MINNETONKA, Minn. – Students at Minnetonka High School have started a new club for conservatives.
Conservative students, not just at Minnetonka, have long felt isolated and alienated in school. Many news stories have pointed to schools providing a myriad of support for the left-leaning students by way of clubs, activities, and social and emotional support of the teachers and staff.
The Minnetonka school district itself has faced what some students feel is bias against conservative voices. Minnetonka has a boulder outside the school, like many schools, and its purpose is to provide an outlet for students to express school pride. Painting the rock has been a tradition for Minnetonka students for decades.
Last month some patriotic students painted the oft-decorated rock with an American flag. The new design was quickly criticized by the “Tonka Leftist Union” Twitter page, which since has been deleted, sparking controversy throughout the school.
“Fascists covered the rock and sprayed the sidewalk with militaristic and nationalistic symbols. A reminder that racist bigots are present in our school,” the Tonka Leftist Union tweet read.
The stars and stripes stood proudly and without shame until a group of liberal students took aim at the flag painting the following night. The left-wing group had originally planned to paint over it with a depiction of the Antifa flag, but changed direction and instead attempted to paint over it with the Gay Pride Rainbow flag. They painted roughly half the rock when local police arrived, interrupting their plans. The school later painted the rock a solid blue in an attempt to end the discussion.
Given the current political climate, conservative students at Minnetonka felt it was time for the conservatives to connect with each other and find their strength.
The Minnetonka Conservative Club has quickly gained popularity among students and currently has over 175 people subscribed to its announcements. Many of the senior group members are enlisted in the military, plan to enlist, or plan to become law enforcement officers.
The students organize weekly meetings at the school as well as regular tailgates, bonfires, and opportunities for the group to do volunteer work. The group’s leaders, or “executive officers,” drafted a “Minnetonka High School Conservative Club Constitution” to be signed at the group’s first tailgate.
The objective of the Minnetonka Conservative Club, group leaders told Alpha News, is to represent and educate conservative students. Group leaders hope to equip conservative students with both knowledge and the proper tactics to defend conservative beliefs, engage in meaningful discussion, and demonstrate conservative ideals through community service and outreach.
“In the future, we would love to be able to communicate and work more with our local politicians and political leaders as well as become more involved in the community while representing our club and its beliefs,” the group leaders said.