Teacher Browbeating Student In School Over Politics

Going to school is tough enough with the usual assortment of classroom characters and bullies.  But teachers who take a lesson and turn it into partisan politics by taking a statement completely out of context, and pinning it to a grade school student in front of her peers?  The kid on the verge of tears!  Looks like some fairly passive aggressive bulllying by an adult onto a child.  And a teacher onto a student, no less. 

I can support whomever I want to support as long as I don’t browbeat another person for the candidate for they supported…

“Teacher Diantha Harris browbeats McCain supporting student, Kathy, in Ashville North Carolina grade school. The poor girl is obviously distressed over the teacher’s line of questioning and belittling her choice of candidate in front of her school mates.”

Ashville N.C. School teacher browbeats student over being a McCain supporter

November 4, 2008

Hat tip Reason 142 to Homeschool: Obama Teachers Won’t Bully Kids Who Support McCain at Belch.  The transcript and more worth the click

Update.

Teacher’s comments about McCain, war stir anger.   The Fayetteville Observer.

In an interview late Thursday, Harris, 53, said somebody edited the video to make it appear she was an Obama partisan imposing her views on a child. In fact, Harris said, she made gestures after pupils voiced support for Obama.

“It has been doctored,” Harris said. “They didn’t show anything about Obama.”

In another sequence on the video, however, Harris sports an Obama button during a pep rally at the school.

Wanda McPhaul, a spokeswoman for Cumberland schools, said county officials were shocked when they were alerted to the video.

But McPhaul said Superintendent Bill Harrison, who will post his own videotaped statement on the matter on YouTube later today, is prohibited by state law from revealing what might happen to Harris.

Earlier this week, reports about the video on the Internet said Harris was a teacher in Asheville. She used to be a teacher in western North Carolina, but moved to Fayetteville within the past couple years.

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