Shiba Pillai-Diaz, a teacher at Crossroads South Middle School in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, put a picture of George Laura Bush on a bulletin board in her classroom next to pictures of other presidents, the American flag, and the Declaration of Independence.
Three parents confronted her over the act,
insisting the teacher either add John Kerry’s photo to the montage of presidents or remove the Bush photo.
Ladies and gentlemen, that just might be the STUPIDEST thing I’ve ever written about on MO.
(Yes, I’ve been called to task in the past for the use of the word “stupid” on my site. At that time, I listed every single instance of the word and its derivatives on MO, and I felt that in each case the usage had been warranted and I stood by them. I’m happy to add this occurrence to the list, and I defy anyone to contradict me in a meaningful way.)
Pillai-Diaz refused to add Kerry’s photo to the collection of pictures or to remove Bush’s photo. She claims that the school’s vice-principal threatened her job at that point. The principal claimed that the teacher had disrupted the school with what he called “inflammatory politics” and ordered her out of the building.
Now, the pic on the news site appears to be one of the pics sent out to prospective GOP donors. That indicates that Pillai-Diaz may have contributed to the Bush campaign or is at least a registered Republican.
No wonder school officials are screaming bloody murder. A Republican in their very midst! And she seemed like such a nice person. (via FR)
I actually first heard about this story earlier today on Joanne Jacobs. Go read more about it there, as well.
A quick glance at the biggies reveals no front-page coverage of this incident. That’s not surprising, really. But I wonder what the coverage would be if a teacher in a solidly red state put a picture of Kerry on the bulletin board and was kicked out of the building when she refused to take it down as ordered by the principal. Think it might get at least a link or two?
Yes, I really did say that demanding that Kerry’s picture be added alongside the pictures of the current and former presidents was stupid. S-T-U-P-I-D.