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Solution for fundie teacher busted on tape proselytizing in public school – disallow taping

Remember the kid at Kearny High School in New Jersey, Matthew LaClair? He couldn’t believe his ears when his history teacher, David Paszkiewicz, began telling students that they were going to hell if they didn’t accept Jeebus as their personal savior (and only “Christians” would make it into heaven). The flat-earth advocate also said that dinosaurs were loaded up onto Noah’s Ark and that evolution and the Big Bang were not scientific,

Matthew decided to tape Paszkiewicz’s rants in the classroom because he knew that the principal of the school would probably not believe him.

This is what happened next (NYT):

Matthew said he was ridiculed and threatened after his criticism became public.

After several students complained to the school board that their voices had been broadcast on the Internet and on television news programs without their consent, the board adopted a policy in mid-January that requires students to request permission from an instructor to record or videotape a class.

“Adoption of this rule at this time sends all the wrong messages,” said Paul LaClair, Matthew’s father. “We were in negotiations and this is extremely ill-advised and disrespectful, if not bad faith.”

…School officials said they took “corrective action” against Mr. Paszkiewicz, but would not elaborate.

Meanwhile, Matthew said that Mr. Paszkiewicz recently told the class that scientists who spoke about the danger of global warming were using tactics like those Hitler used, by repeating a lie often enough that people come to believe it.

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