VENTURA (CBSLA) – A history teacher at a college in Ventura has come under scrutiny for political comments in the classroom that were recorded by a student, and at least one parent believes the school does failed to take appropriate action.
âPeople have to wake up and see that the government has too much power right now,â the teacher can be heard saying on the recording.
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For Sarah Silikula, the eighth-grade parent who recorded the comments, it was a lesson she didn’t expect her son to hear.
Silikua told his son that if he was uncomfortable with what was being said he should pull out his phone and start videotaping it, which is exactly what the eighth grader did. when her history teacher launched a political rant in the classroom.
âHunter Biden, for example, made deals with China and Ukraine where he channeled money illegally. He also had child pornography on his laptop. He was having sex with his own niece, âwe have heard.
“I mean, why? Why does it have to be said in this classroom full of children, âSilikula asked.
The incident happened two weeks ago at Anacapa College. Silikula said she immediately alerted the school because her son came home very confused.
âAnd he got in the car and he was very upset. He announced: âI will never get vaccinated. I never receive photos of any kind again. Did you know Trump is still president? ‘ Said Silikula.
In the seven-minute recording taken on October 18, the teacher discusses vaccines.
âIf you have a baby in the hospital, they don’t want to return it if you haven’t been vaccinated. This is a complete threat to the control of power, âwe have heard.
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The Anacapa middle school teacher also commented on the justice system and the presidential election, where at one point a teacher assistant can be overheard suggesting that she does not need to discuss the election.
âI trusted her to teach her the facts about history and she started this rant like a preacher on a pulpit,â Silikula said.
It was a moment that Silikula said had damaged his relationship with his son because he believed his teacher.
ââ¦ When he got in the car for the first time and said, ‘Daddy, the teachers know everything. She’s right, dad. You are wrong.’ He’s damaged. He is wounded. He is afraid. He doesn’t trust his parents anymore. He thinks we lied to him, âSilikula said of his son.
What bothers Silikua even more is that other parents with children in the classroom are unaware of the teacher’s political comments in the classroom.
The school district said it had investigated the incident and did not tolerate the discussion that took place. They also told CBSLA that they were following the “progressive discipline policy” agreed with the teachers’ union.
The superintendent told Silikula that her son’s entire class had been transferred to another teacher, but she said that was not enough. She wants to make sure that the lesson learned is that a teacher’s opinion should never be taught in the classroom.
âNo matter what anyone’s political beliefs, I respect them. It is their belief, âsaid Silikula. “Don’t force it on my child whom I trusted.”
CBSLA chose not to release the name of the teacher involved in the incident because she was not charged with a felony. The teacher, at the last report, was still at school and had accepted responsibility for her error in judgment.
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