Katherine - posted on 05/06/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
Here's a teacher who might as well have been living with Osama bin Laden in his creepy hideaway compound for the last umpteen years. It seems this 9th grade math teacher from Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas hasn't been in touch with the real world lately. Except that he has. He is a teacher. Of students. Who happen to be people. With feelings. But let's just say any footing this guy might have in reality totally doesn't show ...
The day after Osama bin Laden was killed, this teacher, who the school district has chosen not to name, took it upon himself to prove himself a complete out-of-touch ignoramus. He walked up to American-born girl of Muslim faith during class and said to her, "I bet you're grieving." Uh, what?
When the student looked at him like he was crazy, he said he heard about her "uncle's" death. Her response, upon realizing he was talking about Osama bin Laden, was a perfectly appropriate, "Wow."
I can't think of a more apt initial response myself. I mean, who in their right mind would assume a person would have some loyalty to a murderous, extremist terrorist just because you share the same religion. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Especially from an educated educator!
The girl ended up bursting into tears in class a little later (which makes me want to crush his skull) -- because OUCH, it's such a racially insensitive and downright cruel comment from one's own teacher. That's got to hurt. A classmate of hers stood up for her when the teacher inquired about the girl's tears, and still, he didn't backtrack or apologize for his comment but smirked, laughed, and walked away!
The school district announced that the teacher has been "placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel investigation." Good! I hope he is fired! You can't come into our schools with your sick and ignorant-minded agendas and then use them to insult our kids. Teachers need to be nonjudgmental and trusting role models to our kids, and this demeaning insult is unacceptable!
The girl who was insulted wrote the following text to another student's mom, which said:
Make it a lesson learned about how the world is going through stuff and he needs to watch what he says and so do others because Osama does not represent the whole Muslim faith.
What's your reaction to this teacher's comment to this student? Should he be fired?