Report: Teacher suspended for silencing Obama critic
Outrage in North Carolina classroom
- Duration 4:01
- Date May 22, 2012
Outrage in North Carolina classroom
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Did -- North Carolina high school students freedom of speech gets squelched.
When his teacher told him could be arrested for speaking badly of president Barack Obama.
-- -- -- -- -- Internet cable while Redmond aren't playing links and we'll let you know it didn't matter not you wouldn't you yeah yeah yeah I'll -- yeah.
I don't know what I.
They hadn't come and that you.
Yeah I'll -- yeah.
I'll read it.
Joining me now senator Roger -- -- involved in that -- incident also with us is his mother Regina Rogers welcome to you about.
Thank you hello thanks so so hunter that this episode took place about a week ago at your high school.
Why did you decide to take the conversation what kind of dialogue had been going on between the class and this particular teacher.
-- she always has opened discussions about I'm like the president saying candidates.
And she doesn't want to hear anything but what she believes and it's I mean if you disagree you get B rated and put down -- I just decided -- finally hit some prefer that.
So one of the topics that was being discussed.
Was whether or not Mitt Romney had been a bully to somebody what he was in high school.
And you brought up president Obama's personal experience that's documented in his own book is that how it played out.
And it would you say.
We asked if President Obama had been a bully in high school she told us that she didn't know not to her knowledge.
And then immediately she got defensive and search -- -- -- -- So after you got -- tape recording.
You played it for your mom and -- -- but would you -- for first my dad.
And eventually played it for your mom -- what was your reaction because I know initially when you heard the story about -- teens exaggerate they blow things out of proportion a little bit what was your thought.
I was just stunned -- that this was.
-- in in the classroom he had been -- -- for quite awhile now that this kind of behavior what's happening and we did not disbelief him but we just did not realize that it was that extreme and what is your number one problem.
With what's on the tape.
Well first of all don't feel the teachers should have started political discussion if she wasn't willing to -- but sad.
And in my biggest concern is that this.
Teacher is responsible for -- match out and hundreds of others and she is not teaching them factual information.
Hunter she told you that you would be -- would you think of that.
-- Honestly at the -- awarded -- -- fatter because you know I've been taught in my life and nobody can take your opinion there.
-- they can take your freedom of speech and she was telling me just that I can be arrested for slander and I've been -- -- you have to you have to threaten.
The president to get arrested -- and she.
She kept telling me over and over again people were arrested for disrespecting and slandering the president and and at the -- all wanted to laugh but it wasn't you know.
Probably not appropriate but once you have the tape action was taken.
It's my understanding now that she has been suspended.
As a teacher with -- here is the statement from the school system.
The Rowan Salisbury school system expects all students employees to be respectful in the school environments for all teachers to maintain their professionalism in the classroom.
This incident should serve as an education for all teachers to stop and reflect on their interaction with students.
We'll continue to follow this story will have another segment on -- coming up on FOX & Friends hunter and Gina Rodgers thank you for sharing your story with FOX & Friends today.
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