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I was at school, on a school laptop, and decided to check my Twitter feed. To my surprise, Twitter was not blocked, and so I read through the news, much of which was about a new abortion bill in Alabama, which criminalized many forms of abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. I then ran a Google search about abortion in cases of rape and incest, to see more information on it. There was a result from a pro-life website, and so I decided to click it. I was greeted by a message saying the website was blocked. I didn’t think much of it, as it somewhat makes sense for a school to block a website talking about rape. Then I read the reason as to why it is blocked.
Category ‘Pro-Life’. I thought to myself, What? This cannot be right. I then went to some other, pro-choice websites. I went straight in, no “Category ‘Pro-Choice’” message. If the school wishes to block abortion-related websites, perhaps they think it is to sensitive a topic, they can do so. But creating a filter that only blocks pro-life websites is uncalled for. Whether or not the administration supports abortion, every student should be allowed to view both sides of the debate before deciding for themselves. Allowing students to only see the pro-choice side is a clear example of leftist bias in this school, and we should not stand for this.
The company that makes this filter, WatchGuard, has a filter for both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice websites. But my school only enabled the Pro-Life filter.
I reached out to the principal of this school, and will update this post if a reply is made.
Rohan Modi is an eighth grader at Ridgefield Park Junior/Senior High School, and will be attending Phillips Exeter Academy in the fall of 2019. He is strongly conservative. He is the Founder and President of the Turning Point USA chapter at RPHS. He is a PragerFORCE Student Ambassador on the writers squad.