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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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county mom
Monroe, UT

I believe it is hard to be in a classroom teaching, and not teach our own opinions. However this teacher went way beyond sharing her opinion. She actually pointed out and ridiculed one student for her personal opinion. This is bullying and totally wrong and she must be fired!

Flying Finn
Murray, UT

@ xscribe writes: "I can guarantee you children here in Colorado Springs hear just as much "brainwashing" propaganda."

Show us and prove your claim. This story obviously touched a sensitive nerve among the liberal faithful. They tell us they can match every incident we can recount, but when we ask them for just one example they follow Obama's lead and look down at the floor.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Lost in DC,

Thanks for correcting my spelling errors, It didn't look right when I typed it, I should have taken the time to look up the correct spelling. Please however don't blame my teacher(s) for my spelling mistakes. I believe my mistakes are my responsibility I am not going to blame teachers for my shortcomings and I wish you wouldn't either.

Flying Finn, you say this hit a nerve, not really. There are those who participate in these discussions who always find fault with school teachers and their unions. I choose to believe that nearly all school teachers are working hard trying to do their best in incredibly difficult circumstances. I don't think we as a society do anything to help improve education by continually trashing teachers and their union, especially when most posters on here have no real knowledge about what teachers and there unions are doing other than what they here on FOX News.

This teacher needs to be held accountable for her mistake, nothing more nothing less. This has nothing to do with other teachers, the teachers union or anyone other than the teacher involved in this situation.

Taylorsville, UT

I have to agree with the teachers course of action and sending this student home and change her dress, The class room is not the place for political brainwashing by any activist in any cause. Until children have become educated to learn and speak their own minds, other political activist causes and statement must be barred from the school and eduction system.

This student was clearly a political pawn for her parents or family friend and not a choice of her own understanding and making. Just as we cannot allow political activism to start in our schools for political gain, we also prohibit the use of children to advertise for commercial or organizes unions and national organizations like the UEA, NEA, PTA, and ALEC controls. They are not yet ready to form or make wise choices based on fact and not emotional political presentations.

There are reasons for age limiting voters and it has the same reasons to stop political activist and parents and teachers from operating in our education system and twitting infromation to influence the minds of the young and vulnerable. Free speech and free choice and free will is something learned, not programed into them.

Flying Finn
Murray, UT

@ Fredd44

If this were an isolated case that would be one thing but it isn't. To suggest that this teacher's union didn't support her attitude is naive and we both know it. To suggest that liberal teachers in California aren't trying to indoctrinate their students on the "anything goes" sexual morality is being even more naive. The only reason we heard about this story is because one student and her parents had the guts to stand up to this tyranny and the teacher got caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

Huntsville, UT

Do any of you recall that it was barely 4 years ago (not quite 4 yet) that Utah schools refused to let their students listen to a broadcast speech of a sitting President?


Kearns, UT

Just fire the teacher to send a message that such behavior in the classroom is not acceptable. I'd have the same opinion if someone wore an Obama T-shirt and got belittled. The classroom isn't a forum for teachers to spout their political beliefs.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: RanchHand Huntsville, UT

You may think it is hypocritical to demand accountability from a teacher who got caught misbehaving because a young girl and her parents had the courage to stand up to her but I assure you that the rest of us don't. We don't condone the actions of this teacher, nor will we be baited into an unrelated story.

Student with T-shirt 1, misbehaving teacher 0.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Riflema said:
Re: RanchHand Huntsville, UT
We don't condone the actions of this teacher, nor will we be baited into an unrelated story.

How is it "unrelated" that several Utah School principals (much more than a single class) refused to air the President of the United States speech to school children about staying in school. Because they HATE our president and made that decision for the entire school because of their prejudice of the man or the democratic party, either way, I think it shows the height of hypocrisy that conservative republican believe in.

Christmas Carole

I'm VERY sad to see that in this "country of freedom", the "justice scales" have tipped to ALLOW BIGOTRY of conservative ideals. I KNOW that had the situation been reversed(seems there WAS something akin to this during the last election?..although on someones's lawn?), that the teacher would in all probability have been suspended and a possible riot/at least angry marching ensued. THIS kind of behavior is UNACCEPTABLE in ANY vein and venue, but ESPECIALLY to a minor in a "teachable", "vulnerable" circumstance!

P.S. To those who feel they are so "childish" as to correct others rather than reading what they have to say and wish to correct mine...GO FOR IT!!

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT

From the article:
"Gaymon, Pawlucy said, said it was a "Democratic" school and compared it to wearing a "KKK" shirt."

The irony of this is that most blacks in the south were originally Republicans, because it was Republicans who led the movement to put an end to slavery. It was the GOP that, for the next 100 years, kept introducing the Civil Rights legislation that was repeatedly shot down by the Democrats.
It was the Republican platform that had anti-lynching legislation, anti-poll tax legislation, public accommodation legislation, etc. The Republican platform in 1956 endorsed Brown vs. Board of Education. The Democratic platform did not.
White southerners (the same men involved in the Klan) were predominently Democrats!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The teachers apology would have been more sincere if she had stood in front of the studentbody to read it herself. I'm not surprized that she didn't have the strength of character to do that.

As it is, I hope she is not permitted to return to that school. She should be reassigned to another school and then watched like a hawk.

Layton, UT

When I lived in Seattle, I remember a fair number of my friends from work absolutely aghast when they discovered I was supportive of conservative issues. Ultimately the belief that one's own political perspective is the only possible way to think of things is small-minded. All these political issues have differing points of view. And most of us want to do something decent with our lives. We just disagree in our priorities and some values. It's too bad this teacher couldn't recognize that.

Salt Lake City, UT

The teacher should be fired.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Since I'm not a partisan I will say the actions of this teacher to ridicule this student in any way sickens me. Teach Geometry and keep your politics to yourself.

But I also feel disdain for the numerous administrators in this state that refused to show the President Obama speech on education. Bias or hatred for the president played a huge part in this and it was disconcerting.

Bottom line, don't be too strident in your politics and you can actually see things how they should be seen.

Kearns, UT

I had wonderful grammar teachers, and I would like to remind our many contributors of the differences between some words that are commonly confused.

THERE is an adverb that indicates location. We are going THERE after the movie. My car is over THERE.

THERE is also a pronoun used at the beginning of a sentence. THERE is no hope for that political party.

THEIR is the possessive form of they. They brought THEIR cat with them on vacation.

THEY'RE is simply the contraction of THEY and ARE. THEY'RE singing my favorite song.

I understood that it was my teachers' responsibilities to teach me the different subjects in school, but it was my responsibility to pay attention, study, remember, and use that knowledge properly in my own life. Most of my teachers also shared their opinions with the classes, but I don't recall any of it being brainwashing. For the most part, I learned how to live amongst people with differing opinions.

What this teacher did is wrong, but let's not blame the entire profession. I believe an important part of education is learning to live in a world of differing opinions.

Mister J

re: Rifleman 9:49 a.m. Oct. 9

You don't need school to learn Repubs are evil just watch Fixed Noise.

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