A Georgia teacher — whose husband sits on the school board — is under fire for telling her students that President Barack Obama isn’t a Christian, and if their parents voted for him they are not Christians either, according to the blog Georgia Watchdog.
According to a letter sent to the Dublin City School Board by the Dublin Laurens NAACP, teacher Nancy Perry made her comments in a classroom at Dublin Middle School several weeks ago.
The letter stated that Perry told students that President Obama is not a Christian and “any parent who supports him is not a Christian.” She also reportedly challenged her students to “prove their Christianity.”
Dublin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter said the matter has been settled internally while pointing out that teachers should avoid making their political opinions known, reports WMGT.
“We work to build bridges with students, not build walls,” Ledbetter said. “And talking politics, especially giving political opinions, can be very divisive.”
The NAACP said they met with the school and the teacher to air their concerns and that Perry was accompanied by her husband Bill Perry, who sits on the local school board.
Ledbetter admitted that the attendance by her husband at the meeting was improper and may have an undue influence on the meeting.
“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.”
Ledbetter said that he sent a letter to the complaining parents to let them know what action he took with the teacher and is giving consideration to requiring sensitivity and diversity training for teachers, faculty, and staff.
Watch the video below from WMGT: