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Kentucky Teacher Believes Democrats Can’t Go To Heaven

South Laurel High School

London, KY – A high school teacher landed in hot water after writing a controversial political statement on her classroom white board, according to Yahoo! News.

“You can’t be a Democrat and go to Heaven,” Kendra Baker wrote on the white board. Since such a statement is a direct violation of district policy, the teacher faced disciplinary action.

The Sentinel-Echo explains that South Laurel High School teacher was reprimanded by her bosses for writing the political declaration on the classroom white board. Baker was also forced to apologize to her students for her behavior.

“She wrote it on her own, and she wanted to write it on the board. She realized it was inappropriate,” Superintendent Doug Bennett explained. He added that Baker had heard the controversial phrase from a student and decided to share it with the rest of the class.

“Our focus and mission is to do what’s best for students, and teachers are expected to exercise reasonable and prudent judgement. The teacher made a mistake and I believe the teacher regrets that,” Bennett said. “We as educators have the freedom to campaign for political parties and candidates on our own time. However, this right does not extend to our work schedule. Our objective is to teach the established curriculum.”

The Student Code of Conduct explains that teachers must maintain a classroom where learning, respect, and trust are supported and fostered at all times. Teachers themselves are required to be responsible, respectful, and mindful of the beliefs of others.

Since the controversial statement about Democrats going to Heaven wasn’t part of the planned curriculum, officials believe that Baker was in the wrong. She has already apologized to the students she offended with her political statement.

Do you think teachers have the right to share their political opinions with students? Do you think Baker’s punishment was appropriate and fair?

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17 Responses to “Kentucky Teacher Believes Democrats Can’t Go To Heaven”

  1. Maria Sedebelge

    what an idiot person, Mrs BAKER, YOU ARE IN SIN, BIGOTRY, INTOLERANCE AND IGNORANCE ARE SINS! BE SURE THAT YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN, BUT FOR THAT HAPPENS YOU HAVE TO CHANGE, FROM NOW YOU ARE REALLY IN SIN.

  2. Will Tackett

    Candace Witte: The bible says nothing about Republicans or Democrats. If you're implying that only Republicans follow the bible, you're dead wrong.

  3. Wm Douglas Elliott

    I guess this cooky teacher has Gods cell phone number on her speed dial or something. and she's a teacher of what? Fear and Ignorance 101?

  4. Deborah Hohn Tonguis

    Did I not read this correctly? I thought the teacher in question wrote the statement on the board after she had "heard the controversial phrase from a student and decided to share it with the rest of the class". The article didn't say what she planned to use the statement for or if the statement reflected her own opinion. The posts below seem to indicate that she was expressing her own opinion, but I didn't get that from the article. NOT justifying her actions by any means…just wondering why the article doesn't say…

  5. Brenda Houston Romero

    It doesn't say because the action of writing it for the whole class to see was grossly inappropriate. She had to offend someone just by writing it.

  6. Brenda Houston Romero

    I replied to you in the wrong place – way up above. Sorry!

  7. Karen Lee Price Luda

    Oh for crying out loud. Sometimes I wish the Mayans had been right.

  8. Deborah Hohn Tonguis

    Yes, the statement was VERY offensive. I teach in a high school and sometimes, you hear a 15 year old say something like this kid in the article did, and you want to heal the harm. Teachers shape behavior, and I hope the teacher's intention was to illustrate how WRONG these kind of

  9. Anonymous

    No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus Christ. No one will see the kingdom of heaven without believing in the Lord and Savior. Everyone will be surprised in the end. Many that people thought would be there won't and others that were not expected to be there will. Today is the day of salvation. This life is fleeting and another day is not guaranteed. Accept Him now. Do not wait. Tomorrow may be too late!