Another embittered adult who voted for Romney made the news today for allegedly imposing her opinion on a captive audience of nine year old children. According to a report that appeared on The Daily Caller, an elementary school teacher in south central Louisiana is alleged to have told her fourth grade class she was dressed in black because she “attending America’s funeral” due to the re-election of Barack Obama. The teacher is also reported to have warned her class that Obama would turn America into the “new China.”
According the several parents, the children were quite disturbed by their teachers behavior. Apparently, the disagreement even spilled over onto Facebook after one of the student’s mothers, Lindsey Shello, posted her opinion about the alleged comments on website. The teacher replied she would like to have a meeting with Ms. Shello and mothers shouldn’t believe everything their 9-year-old sons tells them.
The still unnamed teacher might be able to challenge the story if it was just one child but several other students verified the teacher’s remarks to their parents. Chassatey Jacksonn said that both of her children told her similar stories and she does not believe teachers should be sharing their personal political beliefs with her children.
“They want to believe everything their teacher says and if my kid hears the teacher say the sky is black, he’s going to believe the sky is black because his teacher said it.”
Apparently the kids told their parents that their teacher even had something to say about Michelle Obama’s program to fight childhood obesity. There has been a great deal of controversy over the new meal policy in many public schools that limits the amount of protein and calories students are permitted in their school meals. Addressing this issue, the teacher is reputed to have told the kids they will be starved by Michelle Obama’s meal plan. Ms. Shello was not amused by what her child told her about school meals:
“She made the comment that since Michelle Obama is first lady and with the meal plan she has, the kids are gonna look like toothpicks in a few months. Her personal opinion needs to remain her personal opinion. She doesn’t need to push it on the kids”
The parents have complained to the Principal and the local school board. As is always the case in these incidents, the board told reporters they are investigating and they can not comment on the case due to confidentiality rules.
This is not the first incident of this sort to taint the current election. Last month, Linda White, an eighth-grade science teacher in Clinton, Mississippi, allegedly told her students that Obama is a Muslim and he should not be re-elected. Ms. White has since resigned from her teaching position.
In October a Philadelphia school teacher was accused of publicly ridiculing Samantha Pawlucy, a sophomore at Carroll High, for wearing a t-shirt that supported Mitt Romney. The teacher, Lynette Gaymon, was alleged to have told the 16 year old that the school was a Democratic institution and the student wearing the Romney t-shirt was the same as the teacher, who is black, wearing a shirt supporting the Ku Klux Klan. The teacher is no longer teaching the class pending an investigation.
Teachers have a right to their own political opinion but it certainly has no place in the classroom. Youngsters are quite impressionable and no teacher has the right to berate them for picking a favorite candidate or to frighten children with lies and deception. The behavior alleged to have been displayed by all three of these teachers is reprehensible and if it is proven to be true, they need to find work far away from children.