[News] FBI Orders High School Teachers To Report Anti-Government Students

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  FBI Orders High School Teachers To Report Anti-Government Students

Posted on March 5, 2016 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai 


*The FBI have launched a new program forcing high schools across America 
to report students that display “anti-government” or rebellious behavior 
to authorities. *

The program is an attempt to prevent future terrorists from manifesting, 
in the governments ongoing “war on terror”.

The FBI are urging school teachers to report any “suspicious behavior” 
to authorities in their new guidelines entitled “/Preventing Violent 
Extremism in Schools/“.


“High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent 
extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign fighter 
networks, or conducting acts of violence within our borders,” the FBI 
guidelines read.

Labeled “Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools,” the guidelines 
instruct educators to look for loosely-defined indicators that a student 
could be a threat. “Talking about traveling to places that sound 
suspicious,” “using code words or unusual language,” “using several 
different cell phones and private messaging apps,” and “studying or 
taking pictures of potential targets (like a government building),” are 
all listed as potential warning signs.

Educators note that many of these so-called indicators are too broad 
to be effective, as they could be applied to almost any teenager. Other 
indicators seem specifically geared toward targeting Muslims.

“In practice, schools seeking to implement this document will end 
up monitoring Muslim students disproportionately,” Arun Kundnani, a 
professor at New York University, told AlterNet.

A similar program in the United Kingdom, known as “Preventing Violent 
Extremism,” relies on mass-surveillance of Muslim communities and 
mosques, and has been expanded into the country’s public schools. This 
program has been heavily criticized by rights groups.

“Our case studies show that children are being taken away from mandatory 
school hours to be questioned on matters misconstrued as markers of 
‘extremism,” Ibrahim Mohamoud, communications officer with the Islamic 
advocacy group CAGE said in a statement.

“By alienating parents, turning teachers into informants, and 
antagonizing students, [UK program] PREVENT is a divisive policy that 
does an injustice to the education system.”

The expansion of these programs is especially troubling given that there 
is little scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective.

“Drawing on the junk science of radicalization models, the document 
dangerously blurs the distinction between legitimate ideological 
expression and violent criminal actions,” Kundani stated.

Such programs rely on antiquated social theory that has not been proven.

“The whole concept…is based on the conveyor belt theory – the idea that 
‘extreme ideas’ lead to violence,” Michael German, a fellow with the 
Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, told 

“These programs fall back on the older ‘stages of radicalization’ 
models, where the identified indicators are the expression of political 
grievances and religious practices.”

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