Student Grant Strobl: Respect Women Posters Rejected: Black Power Allowed – Grosse Pointe HS Principal Fired for Porn on School Computers

Grant Strobl is a student at Grosse Pointe North High School in Michigan. He produced professional posters supporting women during Women’s History month. He featured women attacked by Leftist media, but his posters were denied a showing at the school, however, the words “Black Power” are displayed along with Martin Luther King, Jr’s. photo. Stroble believes Dr. King would not feel honored by words coined the Black Panthers. But maybe there is a deeper story here that may explain why women are not honored at this school. Al Diver, the Grosse Pointe [South] High School  principal, was fired in May 2011 for storing pornography on the school computer. A second employee was also involved. But no, it has nothing to do with porn, and everything to do it being okay with Conservative women being called “dumb “t**ts or the c-word. No respect for Conservative women and traditionals values. No respect for Conservative children. Never let a child think for himself/herself if a teacher or the Union can stop it.

UPDATE:  Al Diver is the principal at Grosse Pointe South HS, not Grosse Pointe North HS, where Stroble is a student. Same school system, different schools. As I said above, the story was not about pornography, but about no respect for Conservative women.

Grosse Pointe North and South HS Seniors Honored for Academics

GrossePointeToday May 2011: 

Amid the hubbub of top administrators getting sent to the showers for storing porn on their office computers, the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club honored 49 graduating seniors from South and North high schools. Each student will graduate with a 4.0 or better grade-point average over four years.

More on Grosse Point South Principal Al Diver here.

Strobl’s posters featured Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, S.E. Cupp, Sarah Palin, and he included Sandra Fluke in the Ingraham poster. One poster features a college student whose professor’s husband spat on her for her conservative activism. The school said the text on the posters was inappropriate. Stroble is quoted saying: No wonder our public schools are churning out Liberals at record rates.”

Young Americans Foundation (The Conservative Movement Starts Here):

Is encouraging fellow students to “Respect Women” “vitriolic”? That’s how Grosse Pointe North High School’s administration described student Grant Strobl’s posters (found below) which highlight how conservative women have been demagogued mainly in the media.

Grant Strobl, the chair of the YAF chapter at Grosse Point North, has also pointed out that the school has allowed a display titled “Black Power” and has allowed a teacher to post a sticker promoting gay marriage (from the so-called Human Rights Campaign). Seems hypocritical to say the least.

Grobl writes: (see all posters here):

March, as many of us know, is Women’s History month, and my school, Grosse Pointe North High School, has not done anything to honor the month. So, I decided to create a series of posters with a message of respecting all women regardless of their beliefs particularly highlighting conservative women. I showcased Vinciane Ngomsi who was spat on by the husband of one of her professors for her conservative activism, Sarah Palin who was challenged by the media as to whether her special needs child was hers, Laura Ingraham who was called a “Sl**”, among others. I pointed out the obvious injustices done against women by the media. Like my many other projects, this one was challenged by the administration at my school.

My posters were not allowed to be hung on the walls yet the words,“Black Power” next to Martin Luther King’s image did end up on the walls and wasn’t challenged. This is not only an injustice to women but to MLK as well.

Black Power Allowed - Respect Women Not Allowed

If the “rhetoric” is vitrolic or inappropriate for it’s sexually-tinged insults, quotes from some of the most highly visible personalities on television today, how many of these students are barred by parents from watching Bill Maher, or David Letterman? Probably only a few, if that. Today’s children know these words and it is encouraging that some understand how vile it is, and particularly how vile it is to target one segment of our society simply because you do not agree with their politics. Grant Strobl and the Young American Foundation chapter he heads-up, ‘gets it.’ Congratulation to his parents.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Suuq Madiq

    This is an incredibly one-sided, and horribly fact checked article.

  • Emma O.

