You only need to read the following paragraph to spot the intents and motives of the third grade teacher for Harold McCormick Elementary School teacher in Elizabethton, Tennessee:
…”The teacher also told Sommer [parent] that her son was not supposed to take the Nation of Islam handout home. It was supposed to stay in the classroom. That bit of news caused her great alarm”….
What type of school handout could elicit the teacher’s aversion to sunlight? This kind:
George Washington: “enslaved 350 Africans. His home state of Virginia was the prime breeder of black people for the domestic slave trade, and at one point the state exported at least 6,000 black people annually .. It’s biggest “cash crop”.
Thomas Jefferson: “enslaved 200 Africans. He wrote in 1812 that the Indians “…will relapse into barbarism and misery, lose members by war and wand, and we shall be obliged to drive them, with the beasts of the forest, into the Stormy mountains.””
Theodore Roosevelt: “believed that blacks’ religion had no ethical bases and that the Africans were “ape like, naked savages, who dwell in the woods and prey on cultures not much wilder or lower than themselves.””
Abraham Lincoln: “I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slaver in the States’ where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”
Oh my. Yes, one can see how a parent of a third grader might take exception to such classroom instructional materials provided by the Nation of Islam.
But the sunlight brought by a parent to media reporter Todd Starnes has created an even worse situation for the school, the administration thereof, and the school superintendent et al.
Because the initial reaction from the teacher, the principal and the school district was denial, denial, denial:
[…] The Principal quickly had done a thorough investigation and found the following (all of which was given to Fox News, prior to his national news report): 1) the sheet in question was not a hand-out sheet distributed to the students; 2) the sheet had been generated from internet information (on Mount Rushmore for a classroom history lesson) for the purpose of providing background material for a teacher observation; 3) the location of the sheet was on a separate teacher table adjacent to the teacher’s desk; 4) the student (without permission) took the sheet from a “ton” of discarded teacher’s material on that table; then, the student took it home and gave it to the parent.
I was able late yesterday afternoon to obtain the sheet (via fax) and saw why it was, in fact, discarded by the teacher as material to utilize in her presentation. Now, the thought that we as public educators would deliberately distribute such material is absolutely absurd!
What was reported (which had been rebutted prior to the airing) was misleading and totally incorrect. I can only think it was shown for its sensational effect. Sadly, regardless of any follow-up report, our System has been defamed (possibly permanently). Should you need more information or if you have questions, please call or e-mail me.
However, the problem for School Superintendent Mr. Ed Alexander is more than one parent has now come forward to corroborate the original student’s claim:
A second parent has now come forward acknowledging their child received a Nation of Islam “handout” in a third grade class at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton, Tennessee – contradicting claims by the school district that the document was not distributed in the classroom.
[…] “I don’t want this little boy to be looked at as a liar,” the parent said. “As of right now that’s what all of these adults are making this boy out to be – and that makes me sick to my stomach.”
So what happened inside that third grade classroom at Harold McCormick Elementary School?
According to the parent, the children were separated into four groups. Each group was given two “sheets of paper.”
“The teacher held up each one and said, ‘These do not go home. These are just to use here,” the parent told me. (read more)
Elizabethton City Schools Link – HERE
CONTACTS: Elizabethton Board of Education – 804 South Watauga Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643 Phone (423) 547-8000
Mr. E.C. Alexander, Superintendent of Schools, Phone (423) 547-8000