The morning after President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus, a teacher in the Seattle area went on a rant about the president to some sixth graders.
Additionally, when a mother of one of the children complained, the teacher lied and tried to mislead her about what had happened. Unlucky for him, Elsy Kusander — the mom — had recorded the incident on her phone.
The teacher in question is Brendan Stanton, a middle school teacher at P.G. Keithley Middle School located in Tacoma. He asked his students who they admire and why. One student answered that he admired President Trump, which set Stanton off.
Not only did he kick his student from the chat room, he even proceeded to scold the kid for giving an “inappropriate” answer.
The 10-year-old kid logged onto his online classes as usual on Friday, October 2. He definitely was not expecting to be scolded for supporting the POTUS.
Stanton asks his students a question once every day that they have an online class. This time, he asked, “Who is the one person you admire and why?”
The students are instructed to write their answers on the online chatroom. According to a screenshot, Kusander’s son had written: “I admire Donald J. Trump because he is making America great again. And because he is the best president the United States of America could ever, ever have. And he built the wall so terrorists couldn’t come into in the U.S. Trump is the best person in the world. And that’s why I admire him.”
Stanton kicked the student out of the chatroom, deleted the chat, and continued to attack the president. As soon as he was kicked out, the student told his mom.
When Kusander came to see what happened, she heard Stanton attacking the president. This was when she decided to film his comment on her phone.
Stanton told his students, “The example that was shared in the chat, which I went ahead and erased for us, was not appropriate right? Especially as that individual has created so much division and hatred between people and specifically spoken hatred to many different individuals, OK?”
He was so offended that he wouldn’t even say the president’s name. He instead referred to Trump as “that individual.” He wasn’t even done.
“Again, that individual has spoken hate to many individuals and I don’t think is an appropriate example for a role model that we should be admiring,” Stanton concluded.
Kusander was shocked at what she had witnessed.
“I went into my son’s room and I heard the teacher saying that this individual is hateful and divisive, etc. I started to record,” Kusander told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “How can a teacher be teaching to his students horrible things about the president of the country without facts?”
After the incident, Kusander demanded a phone call with Stanton. She wanted to confront him about what she witnessed.
Stanton told her that he had only deleted the Trump comment because it wasn’t related to the question of the day. According to him, he told the students that the person had to be a computer programmer who they admired. He said that if they couldn’t think of one, they could instead list someone from their community.
“Donald Trump would not fit that prompt… just because it was a little bit off-topic,” Stanton told Kusander.
After that, Stanton claimed that another student was offended by her son’s answer, which is why he deleted it. He assured Kusander that it was not because of his own political opinion.
“My perspective has nothing to do with Donald Trump himself, right? I try to keep politics out of the classroom,” he explained.
He continued, “I do try to keep politics out of the classroom because students have different opinions, right? And so if the way that I said it was not perfect, I do apologize. What I was trying to say is just, ‘Hey, hey, guys, let’s get it back to our topic of the day because we really need to get moving into our content, which was on our computer scientists.’”
After Kusander revealed that she had witnessed and recorded the incident, Stanton began to change his story.
“I came into the room, and you were talking, I got my phone and I recorded part of your conversation,” she revealed. “I clearly saw and recorded what you were saying.”
Suddenly, Stanton did a full-180. “I do apologize if my words were not perfect at the time,” he told her. “If I used — if I said that Trump was ‘hateful and divisive,’ that may have been what I used at the time, but my purpose was in bringing us back to the conversation of computer scientists and the positive role that they’ve played in our history.”
He again apologized to her son.
“I totally respect him as an individual. And his opinion. I am always interested in student feedback and also parent feedback as well. So I appreciate you having this conversation with me,” Stanton said.
As much as Stanton would have loved it if Kusander believed that he keeps politics out of the classroom, it was obviously the opposite.
It’s fine to have an opinion, but to go so far as to berate a 10-year-old child because he doesn’t agree with yours? That’s extreme and inappropriate.
These leftists are showing us more and more just how far they’re willing to go to have their opinions be heard.
Watch Tucker Carlson give his report on the incident here.