The instances of anti-Trump hysteria in America’s classrooms continue, this time in Jackson, Wyoming where a teacher included a rather tactless answer on a multiple choice quiz.
The quiz, about George Orwell’s Animal Farm, featured a question about why Napoleon had a gun fired for a “new occasion.” The first choice read “He was shooting at Trump.”
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports Teton County School District No. 1 confirmed that the quiz response was on English teacher Carin Aufderheide’s assessment at Jackson Hole High School. It has since been taken down from the school’s online test system.
"Shooting at Trump" – Parents not happy over Leftist's multiple choice answer @ Jackson Hole Wyoming High School https://t.co/dFqcy56h4j
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The district said in a statement that it was “investigating this incident and verifying the information [it has] received.”
“TCSD #1 takes seriously threats of any kind, regardless of the intent. We apologize to the students, families and community for this incident and will be addressing the issue with personnel,” it added.
Jim McCollum was surprised when his son Rylee McCollum, a junior, came home and showed him a screenshot of the online test.
“I had to read it two times,” McCollum said. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”
McCollum, a self-described conservative who voted for President Donald Trump, said that while he “cringes at some of the things he says,” the question was completely out of line.
“It’s about respect for the office more than anything,” he said. “That’s enough of this. No way.” …
“It was so inappropriate to show a name of a sitting president in that question,” McCollum said. “To me, that is so wrong in light of the situation in our country and the divisiveness and all.” …
“To see that in my son’s class …” he trailed off. “This is not OK.”
McCollum said that “liberal bias” pervades other classes at the high school, too, leaving his son and other conservative students feeling like “the outcast” and impacting their ability to learn.
“He told me, ‘Dad, they crapped on everything I believe in,’’” McCollum said.
“Rylee is very patriotic, very supportive of our military and of our country,” McCollum said. His son plans to enlist in the Marines unless he gets a wrestling scholarship.
McCollum added that Rylee “loves the teacher” but was “really upset [and] disappointed” in her. The elder McCollum said he doesn’t want any disciplinary action taken against Aufderheide, but rather wants the incident to be a “learning lesson.”
“I’m not looking to get rid of anyone’s position,” he said. “Heck, I’ve done and said enough dumb things throughout my life.”