Elementary students in England are being shown a Lancashire Police film where a lion and a cat tell them to turn in people who espouse dangerous thoughts. It is the latest work of the Preventing Violent Extremism office, which seeks to uncover extremists in the country like Guy Fawkes.
I am a firm believer using public school to instill tolerance and teach pluralism. However, enlisting children to report extremist statements makes me very comfortable and seems to send the wrong message on free speech. Ironically, they reference Guy Fawkes, who sought to blow up Parliament. Fawkes is the historical hero in the movie V, which features an England where freedoms are curtailed in the name of fighting unseen terrorists.
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