So, get this. Tuesday night at the HB City Council meeting, middle school kids from Pegasus School, a K-8 private school in Huntington Beach, came to the city council and spoke in favor of keeping the reusable bag ordinance, as they have done several times since the issue came up in 2010.
Part of Pegasus’ mission, as stated on their website, is: “…the belief that strong intellect and a passion for learning should be nurtured and inspired and that learning is a lifelong process. We are grounded in an authentic commitment to service, embracing the opportunity borne by educating bright, capable students.” One of their areas of focus is environmental sustainability.
As I said before, these “bright, capable students” have spoken before at the city council meetings and have demonstrated time and again their mastery of the issues.
Young people who come to speak at city council meetings should be encouraged and welcomed. It is inspiring and uplifting to see kids getting involved in the civic process.
They certainly shouldn’t be ridiculed. But that is precisely what people on Facebook’s Huntington Beach Community Forum did today. The Huntington Beach Community Forum is a Tea Party forum, that routinely features name-calling, rumor-spreading, bullying and other offensive behavior. But this is a NEW LOW. Even newly appointed Huntington Beach Planning commissioner Michael Hoskinson participated in this disgraceful behavior.
Yes, the planning commissioner and other HBCF leaders taunted Huntington Beach school children, calling them “booger eaters” “shrill” “factoid spouting robots” “angry” “brains full of mush” “coached and brainwashed.”
But don’t take my word for it. Read it yourself: