Teacher Who Sought to 'Demolish' Tea Party Placed on Leave From School

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  1. Revmitchell

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    An Oregon teacher who announced his intention to "dismantle and demolish the Tea Party" has been placed on administrative leave until his school district finishes its investigation into whether his political activity crossed the line.

    The state's Teacher Standards & Practices Commission is also conducting an investigation into Jason Levin, a media teacher at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton.

    "Jason is on paid administrative leave," Maureen Wheeler, the school district's spokeswoman, told FoxNews.com. She described the suspension as "standard practice during an internal investigation."

    Levin has come under fire for saying he'd do anything short of throwing rocks to bring down the Tea Party. In the last two days, the Beaverton School District has received thousands of e-mails and phone calls from people across the country who said they were outraged at his behavior.

    The school district is defending Levin's right to free speech, but it's investigating whether he used district computers to spread his political message or worked on his "Crash the Tea Party" Web site during school hours.

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    If he's union, he won't lose a thing.

    If he's tenured, he'll have to kill, or sleep with, a student to lose his job. ANd even then...he'll probably get paid until the conviction comes down, and all appeals are exhausted.

    Face it: In many of our schools, creeps are completely safe to operate.
     
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    If he is stupid enough to be using school computers I don't want him to be teaching my grand kids.
     
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    As reprehensible as I find this to be.... if the evidence isn't there for use of school time or equipment.... I would defend his right to free speech but I would also question his ethics and how his attitude impacts the developement of good citizens during the years of impressionable development.

    If he takes these attitudes into the classroom.... or his noteriety is such outside the classroom that it similarly affects the guidance and direction given to students.... then, he should not be teaching kids.... and his talents... if teaching is used, belong on the college or university level where students are considered adults and are becoming responsible for their own choices and for examing the power of influence they allow other to have over them.
     
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    From the article...

    "In a now deleted post on his "Crash the Tea Party" Web site, he called on his supporters to collect the Social Security numbers -- among other personal identifying information -- about as many Tea Party supporters as possible at the numerous rallies that took place on Thursday, Tax Day.

    "Some other thoughts are to ask people at the rally to sign a petition renouncing socialism. See just how much info you can get from these folks (name address, DOB, Social Security #). The more data we can mine from the Tea Partiers, the more mayhem we can cause with it!!!!" he wrote."

    It sounds like he is advocating identity theft.

    Uhhh.... yes, this is just the type of person that parents want to be teaching their children. :rolleyes:
     
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    Bet he doesn't lose his job... :(
     

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