On the heels of a high school teacher in Fayetteville, NC, being sanctioned for stomping on the flag, another high school teacher in Smithtown, NY, is being sanctioned for a Facebook message where she called students “racists” — not because the students used racial slurs or excluded members of another race from student clubs, but simply because they wore Trump gear for “USA Day” during the school’s spirit week.
In light of her public Facebook pronouncement, declaring kids racists, Veronica Welsh has been sanctioned and “administratively reassigned” by the Smithtown superintendent, who called it,
“…An extremely unfortunate incident and these actions are not promoted by the Smithtown Central School District Administration and Board of Education, nor do they reflect the attitudes of our students and staff.”
Unfortunately, Ms. Welsh rant adds to the growing evidence of liberal teachers displaying their own intolerance in often very public ways. What is unusual is that both the Fayetteville and Smithtown teachers are facing sanctions. Lee Francis, the NC teacher, was suspended for 10 days without pay.
Teachers who are caught usually claim first amendment protections, as did Francis.
“It’s really disconcerting,” he told the Fayetteville Observer. “My question to everyone is who is entitled to freedom of speech? Does everyone have access to freedom of speech? It’s unfortunate that all this has happened.”
The problem is, this is not solely a “freedom of speech issue.” The problem with injecting their views is that they are in positions of authority. It’s not an argument between equals; these are children, not fellow adults. They are high school students, many of whom aren’t even able to vote yet.
When a teacher claims Trump is racist and the students who support him are therefore also racist, that is far different from a classmate saying it. It is the equivalent of the administration issuing political statements that the teachers must support one candidate or another—or risk losing their jobs.
And while it is refreshing to teachers who feel compelled to unleash their liberal ideology on their students get their comeuppance from the school administration, all too often the liberals get a proverbial slap on the wrist.
Compare the liberal teachers’ suspensions to that of Theo Olson who bore the brunt of Obama policies that punish teachers who discipline criminal students. Olson wasn’t just suspended, he was forced to attend “equity training” and then forced into retirement.
Where’s the openness? The inclusiveness to all points of view?
Or is that all just talk?
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