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Boy, 12, dares to speak up for President Trump in class. Teacher asks student why he supports ‘a racist and a pedophile.’ Bad idea.

Some teachers have a lot of learning to do.

Take, for example, a woman who was teaching a seventh-grade class for O’Maley Innovation Middle School in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Image source: WHDH-TV video screenshot

The subject was the debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — and 12-year-old Jackson Cody said he became a fast target not only of other students, but also the teacher.

What happened?

You see, Jackson supports Trump.

“I just feel like our country wasn’t in a great place,” he told WBZ-TV. “I just wanted to learn more about Donald Trump because it seemed like he was making our country rise again and become America again.”

But supporting Trump isn’t always the safest path to take. Then the seventh grader said the fateful moment happened.

“The teacher asked, ‘Who supports Donald Trump?'” Jackson recalled to WHDH-TV. “And I was the only one to raise my hand.”

He noted to WBZ that “a few kids were going to raise their hands, but then they heard the teacher say to me, ‘Oh Mr. Jackson, I thought I liked you.'”

Image source: WHDH-TV video screenshot

It got worse.

“Then she asked why I support a racist and a pedophile,” he noted to WHDH.

Jackson added to the station that “she also said, ‘I am ashamed of any woman who voted for Donald Trump,’ and I told her my mom and one of my grandmothers voted for Donald Trump.”

Other kids in the class smelled blood — and apparently his teacher did, too.

“I was just upset because other kids in the class were ganging up on me, laughing at me, and she was laughing and wouldn’t say anything to them,” Jackson noted to WHDH.

Lawyering up

Once Jackson’s family found out what went down in his class, they fought back.

They contacted a First Amendment attorney and asked the school for an apology, WBZ said — and got one.

Jackson told WHDH that the teacher later apologized to him in front of the entire class, and he said that helped.

“We tell them to stand up for yourself and don’t be afraid to speak your opinion,” Jackson’s father, Jay Cody told WBZ. “Their opinions are theirs; they’re not our opinions. They’re very well read children. They like to educate themselves on their own topics. Unfortunately they do disagree with us very often.”

What did the school district have to say?

Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent Ben Lummis told WHDH he was disappointed after first hearing about the incident.

“We always want our students and staff to feel safe — and that their point of view is understood and respected,” he told the station in a statement. “Every day in our schools — we strive for tolerance, understanding, different perspectives and being civil.”

More significant perhaps is the news Lummis broke that his staff will undergo training next week on how to address controversial topics with their students, WHDH reported.

And that’s obviously good news for Jackson and his family.

“Certain topics — politics, religion, even sports nowadays — can sometimes be discussed and can very much make kids feel uncomfortable,” Jay Cody told WHDH. “You would hope teachers could recognize that and take advantage of it the opposite way.”

He also told the station that if teachers do discuss controversial topics, they should “stand in the middle and hear from both sides.”

In the end, Jackson told WHDH “everyone has the right to their own opinion, and everyone should respect that.”

(H/T: Hot Air)

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Public school teacher accused of offering to pay coronavirus-infected people to cough on President Trump has resigned

A Rhode Island public school teacher accused of offering to pay people infected with the coronavirus to cough on President Donald Trump has resigned, WJAR-TV reported.

The Woonsocket School Committee voted 5-0 to accept a settlement agreement with Amy Bednarz on Wednesday night, the station said, adding that she tendered her resignation as part of the agreement. There was no report on other details of the settlement.

What’s the background?

“Somebody with Covid-19, I will pay you to cough on #Trump,” Bednarz allegedly tweeted in March, WJAR said.

Image source: Twitter

The user identified herself as a sixth-grade English Language Learner teacher at Villanova Middle School in Woonsocket in a subsequent post, WJAR reported, adding that the account has been deleted.

A district investigation into the Twitter post was launched in late March.

What did a state education official have to say about the tweet?

“I was saddened & disappointed to see this tweet — it is unprofessional and sends the wrong message during a time when our whole education community is setting a national example,” the state’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Angelica Infante-Green tweeted. “This is not acceptable and certainly not representative of the overwhelming majority of RI teachers.”

How are folks reacting to the teacher’s resignation and settlement?

