“I was just in shock,” said Christina McFadden, who told Eyewitness News the video was posted on a school messaging app used to communicate with parents. The incident reportedly happened on February 18 at the Turning Point Christian School in the town of Norco.
“I had to watch it a few times to realize, is this really happening?” McFadden said.
The video is only about eight seconds long. You may hear a teacher ask students, “Who is our president?” The students then respond in unison, “Biden!” The teacher then asks the students “What do we want to do with him?” and the students respond twice, “We want him out!”
McFadden said when she picked up her daughter from school that afternoon, one of the first things she referenced was singing.
“The first thing she said to me when I picked her up was, ‘We want him out,'” McFadden said. “That was the big message she learned that day. Her first history lesson.”
McFadden said the video was deleted from the messaging app about three hours after it was first posted. In its place, a school administrator left a message for the families to whom the video was sent:
“We use Brightwheel as a parent communication app to share your child’s day and activities. Earlier today a video was posted which has since been removed as it did not share the ethos of our school and our church to honor and respect authority, including those in government positions,” the message read.
The message continued: “We are sorry for any misunderstanding this may (sic) create. With courtesy to the families on our campus and the children in the class, I ask that you do not share with others or publish the video on any social media platform.”
Eyewitness News contacted Turning Point Christian School by phone and email and did not immediately receive a response. It is unclear what disciplinary action, if any, was taken against the teacher.
UCLA education professor Dr. Tyrone Howard said he did not believe what was shown in the video was appropriate behavior on the part of the teacher.
“I’ve always believed that the role of teachers is not to indoctrinate students on what to think,” Howard said. “It’s to help develop critical thinking skills so students can make their own decisions.”
“I know private schools operate under a different set of guidelines and procedures,” Howard continued. “But I don’t know, even in a private realm, that these leaders would want teachers to tell their students what to think of a particular political figure.”
McFadden said the school did not tell her if the teacher had been disciplined, saying only that she had “repented” and learned from her mistake. She only uploaded the video, after blurring everyone’s faces, when she felt the school’s response was not adequate.
“It doesn’t matter, at this point, which side of the fence you’re on. It can happen in your child’s classroom, and it does,” McFadden said.
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