7th Grade Teacher Greg Howard Tells Classroom That "Change" Means "Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected" And Only Gets Suspended For 10 Days

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To be honest, I expect racists to try and get at everyone they can - in fact - I know that inherently it's just a part of their personality to try and indoctrinate others around them with their views of prejudice and bigotry - we've all seen it.

But what I don't expect is to hear that a 7th grade teacher in Jackson County Florida when asking what Change meant in regard to the Obama campaign would then write on the chalk-board saying it means "Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected" - not just once, but in multiple classes with White, Black, and Asian students:

The Jackson County School Board has taken action against a teacher who apparently made racial commentary on presidential candidate Barack Obama. According to parents and students in Greg Howard’s seventh-grade social studies class, Howard on Friday, Sept. 26 asked the class a question regarding Obama’s call for change, and proceeded to write out what the letters C-H-A-N-G-E stood for.

"She told me that he wrote on the board ‘Can You Help A (expletive) Get Elected, and then laughed about it," said Shelia Christian, a mother of one of Howard’s students. Jackson County Superintendent Danny Sims said that description of this incident was "pretty accurate." Sims said Howard apparently repeated the action in more than one class, having made the comment in "a couple of periods."
And if that isn't revolting enough - a teacher bringing their racist views into the classroom - do you want to know what's happened to Greg Howard so far?

Here's a snippet from news-press.com:

Howard was suspended with pay Monday while the incident was investigated. The reprimand was elevated to a 10-day suspension without pay starting Thursday. Howard also must write a letter of apology to the students. Howard will be reassigned to teach in the district's Adult Education Program. "We feel like the punishment is sufficient," Moore said. "We did not feel he had to be fired." Moore said Howard did not have any other disciplinary action prior to this incident.
Are you kidding me? This is the way that Florida's Jackson County handles a vile racist who brings in his views of white supremacy into the classroom?

Ten days and a move to the Adult Education Program?

If you're like me and you can't even begin to fathom how Greg Howard only gets a slap on the wrist for his racist behavior, get on out and make sure your voice gets heard:

Contact the Jackson County School Board through their web site at http://web.jcsb.org/ or write/call/fax them at:

2903 Jefferson Street
Marianna, Florida 32446
Phone: (850) 482-1200
Fax: (850) 482-1299

Sign the petition to get Greg Howard fired down at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/remove-racist-florida-teacher-greg-howard.