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A senior federal judge in Florida threw out a lawsuit Tuesday brought against James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas by Steve Wentz, president of United Teachers of Wichita (UTW), Kansas, after Wentz was captured on hidden camera in 2016 boasting that he had threatened a student: “I will kick your f***ing ****.”
The video was part of a series of exposés by Project Veritas on teachers’ unions, who provide much of the organizing — and even fundraising — muscle of the Democratic Party.
Context - Conversation - Discussion - Classroom - Discipline
The context of the conversation was a discussion about how to maintain classroom discipline. In a later conversation, also recorded by hidden camera, Wentz is seen telling a relative of the student mentioned above that he had not, in fact, threatened that student.
The story of Wentz’s lawsuit against Project Veritas created a minor media sensation when it was filed in 2017, with BuzzFeed News reporting that Wentz had claimed the video had been “creatively edited … to make him appear violent and dangerous.” The lawsuit added that “Veritas’s video and Breitbart’s summary [thereof] omitted “most of the reasoning and all explanatory detail from O’Keefe’s story.” Wentz also claimed that O’Keefe and a colleague had violated Florida recording laws, though Florida is a “two-party” state that...
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