Kedron Bardwell is the chair of the political science department at Simpson College. He teaches courses in U.S. politics and public policy.
He is also a bully.
Bardwell has attacked a pair of Ankeny moms who fought like crazy to get the school district to remove its mask mandate. Kimberly’s daughter was even segregated in the classroom.
When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation that made it illegal for a school to require facial coverings, Kimberly and Emily were right there. Both deserved a front-row seat to a moment they worked to achieve for months.
Bardwell attacked these two Iowa mothers on social media:
“Update: these 2 Ankeny moms standing next to the Governor are known Qanon and anti-vaxx conspiracy theorists. They were stars at that crazy ‘Health & Freedom’ anti-mask conference in Oklahoma. The signature on her poster is Lin Wood. This is who Kim Reynolds credited for her bill.”
Bardwell tweeted again about the two mothers:
“NEW: conspiracy subtext of Iowa un-masking bill keeps getting wilder. Qanon mom invited to bill signing called masks in schools ‘an excuse to push a control agenda by school boards that have been infiltrated.’ Masks are ‘a plandemic, part of an agenda.”
Bardwell was on a question to know who invited the “anti-mask/anti-vaxx protesters” into the room, speculating it was Rep. Steve Holt.
Bardwell expressed discomfort with the fact one of the moms wore a Fight Like a Flynn shirt.
He also shared the Facebook post in which the moms expressed excitement as they were able to stand next to Gov. Reynolds for the bill signing and Reynolds told Emily and Kimberly “you did it! Your efforts did this!”
Bardwell said their Facebook accounts have “deep Qanon stuff.” He routinely refers to the concerned mothers as “Qanons.”
Bardwell targeted the mothers because he was triggered that Gov. Reynolds signed a bill prohibiting schools from requiring facial coverings.
That is not the only part of the bill that Bardwell was upset with. He also took exception to the idea that the state could force local school districts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day in classrooms — though no student would be compelled to participate.
Bardwell is simply a far-left educator. Take for instance this retweet, which says having children recite the Pledge of Allegiance is “super weird and collectivist.”