A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used assassinating President Barack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geometry students. Someone alerted authorities and the Corner High School math teacher was questioned by the Secret Service, but was not taken into custody or charged with any crime. "We did not find a credible threat," said Roy Sexton, special agent in charge of Birmingham's Secret Service office. "As far as the Secret Service is concerned, we looked into it, we talked to the gentleman and we have closed our investigation." Sexton said he generally doesn't discuss threat cases, but confirmed his office investigated the incident. No federal charges followed the probe.
The teacher was apparently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama. "He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,' " said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class. Efforts to reach the teacher for comment Monday were unsuccessful. Superintendent Phil Hammonds said the teacher remains at work, and there are no plans for termination.These hateful pricks use the fact that the president they hate so much is not a vindictive, torture-loving individual with a God-complex. If this happened under George W., the teacher making such idiotic remarks would already be on his way to Guantanamo to be torured for years to come.
One of the most frustrating things connected with the story is that the parents of this school's students are willing to defend this so-called teacher:
Caroline Polk, the parent of a ninth-grader at the school, said she doesn't believe the teacher ought to be fired."We all make mistakes, and we should be able to learn from our mistakes," she said. "What he said was just wrong and inappropriate. Everyone's got their own opinions, but we have to be aware of our surroundings. At this point, it just needs to be handled in a way that it won't be repeated."For this crazy lady from Alabama (well, Alabama, what could one expect?), fantasazing about how to assassinate a president is a matter of having an "opinion." I'm sure there are quite a few folks in Alabama (and across the country) who would not mind having classes on how to assassinate a President added to the curriculum. Their hatred for the President is such that they don't even stop to think about the damage this freak of a teacher did to their children. What he was teaching them is that shooting at people is OK if they annoy you enough.
I really disliked former President George W. Bush. I hated his administration, I couldn't wait for his term in office to end. I believe that his policies ruined this country in many significant ways. I have a lot of anger towards him. Still, it would have never occurred to me to fantasize about his assassination, or discuss the possibility of killing him with my students. Disagreeing with a politician is one thing. Wanting to kill a human being is another. I believe that Bush needs to be brought to trial for his crimes against humanity. But I also believe that any one planning his assassination should be incarcerated immediately.
Allowing such a disgusting freak to keep entering the classroom and contaminating students with his hate is really too much. Even for Alabama.