Tonya Dixon-Neely, a North Rowan High School teacher, learned a little lesson about freedom of speech – not to mention the power of internet media – this week when she was caught on a phone camera telling a student in her classroom that he could be arrested for speaking ill of President Obama.
First reported by the Salisbury Post, word about the incident spread over the internet and, by Monday morning, the 10 minute YouTube video had received more than 168,000 views.
The video illustrates a fact of the educational system painfully understood by some, scoffed at by others: Some teachers misuse their position of authority to influence or bully students into ideological submission.
Ironically, it was Dixon-Neely [who is heard yelling on the video] who initiates the political discussion in her social studies classroom, explaining to students how Mitt Romney bullied a fellow classmate in school, pinned him down and cut his hair.
But a student questions her statement, adding that he had heard that Obama bullied a girl himself when he was in school.
Not expecting to be questioned, Dixon-Neely lashes out against the student as the audio of the tape indicates.
“Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” says Dixon-Neely. “Romney is running for president. Obama is the president.”
The student argues that they are both “just men.” But the teacher continues to argue that it is OK to criticize Romney but not President Obama.
On the tape, as the incident escalates, Dixon-Neely is heard yelling at the student.
Breitbart News has received information that the YouTube video was shot by a friend of the bullied student. According to our source, the student had asked his friend to record the discussion to “prove to his parents what he has been trying to tell them for some time. The teacher in this video has a long history of pushing a liberal agenda, by shouting down students. She is very intolerant of other points of view that she does not share. The atmosphere at this school is not very conducive to opposing views.”
The source continues, “The student’s parents have since taken him out of school and had him registered at another nearby school.”