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Teacher In Rhode Island Hangs Obama Doll By Its Feet Infront of a Classroom Full of Students

Posted by Media Outrage on March 19, 2010

A teacher at Rhodes Island high school is under investigation after hanging a doll resembling President Obama by its feet infront of a classroom full of students. 

Via CNN:

Central Falls, Rhode Island (CNN) — The teacher at an embattled Rhode Island school who displayed an effigy of President Obama in his classroom is under disciplinary review, according to the school superintendent.

The Obama effigy was an apparent protest of the president’s support of mass firings of the school’s teachers. Its existence was first reported on CNN.com on Thursday.

An Obama doll, about a foot tall, hung by its feet from a white board; the doll held a sign that said, “Fire Central Falls teachers.”

Superintendent Frances Gallo discovered the item late Monday at Central Falls High School after being asked about a rumor about an Obama doll hung by his feet in a classroom.

Gallo took it upon herself to investigate and found the effigy Monday night.

“It was obviously imprudent on [the teacher’s] part, very ill-conceived and nothing to fool around with,” Gallo said.

The superintendent said the teacher was contrite when confronted but said it was “a joke to him.”

Due to union contract stipulations, Gallo said she could not disclose the name of the teacher.

Gallo said it was difficult to comprehend how a teacher could not “understand that a class full of children are very offput by such a ‘joke.’

“He doesn’t see it as making a mockery or, worse, just total disrespect,” Gallo said. “Clearly, he wasn’t thinking.”

She said the matter is under disciplinary review and has been sent to Rhode Island State Police. State police have not returned phone calls seeking comment.

The local teachers union condemned the act Thursday.

“Simply put, the teacher’s actions were wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances,” Jane Sessums, president of the Central Falls Teachers Union, said in a written statement.

“The teacher has apologized verbally to his students and has asked Superintendent Frances Gallo for permission to apologize to them in writing. He understands that his actions affect not just his students but all of us. There is no excuse for what he did.”

A source, whom CNN is not naming because of the sensitive nature of the story, said the teacher is a beloved member of the faculty who has done a tremendous amount of good over the years. Many of the students in the class are immigrants who hold Obama in high regard; they were learning English as a second language, according to the source.

Central Falls High School has been at the center of an educational firestorm in recent weeks after all 93 teachers, support staff and administrators were fired for the low performance of the school. Gallo took the drastic action after talks with union leaders fell through.

The firings will go into effect at the end of the school year. Teachers can re-apply, but no more than 50 percent will get rehired.

The high school has been failing for the past seven years. Its graduation rate stands around 48 percent. Math proficiency is at 7 percent. Reading scores have improved by 21 percentage points in the past two years but still fall far behind, with 55 percent able to read at grade level, according to school officials.

Most of the 800 students at Central Falls are Hispanic. For many, English is a second language. Teachers say the population is so transient that the statistics are a skewed and unfair representation of the students’ smarts and the teachers’ skills.

Animosity toward Obama built among teachers after the president endorsed the school’s plans for reform.

Marcia Reback, president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, said last week that teachers were peeling Obama bumper stickers off their cars.

“When the president of the United States celebrates a superintendent of schools for mass firing an entire faculty of teachers, then that is saying something about his attitude toward teachers,” she said. “And it’s not a healthy attitude.”

Mediaoutrage–  He shouldn’t be allowed to teach anywhere for such bold disrespect and crude imagery of the President infront of children.  SMH.

14 Responses to “Teacher In Rhode Island Hangs Obama Doll By Its Feet Infront of a Classroom Full of Students”

  1. emliy said

    THIS IS SAD

  2. R. E McGillicuddy said

    This is not too surprising. Look at the track record of the school faculty and staff. I lived for a time in Providence and could not wait to leave the state behind. Too much mob activity, and too little discipline. Everyone seems to be mob connected, or under the thumb of mobsters and thugs. RCI would not have room for all the inmates if the law was enforced.

  3. MissTX said

    It’s the President. A lot of people have a problem with everything he says and does. This is expected from certain ones. At least he didn’t hang him by the neck. So I won’t think the worst about dude.

  4. brynnrock said

    The hell with Maria President of RI teachers she should be fired also for not supporting are President and the Superintendent’s position. She just as prejuidice as the teacher who hung Obama up side down. Such disrepect for a great man. This is a shame for our country!

