The parents of a sixth-grade girl in Long Island, NY, are furious that their daughter’s teacher allegedly told her she could not choose President Trump as her subject when writing her assigned “hero” paper. Things got heated during a recent school board meeting where Bella Moscato’s parents ripped into the school board over her teacher’s outrageous decision.
Bella’s father called her teacher’s decision a violation of her First Amendment right and an act of intimidation and censorship.
“I’m incensed that a teacher would have my daughter do that!” her father told the school board.
Long Island News reports – When sixth-graders at Samoset Middle School were assigned to pick a hero on whom they would write a report, 11-year-old Bella Moscato said her choice was a no-brainer.
“Donald Trump is my hero,” she says.
The 45th U.S. president has been Bella’s idol since she was 8 years old, which is why she dressed up as Trump for a third-grade class project. But Bella says when she told her sixth-grade teacher that Trump was her choice for the hero project, the teacher nixed the idea.
Bella says her teacher said Trump “spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women” in front of another teacher and students in the class. The teacher told her to pick another hero.
“The thing I didn’t get, she was okay with someone doing Barack Obama, but not okay with doing Donald Trump?” Bella told the reporter.
“My daughter’s hero is the President of our country. I can’t believe that anybody in the school would tell my daughter that that guy can’t be her hero” Bella’s father said.
Sachem Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Graham issued a statement to News 12 saying:
It is not accurate that this student was told that they were not allowed to conduct research or report on any individual for a school assignment, including President Trump. To the best of our knowledge, by choice, the student is still conducting their project of President Trump.
The Moscatos say the superintendent’s statement made matters worse.
What do you think? Should this teacher be fired? Should any teacher be able to get away with making a young girl like Bella feel bad for wanting to write a “hero” paper about our President? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.