A North Carolina high school teacher was suspended with pay from her job Monday following the release of a YouTube video in which she is heard yelling at a student in class and telling him it's wrong to criticize President Barack Obama.
The 10-minute video captured the sound of the dispute, but mostly showed what appeared to be the classroom ceiling at North Rowan High School. It had close to 450,000 views on YouTube as of Monday evening and was the focus of national media attention, including talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Rowan-Salisbury School System spokeswoman Rita Foil announced Tanya Dixon-Neely's suspension Monday.
The Salisbury Post reported (http://bit.ly/JK6r3b) that Dixon-Neely's social studies class was discussing Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when the conversation turned to accusations that Romney bullied someone as a teenager. An argument followed, with some students questioning whether Obama also bullied someone in high school.
When the student tells the teacher that Obama admitted to bullying a girl in school, the teacher shouted the student down.
"Stop, no, because there is no comparison," the teacher said. Romney, she said, is "running for president. Obama is the president."
When the student says they're both "just men," the teacher argues that Romney, as a candidate for president, is not to be afforded the same respect as the president. She told the class Obama is "due the respect that every other president is due."
"Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom," she says.
The student replies that he'll say what he wants.
"Not about him you won't," the teacher says.
Sister Toldjah reminds us how a North Carolina classroom was also the place where a young girl was bullied by another Obamabot teacher because her parents supported John McCain.
But don't look for the Bully-in-Chief Obama to call for stopping that kind of bullying.