A terrorism response drill in Muskegon, Michigan featured an unusual enemy:

The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled. Under the scenario, a bomb is placed on the bus and is detonated while the bus is traveling on Durham, causing the bus to land on its side and fill with smoke.

Homeschoolers spread the word, and the district apologized.

Michelle Malkin went ballistic.

The public school establishment hates homeschoolers. They’ve smeared the movement as a conspiracy of conservative Christian zealots. They’ve scoffed at homeschooled kids as social pariahs. They’ve painted homeschooling parents as uneducated and negligent.

And now, under the guise of preparing students for a violent terrorist attack, educators in one public school district are casting homeschoolers in the role of bomb-detonating militants.

Via Number 2 Pencil, who’s blogging up a storm to make up for taking time to do her paying job.

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  1. Whacko does seem like a word intended to inspire contempt. I wonder how serious they were about this terrorist drill if they were using it to make a politcal statement. The people I know that homeschool would love to be able to have their children participate in some school activities. It’s a shame this isn’t a more positive relationship.

  2. I can kind of imagine the thinking that happened in the planning meeting:

    people sitting around, discussing: We’re going to have a drill, we want to simulate a terrorist attack.

    Okay, so we need to call this group something. We need a “handle” for realism.

    Oh, but we shouldn’t make it Middle Eastern terrorists. That would be insulting. Also, we can’t have it be Muslims, that would be insulting. And doing the militia thing – well, that might just tick off the local militia guys and cause a real attack.

    (someone pipes up from the back of the room) How about militant homeschoolers?
    (general laughter)

    Then, some bigwig thinks: hey, that might just work. We’re not insulting a group that “matters,” at least. (Or, more likely, there’s general agreement from a group of professional educators or professional administrators).

    Actually, if they had been really clever, they could have called it Wackos Against Schools, Teachers, and Education. Then at least they would have had the “cool” acronym W.A.S.T.E.

  3. Ah, the power of the Internet.

    Looks like the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District would like all and sundry to know that they share everyone’s disappointment with the choice of homeschoolers as terrorists for their preparedness drill.


  1. Almost as crazy as teachers

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  2. Defensive Bureaucrats

    I didn’t know Tim McVeigh was homeschooled. And they wonder why people can get pessimistic about public schools….