A recent spat between Sens. Becca Balint and Russ Ingalls exposes the progressive hypocrisy, incivility, and single-minded ideological pathology that results in a dishonest thuggery, most recently inflicted on school children.
The current dispute arose because an Irasburg Middle School teacher invited students to declare their desired gender pronouns to the class, and a parent complained. Sen. Russ Ingalls posted concerns for his constituents on Facebook, which included the offending teacher’s email address. Then the histrionic crocodile tears flowed.
Balint launched an attack on Ingalls because “by sharing a constituent’s email, it appeared that Ingalls was using his elected position to target a constituent.” She also stated “no constituent or private citizen should ever feel targeted by us through our actions or words. … Our actions and words matter.” Balint wants to “reexamine and update” Senate rules to address this problem. Meanwhile, the alleged victim, teacher Sam Carbonetti, whined on social media:
I am getting doxxed by a VT State Senator for giving my students the OPTION to introduce themselves to me and the class (with) their preferred name, pronouns, favorite subject and hobbies.”
Oh, poor baby Sam.
Teachers do not have the unilateral right to grandstand their social justice enlightenment by confusing Vermont schoolchildren. Sam Carbonetti might as well have complained, “Gee, I just asked them to state their favorite sexual position, as a way to get to know each other.” There is no scientific, psychological, political, or parental consensus that young children get to decide their gender, let alone have it physically altered — will Victim Sam be advising his young charges to seek liberating transgender surgeries, hormone suppression and gender-affirming hormonal therapy for children of all ages, and fertility preservation options [when] the patient is at pubertal age at UVM? Perhaps just to provide them the option?
Nothing in this teacher’s benign Linkedin page gives parents notice that he will insinuate his personal political bias into the classroom, or make gender selection a top priority option in his curriculum.
Using Balint/Carbonetti logic, if Sen. Ingalls provided Gov. Phil Scott’s email address to constituents he’d be “doxxing” the governor. Mr. Carbonetti is a public school teacher, answerable to the public, and his email is posted at the school’s web site as public knowledge. Mr. Carbonetti is also an outspoken proponent of displaying the overtly ideological BLM flag. Sen. Ingalls has a duty to represent constituents who have concerns about ideologically zealous teachers who play victim while experimenting on others’ minor children. In this instance, there was a specific parental complaint that instigated the senator’s involvement. But Balint pounced.
Advocating for transgender ideology to be imposed on children regardless of parental opposition, ex-teacher Becca Balint rushed to defend Carbonetti and his inappropriate ideology. Within a few hours of Carbonetti’s tweet going viral, Balint weighed in via Twitter, calling Ingalls’ behavior “abhorrent.”
I am the President Pro Tem of the Senate. My pronouns are she/her. I am a member of the 🏳️🌈 community. I stand with you. @EDUCarboNEK please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org The behavior of my colleague is abhorrent and will be addressed. Am assessing my options. https://t.co/QM2QxIElku
— Becca Balint (@BeccaBalintVT) August 29, 2021
Balint also said she had “spent the last 48 hours gathering information from the teacher, from townspeople, from educators” and from Ingalls. Reportedly, she discussed possible rules violations by Ingalls in a consultation with Senate Secretary John Bloomer, and also said she is OK with letting Carbonetti have the choice to ask students what are their preferred pronouns.
Senator Balint is unconcerned that this brouhaha started because a student did not feel comfortable — namely, the student she is dismissing by supporting Carbonetti and shifting attention to Ingalls. She is actively promoting student discomfort, while claiming the opposite. She wants every transgender minor child to “feel comfortable” and the rest of the kids can pound sand. And in order to feel comfortable, first the kids must be taught what transgenderism is, and asked if they want to become another gender — then they can be comforted.
But “disclosing an email address for a public school teacher” defies even a stretched definition of doxxing:
Doxxing refers to gathering an individual’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and disclosing or posting it publicly, usually for malicious purposes such as public humiliation, stalking, identity theft, or targeting an individual for harassment.
The emphasis is on the intent of doxxing: “Doxxing is done with malicious intent, usually targeting a celebrity, social-media influencer, journalist, politician, or anyone the doxxer is seeking revenge on.”
This reveals the bizarre parody being displayed by Balint and other ideological zealots: they are attacking Sen. Ingalls (a politician), with malicious intent, when he lacked any such intent in referring parents to the teacher involved, and merely publicly posted public information. It is not “doxxing” to try to educate the public and challenge a teacher who is potentially harming children and violating parental trust — it is doing one’s job. This is quintessential free speech. The histrionic caterwauling of Balint, Carbonetti, and others is in plain view. It is laughably absurd.
Unsurprisingly, the school superintendent responded, “I am not interested in keeping this thread going with the media.” The ideological thugs indoctrinating Vermont’s children object to public discussion of what is being done, so they relabel the informing of parents as “doxxing,” and suddenly those who spew toxic hate and cause anxiety in young children are the victims. The underlying parental concern has been eviscerated.
Balint pounced quickly on the offending Ingalls.
As reported by VTDigger, Balint said she doesn’t support parents posting online or speaking for a student “without talking to either the teacher, the school or the district.” She added that she would investigate if someone in the Senate chamber was “encouraging people to basically reach out in a threatening way to a constituent — he may be a teacher in school, but also a constituent.”
Parents and voters may see things differently than this warped senator — this all began because a student felt uncomfortable by Sam’s “enlightened” politicization of the classroom. What does “basically reach out in a threatening way” mean, when the issue is a teacher’s conduct toward students and the “uncomfortable conversations” that has prompted? In a flash, the conversation was diverted from whether young students should be the playthings of bureaucrat ideologues, to the “abhorrent” crime of referencing a teacher’s already-public email contact (not his home phone). The effect and apparent purpose of this charade was to shield social justice agitators from accountability to parents and students.
It has also shifted from telling the truth to warping the very definitions of doxxing, and perverting the relationships between the parties, so that Ingalls’ criticism of a public servant is twisted to be a betrayal of constituent Carbonetti rather than an appropriate accountability of teacher Sam.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.