N.C. Teacher Suspended for Hectoring Students About Respecting Obama
Yesterday, Breitbart News reported a story
about a North Carolina high school teacher who began screaming at
students who dared to criticize President Obama. Today, the teacher in
question, Tanya Dixon-Neely, was suspended with pay by the school.
The roughly 10-minute video reveals the
social studies teacher yelling at students for speaking disrespectfully
of President Obama. The classroom discussion started with an accusation
of bullying by Mitt Romney which was apparently raised by the teacher
herself. However, when a student in the class asks if Obama had admitted
to similar bullying incidents in his book Dreams from My Father,
the teacher begins yelling that she will not tolerate disrespect of the
President in her class. She later goes on to say that people were
arrested for criticizing President Bush.
Asked about the teacher's behavior last Friday, the school initially
said the incident could be a "learning experience." By Monday, after the
story picked up steam here at Breitbart News and elsewhere, the school
seems to have decided a more formal investigation is in order. A school spokesman gave a new statement to the Salisbury Post which focused on professionalism in the classroom:
The Rowan-Salisbury School System expects all students and employees to
be respectful in the school environment and for all teachers to maintain
their professionalism in the classroom. This incident should serve as
an education for all teachers to stop and reflect on their interaction
Ms. Dixon-Neely could not be reached for comment, and there is no word
when a decision about the incident is expected to be reached.