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Tennessee school slammed for 'ridiculous' waiver barring parents from eavesdropping on childrens' online classes

Rutherford County Schools faced considerable pushback before it allowed parents to tune in with permission from the class teacher, however, they can't record the classes
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MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE: A Tennessee school district is embroiled in controversy after it emerged that parents were asked to sign a form agreeing not to eavesdrop or be present during their wards' virtually classes due to bizarre concerns that they would overhear "confidential" information. Rutherford County Schools faced considerable pushback before it allowed parents to tune in with permission from the class teacher. However, they can't record the classes, Fox News reported.

"It's ridiculous. It's so hypocritical because they've been data mining our children for years, compliments of common core," Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, told 'Fox & Friends Weekend' Saturday. "What are they trying to hide? What is the problem? Why won't they let us sit in?" she asked.

"Obviously, because they are teaching our children propaganda that they should not be teaching," she said. "They are trying to socialize our children."

"We have had a major problem in education, not just here in Tennessee, but across the country where they are indoctrinating our children with propaganda," she added.

The mother-of-five questioned why the school would "encourage parents to snitch on one another" and what if a parent "violates the waiver." "Does that mean somebody from the school district is going to knock on my door and pull my kid out of my home, his virtual classroom?" she asked. "Or is it going to be my tax dollars that fund my child's public education, my child won't get to participate in education because of it?"

In response, the school district shared a statement with Fox News. "We are aware of the concern that has been raised about this distance-learning letter that was sent to parents," James Evans, communications director for Rutherford County Schools, said. "We have issued new guidance to principles that parents can assist their children during virtual group lessons with permission of the instructor but should refrain from sharing or recordings any information about other students in the classroom," Evans added. But according to Cardoza-Moore, this is because schools are pushing "social justice" instead of teaching reading, writing, and math. She further alleged that teachers don't want to be held accountable to the parents.

Virtual classes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic have grabbed headlines for a slew of controversial reasons in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, we reported how a Florida elementary student had the most horrifying first day at school when her mother was shot to death while she was attending a class online. The 10-year-old student's reaction to her mother getting shot at class was witnessed by her teacher at Warfield Elementary as the session was being conducted over Zoom in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The slain Maribel Rosado-Morales' (32) former boyfriend Donald J Williams (27) was arrested on August 11 as a suspect in the murder, BuzzFeed News reported.

And in another case, we reported how a teenager in San Jose shared pictures of her special education maths teacher who appeared shirtless during a virtual class. Makaylah Herrera-Avila, who took a picture of the teacher in question, spoke to ABC7 News about the incident and all that happened after.

The teacher, Richard Cabral, works at Silver Creek High School and teaches special education maths to a class of about 10-15 students. He appeared shirtless when logging in to teach a virtual class, as Makaylah described the incident, saying the teacher gave "really weird vibes."