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Texas High School Teacher Refused To Grade Essays That Mentioned Guns

Denton High School teacher refuses to grade gun-related essays

Denton, TX — A high school English teacher threatened to give two seniors zero grades on their required essays because of gun-related content.

But the two students “stuck to their guns.”

The Denton High School teacher evidently told his class they could write an essay about a fun or nice experience. One student wrote about going to a gun show and another recounted a hunting trip. Neither paper contained political content.

This prompted the teacher, identified in media accounts as Dewey Christian, to refuse to grade their homework unless they rewrote their essays on a topic unrelated to firearms. Both teens were also apparently reprimanded in front of the class.

Kimberly Williams, the mom of student Marshall Williams, subsequently headed over to the school and confronted the teacher (see video below) the next morning and requested an explanation. He claimed that he refused to grade the papers over concerns about school violence.

It appears that Christian subsequently backed down according to the Fox Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate. In a statement, the Denton School District stated the following:

“The teacher has accepted the paper and apologized to the student for misperceptions. The teacher’s intent was for guns not to be trivialized in any school situation because of recent events.”

Mrs. Williams and her son appear dissatisfied with the official response and still feel the teacher was unilaterally engaging in censorship of students’ free speech rights.

Do you think this teacher was attempting to suppress freedom of expression by taking issue with the content of the English papers that were otherwise allowed to be open-ended?

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6 Responses to “Texas High School Teacher Refused To Grade Essays That Mentioned Guns”

  1. Mitchell Hirsch

    Fox "news". as usual. is making a continent out of a molehill. Fox would be the first to insist on censorship if the context were different. If a student with the same assignment wrote about how he experienced joy when he realized he was Gay, or when she figured out she was an atheist, I doubt a story siding with those students or thier parents. As for censorship itself. a student writing about the first time they had sex. and a teacher giving an A, with a reading in front of the class. would elicit righteous indignation insisting that teacher being fired. Fox's hypocrisy on so many levels is a wonder to behold.

  2. Kevin Duclos

    Wait a minute, did I just see a Liberal immediately resort to name calling. AGAIN? Man you people simple can not deal with the truth. Exactly what is your diet?

  3. Duggy Wuggy

    Oh for Christ's sake. Where do I turn in my SUNY degree? I don't even want to be associated with any institution that would admit the likes of you. Oh yeah Mitchell, if you build that straw man any higher it will be declared a fire hazard. Would've, could have and might have have nothing to do with what actually happened in that classroom. In short, get a job!

  4. Joe Mosley

    Mitchell Hirsch,you are the pot calling the kettle black.There is nothing as hypocritical as a Liberal.He or she skews any and everything around in their favor.Your illegal alien African President has been in office 4 years.He is still blaming Bush for his own ineptitude