Commenters on WJAR’s Facebook page were almost universally pleased that the accused teacher resigned — but wanted more done to her:

  • “Good. She is a first class piece of crap!”
  • “Trump Derangement Syndrome…still can’t get over he won.”
  • “She needs professional help!
  • “Only in RI do teachers [who] encourage endangering the president’s life get paid to quit their jobs.”
  • “But the taxpayers still have to pony up $!”
  • “She’ll be picked up by some liberal college to teach.”

(H/T: EAG News)

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Teacher caught losing her mind on teens in park: ‘Hope both of you get the coronavirus,’ ‘die a long, painful death’

A New Jersey teacher has gone viral for shouting at teenagers playing in a public park, telling them that she hopes they die a “long, painful death” for ignoring stay-at-home orders.

What are the details?

According to The Trentonian, the teacher is Nicole Griggs, a teacher at Steinert High School in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Cell phone video shows the teacher approaching a group of teenage boys who were minding their own business and playing football in an area park.

The incident reportedly took place on Thursday.

From behind a fence, Griggs — who was out without a mask walking her dog — can be heard telling the teens that she was “just trying to save your a**.”

“But die, OK,” she can be heard yelling. “I hope both of you get the coronavirus.”

Elsewhere in the video, Griggs shouts, “Am I screaming loud enough that you can hear me over your music? Park’s closed! You will get arrested if the cops come!”

One boy, who cannot be seen on camera, can be heard asking Griggs if they should move their game elsewhere.

“Park’s closed!” she insists. “The whole area! Get it through your thick head! You are the reason we are in this situation! You are the problem, not the solution!”

Griggs, who is clearly aware that the teens are recording her outburst, then adds, “Go ahead, keep recording. Who are you going to show it to? Post me on social media. You’re the idiot doing the wrong thing!”

“I’m just trying to save your a** and save your life!” she crows. “But die, OK. I hope both of you get the coronavirus. I hope you both die a long, painful death.”

What else?

The outlet notes that Griggs has been very vocal in support of stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures in the area.

On Facebook, Griggs has reportedly posted similar stories of lashing out at others.

One post in particular reportedly read, “We are surrounded by idiots! Rode our bikes near Kuser Park this afternoon and what [do we] see but a younger couple with their daughter maybe 2/3 years old UNDOING the caution tape around the jungle gym so she could slide. I totally called them out on it, wished illness on them, and commented that it was scary to even think they were parents.”

“Their response?” she reportedly wrote. “‘We were going to put it back.'”

Jeff Martin, the mayor of Hamilton Township, told the outlet that he hadn’t seen the video, but did not support her remarks.

“This is a very serious thing,” he said. “We’ve got at least 50 people who have actually died from it, 50 families. It’s not something to joke around about. Teacher or not, it’s unacceptable.”

Scott Rocco, school superintendent, promised that the school would open an investigation into the teacher’s outburst.

“We will address the issue immediately,” Rocco said.

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Teacher accused of asking COVID-19 victims to cough on President Trump for money — and the school district is investigating

The Woonsocket (Rhode Island) School Department is investigating a teacher accused of asking COVID-19 victims to cough on President Donald Trump, WJAR-TV reported.

“Somebody with Covid 19, I will pay you to cough on #Trump,” the tweet read, according to the station:

Image source: Twitter

The user identified herself as a sixth-grade English Language Learner teacher at Villanova Middle School in Woonsocket in a subsequent post, WJAR reported, adding that the account has been deleted. The teacher’s identity was not immediately released, the station said.

How is the school district responding?

School Committee Chairman Paul Bourget said he and Superintendent Paul McGee have been discussing the tweet since Sunday night and that an investigation started Monday to get “concrete evidence and a concrete determination,” WJAR reported.

Bourget characterized the matter as “serious” and said he expected a decision by the April 8 School Committee meeting, the station said. He also told WJAR that the committee will likely support McGee’s decision.

What did a state education official have to say?

“I was saddened & disappointed to see this tweet — it is unprofessional and sends the wrong message during a time when our whole education community is setting a national example,” the state’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Angelica Infante-Green tweeted. “This is not acceptable and certainly not representative of the overwhelming majority of RI teachers.”

(H/T: The American Mirror)

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