A teacher chaperoning a White House field trip with young children displayed a shameful lack of judgement when he decided to use his middle fingers in an obscene gesture directed at the home of the president.
Missouri science teacher Lynn Miller, from Warrensburg Middle School, announced his intention to “give the finger” to the White House while he and the students were still at the Kansas City airport, according to student Corrine Hammond.
The nine students on the trip did not see Miller perform the action, which reportedly occurred on June 2. Miller later told the students to visit his Facebook page if they wanted to see an image of him making the objectionable gesture.
The image, originally posted to Miller’s Facebook account, shows him with his back to the camera, flipping off the White House with both hands.
Hammond said, “I was surprised because it was very disrespectful of him to do that.” The fourteen-year-old said she found it “very rude,” and her father, John Hammond, agrees.
“To me, it was about respect,” Hammond, a U.S. Marine vet, told local Fox4 news station. “This is blatant disrespect, to me, my kids, to everybody. People have gone crazy with it, but to me, it’s all about being held accountable for your actions.” He thinks that his young daughter should never have seen the image, and says he expects teachers to set a better example.
Corrine Hammond doesn’t think Miller should lose his job, though. “I just think he needs to apologize for what he did. That’s it,” she said. “I don’t want to see him get fired for the mistake he made.”
According to Fox4:
Dr. Scott Patrick, the superintendent of Warrensburg Schools, says thus far, Miller hasn’t been disciplined for the gesture or for posting the photo. He didn’t say if that may change.
The Warrensburg School District said the trip wasn’t school-sponsored. But John Hammond says the families learned about the trip “via the school system” and that the event was advertised in a “series of presentations.”
Miller, who is conveniently out of town and unavailable for comment, took the photo down, but John Hammond had already attached it to one of his own Facebook posts, memorializing the lewd gesture made by a teacher charged with the care of young students visiting an iconic location.
Warning: offensive image to follow.
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