The amazing, amazing, amazing thing here is that the student was even aware enough to ask, let alone challenge:
A North Carolina high school teacher was captured on video shouting at a student who questioned President Obama and suggesting he could be arrested for criticizing a sitting president.
The Salisbury Post, which first reported on the YouTube video, did not identify the teacher in question, who is reportedly on staff at North Rowan High School. The video does not show faces, but the heated argument in the classroom can clearly be heard.
“Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?” the teacher said toward the end of the argument, telling the student, “you are not supposed to slander the president.”
The argument started when the classroom began discussing news reports that Mitt Romney bullied a fellow student when he was in high school. At the time, The Washington Post had recently published a lengthy article alleging that Romney, as a teenager, had cut off another student’s hair.
“Didn’t Obama bully somebody though?” a student in the North Carolina classroom asked when the report was brought up, referring to an incident Obama described in his memoir “Dreams From My Father.” In the book, Obama wrote that, as a child, he once pushed a female classmate after other students taunted them — the only two black students in their grade — and called Obama her boyfriend.
The teacher, in the video, said she didn’t know whether Obama bullied anyone — but the argument quickly escalated, as the teacher yelled at the student, telling him “there is no comparison.”
“He’s running for president,” she said of Romney. “Obama is the president.”
The student argued that both candidates are “just men,” but the teacher took issue with the statement.
“He’s just a man. Obama is no god,” the student said.
The teacher responded: “Let me tell you something … you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom.”
The teacher went on to say the two candidates are “not equal.”
“The Rowan-Salisbury School System expects all students and employees to be respectful in the school environment and 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,” the school said in a statement, published by the Post. “Due to personnel and student confidentiality, we cannot discuss the matter publicly.”
Oh, it’s plenty public, all right. Or will be by the end of the day. I love the part where the teacher says people got arrested for saying things about George Bush. No wonder Obama can’t close Guantanamo—it’s too full of American dissidents who were “disappeared” in the 2000s!