HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District officials are investigating a teacher for allegedly offering extra credit for students who attend anti-Trump rallies and assaulting at least one student.
Student Christian McKneely and his family held a press conference in front of Sterling High School alongside community activist Quanell X to expose his teacher’s political bias, which allegedly erupted in violence during class on Wednesday, KPRC reports.
According to the news site:
McKneely said during some horse play in class he told another student, “That’s gay,” then the teacher reacted by accusing him (and Christians in general) of being homophobic.
He said the teacher punched him in the chest when he was on his cell phone trying to explain to his father what happened.
McKneely and his supporters are pressing for assault charges against the teacher, and are demanding answers about the teacher’s alleged political bias.
“She gave extra credit for anyone who showed up for an anti-Trump rally being held downtown” during the campaign, McNeely told KPRC. “I didn’t go so I didn’t get credit. I don’t know if anybody got it, but that’s what she proposed for extra credit.”
Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, has criticized liberal politics and cited Donald Trump’s speech during looting in Milwaukee in August as an honest assessment of the plight of inner city blacks.
“We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said, because it is a fact that for 54 years, we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America. And they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them,” Quanell X told KTRH News Radio’s Matt Patrick in August.
“We as black people have to reexamine the relationship — where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they’re the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return,” he said. “We gotta step back now as black people and say, we’ve gotta look at all the parties and vote our best interests.”
HISD officials refused to discuss McNeely’s allegations Monday, other than to confirm officials are aware of the complaint.
Instead, the district issued a worthless statement.
“We are continuing to work with the teacher and entire staff to ensure students are safe and teaching and learning continue uninterrupted,” it read. “The safety of our students is always our absolute top priority.”
And that priority is weighing heavily on the district, home to an epidemic of educators sexually abusing students.
The same day as McNeely’s press conference, HISD officials removed principal Michael Harrison over allegations he sexually abused a special needs boy at Marshall Middle School, KHOU reports.
“(The student) did tell them that the principal at Marshall Middle School had fondled him and had him take pictures of him,” according to the boy’s grandmother, Katrina Wilson.
Harrison’s removal comes just days after police arrested HISD substitute teacher Pete Hernandez for allegedly molesting elementary students last fall. Numerous other teachers in HISD and other area school districts have faced the same accusations in recent months, the Houston Press reports.