Posted by | March 18, 2010 21:30 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

At a failing school in Rhode Island where all the teachers were recently fired, a teacher hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom.  The motivation appeared to be anger over the president’s measures to ensure accountability in the US public school system.

The Associated Press:

President Obama had called the firings in Central Falls an example of holding failing schools accountable. The White House did not have any immediate comment Thursday. U.S. Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the agency was aware of the doll but declined to comment further.

The president of the Central Falls Teachers Union, Jane Sessums, said in a written statement that the teacher, whose name wasn’t disclosed, hung the doll “as part of what he described as a lesson plan.”

School Superintendent Frances Gallo: “I was deeply saddened. It’s a horrific – a startling –  kind of picture when you walk in and see that.”

Gallo reported that the teacher had been given a “strong letter of reprimand.”  The incident is currently being treated as an internal matter.

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