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Making Geometry Interesting

May 20, 2010

For some reason… the “source” of this story is hilarious. It’s from “Black Voices” in a section called “Black Spin”… Yes, it’s a real gem.

Teacher Uses Barack Obama’s Assassination as Example in Class
Source: BV Black Spin

A teacher in Alabama apparently takes his geometry lessons a little too seriously. A high school math teacher was teaching his students about angles and used the assassination of President Barack Obama as his teaching example.

The Secret Service was alerted, and the teacher was questioned by federal agents. He was not taken into custody or charged with a crime.

We did not find a credible threat,” said Roy Sex­ton, special agent in charge of Birmingham’s Secret Service office. “As far as the Secret Service is concerned, we looked in to it. We talked to the gentleman, and we have closed our investigation.”

The teacher was explaining the use of angles by describing where you would stand if you wanted to aim and shoot Obama.

“He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,'” said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class.

The school superintendent, Phil Hammonds, said that the teacher will not be fired or suspended for the incident.

“We are going to have a long conversation with him about what’s appropriate,” Hammonds said. “It was extremely poor judgment on his part, and a poor choice of words.”

One of the parents at the school doesn’t think the teacher should be disciplined too harshly either.

“We all make mistakes, and we should be able to learn from our mistakes,” said the parent. “What he said was just wrong and inappropri­ate. Everyone’s got their own opinions, but we have to be aware of our sur­roundings. At this point, it just needs to be handled in a way that it won’t be re­peated.”

So, the Secret Service found no threat, the School Superintendent doesn’t think a severe punishment is necessary, the kids don’t seem to be bothered, and the parent of ONE kid (so far) doesn’t seem too disturbed by this. In fact, she said “…we should be able to learn from our mistakes…” which is exactly what was happening. Kids were learning geometry! Oh snap. Anyways, continue with your very interesting article, “Black Voices”…

Given that the assassination of President Obama is nothing to joke about, this issue is incredibly sensitive. This president receives more death threats than other president in recent history, so the idea of someone attempting to harm him is a very real possibility. While joking about the assassination of any president would normally be quite serious, speaking on the issue relative to Barack Obama takes on a whole different level of intensity. The teacher should be disciplined, but not suspended or fired.

Also, forgive me for saying this, but are you REALLY surprised that this would happen in Alabama?

Honestly? I’m surprised this isn’t happening in other parts of the country. Kids are struggling. Our economy is tanking… Geometry is boring. Assassinations of dictators is awesome. What’s the problem? Oh, and to whoever wrote this.. what are you saying about the people of Alabama? What if it happened in Chicago? What if it happened in California? Black Voices; Black Spin indeed.

Also, can I ask why talking about BHussein’s hypothetical assassination is particularly insensitive? Far more sensitive than if it had been any other United States President? Because he’s black? Well, newsflash, “Black Voices”: He’s bi-racial.

This is LULZ to the max.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Baram permalink
    May 21, 2010 1:07 pm

    Okay, so, as entertaining as that was… That man should not be teaching children! Clearly, he has an issue. He should totally be suspended, even if he wasn’t found as a threat.

    • May 21, 2010 2:17 pm

      It was entertaining, and the teacher COULD have used another example, yes, but the Secret Service checked him out and found that he wasn’t a real threat. I would have used a deer – or some kind of hunting example.

      Then again, I failed geometry. 😐

      • Sarah Baram permalink
        May 21, 2010 2:56 pm

        I feel like if he was trying to make it that interesting, he could have used JFK and all those conspiracy theories. I remember that being a hot ticket to getting us to pay attention in HS. Plus, it already happened.
        I almost failed, I learned to beg for passing grades in math. I have been failing it for years. Worst subject ever… And I even have multiple tutors.

      • May 21, 2010 3:30 pm

        Yeah, I’ve always been pretty bad at math. I was always worse at begging. o_o Yeah, I didn’t make it that far in math. I went to three different high schools, so the credits were always a little different.

        I think the best part of this article is the source. 😉

  2. May 21, 2010 6:34 pm

    If the teacher had used Bush as the example…he would have been given teacher of the year award! What is the big deal…so he used BHO/Lucifer as the example. Perhaps he should have gotten John Mohammad and his little buddy…after all they put into practice what he was teaching only they used whitey as the targets…

  3. May 21, 2010 6:35 pm

    But then using whitey as the target is okay…right SarahScarem?

