Nov 13, 2012
Two public school teachers are facing investigations for posting messages that some perceived as critical of President Obama on social networking sites.
In Rock Hill, SC, a middle school teacher was placed on leave after she posted a message on her personal Facebook page about President Obama and food stamps.
“Congrats Obama,” she allegedly wrote. “As one of my students sang down the hallway, ‘We get to keep our food stamps’ … which I pay for because they can’t budget their money … and really, neither can you.”
A school spokesperson said they had received several calls complaining about the eighth grade math teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School. The teacher has apologized.
A school official told Fox News that the complaints originated from pro-Obama supporters outside the school.
“People outside the school system that saw her posting and some of them said they were offended by it,” spokesperson Elaine Baker said. “She used poor judgment according to our social media policy. Teachers are kept to higher standards.”
Baker said teachers and school employees should “watch what they post on Facebook to be careful.”
“Sometimes you just can’t speak out publicly about what you’d personally like to say, about anything,” she told television station WSOC.
A high school teacher in Columbus, Ohio is under investigation after he posted what some considered an anti-Obama message on his personal Facebook page.
“Congrats to those dependent on government, homosexuals, potheads, JAY-Z fans, non-Christians, non-taxpayers, illegals, communists, Muslims, planned murder clinics, enemies of America, Satan You WON,” the unidentified teacher wrote.
A spokesman for Columbus City Schools confirmed to Fox News that the Linden McKinley High School teacher was being investigated – but he remains in the classroom.
Hazel Davis, who has a son in ninth grade, was one of the parents who complained about the post.
“I didn’t think it was right,” she told the Columbus Dispatch. “He’s talking about a majority of the people that go to the school.”
The school district confirmed to Fox News that 95 percent of the students receive a taxpayer-funded lunch.
“I don’t think he should be teaching anybody,” she told the newspaper.