    Okay, first of all, I’m a student from GPN.
    Al Diver was never our principal, he was Grosse Pointe Souths. You neglected to mention our district happens to include, um, two schools?
    This community is INCREDIBLY conservative, Grant Strobl is one of many among his peers who worship reagan because their parents did. YAF is the only politically dominated club in the school, because I think about two democrats exist in the city of Grosse Pointe. We are a town of country clubs and yachting.
    So that should settle some of your claims.
    Second of all, they were considered “vitrolic” because they contained the words “cunt” and “slut” and didn’t really pertain to respecting woman in the least. and that “Black Power” sign? Strobl took a picture of it for the 16 hours it was in our hallway before being taken down, perhaps if you would have contacted a source besides strobl you would have known that.
    you, my friend, are the worst kind of journalist; achem, a conservative one.

    • Emma, my apologies. I do know there is North and South and that is clear in my article, but I did identify Diver as South. I apologize for confusing the two. I will correct the article.

      I understand where the vitrol comes from, but you have to understand that the media used those words against Conservative women. I see no reason that High School students today would not understand that. That was the point of the posters.

      Black Power – 16 hours? What difference does that make, and how judgemental are you to say that Strobl only believes what his parents taught him to believe. Rather condescending of your peer, don’t you think? You obviously differ with him. That has nothing to do with this story.

      Your community may be Conservative, your teachers may or may not be, but really, what is wrong about respecting women?

      • T.

        The difference that the 16 hours factor makes is that the display was changed due to the offensive nature of the wording, as it very well should have been. It was not endorsed by the school, and the article implies that it was.
        The argument in favor of these posters hinges on the fact that the school supported the black power display but not the conservative women posters. As the school did not support the black power display, the argument loses all validity.

        • T. that’s a good statement. Thank you.

  • Mei K.

    I agree with Emma O.!
    I’d like to share the response I posted on the article about all this at the YAF website:

    This article is ridiculous. The utter disregard for facts disgusts me.

    First of all, the school did not “allow” the “Black Power display”. The photo showing it was taken the morning that the display was first arranged. The word “Power” was changed to “History” only a couple hours after the board was first seen. The student who put up the display was not aware that there were connotations to the phrase “black power” which were inappropriate for a display featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. The title on the board was “Black History” for all but a couple hours of Black History Month.

    Also, many teachers have stickers promoting the (not “so-called”) Human Rights Campaign, because the school hosted an HRC workshop for teachers many years ago. The point of the stickers is to let students know that they can be comfortable in that teacher’s classroom regardless of their sexual orientation, which should not be the source of in-school bullying that it is. The stickers have a clear, friendly purpose.

    These posters, however do not. They are obviously politically-motivated. Instead of focusing on promoting respect for women, they seem more focused on shaming liberals, while hypocritically ignoring the sexist and disrespectful comments that have proliferated from the conservative platform. As Douglas mentioned in an earlier comment: where are the posters condemning the Republican politicians who have promoted policies limiting access to contraceptives and abortions? If that isn’t disrespecting women, then I don’t know what is. More women are Democrats than Republicans for a reason, you know.

    Political views aside, I must conclude by simply stating that these posters have no place at Grosse Pointe North, which has already been the victim of other offensive efforts enacted by its YAF division. Many students, teachers, and administrators alike have been upset by the actions of the YAF club run by Grant Strobl (especially considering the fact that the club was not following the district-wide rules regarding having a teacher sponsor present at club meetings). As a student at that school, I am outraged that a deceitful story like this is circulating.

    • Mei K., I appreciate your view of this story, but I want to ask, how are the posters politically motivated. I bet you and some of your friends at Grosse Pointe North watch David Letterman and Bill Maher, and others.

      I think it is noble when a young person tries to point out what the left is doing to destroy conservative women, just as Strobl included Sandra Fluke’s treatment.

      As to my deceitful story, I correct what was incorrect. The rest was quoting Strobl and other sources. If you have a problem with those sources, I suggest you take it to them.

      If you are not concerned about the truth of the posters, then something is wrong, as Stroble suggested.