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      May 21, 2010 10:34 pm

      Well, clearly someone missed the point. The teacher was obviously trying to get the students engaged in the lesson in an interesting manner. President Obama and that route? Not that interesting. JFK conspiracy theories and using math? Oh yeah, there’s a good one, mostly because it’s done all the time. If you want to make my comment in to something bad because I ‘may’ be liberal, huge fail but nice try.

  4. May 24, 2010 2:12 pm

    I was not trying to turn your comment into anything…sarahscarem…you are the one that missed the point…but you are exactly what I expected. Not that that surprises me!

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      May 24, 2010 9:14 pm

      Ah yes, because the ‘sarahscarem’ name didn’t make it look at all like you were trying to make my comment in to something awful. It’s okay, the denial will wear off, but I am glad I can live up to whatever your expectations are!

  5. May 25, 2010 12:13 am

    I did not need to make your comment into something awful…you are the one that said it not me. I am in not denial of anything, no need to be… I did not make the comment you did. You want the teacher “suspended” for using the example of BHO/Lucifer in geometry class, you said it not me. What purpose would a suspension do? Besides make the PC crowd happy? This is the “issue” with the PC crowd you’re all for suspending a teacher using your beloved leader as the example…but the same crowd would’ve given the teacher an award if he/she had used GWB as the example. It is called a double standard and progressives exsist and die by a double standard…it is all they know how to do. And that sarahscarem is the point!

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      May 25, 2010 12:33 am

      Oh boy, you did miss the point. I brought up JFK only because of the handfuls of conspiracy theories involved with his death. Never once did I say the teacher should be suspended for using President Obama as an example because I am one of his mindless followers. When did I ever say I was? I approve of a few small things he has done, and disagree with a twice as many. If only you paid attention a bit more. Tisk, tisk!

  6. May 25, 2010 1:46 pm

    “Okay, so, as entertaining as that was… That man should not be teaching children! Clearly, he has an issue. He should totally be suspended, even if he wasn’t found as a threat.”

    That was your very first post. Please tell me again that you did not advocate the suspension of the teacher.

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      May 25, 2010 5:19 pm

      Ah, so now I know you missed reading comprehension. I did say that, and I know that. I’m not an idiot. You accused me of saying that because I praise President Obama. That’s not the reason I said it, I said it it because yes, that man probably does have an issue to use a current President for such an example. Even if it was someone like George Bush, I would say the exact same thing. Explaining all of this to you is getting rather old and redundant.

  7. May 26, 2010 11:07 pm

    I am sorry you are finding it difficult defending your statement. But I guess there really is no defending the indefensible. Nice try though. Perhaps you should think before you post.

  8. TheSuperbloop permalink
    June 9, 2010 5:00 am

    Here is some words of advice from the strange, far away land called sanity:

    It is generally frowned upon when violence enters problems in the classroom, as with this instance: http://www.snopes.com/humor/question/mathtest.asp

    It is even more frowned upon when the person in questioned is a named person.

    It is even more frowned upon when the person in question is still alive.

    Finally, it is especially frowned upon when said person generally isn’t considered a bad enough person to die, by most people’s standerds.

    So, you see, combine all of those in a public setting, and, for some strange reason, people might get a bit irrritated.

    P.S. – Of course, if this was the same situation with H.W. Bush, you would just say it is another terrible result of our terrible and socialist educational system.

    • June 10, 2010 8:02 pm

      Lordy lordy lordy.

      Where to start? First, I’d like to thank WordPress for automatically marking this “comment” as spam. Yes, wordpress, liberal ignorance IS spam. Spam in the breakfast burrito of American society.

      I’m sure you meant to type: “Here ARE some words of advice…” correct? I do have to say, though, that explaining just how far away from the land of sanity you are coming from was a nice touch. Not that we really needed you to TELL us how far out you are – it’s crystal clear from my end of the screen.

      Also, I’m sure you meant “standArds”, yes? Also, “irritated”. Only I can make up words here at HahaYoureDead.

      Your comment here is enough to prove how terrible our socialist education system is. I assure you, I don’t need to prove it. I’m certain you do a dandy job of proving it every second of every day that you are alive.

      Sorry… I just can’t take you seriously with your sixth grader mentality, silly. 🙂 It’s adorable though. As adorable as the ass of a baboon, that is. Way to go, kiddo!

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