(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."
"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.”