According to the teacher, anyone saying nasty things about the president can end up charged with a crime, just like the people who spoke ill of George W. Bush did. Mitt Romney on the other hand, is fair game.
Teachers have always occasionally made statements that they really shouldn't have made. However, in an age where students are more likely to have cell phones than textbooks, their statements can be uploaded and preserved in cyberspace for an eternity.
The class at North Rowan High School in Spencer, North Carolina was discussing the alleged bullying of a fellow student by Romney. A student then asked, "Didn't Obama bully someone though?" After the teacher replied, "Not to my knowledge," the student pointed out that Obama had written in Dreams from My Father that he once pushed a girl. The teacher began to go ballistic.
She said, "Stop, no, because there is no comparison. Romney is running for president, Obama is the president." The student countered that both Romney and Obama are "just men." The teacher then responds, "Listen, let me tell you something. You will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom."
The student later brought up the fact that not nice things were said all the time about George W. Bush when he was in office. The teacher then said, "Do you realize that people were arrested for saying bad things about Bush? Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?
The student then says, "They cannot take away your right to have an opinion...They can't take that away unless you threaten the president."
The audio of the exchange between teacher and student was recorded by another student and uploaded to YouTube last Friday.
As reported by the Salisbury Post, Rita Foil, a spokeswoman for the Rowan-Salisbury School District, said the social studies teacher is still employed, has not been suspended, and is not facing any disciplinary action.
Citing confidentiality, the school district would not identify the teacher nor comment about what occurred in the classroom. However, Breitbart.com reports the teacher is "apparently" Tanya Dixon-Neely and the student was a junior at the school. The student asked a friend to record the exchange so he could show his parents how intolerant the teacher is of views that differ from her own.
A political expert from Catawba College told the Salisbury Post, "the teacher just doesn't have her facts straight when she insists speaking your mind about a president can get you charged with a criminal offense."
Breitbart also reported the student has now changed schools.