A New Jersey mom has accused a high school teacher of inappropriately bringing politics into the classroom by displaying an anti-Trump T-shirt. The shirt mimicked former President Barack Obama‘s “Hope” posters, but it had the words “Nope” and “Vive la résistance” underneath a picture of the current president, the local Morristown Daily Record reports. (A similar shirt can be purchased here.)
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Laurel Whitney told the local paper that a student in the Roxbury High School class sent her a picture of the T-shirt so students wouldn’t face retribution for sharing it themselves. Whitney, whose son graduated from the school in 2016, told the Morristown Daily Record that the shirt was hanging in the classroom for a month.
“It was not just anti-Trump. It was calling for a revolution,” she said. “It was certainly not a message that teachers should be giving students.”
How political should public school teachers be allowed to get in their classrooms? https://t.co/6PhNRN4gUV
— New Jersey 101.5 (@nj1015) March 5, 2019
Roxbury Public Schools superintendent Loretta Radulic told New Jersey 101.5 that she couldn’t discuss a “personnel matter” but said the situation “was handled appropriately.” Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to Radulic for further comment.
Whitney said the shirt came down last week. But her own son apparently had a problem with the same teacher getting political when he was still at Roxbury High. Whitney said the teacher made her son update a current-events project on Israel to add Al Jazeera as a source, a news organization Whitney said uses anti-Semitic language.
“He should be made an example of rather than defended by the superintendent,” she told New Jersey 101.5 about the teacher.
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