Teachers are supposed to be smarter than their students. But, that’s not the case with a North Carolina high school Social Studies teacher, Tanya Dixon-Neely. After bringing up an unconfirmed claim that Mitt Romney supposedly bullied a fellow classmate in the past, one of her students mentioned, in the form of a question, that Obama admitted to bullying a classmate in his past, too. The teacher became unhinged and started yelling. Her force of law to shut him down was to tell the class that it was a “criminal offense” to slander the president. The high school student’s response was to give the teacher a quick lesson on the First Amendment, saying “They cannot take away your right to have your opinion. They can’t take that away unless you threaten the president.”
Listen to her insane rant in the following audio, recorded by one of the students and uploaded to YouTube:
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It begins with a classroom conversation about a recent news story detailing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney allegedly bullying a classmate in prep school. It turns into a heated, sometimes confrontational debate.
One student asks, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?”
The teacher responds: “Not to my knowledge.”
In response to the Romney story, conservatives have recently been pointing to a passage in Obama’s book, “Dreams from My Father,” in which the president writes that while in grade school he shoved a little girl, the only other black student in his grade, after other students called him her boyfriend.
When the student tells the teacher that Obama admitted to bullying a girl in school, the teacher goes on the defensive.
“Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” she says. Romney, she says, is “running for president. Obama is the president.”
When the student says they’re both “just men,” the teacher continues to argue that Romney, as a candidate for president, is not to be afforded the same respect as the president.
The teacher tells the class Obama is “due the respect that every other president is due.”
“Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom,” she says.
The student replies that he’ll say what he wants.
“Not about him you won’t,” the teacher says.
Later in the conversation, the teacher tells the class it’s criminal to slander a president.
“Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?” she says of former President Bush. “Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”
The student responds by saying being arrested for talking badly about the president would violate the right to free speech.
“You would have to say some pretty f’d up crap about him to be arrested,” he says. “They cannot take away your right to have your opinion. … They can’t take that away unless you threaten the president.”
A Social Studies teacher who doesn’t understand the First Amendment. Apparently, you don’t need to know about the Bill of Rights to teach our children. I’m sure she’ll retire at 50 with a full pension, paid for by the taxpayers. Too bad you can’t fix stupid.
Update: Breitbart News has an update to the story,
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Breitbart News has received information that the YouTube video was shot by a friend of the bullied student. According to our source, the student had asked his friend to record the discussion to “prove to his parents what he has been trying to tell them for some time. The teacher in this video has a long history of pushing a liberal agenda, by shouting down students. She is very intolerant of other points of view that she does not share. The atmosphere at this school is not very conducive to opposing views.”
The source continues, “The student’s parents have since taken him out of school and had him registered at another nearby school.”