Superintendent: Shocked at Video News Wire

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 10, 2008 — A North Carolina elementary is in hot water over an allegation that she questioned a student who said she supported Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for president.

Diatha Harris is a math teacher at Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville. She called the war in Iraq a senseless war.

The school system’s superintendent says he in investigating the incident.

“I was shocked when I saw the clip of an interaction between a Cumberland County Schools teacher and her students as posted on YouTube,” Superintendent William Harrison said. “While neutral discussion of the political process is appropriate, at no time, particularly with elementary students, should a teacher infuse his/her political views into the discussion.  Most disconcerting was the military slant that made its way into this discussion.  We are a military community, serving over 15,000 military students and their families.  We value the sacrifices, not only of the military parents but also those of their families.

“I was particularly disturbed to see the uncomfortable position in which our children were placed due to the inappropriate actions of one of our teachers,” the superintendent said. “Please be assured that the actions exhibited in this video are not consistent with the vision of the CCS.  Moreover, the actions of one teacher do not represent the 7000 employees in our organization. ”

Harris was filmed by a Swedish film company making a documentary.

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