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Teacher uses Obama assassination as math example

Published: Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 11:12 a.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Jefferson County geometry teacher was placed on paid administrative leave this week after being accused of using a hypothetical assassination plot on President Barack Obama as a way to teach geometric angles.

School Superintendent Phil Hammonds said Corner High School teacher Gregory Harrison could face possible termination.

Hammonds earlier said the teacher remained at work and there were no plans to fire him. But in announcing that the teacher was being placed on leave, the superintendent said his office had been flooded with calls from people around the nation, mainly upset that further action hadn't been taken against the teacher.

Roy Sexton, special agent in charge of Birmingham's Secret Service office, said his agency spoke with the teacher after being told about his comment, but no charges were filed and the investigation was closed.

"We did not find a credible threat," Sexton said.


1RobertAlphonso(74 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

This is why Alabama and other southern states are last in education, income, and lots of other factors that keep the south as poor and backward as it is.

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2computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Seriously, having lived in the South off and on for over twenty years. (Currently in South Carolina, you know, where they still fly the Confederate stars and bars over the state capitol)) this is surely not a shock.

Kind of strange . You HEAR that things are different. I can tell you from personal experience that folks are probably just not as blatant about their "thoughts" as they used to be.

So, for anyone who wishes to post that this is just a bit of paranoia. Ha! Good one, joke, right?

And for those who read the story, and say "about time", well, nothing surprises me anymore...

And the third reason. "It's not because he is black, I mean African-American, per se. it's because he is too liberal. And uppity, errr, I mean opinionated..."

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31970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Teacher is stupid for doing that. But trashing the south as having poor education system scores when you live in or near Youngstown, Ohio is crazy.
It is a VERY valid point to not like Obama because he is too liberal. Go play your race games someplace else.

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4Siouxi(122 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The teacher used poor judgement. He could have used a universally hated figure, ie Adolph Hitler, instead of the president.

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5uf64(7 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

As someone who was born and raised in Y-town and now lives in the south and teaches in a public school " in the south" I can say that the teacher in Alabama was stupid. As for the moronic remarks about the public schools in the south, pllleesssseee, look around you, check out the scores in NE Ohio. Have you even been south of Stubebville, I doubt it. What do you base your foolish remarks about the south on, the Dukes of Hazzard?

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6Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Intolerable but not surprising,..

The Phil Hammonds individual is merely a more subtle form of the abominable Gregory Harrison character. For which whom we're speaking of by actions and no-action's are life long losers and public enemies by choice.

There's no question Harrison warrants immediate termination and Hammonds is clearly trying to uphold an act of more than volatile racism but even an assassination of an individual along with and or beyond that individual being a U.S. official.

See beyond Harrison's need for firing that now includes Hammonds. It's Harrison that warrants criminal prosecution on a multitude of violations. See along with imploring what amounts to as an armed assault in the very least on a U.S. official.

But he knowingly did it derailing the schools curriculum, infringing and preyed upon those young minds in hopes to infect them with murderous thought. As cunning and calculated as a child molester or rapist sinisterly stalking prey in a deliberate manner cowardice. Now all calls to Hammonds are referred to the school system's attorney, Burgin Kent, who isn't immediately returning a call for comment.

Where I'm not a separatist, sexist, racist, treasonous nor secessionist. Yet it's long been known that the southern states have been long overdue being taught an array of lessons. Lessons to the effect that the civil war was fought for a reason and it's been announced as over.

Where I'm a peace loving individual however, I'm also a realist and homeland protector. Which oath of allegiance to protect and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic.

Certainly wouldn't preclude me from thwarting efforts of anyone trying to promote or enact injury or death to countrymen, statesmen or overthrown established government,.. I'm an American not a savage.

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7Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago


You're an abominable { and delusional } idiot,..

That treacherous backwoods troglodyte Gregory Harrison character is a treasonous klan boy Teabagger. Along with that your recalcitrant teabaggers got resoundingly rebuked, rejected and you're remiss.

The results are your covert klan boy rand paul that's clamoring in his cowardice didn't win jack you quack,... FACT !!!

See just like I'd told you, your lunatic faction of freaks, frauds, fanatics and phony's. Only netted a bigger rand paul biggot idiot than the other no count nobody he was chosen over,.. in backwoods Kentucky.

See nobody with good sense expects any semblance of sincerity to come out of klan valley Kentucky. And rand paul isn't even going to win that senate seat in November,.. I ASSURE YOU !!!

Along with that 30 yr republican Arlen Spector whom was so rightfully unseated by true values democrat Joe Sestak,.. even in Pennsylvania.

The democrat disguised Teabagger Blanche Lincoln will be tossed out in Arkansas come June 8th,.. Bill Halter will see to it.

It'll be emphatic,.. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/20...

Democrat dupe Jon Corzine was ousted in N.J. because he was pathetic. Not because any Teabagger influence and Chris Christie inherited the seat by proxy,.. a sure one term gift.

You might want to know that Eric Cantor in VA, Lindsey Graham in SC and Jeff Sessions in AL will all be ousted in November too,...

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