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N.C. Teacher Who Mentioned Jail Time for Students Who Insulted Obama Won't be Fired


"She should have a chance to improve her teaching skills"

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The Salisbury Post is reporting that a teacher who told a student back in May he could be arrested for talking badly about Obama will be returning to her job in the Rowan-Salisbury School System in the fall.

(Related: Jail Time for Insulting Obama? Student Who Stood Up to Outrageous Teacher Speaks for First Time)

Yelling at student Hunter Rogers, who tried to defend Mitt Romney, the teacher told the class that people have been arrested for being disrespectful to the president.

In one of the more comical exchanges, Rogers pointed out that "whenever Bush was president, people talked sh*tty about him," and the teacher responded, "because he was sh*tty."

Watch the whole clip, below:

Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom condemned the woman's actions at the time, suspending her after it made national news.

"I expect all teachers to be professional during class discussion and not to force their personal or political views on students, demean students, or instruct students on what to believe...Teachers must create a positive instructional environment conducive to learning within the guidelines of our state curriculum.  Ms. Dixon-Neely’s failure to meet these standards during the recorded portion of class is the basis for my disciplinary action against her,” she said, but has significantly changed her tune in the intervening months.

Grissom is now saying that the the teacher's actions did not reflect her usual performance, because she had received two formal classroom observations before the recording was released and both had been positive, and she therefore deserves another chance.

She did not say what exactly was being reviewed, or what the standards for review were.

“While I remain deeply concerned about the performance documented in the recording of Ms. Dixon-Neely’s classroom, I have concluded that she should have a chance to improve her teaching skills,” Grissom said. “Under these circumstances, suspension without pay for 10 work days and a requirement that Ms. Dixon-Neely complete a monitored growth plan is an appropriate resolution."

Grissom added that the teacher has also received racist messages since the incident, and that teachers throughout the school system have been criticized.

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