United States Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) is responsible for a student’s absurd suspension from school. Seventeen-year-old Noah Christiansen, attending Robert McQueen High School, phoned his Congressman to lodge a complaint about lax gun laws which he believes are responsible for school shootings.
During the recent #NationalWalkOut, Christiansen decided to leave a message for Representative Amodei. His language was colorful. He used the horrifying F-word. In response, the Congressman’s office contacted the high school to report the young man.
Not only was Christiansen suspended for two days but he will not be allowed to assume his newly elected office as class secretary-treasurer.
This young man, a constituent in Amodei’s district, did nothing to warrant a suspension. He was acting on his rights as a U.S. citizen. Moreover, the Congressman, himself, is guilty of using colorful language when speaking on the record. For example, when speaking to an anchor on CNN Amodei exclaimed:
Seriously, you want me to go back and tell the people in my fourth of Nevada ‘the Senate will make it better?’ What the hell?
He has also used this vulgar phrase in public and on record; “lily white ass” and used the term “kick-ass” when talking about the new library.
Is this the kind of Congressmen America needs? With the sharp divide in Congress America must have representation that is sane, sound, and reliable.
Representative Amodei is seeking reelection for Nevada Congress District 2. The only way to let him know his behavior is not acceptable is to cast ballots in another direction. Nevadans deserve better.
Opinion News by Cathy Milne
The Nevada Independent: Amodei defends his office’s response to a ‘vulgar’ phone call from a student
Reno Gazette-Journal: Attorneys say McQueen retaliated against student gun protester after complaint from Amodei
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