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Teacher Kendra Baker Writes on Chalkboard: “You Can’t be a Democrat and Go to Heaven”

| by Michael Allen

(Editor's Note: A picture of another Kendra Baker, also a teacher, was originally posted with this story.  We have removed that picture after being notified of the error, which we regret.)

Kendra Baker, a high school teacher at South Laurel High School in Laurel County, Kentucky, wrote a religious and political message across her blackboard: “You can’t be a Democrat & go to Heaven,” following the presidential election.

A student took a photograph of the blackboard message and turned it in to the Laurel County Board of Education and the Sentinel-Echo, which reported the story.

Superintendent Doug Bennett, at South Laurel High School, told the Sentinel-Echo: “She wrote it on her own, and she wanted to write it on the board.  She realized it was inappropriate.”

Bennett said Baker was reprimanded following the incident and apologized to her students: “Our focus and mission is to do what’s best for students, and teachers are expected to exercise reasonable and prudent judgement." 

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"The teacher made a mistake and I believe the teacher regrets that. We as educators have the freedom to campaign for political parties and candidates on our own time.  However, this right does not extend to our work schedule.”

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ard for all to see.

One student in attendance took a picture of it and gave it to the Board of Education as well as the Sentinel-Echo.

After some investigation, the Board determined Baker had violated district policy No. 8.1353 which states that teachers must create an atmosphere in the classroom that's conducive to learning, mutual respect, and trust.

The code also specifies that teachers are responsible for developing positive self-concepts and self-confidence so that students respect the worth and dignity of others.

The school reprimanded Baker by requiring she apologize to her students.

Unfortunately, the incident resulted in one student leaving the school.

Lexington's NBC TV affiliate reported Monday that Chelsea Gilbert was ridiculed when she tried to stick up for others in her class.

Her mother told Lex 18, "You don't send them to school to have someone else's opinion shoved down their throat and demand they agree with it. It's appalling. It's wrong,"

Gilbert will now be home-schooled as a result.



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board

ard for all to see.

One student in attendance took a picture of it and gave it to the Board of Education as well as the Sentinel-Echo.

After some investigation, the Board determined Baker had violated district policy No. 8.1353 which states that teachers must create an atmosphere in the classroom that's conducive to learning, mutual respect, and trust.

The code also specifies that teachers are responsible for developing positive self-concepts and self-confidence so that students respect the worth and dignity of others.

The school reprimanded Baker by requiring she apologize to her students.

Unfortunately, the incident resulted in one student leaving the school.

Lexington's NBC TV affiliate reported Monday that Chelsea Gilbert was ridiculed when she tried to stick up for others in her class.

Her mother told Lex 18, "You don't send them to school to have someone else's opinion shoved down their throat and demand they agree with it. It's appalling. It's wrong,"

Gilbert will now be home-schooled as a result.



Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/11/24/teacher-writes-blackboard-you-cant-be-democrat-go-heaven#ixzz2DATbRNQM