Nevada teacher in trouble after comment about attack
CARSON CITY (AP) – A high school teacher is in hot water after jokingly telling students that she wished terrorists had hit the White House when former President Bill Clinton was in office.
School district Superintendent Mary Pierczynski said the Carson High teacher ”has been dealt with in an appropriate manner” but declined to elaborate. She also refused to identify the teacher.
Authorities think the plane that slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11 targeted the heart of America’s military only after bring thwarted in a bid to destroy the White House.
Carson High Principal Glen Adair said the teacher’s remark came in response to a comment by a student.
”A kid in class said he wished that the terrorists would have hit the White House,” Adair told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
”And the teacher turned around and said something like, ‘Well, I wished they would have done it a couple of years ago because I didn’t like that president.”
Adair said the teacher was later embarrassed by her remarks.
”We’ve called her in. She’s been talked to,” he said. ”It has been handled in a way that our policies allow us to handle a one-time event.”
School board member Sheila Ward urged the teacher to formally apologize to the class or school.
”We’re all imperfect and have said things that we probably should not have,” she said. ”But when you are in a position of authority, you are also in the spotlight.”
Ward said she got many calls from parents after the incident was discussed on a local radio talk show.
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