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McGroarty Issued 'No-Trespass Order' at Mill Creek After Pledge Dispute

The parent who disrupted a kindergarten class Wednesday at Mill Creek Elementary School has been issued a no-trespass order to the school. His Facebook posts indicate his opinions about the Pledge of Allegiance.

The parent who entered Mill Creek Elementary School and engaged in an argument over the Pledge of Allegiance has been issued a no-trespass order, which means he may no longer legally enter the school or set foot on its property, the Kane County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Thursday.

Colin M. McGroarty's public Facebook bio and comments, meanwhile, explain in greater detail his point of view regarding the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in the elementary school.

McGroarty has strong opinions, formed in part by his service in the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

McGroarty is a consultant in the technology industry. His business, McGroarty Consulting Group, is located in Rockford and has been around since September 2002, according to his business' Facebook page. He was a Skillsoft application engineer in New Hampshire from 2006 to 2009, worked as a consultant for Orbitz from 2005 to 2006 and served in the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Arlington Heights, his Facebook page says.

He has an MBA from University of Phoenix, completed in 2008 and had a grade-point average of 3.87, according to the Facebook page.

He's divorced, which explains why he has a Rockford address while his children live in Mill Creek. 

He's also not shy about sharing his thoughts via social media.

His original post on Facebook, which is public, seems to indicate he didn't know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. He writes:

The NEW pledge of allegiance has been modified at the end. Instead of ending in, “with life, liberty, and justice for all,” the NEW pledge of allegiance now ends with:

“…with justice for all (life and liberty are no longer part of the pledge) and I will obey all rules and follow all commands given to me by my teachers.”

He later qualifies that message in a comment thread, saying his concern is that there is no break between the Pledge of Allegiance and the Mill Creek Elementary School Creed:

My perception is that some teachers, faculty, or school systems are exploiting what is essentially a loophole that allows them to modify the Pledge of Allegiance by tacking additional verbiage to the end and calling it a separate item. In my humble opinion (and PSYOP missions are nothing new to me courtesy of my military time) it is still indoctrination that is training children to blindly follow rules.

McGroarty's Facebook Post From Wednesday, Jan. 9

McGroarty's Facebook post asks readers to "Please SHARE with EVERYONE."

"NEVER have I been ANGRIER, more SCARED, or more UPSET than I am today," it says. "I walked into my children’s elementary school today to hear the children reciting the NEW pledge of allegiance ...

"This is the same method in which fascism was introduced into schools prior to the Hitler Youth movement of Germany. If people can’t draw the connections then God help us all.

"The school where I witnessed this is Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva, IL (Kane County). The principal was unwilling to discuss the issue."

In the post, McGroarty explains that he is divorced, but he and his ex-wife disagree on school issues.

"Please pray for me that I’m successful in getting my children moved to a private school or to a home school environment. I’d even consider letting my children return to Mill Creek Elementary School so long as my wife and I both sign a letter excusing my children from any such activities."

McGroarty's Followup Comment Posted Thursday, Jan. 10

One of McGroarty's concerns, he said, is that kindergarten and first-grade students recite the pledge differently than other students.

"While I will argue that this is NOT what I heard in the kindergarten classroom on January 9, 2013, at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva, IL, I have no way to prove it. I also still question why I was advised by a Mill Creek Elementary School faculty member that kindergarten and first grade say the Pledge of Allegiance differently than other grades.

"So, let’s for sake of argument operate from the standpoint that I heard incorrectly. I am still no less concerned that the children would be reciting the (pledge and school motto) with hands on heart facing the flag and NO BREAK between the two items." 

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Ignacio Steen January 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Too bad miss BowLeggs isn't as worried about the welfare of Geneva's little ones as she is about her new buddy "Liar" McGroarty.
Ignacio Steen January 13, 2013 at 09:09 PM
"Drive-Thru-U" has the same laughable reputation as Wheaton "college" or Bob Jones "university," that is, any potential employer that does not realize the holder of a "degree" from these silly one-note orchestras has merely spent a lot of cash in the pursuit of a "diploma" that means absolutely ZIP in real-world knowledge. The sham "university" you are trumpeting had to close a full one-half of its "campuses" in 2012 because of allegations of impropriety in financial chicanery having to do with student-loans handled thru the government. It is a Ponzi scheme to fleece students of government-guaranteed educational funds, and nothing more.
EnoughAlready January 15, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Ignacio Steen... Wheaton College is a highly regarded college. In fact many, many financial firms, hedge funds, etc in the Chicago area higher Wheaton College graduates because of their high integrity, character and education. Get your facts straight before you start slandering a school!
Topsailsman January 28, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Dear "Enough Already", when you were defending the exemplary qualities of Wheaton graduates you said that businesses "highered" them. At the University I attended, we were taught to use "hired". But I guess you know quality...........
Pam Bollweg January 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM
To Top Sailsman (?) I guess that your job is sailing???? Anyway, what I want to say is that 1.) I'm guessing that Enough Already's spellcheck gave him or her an incorrect spelling of hire. 2.) Wheaton College is VERY highly regarded. If you don't believe me, simply Google "Wheaton College".

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