Oct 29 2012
While school officials agree with parent, Myisha Lewis-Reed, that Linda White’s comments were not appropriate for the classroom, Superintendent Phil Burchfield did not provide comment to the station on how White will be disciplined.
HUFFPO According to Myisha Lewis-Reed, the mother of a student at Clinton Junior High School in Mississippi, Science teacher, Linda White, told her students that president Obama should not be re-elected because he’s Muslim. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, however, should be elected to office because he’s “a good Christian.”, WJTV reports. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, however, should be elected to office because he’s “a good Christian.”
Over the years, particularly during election season, educators have repeatedly sparked controversy for bringing politics into the classroom. In 2009, a video surfaced of students from a Burlington, N.J. “singing the praises of President Obama.” The song was reportedly part of a school project, and included lines like “Obama loves the little children,“ touting the president’s “great plans” to “make this country’s economy No. 1 again.”
The principal reportedly received death threats as a result, and the state department of education launched an investigation into the incident.
In May, Spencer, N.C. teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely was placed on paid suspension after she was caught on tape telling a student that he could be arrested for saying negative things about the president. “Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom,” Dixon Neely is heard saying. “Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush? ((HAH! Like Hell they were) Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”
And just this month, Philadelphia high school sophomore Samantha Pawlucy made national headlines after geometry teacher Lynette Gaymon mocked the student for waring a Mitt Romney T-shirt. The geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High reportedly told the teen to take her shirt off because she’s in a “Democratic school,” adding that wearing the pro-Romney shirt is analogous to the teacher, who is black, wearing a KKK shirt.
UPDATE: Apparently, the teacher, Linda White, has been forced to resign.