California School Teacher Suspended After He Compares Donald Trump To Hitler

Rahul Srinivas

Controversy has erupted after a history teacher from California was placed on leave after he reportedly compared Republican President-elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. According to The Mercury News, the teacher, later identified as Frank Navarro is an experienced teacher who has taught students at Mountain View High School for over 40 years. According to the report, the school principal and the district superintendent told Navarro to leave mid-class on Thursday, after the parents of one of their students complained that he had compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler in one of his recent world studies class.

According to reports, the parents whose identity have not been revealed, sent an email to school officials expressing concern over the statements made by Frank during one of his classes. Following the incident, Mountain View/Los Altos High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding also confirmed the development. He, however, did not go into details about the complaint made by the parents.

"This parent said that I had said Donald Trump was Hitler, but I would never say that. That's sloppy historical thinking."
"This feels like we're trying to squash free speech. Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. It's not propaganda or bias if it's based on hard facts."
"We are interested in getting Frank back in the classroom…we're just trying to maintain our due diligence. We have a heightened emotional environment right now with the election. It's always a challenge to maintain a line in a classroom."

The news of the history teacher's suspension comes at a time when protest marches continue to be held across the country in reaction to Trump's unprecedented victory against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Elections. In the San Francisco Bay Area too, there have been several protests with hundreds of students staging walkouts. Incidentally, Navarro was handed over the temporary suspension on the same day a principal from another school - Milpitas High School was placed on administrative leave after he used a profane word against Trump. The principal, Phil Morales later admitted to having used profanity but continues to maintain that his opinions about Trump remain unchanged.

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