Sometimes the good stuff is in the footnotes. In Footnote 10, the very last part of a decision from the Court of Appeals in El Paso we find this testimony from the teacher's (former teacher's) testimony:
- OK. And in those classes, you made the statement that Barack Obama was a Muslim, correct?
- You made the statement that he was an evil man, correct?
- OK. You made a statement that a hurricane in Haiti had been God's punishment of the Haitian people, correct?
- That was because they were voodoo--they practiced voodoo?
- You talked about the origin of AIDS in Africa, correct?
- OK. What did you tell your students about the origin of AIDS in Africa?
- It started with a monkey having sex with a person.
- OK. You told this to your sixth grade tech applications class. (Emphasis added).
The teacher had been warned before about this kind of thing. Here's part of the reprimand the teacher received in 2009:
During the course of the investigation additional allegations were made by students in your classroom. They alleged that you frequently made comments to them about God, read passages from the Bible, told students that the middle finger meant "you want to have sex," and the Texas Longhorn sign was satanic. Finally, students alleged that you made inappropriate comments about President Obama and told them that the world was going to end and everyone was going to die.
The legal issues in the case involved the Whistleblower Act. The teacher was unsuccessful in her effort to get her termination overturned. But I'm telling you, the Whistleblower stuff is downright boring. Read the footnotes. That's where the good stuff is.
The case is Whitney v. El Paso ISD, decided by the Court of Appeals in El Paso on August 23, 2017. We found it at 2017 WL 3614149.
DAWG BONE: AND WHY WERE THESE ISSUES RELEVANT TO "TECH APPLICATIONS"?????