A Michigan fourth-grade teacher is either taking his responsibility to protect his students from language inappropriate for their age group seriously or he’s a political snowflake who’s allowing his anti-Trump anxiety to keep them from viewing a historic moment.
Brett Meteyer is being pilloried online after an email he sent to parents went viral. The Williamston, Michigan, teacher has decided he will not allow the children in his Explorer Elementary School class watch or listen to Donald Trump’s inaugural speech Friday following his swearing-in.
“Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration of Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech,” he wrote.
“I showed the speeches of Presidents Obama and Bush in 2009 and 2005, respectively, but I am anxious about showing Mr. Trump’s inaugural address, given his past inflammatory and degrading comments about minorities, women, and the disabled. I am also uneasy about Mr. Trump’s casual use of profanity, so I sought an assurance that as their teacher, I would not be exposing children to language that would not appear in G- or PG-rated movies.”
Social media was not impressed, with many suggesting visits to Meteyer’s Facebook page and calling him an idiot in the process.
Other comments included:
- Outrage! This is simply insane. 4th graders blacked out.
- No doubt this so-called teacher Brett Meteyer is disappointed about the fact that he can no longer be the appointed Secretary Administrator of a Hillary Clinton Cabinet of “Thought Police.”
- Typical NEA, MEA brain dead “teacher.” Too bad he’s probably tenured and nearly impossible to fire. If I had a student in his class, he or she would be making a school change.
- Do people really believe Trump would use profanity in his inaugural address?
- Parents, keep your kids home Friday, let them watch it. Neither this libtard teacher nor the public schools own your children.
- The teachers’ union at work once again.
- No sweat. They can catch it as 8th graders …
Steve Gruber, a conservative radio host who posted Meteyer’s email to Facebook, said the response was explosive.
“What kind of message does this send to kids? ‘This president is a bad guy and kids should not watch him?’ This is a piece of history and the kids should be allowed to watch,” Gruber told Watchdog.org.
“As the son of a fifth-grade teacher, it infuriates me when those in charge of our kids are trying to train them instead of teaching them,” Gruber added. “I found the letter to be outrageous!”
Gruber also found and posted to Facebook another letter the teacher sent to parents on Nov. 9, the day after the election:
“No matter your opinion of our president-elect, I would like to share some thoughts that I expressed to the class this morning during a discussion of these current events. My goal was to comfort those who were worried about where this election leaves us. …
“It was clear to me from the start of the day that a few of the children were deeply disturbed by yesterday’s election, so I finished our morning talk by quoting Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’: ‘Don’t worry about a thing ’cause every little thing gonna be alright.'”
Meteyer said he had reached out to the Trump transition team for an advanced copy of the speech, telling parents “plans may change if I hear back from them.”
Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, a Providence high school has rescheduled midterm exams originally announced for Friday to Monday to accommodate a planned student walkout organized by a socialist group protesting Trump’s inauguration. Students who leave class will be given unexcused absences but will not be punished.