School district investigating after Utah teacher turns Veterans Day speech into message against COVID-19 vaccine, socialism

A parent said the teacher made several references to fighting bullies, including COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and showed images of dictators of predominantly Asian descent as an example of what a bully looks like.
By: | November 10, 2021

A teacher in the Alpine School District is under scrutiny after a ceremony meant to honor veterans during a school assembly devolved into political activism Monday.

While presenting as part of the district’s weeklong campaign to celebrate Veterans Day, Larry Law, a veteran and P.E. teacher at Dry Creek Elementary School in Lehi, detailed his military service before a person who saw the presentation said he pivoted to denouncing the COVID-19 vaccine and socialism.

In an image provided to the Deseret News, Law is seen in uniform, speaking in front of a slide that reads: “Many college students think socialist/communist ideas sound appealing. … Talk to someone who has escaped a socialist country. Ask them about how corrupt the government is, how they control your life, how they harm and kill innocent children.”

“If we don’t teach our students the truth about our Constitution, they will end up slaves to bullies,” the slide reads.

A Dry Creek Elementary parent who asked not to be identified said Law made several references to fighting bullies, including COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and showed images of dictators of predominantly Asian descent as an example of what a bully looks like. The parent called it a “pro-fighting platform.”

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