Outrageous Student: School's Computers Blocked GOP, Conservative Websites
A high school student in Connecticut spoke out at a school board meeting this week after being unable to view conservative websites on school computers. According to FoxCT.com, 18-year-old Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School, believes there may have been censorship in the implementation of a firewall system that the school uses to block certain websites.
He said he first noticed an issue when he was blocked from the NRA's website, but then had no problem getting onto sites that advocate for stricter gun control laws, like Moms Demand Action and Newtown Action Alliance. Lampart then said that he logged onto the state's Democratic Party website before being blocked from the Connecticut GOP site.
The school board chairman called the alleged censorship "not a joking matter" and said there will be further investigation.
More details below from Fox CT:
Lampart even looked at Web sites focusing on abortion issues and religion. He found that “right-to-life” groups were blocked by the public school firewall but that Planned Parenthood and Pro-Choice America were not. He also tried to get on web sites such as Christianity.com and the Vatican’s web site but both were blocked. Islam-guide.com he found, was not.
“They’re trying to, in my opinion, shelter us from what’s actually going on around the country and around the world by blocking these web sites. It should be the other way around. The web sites should be unblocked so that students can get different viewpoints from different sides of each argument,” Lampart said.
Lampart claims he alerted the Superintendent of Woodbury schools to the situation but, after a week, nothing was done. He took his concerns to the Board of Education on Monday.
The Outnumbered panel of Harris Faulkner, Kirsten Powers, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Sandra Smith and today's #oneluckyguy Eric Bolling gave us their take.
Powers said, having grown up in a very liberal household, she always believed that liberals supported the free flow of ideas and viewpoints.
"Yet we do keep hearing over and over these stories where it is the liberals who are shutting down just even access to information," she said.
Watch the discussion above. On Friday morning's Fox and Friends, Lampart sat down with Steve and Elisabeth, explaining that it all started when he wanted to find some statistics from the NRA for a gun control debate.
He said he asked school officials about who is supposed to be in charge of monitoring the website filters, but has received no response.