Thursday, April 15, 2010
A middle school teacher in Oregon who announced his intention “to dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site is under investigation by his state’s Teacher Standards & Practices Commission.
The investigation by Oregon’s teacher licensing agency comes in response to a public outcry over Jason Levin’s public statements that he’ll do anything short of throwing rocks to bring down the Tea Party.
Levin, the media teacher at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton, is the leader of a group that says it wants to infiltrate and bring down the loosely organized anti-big-government Tea Party movement.
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He has said he would seek to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets, and acting as offensively as possible — anything short of throwing punches.
His school district is defending his right to free speech, but it’s investigating whether he used district computers to spread his political message or worked on his Web site during school hours.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:14 am