Disparaging Vegetarians Is Found to Be Impermissible

All the animals on our oligarchical collectivist farm are equal, but you had better not disparage the ones that are more equal. These now include vegetarians, according to a ruling in New Jersey:

A school district is allowed to discipline a sixth-grader for bullying because he made disparaging remarks about a classmate’s vegetarianism.

To “bully” is to express politically incorrect opinions in a primary educational setting.

The case began on Oct. 30, 2014, when the two 11-year-old sixth-graders were having lunch in the cafeteria of Montgomery’s Lower Middle School. One of the students, identified in court papers as C.C., made the comments to another student, K.S., about his decision not to eat meat.

The investigation by the school’s anti-bullying specialist, guidance counselor Lesley Haas, found that C.C. told K.S. that “it’s not good to not eat meat” and that “he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have bigger brains,” according to court papers.

C.C. also admitted that he told K.S. that “vegetarians are idiots.”

Sorry, that opinion is not allowed, even for 11-year-olds.

Haas concluded that C.C.’s comments met the legal definition of harassment, intimidation and bullying under state law because they targeted a student’s “distinguishing characteristic” and “substantially interfered with the rights of K.S. and had the effect of insulting or demeaning him.”

Superintendent of Schools Stephanie Gartenberg agreed with Haas’ conclusion.

But C.C.’s parents did not agree, so the case worked its way through the Byzantine layers of useless bureaucracy that constitute Kafka’s Castle. In the end,

The case then went before Administrative Law Judge John S. Kennedy, who ruled in March that K.S.’s vegetarianism was a “distinguishing characteristic” based on previous bullying cases and that C.C.’s comments were insults.

The precedent:

Kennedy cited a Jefferson Township case in which remarks that a student “sucks at basketball” were found to be unacceptable under state law because they were perceived as being motivated by the distinguishing characteristics of height, intelligence and athletic ability.

In case you are wondering how much this idiocy cost the taxpayer,

The Montgomery School District expended $7,763 in legal fees on the case.

C.C.’s parents must have dropped a pretty penny on legal fees too.

Down in the hottest hole in hell, a vegetarian with totalitarian inclinations by the name of Adolf Hitler smiles with satisfaction.


On tips from J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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