Posted: Nov 8, 2012 6:38 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Nov 8, 2012 6:44 PM
Outraged over a teacher's alleged negative comments in class about President Obama has parents at Delcambre Elementary fighting back. The day after election day, Lindsey Shello's son told her his fourth grade teacher wore all black to school. He said the teacher told class she was attending America's funeral, because Barrack Obama was re-elected president.
"She made the comment that since Michelle Obama is first lady and with the meal plan she has, the kids are gonna look like toothpicks in a few months," said Shello.
Shello says the teacher also told the class, the US would become the new China because of Obama. Shocked at what her son told her, Shello posted her feelings on Facebook. This mother says the teacher wrote her a message saying she'd like to have a conversation with her and she shouldn't believe everything her 9-year-old son tells her.
"Her personal opinion needs to remain her personal opinion. She doesn't need to push it on the kids," said Shello.
Chassatey Jackson says her two children also told her the same story. Jackson doesn't think teachers should express their political beliefs in class.
"They want to believe everything their teacher says and if my kid hears the teacher say the sky is black, he's going to believe the sky is black because his teacher said it," said Jackson.
These parents want answers. They've reached out to the school board and Delcambre Elementary principal. We reached out as well, we were told Delcambe Elementary's principal was not in today.And the school board said the matter is under investigation.
"I think an apology is owed, but it's not owed from the school board," said Shello's mother Liz Shello-Walton.
We reached out to Louisiana Association of Educators to see if what these parents and students claim the teacher did is out of line? Executive Director Dr. Michael Walker-Jones says he would need to look at the case closely before giving the teacher a critique.