‘Throw Bricks,’ New York Teacher Urges Middle School Students: Undercover Video

By Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott
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Jackson Elliott reports on small-town America for The Epoch Times. He learned to write and seek truth at Northwestern University. He believes that the most important actions are small and that as Dostoevsky says, everyone is responsible for everyone and for everything. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. Contact Jackson by emailing jackson.elliott@epochtimes.us
September 12, 2022 Updated: September 13, 2022

The hard part about throwing bricks is hitting the right people, New York English teacher Ariane Franco unwittingly told undercover Project Veritas journalists.

“I was like, ‘Guys, there’s strategic ways to do this.’ … I brought up crazy organizations that have done this. Like, they chose which places to throw bricks in,” she said.

Franco made this statement while being recorded by a hidden camera, the footage from which has now been released by Project Veritas.

“They chose–and they didn’t do it in their own neighborhood. … They didn’t do it in black and brown communities. Doing it in our own community does not make sense,” she said.

Instead, students should aim their bricks at the people causing problems, according to Franco.

“Throw at people that are actually doing the things that [need to] change,” she said.

Although Franco’s LinkedIn page has recently been removed, its DuckDuckGo thumbnail shows that she teaches middle school English at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in the Bronx.

“The mission of The New School for Leadership and the Arts is to promote the principles of knowledge, leadership, and service. The New School for Leadership and the Arts is committed to creating critical readers and writers who are skilled in oral and written communication,” the school’s mission statement reads.

The Epoch Times attempted to contact the school, but it referred the newspaper to the New York City Department of Education. The Epoch Times contacted the Department of Education but didn’t receive a response by press time.

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An increasing number of parents have raised concerns over radical ideological teaching in schools, as did Patti Hidalgo Menders during a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Va., on Oct. 12, 2021. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)

Lesson Learned

Many Bronx residents have recent memories of thrown bricks. In 2020, rioting in their neighborhoods following the death of George Floyd left windows shattered and stores looted.

Franco told Project Veritas that she made proper protest planning a large portion of her curriculum.

“We spent a good two months based on like, how to organize, what’s their purpose, the ones that work, what did they do?” she said.

The parts of the interview that Project Veritas released didn’t explain what teaching about protests had to do with teaching English.

Franco also said that before class started, she criticized, responded to, and added words to the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I tell them—my kids—we don’t stand up for the Pledge [of Allegiance]. We do the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, you know, but we keep going on our business,” she said. “It was a class decision at the beginning of the year: ‘They’re not talking about me, so I’m not standing up,’ you know?”

At first, Franco said she knelt for the Pledge of Allegiance as a symbol of support for Black Lives Matter, although she couldn’t “go all the way” to a kneeling pose.

Franco also said she teaches kids to say “with liberty and justice for all, [adding] and we will fight until that is true” at the end of the pledge.

A kid can’t fight by voting, but can be a “critical thinker” who challenges parents and other adults, she said.

“I tell my students that all the time; I’m like, ‘Guys, nothing is going to change until you guys are ready,’” Franco said.

She noted that she’s preparing students so that they “don’t mess up this world too much.”

Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott reports on small-town America for The Epoch Times. He learned to write and seek truth at Northwestern University. He believes that the most important actions are small and that as Dostoevsky says, everyone is responsible for everyone and for everything. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. Contact Jackson by emailing jackson.elliott@epochtimes.us