The First Amendment was mandated by the states to protect political speech. The colonists wanted the freedom they didn’t have in England to speak freely about what political leaders were doing. They also wanted to be free to write about what they believed were wrong-headed policies without fear of reprisals. In addition, they insisted on the freedom to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The First Amendment was a freedom breakthrough, but you would never know that if you were a student in one North Carolina classroom.
A student stood firm in his beliefs about President Obama and challenged his teacher on the claim that Mitt Romney was a bully in high school. The student pointed out that President Obama admitted shoving a girl to the ground in his book Dreams from My Father. The teacher screamed the following in disapproval: “Stop, no, because there is no comparison. [Romney is] running for president. Obama is the president.” It’s obvious that the the teacher is an Obama zombie.
The teacher then goes into intimidation mode by telling the student that it is wrong to “disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom.” He points out that what President Obama wrote in his own book is not being disrespectful; it’s being factual. He could have also pointed out that the President was a drug user.
The teacher then tells the student – wrongly – that it is a criminal offense to say bad things about a president. “Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush? Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”
Referencing the First Amendment, the student, obviously knowing more than his teacher, tells her that any suppression of his opinions would be a violation of the First Amendment.
I suspect that these types of incidents are common all across the United States. We are fortunate that not all students are brainwashed. There may still be hope for America.
Breitbart News was able to track down the name of the teacher (Tanya Dixon-Neely) and the school district (Rowan-Salisbury).
There is a YouTube video that was shot by a friend of the bullied student. You can view it here (sound only):