Teacher Accused of Bullying Middle School Student About Trump, Fox News
An Indiana man is accusing his son's 8th-grade Spanish teacher of bullying and pushing a political agenda on students.
Todd Hein claims that his son Jacob was shamed in front of his classmates by the teacher at Blackhawk Middle School in Fort Wayne, after he cited Fox News as his source for an assignment.
On "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, Hein explained that each week students are assigned to translate a news article into Spanish. For one of his assignments, Jacob chose a FoxNews.com article about a U.S. Navy jet's encounter with a UFO.
"She came up to him in class in front of everybody and said, 'I noticed that you cited Fox News on your last article, and I want you to know that Fox News is fake news. It's full of lies, and you're no longer to use Fox News as a source for any of these assignments,'" Hein said.
Jacob said he was shocked and embarrassed, and the teacher gave him a new homework assignment: Google any of President Trump's "many lies" and write a full-page report on that.
After that, Hein said that he requested a meeting with the teacher, principal and vice principal, and the teacher admitted the allegations were true.
The next day, she pulled Jacob aside and apologized, but Hein said he's not satisfied.
A school district spokesperson provided a statement: “Fort Wayne Community Schools does not condone the kind of behavior detailed by this parent. When we were notified, we immediately investigated and took appropriate action. Because this is a personnel matter, I cannot provide details of the outcome of the investigation.”
Hein said he's speaking out because he felt they had no other options, saying "somebody needs to stand up" against teachers who push their political agenda on students.
"This is something nationally we're hearing on almost a daily basis now. It used to be college-level, high school, now we're getting into middle and grade school even," Hein said.