St. Paul Minnesota Community Divided Over Teacher Suspension

Parents Rally Behind Minnesota Teacher Suspended For Comparing Students To Drug Dealers In Racist Social Media Post

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Theodore Olsen Valeria Silva

Minnesota Community Calls For Job Of Superintendent Who Suspended Teacher Over “Racist” Facebook Post

Things have gotten really messy in Minnesota where there is currently an active battle between Black Lives Matter activists who want a teacher suspended over his social media rant — and the parents and educators who have rallied behind the teacher, claiming he only meant to say educators need more support.

Via Fox News reports:

Theodore “Theo” Olson, a special education teacher at Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minn., was placed on administrative leave March 9 over two posts he wrote on Facebook about student discipline in the school district.

According to the EAGnews Olson wrote on Facebook,

“Anyone care to explain to me the school-to-prison pipeline my colleagues and I have somehow created, or perpetuated, or not done enough to interrupt? Because if you can’t prove it, the campaigns you’ve waged to deconstruct adult authority in my building by enabling student misconduct, you seriously owe us real teachers an apology. Actually, an apology won’t cut it.”

“Phones and iPad devices, used for social media and gaming,” wrote Olson. “There have always been rules for ‘devices,’ and defined levels of misconduct. Since we now have no backup, no functional location to send kids who won’t quit gaming, setting up fights, selling drugs, whoring trains, or cyber bullying, we’re screwed, just designing our own classroom rules.”

The group, Black Lives Matter St. Paul, charged that Olson portrayed students as drug dealers and gang bangers in his Facebook posts about a lack of district support in discipline matters, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Black Lives Matter had threatened a “shut-down action” at the school if Olson was not fired, but the group did not follow through with it after BLM activist Rashad Turner reportedly met with St. Paul superintendent Valeria Silva.

In an email Monday to, Silva’s office said Olson was placed on administrative leave and that the district “is currently conducting an investigation.” No further comment was provided.

Yikes… Was what he said racist to you? Or do you think BLM St. Paul has gotten too invested in matters that are not really their business?

Parents and teachers, meanwhile, are rallying behind Olson — and calling for the resignation of Silva in an online petition. The petition had 1522 signatures as of Tuesday morning.

“This petition has been started because the current incumbent Valeria Silva has constantly demonstrated her inability to drive improvements in local St Paul schools,” the petition reads.

“Her inability to make changes to benefit the teachers and students include, but are not limited to, rapid increase in violence towards students and teachers; the lack of support for teachers; the removal of disciplinary actions for violent students, and the lack of transparency between her and protagonists such as Rashad Turner,” the petition says.

Sounds like the school board has some serious decisions to make. Is it just us or does this part of Minnesota seem pretty racially divided?



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