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Class filmstrip casts Bush as 'a--hole'

Parent of 13-year-old 'livid,' upset teacher got only reprimand

By WorldNetDaily.com--04/11/06

An 8th-grade science teacher in
Alabama who also is running as a Democrat for a seat in the state House was reprimanded for showing students a vulgar filmstrip that repeatedly refers to President Bush, members of his staff and conservative personalities as "a--holes." But parent Christy Jackson is upset that teacher Steve White of West Limestone High School in Lester, Ala., got off with only a "slap on the wrist," the local Athens News Courier reported.

As WorldNetDaily first reported in September, the video, which can be viewed here [Warning: Contains obscene language], is in a slideshow format accompanied by a song that repeatedly uses the obscenity. Along with images of Bush, the show includes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, columnist Ann Coulter and Fox News Channel hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.

The filmstrip's website, FilmstripInternational.com, is registered to SLAB Media, based in Somerville, Mass. The accompanying song, titled "A--hole," is by the Boston-area band Jim's Big Ego, whose website is also designed by SLAB. Jackson said she was "livid" when she found out about the video and wants White to apologize. "I'm really not out to get anybody fired, but I think a lesson needs to be learned and I don't want any teacher showing my son anything that is not clean or related to his studies," she told the Athens paper.

Jackson said West Limestone Principal Stan Davis told her White had been reprimanded. But she said the principal did not give her details. School board member Darin Russell said the board learned of the controversy a month ago, but it was handled only by Superintendent Barry Carroll as a "personnel matter," the News Courier reported. The paper said Carroll, Davis and White could not be reached for comment.

According to Jackson, her son and his friends say discussion in White's science class often turns to politics. "I know of one instance where my son was told he couldn't leave the room without saying, 'John Kerry rocks,'" she told the Athens paper. "I think my son is entitled to his opinion, just like [his teacher] is. I don't think any issue should be forced on my son."

Last month in Colorado, a high school teacher caught by a student on audiotape in an anti-U.S. and anti-capitalism diatribe was placed on administrative leave after the recording was made public. In the tape, Jay Bennish teaching a 10th grade world geography class at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo. called the U.S. "probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth" and described capitalism as a system "at odds with human rights." Bennish told students Jan. 29 he found "eerie similarities" to Bush's statements in his State of the Union speech and things Adolf Hitler said, i.e., "We're the only ones who are right. Everyone else is backwards. And it's our job to conquer the world and make sure they live just like we want them to."

As WorldNetDaily reported in November, talk host Sean Hannity urged college students to fight back against left-wing indoctrination in class by recording professors' lectures. "All you college kids out there, check your state laws, check your campus laws," said Hannity on his national radio program. "Get your little tape recorders if legal, and I want you to start recording these left-wingers. Bring it to this program and we'll start airing it every single time on this program. I'm sick of this indoctrination. I'm sick of this left-wing propaganda."

Hannity's call to action came in the wake of the case of Rebecca Beach, a 19-year-old freshman at Warren County Community College in Washington, N.J., who, as WorldNetDaily first reported, was rebuked sharply by an English professor for her announcement of a campus program featuring a decorated Iraq war hero.

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