We’re Christian…we should be allowed to be disruptive!

Pissant little parents in North Carolina, great abusers of the minds of children, have decided having their kids harass the science teacher is an okay thing to do.

A middle-school teacher in Wake County may be fired after she and her friends made caustic remarks on a Facebook page about her students, the South and Christianity.

Melissa Hussain, an eighth-grade science teacher at West Lake Middle School in Apex, was suspended with pay Friday while investigators review her case, according to Greg Thomas, a Wake schools spokesman. The suspension came after some of Hussain’s students and their parents objected to comments on her Facebook page, many of them revolving around her interaction with her Christian students.

Basically the kids were putting pictures of Jesus on her desk, reading their Bibles during class, and randomly breaking out into Jesus-song. They were asking irrelevant questions about God while learning about simple biology (because their parents evidently don’t want them to be prepared for Bio 101 in college). And, of course, the parents believe it is all okay because disruption is acceptable when it’s done under the guise of religion.

“She doesn’t have to be a professing Christian to be in the classroom,” [parent Annette Balint said. “But she can’t go the other way and not allow God to be mentioned.”

This tune would change pretty quickly if these were Muslim children trying to disrupt class.

This is clearly all just a blatant attempt to taunt the teacher. She has a right to post whatever she pleases on her Facebook page. In fact, what she posted was entirely reasonable.

Hussain wrote on the social-networking site that it was a “hate crime” that students anonymously left a Bible on her desk, and she told how she “was able to shame” her students over the incident. Her Facebook page included comments from friends about “ignorant Southern rednecks,” and one commenter suggested Hussain retaliate by bringing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class with a swastika drawn on the NASCAR driver’s forehead.

Take note. Hussain said it was a hate crime and that she was able to shame her students. I think she’s going a little over the top with the term “hate crime” – it’s blatant harassment and completely inappropriate and irresponsible of the parents, but not a crime – but it’s good that she was able to shame the students. They were acting out and misbehaving. How many times has a student not been made an example for doing that?

Also take note that the most ‘egregious’ comments came from her friends. Ignoring for a moment that the comments are entirely accurate, Hussain can hardly be blamed for the thoughts of her friends. And let’s take a moment and look at one of these thoughts: it was suggested she bring a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class and draw a swastika on it. That puts things in perfect perspective: it would be inappropriate harassment if she actually did that. In fact, it would probably be a fireable action. But her students are doing the same thing. They’re needlessly taunting and harassing their teacher (at the request of their ignorant, science-hating, creationist, redneck parents). Since they’re only students and can’t be fired, they should at least be given detentions and, if the behavior continues, suspensions.

7 Responses

  1. If students were actually disrupting the class, then she needed to deal with them according to the procdures the school had for dealing with disruptive students; it seems she is the one who made it about what they wore and read, etc.

  2. She did deal with it appropriately.

  3. Really? The school in question has as a part of it’s policies that a teacher deal with one’s disruptive students by ‘shaming’ them and writing about them on public forums? Where did you get that?

  4. I can think of a hundred instances of “shaming” for students back in high school and prior. Hell, I recall walking late into a lab once at UMA and being made a brief example of. It happens all the time – and it’s what should happen.

  5. That’s great that you have lots of anecdotes, but most schools have policies, and expect the teachers to follow them. If she didn’t follow said policies in dealing with supposedly ‘disruptive’ students, then it becomes difficult to defends her actions, even if the students were in the wrong.

  6. Ms. Hussain has every right to express her opinions on her own time/resources, period.

    Having said that, she handled this very poorly. I can sympathize if she had tried various means to communicate to the fundie’s parents, who obviously love to instigate just this kind of classroom bullying, that she is on to their little games and their lack of concern for the rights of the other students to be free of their proselytizing. If she also took her concerns to the school administration and they didn’t back her up, as we see so much of today, then she probably finally lost it, and who the hell could blame her? Regardless, she must have had an inkling that what she posted may be read by those same ideologues, leaving her open to even more headaches.

  7. I gave representative examples, not merely anecdotes. A student misbehaves in class and it’s likely the teacher will shame him by making an example of him.

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