• 4 minutes US-backed coup in Venezuela not so smooth
  • 7 minutes Why Trump will win the wall fight
  • 11 minutes Oil imports by countries
  • 13 minutes Maduro Asks OPEC For Help Against U.S. Sanctions
  • 6 hours Climate Change: A Summer of Storms and Smog Is Coming
  • 5 hours Tension On The Edge: Pakistan Urges U.N. To Intervene Over Kashmir Tension With India
  • 6 hours The Quick Read On MBS's Tour of Pakistan, India And China
  • 6 hours Iran Starts Gulf War Games, To Test Submarine-Launched Missiles
  • 5 hours BMW to add 2,000 more jobs at Dingolfing plant
  • 4 hours Teens For Climate: Swedish Student Leader Wins EU Pledge To Spend Billions On Climate
  • 22 hours Itt looks like natural gas may be at its lowest price ever.
  • 8 hours Saudi A to Splash $100 Bln on India
  • 7 hours Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro closes border with Brazil
  • 51 mins Washington Eyes Crackdown On OPEC
  • 1 day Amazon’s Exit Could Scare Off Tech Companies From New York
  • 3 hours Indian Oil Signs First Annual Deal For U.S. OilIndian Oil Signs First Annual Deal For U.S. Oil
Forget EVs, Detroit's Big 3 Battle For Heavy-Duty Truck Segment

Forget EVs, Detroit's Big 3 Battle For Heavy-Duty Truck Segment

While electric vehicles are stealing…

New Sanctions Threat Puts Russian Energy Sector On Edge

New Sanctions Threat Puts Russian Energy Sector On Edge

Growing tensions between Russia and…

James Burgess

James Burgess

James Burgess studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in property development, chartered surveying, marketing, law, and accounts. He has also…

More Info

Teacher and Principal Set to Lose Jobs after Students Anti-Fracking Presentation

After watching a short film produced by Witness, an organisation that promotes youth activists, about the Earth Guardians, a teacher from Evergreen Middle School near Denver, Colorado, invited 13-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and his nine-year-old brother Itzcuauhtl to hold a presentation explaining their cause.

Earth Guardians is an organisation for young people that want “to educate and assist youth in becoming active caretakers of our precious earth, and to empower them in becoming outspoken environmental leaders, both locally and globally.

Earth Guardians provide youth with the knowledge, tools, and leadership qualities needed to envision and shape a healthy planet, one that we can all be proud to pass on to our next generations.”

The teacher had thought that such a presentation given by children would prove inspirational to her own students. Little did she know of the backlash that would occur, nor that the incident would lead to pressure for her resignation, along with the resignation of the school Principal.

Related article: Shale Bust: North America Natural Gas Production set to Seriously Decline

The school has apologised for what some are calling “liberal indoctrination,” as the brothers explained the peril that the environment is in from the fossil fuel industry, including fracking companies, whose chemicals can pollute the air, and water supplies.

To try and calm the angry protests, ABC 7 News reported that, “the district plans to distribute pro-oil and gas literature to parents so they have information from the other side.” The hope is that by giving information from both sides of the debate the parents will be happier that their children can then make informed decisions.

What begin as a simple presentation on saving the environment from a couple of children has turned into a national story, and led to members of the Earth Guardians receiving threats, insults, hateful comments, and constant harassment.

Jacob Devaney wrote on the Huffington Post: “Unfortunately in America, we have come to expect slander and character assassination when there is no other intelligent or factual response to someone that has exposed a hidden truth. When the anger and verbal aggression of adults is directed at a group of children through an internet site, it crosses a boundary and becomes bullying. I can't think of any instance where bullying children is appropriate…”

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • Eric on May 16 2013 said:
    What part of "pressure for her resignation, along with the resignation of the school Principal." did you not understand? Resignation = job loss.
  • jbutzi on May 16 2013 said:
    What is the reason for the title of this article?
    Nowhere is any mention of any threat of loss of jobs. (Did I miss it?) Is there more to the story or is this a distortion. If the latter, are you operating with an agenda as opposed to reporting the facts.

    This seems to be either a poorly written story or propaganda. Are the author and editor promoting a particular point of view? I hope not.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News