On November 7, an elementary school teacher in south central Louisiana allegedly told her class of fourth graders that she was “attending America’s funeral” because Barack Obama won the presidential election, according to a report by KATC, the local ABC television affiliate.
Students say the teacher, clad in all black that day, also said the United States will turn into a “new China” under Obama, KATC reports.
“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,” parent Lindsey Shello told KATC.
Shello’s nine-year-old son is a student in the teacher’s class. She was outraged about the episode, and that the teacher had vented her feelings on Facebook.
The teacher, who is never named in the KATC report, reportedly requested a personal meeting with Shello. The teacher also cautioned Shello that her son might be embellishing the story.
However, other kids are apparently telling the same story. Another parent, Chassatey Jackson, says her children have related the same basic account, KATC reports.
Both parents agree that teachers should avoid expressing political opinions in fourth-grade classrooms.
“Her personal opinion needs to remain her personal opinion. She doesn’t need to push it on the kids,” said Shello, according to KATC.
Parents have reportedly contacted the principal at Delcambre Elementary as well as the local school board.
This incident certainly isn’t the first time in recent memory that a schoolteacher has been accused of interjecting personal political beliefs into the classroom.
Just last month, Linda White, an eighth-grade science teacher in Clinton, Mississippi, allegedly told her students of her belief that Obama is a Muslim and, for that reason, he should not serve a second term. White also reportedly told students she supports Romney because he is a “good Christian,” according to WJTV, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi.
White has since resigned her teaching post.
Earlier in October, Lynette Gaymon, a geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia reportedly ridiculed sophomore Samantha Pawlucy for wearing a pro-Romney shirt to school and told Pawlucy to remove it. Gaymon allegedly called Carroll High a “Democratic school,” reports Philly.com. Gaymon, who is black, is also said to have suggested that the shirt was comparable to shirt supporting the Ku Klux Klan.
In the aftermath, Gaymon, the geometry teacher, reportedly received death threats, according to Philly.com. Pawlucy transferred to a different school.
In May of 2012, Tanya Dixon-Neely, a social studies teacher at North Rowan High School in Spencer, North Carolina, told a student in her class that he could be arrested for criticizing Obama, and that people had been arrested for criticizing President George W. Bush. A student captured Dixon-Neely’s rant on hidden video, which later went viral on YouTube.
“Let me tell you something,” Dixon-Neely says in the video, “you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom.”
The local school board suspended Dixon-Neely, but with pay, according to WBTV, the CBS television affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 2009, a fairly disturbing video emerged on YouTube showing about 20 children at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, New Jersey singing pro-Obama anthems.
One song the children in New Jersey sang quotes directly from the spiritual “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” reports Fox News. However, the lyrics replace Jesus with Obama: “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.”