Teacher in NC threatens student with arrest over Obama.
This incident took place in North Rowan High School, Salisbury, NC.
The student whom the teacher threatened with arrest, heard such threats,
or such other tirades, many times before. A friend of his carried a
cellphone that could record video. At a critical moment, he sensed that
this teacher was about to go off on a tangent about the 2012
Presidential campaign. Sure enough, she did. And this student was ready
for that. He told his friend to turn on his cellphone, and the friend did.
The friend then left the cellphone lying on his desk. The video shows a
still picture of fluorescent-tube ceiling lights. The voices on the
video belong to the student, the teacher, and other students in the
The dialog starts out calmly enough. The teacher, whose name no
reporter has yet mentioned, starts to talk about Mitt Romney, and
whether he did, or did not, bully a student when he, Romney, was in high
school. (The family of the “target” has cast serious doubt on the story
as apologists for Obama tell it.) Then the student asks,
Didn’t Obama bully someone, though?
The teacher answers,
Not to my knowledge.
The problem for that teacher: Obama admits shoving a girl in his memoir, Dreams of my Father.
(Or rather, William Ayers, his ghostwriter, admits that for him.) The
student tells the teacher about the reference. The teacher answers,
Stop. No. Because there’s no comparison.
The teacher goes on to say that Mitt Romney must take people telling stories about him, because he is only a candidate, and is not yet the President.
This man is trying to be what Obama is: the President of the United States.
The student then says,
If you’re going to talk trash about one man, then you’ve got to talk trash about the other.
Now the teacher raises her voice a little louder. She accuses the student of “disrespecting the President.” The student answers,
But he [Obama] is just a man! Obama’s not a god. He’s still a man.
Now the teacher starts yelling:
Let me tell you something.
Then she raises her voice as high as she can raise it, and screeches,
Then, smacking the back of one hand into the palm of the other in cadence to her words, she declaims,
You! Will not! Dis! Respect! The Prez-! Ident! Of the U-! Nited States! In this Classroom!
She speaks these lines between the 3:06 and 3:17 mark.
Now the teacher has provoked the student, and he talks back:
I will say whatever I want.
The teacher yells back:
Not about him, you won’t!
The dialog does not end there. In between hearing the teacher accuse
him of not doing his classwork, he says that he was merely asking her a
question about Obama. Then, near the 4:30 mark, the teacher says:
Let me tell you something else! As a teacher, I am not
allowed to let you disrespect the President of the United States! I’m
The student says that he said nothing disrespectful, and the teacher
says that yes, he did. For the next several minutes, student and teacher
argue fruitlessly about where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stand as
adults. The student says that they are equal; the teacher insists that
the law somehow protects Obama from disrespect. At the 6:20 mark, the
student says that when George W. Bush was President, everyone said
disrespectful things about him. (Warning: The student, and then the teacher, start using scatological words from this point forward. Parental judgment and discretion are advised.)
Then, at the 6:39 mark, the teacher, incredibly, says:
Did you know, do you realize, that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?
That, of course, is totally without foundation. The student tells her so. When she repeats that threat, he says,
You would have to say some pretty effed-up [censored] to
get arrested. Because they cannot take away your right to have an
opinion, or your freedom of speech. They can’t take that away from you,
unless you threaten the President.
Which that student never does, at any time.
Even more incredibly, the teacher tells the student (7:15) that police do not always read the Miranda Warnings to a person when they arrest him. Then she returns to her opinion that any person who says anything derogatory to or about a sitting President is subject to arrest.
At last report, the principal of North Rowan High School suspended the teacher—with pay.
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