Williamston Teacher Prohibits Students from Watching Trump’s Inauguration Speech
Williamston fourth grade teacher Brett Meteyer refuses to let his students watch the inauguration speech, fearing Donald Trump may say things that are not suitable for 4th grade ears.
Meteyer sent a letter home with students for their parents, stating that due to Trump's “inflammatory and degrading” language while he was on the campaign trail, the students are not allowed to view the speech unless he is sent a copy of the speech to view in advance.
Here is the letter:
Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration of Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech.
Because every peaceful transition of power is a historic moment, I put in a request to the Trump team to preview the speech, but I have not heard back from them.
I showed the speeches of Presidents Obama and Bush in 2009 and 2005, respectively, but I am anxious about showing Mr. Trump’s inaugural address, given his past inflammatory and degrading comments about minorities, women, and the disabled. I am also uneasy about Mr. Trump’s casual use of profanity, so I sought an assurance that as their teacher, I would not be exposing children to language that would not appear in G- or PG-rated movies.
I do not know if Mr. Trump’s speech is something that would be provided to the press or concerned citizens beforehand, but these plans may change if I hear back from them.
So far, Meteyer has received no response from the Trump organization about getting a copy of the speech.
Meteyer also commented to the media, “I’ve followed my professional duty to shield these children from possible offensive behavior.”