing practice among law enforcement entities.”
“The purpose of the military is to defend us against foreign enemies, not to police Facebook posts,” Carlson bluntly remarked.
He also said he hopes Schilling is “removed from his command tonight.”
Carlson took it a step further, saying, “I hope Chief Duff is relieved of his post immediately too.”
I agree with Tucker Carlson. Lt. Col. Schilling, of Joint Base (McGuire, Fort Dix, and Lakehurst) needs to GO. And so does the cowardly police chief.
— JannyJ (@janny_jenk) December 8, 2022
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