Colorado middle school students shown ‘anti-frack’ rap

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Two school children who call themselves “Earth Guardians” sang an anti-fracking rap song — “What the Frack” — in front of a group of students at Evergreen Middle School in Colorado.

CompleteColorado reports that the rap song told students rap that natural gas and coal “poisoned the water, poisoned the air, poisoned the people, do you think that’s fair?”

In response to numerous complaints from parents, the school’s principal Kristopher Schuhtold parents:

“Thank you for quickly bringing your valid concerns to my attention. I will continue to presume positive intentions as I meet with our teacher tomorrow to discuss what transpired and ensure that the opposite side of this issue is being clearly and fairly represented. I will also begin a thorough review of the process of vetting a speaker before they are allowed to present to our students.”

The “Earth Guardians” gained fame when they disrupted a Boulder County Commissioner’s meeting back in December as part of a larger protest against the controversial drilling practice. According to the Independence Institute, the Guardians took charge of the meeting and chanted an anti-fracking rap while other protesters repeated it “in a cult-like manner.”

“We are standing up for our future … Protect us from the dangers of fracking,” one of the children said at the meeting.

“We deserve a fighting chance,” said Zapporah Abraham Paiss, a 13-year-old who goes to Centennial Middle School.

“With vibrant water, soil and plants,” continued Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 12-year-old who also attends Centennial.

“The troubling activities last night included the disruption at the beginning of the hearing by a group of individuals intent on overpowering anyone in the room with an opinion different than their own; the jeering of a spokesperson from the oil and gas industry during her testimony — and mob harassment, cursing at and intimidation of the same representative and her colleagues as they left the building and walked several blocks to their cars; a bullying atmosphere in and around the hearing room; and outbursts of cheering for threatening rhetoric aimed at quashing opposing opinions,” the Boulder County Board of Commissioners said in a statement.

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