Teacher's Hateful Facebook Rant After Election Goes Way Too Far (VIDEO)

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classroomPolitics 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.!!! "

Intense. 

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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mrsjonzy mrsjonzy

Thank goodness affirmative action is on its way out! It's useless garbage now and obviously unnecessary. Women outnumber men as household bread winners, we'll be just fine.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Excellent call Oklahoma voters! Affirmative action is horrible discrimination that I believe violates that 14th amendment. If we want to move forward as a society wth equal rights for all, affirmative action must go!

Saerise Saerise

Affirmative Action only creates more discrimination, instead of preventing it. If she thinks that she needs AA in order to succeed, she's not trying hard enough. 

zandh... zandhmom2

I agree with all of the poster ahead of me.  It is an outdated program and needs to be done away with.

nonmember avatar Gina

I had to do extensive research on affirmative action in college. It's surprisingly an effective program. Don't believe me? Do your research. And it really should still be used in Oklahoma. Why you ask? Because after 20+ years of living there, I've seen the need ffoir it more times than I can count.

toria... toriandgrace

Can we focus on the point of the article? Teachers shouldn't be friends with their students on social media sites, so it shouldn't matter what he posts on Facebook! If his Facebook is private, as it should be, he shouldn't have to act as though he is in public. Teaching is a profession, it is a job. At the end of the day, in the privacy of your own home, you have the right to your opinions. He posted nothing illegal, he didn't write a lesson plan about how tornadoes should blow the rednecks out of the capital. This isn't news.

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