Target: Dr. Gaylen Smyer, Superintendent of the Cassia County School District
Goal: Fire teacher who allegedly advocated for subjecting a student to domestic violence.
Someone needs to “Ray Rice” a female student for alleging that her school discriminated against her because she is a girl, according to comments reportedly made by a teacher at Declo High in Idaho’s Cassia County School District. Advocating that a student who is standing up for herself should be beaten is indefensible. Demand that this teacher be fired at once.
After Sierra Norman was barred from running for student body president by Declo High authorities, the American Civil Liberties Union accused the school of discriminating against her because she was a girl and not a Mormon. Needless to say, the allegations have embroiled the high school in controversy. Apparently, however, this controversy is disagreeable to one teacher on staff.
According to news sources, an as-of-yet unidentified teacher was reported to school authorities by another educator who overhead them saying “someone ought to Ray Rice Sierra.” The comment was in reference to the now-infamous domestic violence incident involving the NFL star, who was later indicted on third degree aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating his then-fiancee unconscious (the charges have since been dropped).
Suggesting that a female student should be beaten because she is standing up for herself against apparent discrimination is wildly inappropriate coming from anyone, but especially coming from a teacher. Sign the petition below to demand that this teacher be fired at once for their alleged remarks.
Dear Superintendent Smyer,
I am writing you today regarding comments that one of your teachers at Declo High allegedly made about Sierra Norman. If the accusation is true, this educator’s remarks should absolutely disqualify them from serving in your school district.
According to reports, a teacher at Declo High was overheard by other educators saying that “someone ought to Ray Rice Sierra.” The suggestion is that Sierra should be subjected to violent assault because she has “stirred up trouble” for the school and the school district. The teacher who made this comment has been reported to school authorities, and I would hope that you and your district have launched a full investigation accordingly.
To say that such a comment is inappropriate would be a massive understatement. It reflects profound misogyny, lack of respect for students, and violence—all qualities that should not be tolerated in teachers. I demand that you fire this teacher at once if your investigation reveals that they did, in fact, make this disgusting remark.
[Your Name Here]
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