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Parent complains after Dublin teacher talks politics in classroom

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Dublin City School district is learning a lesson, after a parent complained a teacher shared an inappropriate opinion with her students.

Dublin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter tells 41NBC the incident happened three weeks ago inside a classroom at Dublin Middle School. He says the teacher shared a “political opinion” that did not sit well with the family of one of her students.

“We work to build bridges with students, not build walls,” Ledbetter said. “And talking politics, especially giving political opinions, can be very divisive.”

According to a letter from the Dublin Laurens NAACP posted on the Laurens County Democratic Party Facebook page, the teacher told her students President Obama is not a Christian and “any parent who supports him is not a Christian.” She also challenged her students to “prove their Christianity.”

According to the civil rights group, the parents met several days later with the teacher and her husband, who is a Dublin City School board member. Ledbetter confirms a school board member attended the parent-teacher conference, but would name name the board member.

“A board member being in a parent-teacher conference can tip the balance, or at least from the appearance, tip the balance of fairness,” he said. “It is not a practice that we can allow.”

 

 

 

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