For Immediate Release: August 30, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Self-Censor or Be Unemployed
Washington, D.C.: “Jonathan Koeppel, a 26-year-old high school Spanish teacher from Louisiana, made headlines in 2020 for his impassioned comments to the St. Tammany Parish school board,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Jonathan made a bold case against critical race theory, transgender ideology, and forced masking.
“He was fed up with the far-left agenda permeating every part of the lives of students at Fontainebleau High School. He has endured much opposition since, and was finally terminated by the superintendent just this month — more than a year after his first public comments. However, the school board has yet to give any cause for his termination.”
Watch: Jonathan Koeppel comments before St. Tammany School Board.
“Jonathan is fighting back,” Martin continued, “and won’t let bullies silence him. The pernicious tactic of the left is to scare us into silencing ourselves. If they convince Americans to self-censor, they win without even having to fight!
“Bravo to Jonathan Koeppel for not backing down. Let his courage in the face of persecution be a lesson in courage to all of us. No matter the cost — we must never self-censor. We cannot afford to sit silent as a political ideology runs roughshod over our children, our communities, our government, and our fundamental constitutional rights.