Dublin teacher who made inflammatory comments to class resigns

A Dublin school teacher who made religious and political comments to her classroom to show her disdain for the President of the United States will be removed from the classroom.

The teacher, Nancy Perry, will retire at this end of this year, according to a written statement from schools Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter.

Perry told her middle school students that President Obama is not a Christian. According to a complaint filed by a parent, the teacher told the children, "If your parents voted for Obama, they're evil and I don't see how your parents could vote for someone that's Muslim." The teacher then challenged her students to prove their Christianity, according to the complaint.

Ledbetter apologized Monday for Perry's comments.

"It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs," Ledbetter wrote in his statement.

When the parents initially brought their complaints to school officials, they were met by Bill Perry, Nancy Perry's husband. He's a school board member.

Jimmie Scott, one of the parents who filed the complaint, says in their meeting with Bill Perry they never discussed his wife's inflammatory comments made to children, but instead they showed Scott what the parent called "propaganda from the Internet."

"She showed it to me and said, 'See, Obama is a baby killer. He aborts babies at nine months old as they're coming through the birth canal,'" said Scott.

Ledbetter also apologized for Bill Perry. He said school board members should not take part in individual conferences or in school-level personnel matters.

School Board Chairman Richard Sheffield said Bill Perry was supposed to publicly apologize to the Scott's at Monday's board meeting, but he didn't.

Members of the NAACP were also at the meeting and expressed their disappointment at the lack of repercussions for Bill Perry.

Scott said he was also not satisfied with how the board handled the matter. "I am very disappointed in how this was handled from the beginning to the end," he said.

The Dublin school board passed a motion at Monday's meeting reaffirming their code of ethics -- which states board members should not use their positions for personal or partisan gain.


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