Politics plus Facebook equals no bueno. If you have a Facebook account, and you've logged in at some point during the past few days, you've probably seen some people going at it. Maybe some of your "friends" were thrilled with the election outcome and they gloated, or maybe some of them were pissed and they called everyone "idiots". Either way, safe to say, it didn't bring out everyone's "best self". Lamont Lowe, a high school science teacher in Oklahoma, included.
Not thrilled with the fact that Oklahoma voters passed a measure that ends affirmative action programs in state government, Lowe, who students describe as a "good teacher", wrote: "I live in a state that hates me, hates women... Revoking Affirmative Action is spitting in my face... this is the reason I hate OU sooners & the okc Thunder & everything that represents this racist state!!! Die OKLAHOMA... hope a tornado blows away the capital n all the rednecks in it.!!! "
Like I said, Lowe certainly isn't the only person to go on a political rant on Facebook -- nor will he be the last -- but he probably could have left off the part where he tells Oklahoma to "die". Not exactly exemplary behavior from a teacher.
Being a teacher is a little bit like being in public office -- especially now that social media exists. You kind of have to be on your best behavior whenever in "public". And that means no Facebook messages telling people to die -- even though, surely, Lowe didn't really mean it.
Passion is good. Showing what you care about and how you feel is awesome. And it's great that Lowe, as an educator, is socially active -- that's exactly the kind of thing you want to instill in students. But maybe next time around, word things differently.
Side note: Since the posting, Lowe has apologized, saying: "It was a very, very bad choice of words and I am sorry." (Hear that students? Even your teachers aren't above apologizing!)
What do you think of this?
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