Pennsylvania teacher suspended for attending January 6 Trump protest. Not riot, protest.
· Jan 16, 2021 ·

Today's lesson.

While it does not appear he entered the Capitol building, or even the grounds, there is photographic evidence strongly suggesting that he supported the President.

Imagine for a moment you are a parent living in Allentown Pennsylvania. You believe the school system ensures your children are kept safe from political views that don't perfectly align with your own.

And then in one searing moment, that veil of innocence is shattered.

Why in the world would a social studies teacher be "doing my civic duty?" It's almost as if he's a committed educator living what he teaches.

The Superintendent acted swiftly suspending the suspected Republican and issuing a statement.

On January 7, 2021, the Allentown School District (ASD) was made aware of a staff member who was involved in the electoral college protest that took place at the United States Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.

Protest? We still permit those?

We understand that many members of our community are upset by the image. At the same time, the district has an obligation to respect the First Amendment rights of our staff and students.

You can feel the frustration that superintendent must be feeling. That troublesome first amendment, always getting in the way of swift and righteous judgment.

Because of the emotion and controversy stirred by the events of January 6, 2021, the teacher has been temporarily relieved of his teaching duties until the School District can complete a formal investigation of his involvement.

He is referring to the standard "emotion and controversy" exception to the first amendment. In order to find it, you kind of have to read between the lines, and possibly the pages.

Yesterday's events have added to the confusion and uncertainty our students are experiencing during this unprecedented time. To that end, we are reminding our staff to think carefully about what they share online...

He sounds like Jack Dorsey.

...and how it could affect their students and fellow community members. While we all have the right to express ourselves, it is important to do so respectfully. We ask the same of our students and families.

While we all have the right, we must remember that we really don't.

Thank you for your support in creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for students to raise questions and develop a diversity of perspectives about our community, our nation, and the world in which we live.

Just not too diverse if you know what I mean.

I should add that the teacher later noted that the Capitol was "insured." You have to understand how triggering that would be to people who get all their news from MSNBC and have never before been informed that that is a joke.

Please know that our educators, counselors, and administrators are here to support your student.

That's good to know. Hopefully they can spare some staff to possibly provide the kids a quality education, too.

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