Grapevine-Colleyville ISD parents weigh in on teacher resignation over offensive comment about conservative Christians – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
GRAPEVINE, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – Grapevine-Colleyville ISD parents had their first chance to address the school board since a teacher resigned last week after being videotaped making an offensive comment.
This comment suggesting conservative Christians should get death from COVID-19 worries some parents, it’s an example of a larger problem in the district.
It all started with an informal private conversation between teachers in a school hallway.
But that quickly turned into a very public discussion about whether the district’s mission to treat everyone equally extends to Christian conservatives.
It’s barely audible on a recording by someone inside Colleyville Middle School.
But it was pretty clear that the teacher who said that would be in big trouble before she made the decision to quit.
On Monday night, Feb. 28, parents who identify as Christian conservatives complained to the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD school board that they don’t believe those are the sentiments of a single teacher in the district.
“I have deep sadness for the attack on conservative Christians who are in this community,” said a relative from the podium. “It’s just proof of how the parents felt from the start.”
“I can’t help but wonder why the other teacher said something, would this be the first time the teacher has said the sentence? If not, that might explain why there was a camera there ready to record their conversation,” said another.
In a statement released last week, the district called the former teacher’s comments inexcusable.
But some parents have come to the defense of the former teacher, including one parent who told the council it was unfair to hold them accountable for something they thought they were saying in private.
“Has anyone ever wondered why she said what she said?” If you listen for a moment, I’ll tell you what I hear. I hear frustration. I hear exhaustion. And she is not alone. All of our teachers are past the breaking point,” said another.
A parent has expressed concerns for the former teacher’s safety based on what has been posted on social media.
The school board did not respond to any of the public comments.