Stel Kline, formerly of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, finds this news on Twitter, courtesy of Watertown motorcycle aficionado Lee Bruns, of a Watertown High School German teacher who responded to students requesting that he call them by names differing from their official names on the school roster with this letter, accompanied with a DVD and candy:
I am hoping that by now you know me well enough from class to be able to trust me.
I respect you.
I support you.
I want what’s best for you.
If there were a rattlesnake under a pile of leaves on the path in front of you, I’m hoping you could easily imagine that I would run out ahead of you to warn you.
If your home were on fire, I’m hoping you could believe that I would try to help you get out.
That’s sort of what’s happening now.
When you asked me to call your friends by masculine names and I started trying to do that, I was wrong. It was a lie.
I didn’t warn you about the rattlesnake.
I didn’t try to rescue you from your burning house.
I hope you’ll forgive me—and I want to “turn things around” now.
And like I said—I’m hoping you’ll trust me.
I realize that what you feel is saying something totally different.
But feelings are like a mirage. You don’t dare trust in them to guide you. They’re not an accurate reflection of reality.
So what is the reality? What is the truth? How can you know the truth for certain?
Well, biologically, every cell in your body is ♀ —female—feminine. That’s the biological truth. The same is true for your friends.
And it’s the truth that I want to encourage you to pursue. That’s what a good teacher does, right?
The DVD will explain everything more clearly than I can—the spiritual as well as the scientific facts. The candy is a symbol of the sweetness that hope and pray you’ll discover.
Immer Alles Gute!
Dein Deutschlehrer—Mr. H.
[German teacher Calvin Hillesland, to unnamed students at Watertown High School, April 2022. Posted by Lee Bruns, Twitter, 2022.04.25]
Well, I suppose the teacher takes a step back from the Governor’s Office’s bullying position that transgenderism is like terrorism by simply comparing transgenderism to a deadly snake, or a deadly house fire, or a lie from which he must bravely save his emotionally deluded students.
Interestingly, this letter appears not to have been delivered to a transgender student; the text indicates Hillesland was writing to a female student, for whom he professes respect and support and whose trust and forgiveness he entreats. This female student apparently asked Hillesland to refer to her friends by masculine names even though Hillesland thinks their cells are female.
But Bruns says the above message was delivered in person on public school grounds and through public school email. The message indicates it accompanied a DVD conveying “spiritual… facts.” This teacher thus appears to have used his position in a public school to gain access to students and not only teach those students about a religion, something outside his assignment as a language teacher, but also encourage them to accept his own spiritual beliefs as fact.
So there’s something here to set off everyone’s alarm bells. Leftists can complain about Hillesland’s failure to respect individual gender identification. Republicans can freak out over the candy and grooming language. And everyone who appreciates the healthy separation of church and state can ask why a public school teacher is being allowed to proselytize on school time.
Mr. Hillesland’s signoff is a gentle German closing that translates as Always All the Best! But with so many errors in judgment in text and delivery (at school?! Calvin, what were you thinking?), Hillesland’s letter reads more like Always All the Worst… or dare I say for my QAnon readers, Immer Alles Wurst?