LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (CBS) – A complaint has been filed against a teacher accused of writing anti-Democrat rhetoric on her classroom chalkboard.
“You can't be a Democrat & go to heaven,” the board of South Laurel High School teacher Kendra Baker read earlier this month, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The message reportedly went up one week after the Nov. 6 presidential elections.
Mother Mary Gilbert, whose daughter Chelsea is in Baker’s psychology class, told the paper that she filed a formal complaint with the state’s Education Professional Standards Board.
Doug Bennett, the superintendent for Laurel County schools, said the school addressed the issue with the teacher directly, though he declined to confirm Baker’s name or extrapolate on the consequences of her actions.
"She realizes it's inappropriate," he told the paper of their conversation with the teacher.
Gilbert is reportedly dissatisfied with the outcome, as Baker is reportedly still in the classroom.
Chelsea Gilbert – who told the Herald-Leader that she supported President Obama – additionally claimed that Baker made comments in class about same-sex marriage. She said she told Baker that she was offending students in the class, some of whom are gay. According to the Star, the exchange brought Chelsea to tears.
"She's going to miss a lot," Gilbert noted.
The Kentucky Equality Federation, a gay rights and equality group in the state, released a statement blasting Baker's actions.
Palmer added, "Regardless of the origin of the statement, the teacher had the greater responsibility to remain objective."
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