(Closed) Teacher ridiculed student over political tee?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What should happen?
    Nothing, she did nothing wrong. : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Fired, totally unsat. She's a teacher and should be setting a better example. : (49 votes)
    56 %
    Some other form of punishment (ie pay, forced leave of absence) : (31 votes)
    36 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Just wanted to add: tshirts of a political, religous, racist nature are not allowed to be worn in our schools where I live. We do not have a uniform, but they have policies in place to help avoid such things as this from occuring. Back to the poll: I voted for termination, because this is a teacher and should have set a better example of “what not to do”.

    Post # 4
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    That is disgusting! I say fire the teacher. Leave of absence just isn’t good enought IMO.

    Post # 5
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I voted FIRED… she is a teacher. She should know better than that.

    Post # 7
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    She should be fired. In addition to teaching a subject, a teacher is supposed to inspire and encourage students to think for themselves. Not to censor t-shirts, restrict speech, or indoctrinate them to their way of thinking. This is the reason why I will very likely homeschool.


    Post # 8
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m a teacher and I would NEVER even think about embarrassing a student that way, for any type of belief – politics, religion, sexuality, etc. That is such a shame for my profession. Teachers are supposed to make everyone feel included and intelligent, not make them into the pariah of the classroom. This teacher does not belong in education.

    Post # 10
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Woodstock:  I’m not sure I would fire the teacher if it were my decision. Maybe I would suggest a 30 day unpaid leave of absence. Actually, putting your hands on a student is very wrong termination may be best.

    Post # 12
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’d like to hear more than one side of the story before making a judgement call.  This is the kind of thing that makes people think ALL teachers are bad.  Sigh.

    Post # 13
    7291 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011
    Post # 14
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    The teacher’s personal politics have no place in the classroom. It doesn’t matter what side of the politics you are on, the only way any country will continue to function (well, sort of function) is that people with disagreements in political views must still respect the rights of the other side to believe what they do, no matter how “wrong” you personally think it is. And telling a 16 year old she is like the Klan is so far across the line of a joke…. Not ever funny. That teacher should be fired.

    Post # 15
    1733 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Fired. I am a staunch Obama supporter and come from a long line of UNIONIZED teachers. You DON’T ridicule a student’s beliefs. You may ask them to explain or defend them if, say, you’re in a civics class or something and it’s pertinent to the discussion and helping them develop debate skills. She could ask her to change her shirt if it was against school policy to wear “slogan” clothing, or if other students’ reactions to the shirt were becoming a distraction. But you never EVER put your hands on a student, unless it’s self-defense or to break up a fight between kids.

    I would flip my shit if the kid called out for her beliefs was wearing an Obama shirt, a PFLAG shirt, an atheist shirt etc etc etc…and so I extend the same courtesy to those I disagree with, as long as their slogan clothing is not abusive or hateful. (If she actually WAS wearing a KKK shirt, that wouldn’t be OK!)


    Post # 16
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I think either fired or seriosuly reprimanded with firing being the immediate result fo a further misstep. This, however, is on the assumption that a formal investigation proves this girl’s story to be true. This article is pretty one-sided.

    I don’t think it’s really possible for a teacher to completely keep his or her own political opinions out of the classroom, especially in social studies classes, but a teacher can do that without forcing his/her opinions on other students or making them uncomfortable and certainly without harassing a student as appears to be the case here.

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