  5. joneblaze said

    So much disrespect and racism

  6. Rod said

    With statistics like that at the school I can see why they are being let go. If you can not get your students up to par they should let you go and get someone who can.

    • Yeah I Said It said

      I agree, and why get mad at the president for supporting cleaning house. I think every state should do the same. You ask for more money as teachers,yet you fail to turn out students who have a full understanding of basic math,reading and spelling then you should be ashamed of sticking your greedy as hand out.

  7. ucanb2 said

    Totally disrespectful….I understand being upset, but after all he is the President.

  8. Verbalism said

    Ain’t that some sh…..

  9. RAFIQ said

    I don’t know if this is the case ,but a lot of teachers are pissed off because there jobs are at stake.That no pass no play shyt is out the door.They need to teach our children ,we need to take more time with our children as well but the teachers can’t just show up to the campus and not really teach our babies.PEACE

  10. Nina said

    How is this considered racist!?!? If you don’t support everything that Obama stands for as a President are you really a racist? She has a right to have a voice, how she did it was tacky but nonetheless she voiced her opinion as a teacher.

    • RAFIQ said

      TRUE SHE HAVE A RIGHT TO HER OPINION,BUT TO IMPOSSE IT ON HER CLASSROOM IS A DIFFERENT BALL GAME. QUESTION WHY DIDN’T NON OF THIS HAPPEN WHEN BUSH WAS IN OFFICE? AND THE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS AND THE WORK PLACE IN GENERAL WHO ARE RACIST SHOULDN’T BE THERE BUT THEY WILL NEVER ADMIT THEY ARE RACIST.COME ON WASHINGTON DC IS BUILT ON THE BLUE PRINT OF A BLACKMAN.THE WAR AT BRANDYWINE WAS WON BY BLACKMEN,TUSKEGEE AIRMAN FLEW ON MANY MISSIONS AND LOST NOT A SINGLE SOUL FOR THIS COUNTRY AND A BLACKMAN CAN NOT GET THE SUPPORT OR SUPPOSE TO BE ABLE TO RUN THE COUNTRY .GET THE PHUCK OUT OF HERE.NO MATTER WHAT, THE RACIST CARD WILL BE DOWN PLAYED AND THAT’S COOL BECAUSE AMERICA IS JUST DIGGING HERSELF DEEPER AND DEEPER IN A HOLE WITH MOTHER NATURE.THE AFRICAN THE ASIATIC BLACKMAN IS THE PARENT OF ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH.AND SINCE WE HIT THESE SHORES IN 1515 WE HAVE BEEN TREATED LIKE STEP,STEP,STEP CHILDREN EVEN AFTER THE BIBLE GAVE THEM INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO TREAT THERE PARENTS.AND IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT IN WHAT I’VE SAID PICK UP A BIOLOGY BOOK AND STUDY THE DOMINATE GENE AND THE RECESSIVE GENE IT HAVEN’T CHANGED.CAUCASIANS KNOW THAT THEY ONLY HAVE A CERTAIN TIME TO RULE THIS EARTH AND THERE TIME IS ABOUT UP.THAT’S WHAT THE FERTILITY PILLS ARE ABOUT,THE MYAN CALENDAR TELLS IT ALL ITS ABOUT OVER FOR THESE PEOPLE.A CHANGE OF POWER HAS COME,.TALK TO ME.PEACE

    • RAFIQ said

      AND SHE IS PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE TEACHERS WHO’S JUST GOING THRU THE MOTIONS TO GET A PAY CHECK.THATS WHY SHE IS PISSED AND SHOWING DISRESPECT BECAUSE SHE IS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO PASS THE TEST THE TEACHERS HAVE TO TAKE IN ORDER TO TEACH.THAT’S THE PROBLEM I PROMISE YOU IF SHE WAS REALLY ABOUT TEACHING OUR BABIES THEN SHE WOULD BE FINE WITH BEING TESTED NO PROBLEM BECAUSE SHE KNOWS SHE WILL PASS THE TEST.BUT IF I CAN’T PASS THEN I’M GONNA COMPLAIN AND BE DISGRUNTLE.JUST LIKE THE WHITEMAN IS THE BIGGEST THIEF ON THE PLANET BUT HE POINTS HIS FINGER AT THE BLACKMAN WHICH EVERYBODY IS LOOKING AT WHILE HE KEEP STEALING.

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