In March, teacher Nancy Perry of Dublin Middle School in Dublin, Georgia, reportedly told her students, "If your parents voted for Obama, they're evil and I don't see how your parents could vote for someone that's Muslim."
According to a complaint filed by a group of parents, Perry then told her students to prove they were Christian.
Jimmie Scott, one of the parents who filed a complaint against Perry, said a group of unhappy parents met with school board member Bill Perry, Nancy’s husband. He said Perry didn’t discuss his wife’s remarks, but they did show Scott “propaganda from the Internet."
"She showed it to me and said, 'See, Obama is a baby killer. He aborts babies at 9 months old as they're coming through the birth canal,'" Scott told 11Alive.
In a written statement, Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter said Nancy Perry will retire at the end of the year. Bill Perry will not face any disciplinary action, although Ledbetter said he will implement reforms to ensure members of the school board cannot attend parent-teacher meetings.
“An individual board member should not participate in a parent/teacher or parent/principal conference nor should an individual board member in any way attempt to involve himself in a parental concern or a personnel matter at the school level,” Ledbetter said. “Again, this has been communicated directly to the board member by the board of education and made clear to the principals in our schools that this is not to be allowed.”
Members of the NAACP attended a school board meeting where Bill Perry was supposed to apologize, but he did not. They expressed their disappointment that he wouldn’t suffer any consequences.
Ledbetter also said, “It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs. In doing so, the teacher was wrong and that has been communicated to her… Just as importantly, we are communicating this message to all staff of the school district.”’
Ledbetter said he will work closely with the Dublin Board of Education to train staff, “ensuring that the administration, from the central office to the principal of each school, clearly and consistently communicate to teachers our expectations.”
“We expect these subjects to become a regular part of our annual training of staff,” Ledbetter said. “We also intend to plan for greater emphasis within the curriculum on the contributions, history and culture of diverse people groups.”
President Barack Obama openly identifies as a Christian.
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