Metro teacher causes stir with Obama post on Facebook - WSMV Channel 4

Metro teacher causes stir with Obama post on Facebook

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Some parents say a Metro social studies teacher went too far when he posted comments on his personal Facebook page about President Barack Obama, and now district leaders are responding.

"I just thought it was crazy. When I read it, it really hurt me more than anything," said parent Martresse Ezell.

The teacher, whose name Channel 4 is not reporting, works at an east Nashville magnet school and posted the comments soon after last week's presidential election.

The teacher wrote:

"Wow. Our country has officially become a country of 'takers' instead of a country of 'makers.' I still don't understand how people can vote for someone whose mother was a w---- and father probably smelled of elderberries. When he really starts screwing over the country, what will people say? It's Bush's fault? Obama supporters are utterly clueless!"

One of the lines appears to come from the 1975 British comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but some parents aren't laughing.

"When you work for Metro, or when you work in the public eye, then you have to keep those personal opinions personal," said parent Mattie Morris.

"People lose their jobs over things they post on Facebook, so I don't think this should be an exception," said parent Pam Davis.

The teacher has since removed the post, but that was not before a student captured a screenshot of it.

Another teacher at the school tells Channel 4 News she and several other faculty members were upset about the post, and the principal at the school said the post was quote "very inappropriate."

"We want to say - set a good example for our kids, whether it be a personal page or professional. You still have to help our children build character," Ezell said.

A representative for Metro Nashville Public Schools said while the teacher's post was "rude and regrettable," it doesn't appear he violated any district policies, because it was on his personal page.

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