Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Should the Teacher Have been Fired?

Should the teacher have been fired? The teacher does not have a right to her job, if the school wants to fire they can. But should they have fired her? No! Parents need to get a grip, deal with it.

The following piece appears on the CBS 5 website.

Spelling errors, grammar errors, misuse of homonyms and typos are left as an exercise for my readers.

Teacher: I Was Fired Over A Bumper Sticker
Ausburn Says She Wouldn't Remove Sticker As School Orders
Peter Busch
Weekend Anchor/Reporter, KPHO CBS 5 News

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The longest red light in the world would not give you enough time to read all the bumper stickers on Tarah Ausburn's Toyota Prius hybrid.

"I just like the ability to take a controversial topic and sum it up in one clever line. I'm an English teacher; that's what I do,"

But this English teacher found herself in the principal's office after she said some parents at Imagine Prep High School in Surprise started complaining about a bumper sticker on Ausburn's car that asks, "Have you drugged your kid today?"

"It's kind of a criticism of us tending to over-medicate hyperactive kids who might not need those medications," said Ausburn, who said she has been a teacher for seven years.

Ausburn said she did not share her opinion in class, but that school officials fired her for refusing to remove the bumper sticker.

Ausburn's story was first publicized on the Web site

CBS 5 News contacted officials at Imagine Prep, who initially agreed to speak on camera about Ausburn's situation. They later canceled the interview.

Ausburn said she is fighting to get her job back, claiming that her First Amendment rights were violated.

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