An elementary teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina is under attack after a video has surfaced where she appears to criticize John McCain and embarrass a student who supported her in her fifth-grade glass at Mary McArthur Elementary School. Diatha D. Harris also calls the Iraq war “senseless.”
Harris is shown on the tape denouncing the Iraq War “senseless” and telling one student whose father is a soldier that McCain would keep troops there for 100 years. When a girl says that she supports McCain, she says “And by the way,” Harris tells the girl, “the person that you’re picking for president said that our troops could stay in Iraq for another hundred years if they need to. So that means that your daddy could stay in the military for another hundred years.”
I think that it is a good thing to get kids engaged in the political season, but it has to be done extremely carefully. I was struck not only by the partisan content but by how inarticulate and clumsy the teacher appears. Harris, however, insists that the tape was doctored. Yet, what is on the tape is pretty damning and the school has declined to comment on how it will proceed in the controversy.
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