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 with students.

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.


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