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Virginia high school English teacher says expecting children to sit quietly is ‘White Supremacy’

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A Virginia high school teacher has sparked outrage on social media after posting a TikTok video in which he argues that expecting students to behave, follow directions and sit still is “the definition of white supremacy.”

Josh Thompson, an English teacher at Blacksburg High School in Montgomery County, specifically referred to his district’s use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a model teachers use to keep students focused and respectful in school.

It’s not clear how parents or students at the school reacted to Thompson’s video or whether they saw him, but many Twitter users are asking the district to act, and some have even demanded that he be fired.

Josh Thompson, an English teacher at Blacksburg High School in Montgomery County, said in a TikTok video that expecting kids to behave is white supremacy

Josh Thompson, an English teacher at Blacksburg High School in Montgomery County, specifically referred to his district's use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a model teachers use to keep students focused and respectful at school.

Josh Thompson, an English teacher at Blacksburg High School in Montgomery County, specifically referred to his district’s use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a model teachers use to keep students focused and respectful at school.

In the since-deleted video, originally posted in May, Thompson says, “I said PBIS is white supremacy with a hug and a lot of you wanted to know more about that. . . so if PBIS engages in positive behaviors, we have to ask, “Okay, what are those positive behaviors?” And it’s things like making sure you follow the directions, and making sure you sit quietly, and you sit in your chair and all these things that come out of white culture.”

He adds: ‘The idea of ​​just sitting still and hearing things and taking things in passively isn’t something common in many cultures. So if we positively enforce this behavior, by extension we positively enforce elements of white culture. So that keeps whiteness central, which is the definition of white supremacy.’

Conservative author Brigitte Gabrielle shared the clip with the caption ‘BRAND this teacher’ and Max Lugavere, also an author, shared it with the caption ‘This is real racism. And condescending to people of color.’

Blogger Ian Miles Cheong shared the video with the caption ‘Where does he teach? Do the parents know?’ And Twitter user Jovon, a black athlete and alumnus of Florida A&M University, tweeted the clip with the caption: “We are in the most comfortable period in human history.”

Thompson’s TikTok and Twitter accounts have since been set to private and the original TikTok has been removed, but not before it was shared on the “Libs of TikTok” Twitter page, where it garnered 192,100 views.

The satirical account, whose biography reads “All things insane and hypocritical,” derisively shares several TikTok videos from left-wing users. It posted two of Thompson’s other TikTok clips, which have since received 23,500 and 18,200 views.

The Montgomery County School District said they support Thompson’s right to free speech but claimed his views are not theirs and defended their use of PBIS.

District officials told Fox news that: “A teacher is entitled to their personal beliefs regarding any divisional program. This teacher’s statements do not reflect our PBIS program or the behavioral expectations we have of students in our schools.”

The district added that it has “used PBIS in our schools for eight years. We are proud of our PBIS work. This work helps to create a standard for social-emotional learning and behavioral expectations in the school building.’

In another video by Thompson, shared by TikTok's Libs, which garnered 23,500 views, he states that police brutality is

In another video by Thompson, shared by TikTok’s Libs, which garnered 23,500 views, he states that police brutality is “directly linked” to education.

In another video by Thompson, shared by TikTok’s Libs, which garnered 23,500 views, he states that police brutality is “directly linked” to education.

He said: ‘I want to remind educators that incidents of police brutality and the murders of black and brown people by police officers are directly related to the work we do. Because if any of those people had been white, chances are they wouldn’t have been killed. Chances are they wouldn’t have been mistreated. And if you don’t believe me, just look at all the cases of white people, especially white men, often brandishing guns and being taken into custody alive.”

He adds, “But a lot of this is wrapped up in implicit bias, and we have incredible power to change people’s prejudices when they’re young. We need to talk about these issues in school because every part of them affects our work. The ways we teach, the way we interact with students, the practices and policies we have, the way they are implemented. There is so much. And many of us talking about this, many of us advocating for these changes, but not enough of us.”

Thompson’s videos come after two California teachers faced criticism for politicking their classrooms earlier this month. In one case, an Orange County teacher was fired after admitting on TikTok that she hid the American flag from her classroom and told students to say the pledge to a pride flag. And in another example, a teacher from Sacramento displayed an Antifa flag and a Mao Zedong flag in his classroom and suggested that students were fascist if they were uncomfortable with that.

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Kristin Pitzen of Orange County’s Newport Mesa School District sparked outrage when she boasted that she had gotten her class to pledge allegiance to the gay pride flag

Kristin Pitzen, of the Newport Mesa School District in Orange County, said in her viral video, “My room doesn’t have a flag” before whispering to the camera, “because it made me feel uncomfortable.”

“Meanwhile, I say to this boy, ‘We do have a flag in the classroom that you can pledge allegiance to. And he likes, looks around and says, ‘Oh, that one?’ ‘ and pointed to the pride flag.

About the American flag, she added that she “tucked it away” but doesn’t know where, laughing in a way that suggested otherwise. “And I haven’t found it yet,” Pitzen added, putting her hand over her mouth to suppress another laugh.

She has since been removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave

AP government teacher Gabriel Gipe, of Inderkum High School in Sacramento, was given unpaid leave after displaying an Antifa flag and Mao Zedong flag in his classroom

AP government teacher Gabriel Gipe, of Inderkum High School in Sacramento, was given unpaid leave after displaying an Antifa flag and Mao Zedong flag in his classroom

Meanwhile, AP government teacher Gabriel Gipe, of Inderkum High School in Sacramento, was put on unpaid leave and will be fired by the school district for “clear violations of political activity” after being caught on video being interviewed by Project Veritas, a far-right media group, about his use of an Antifa flag in his classroom.

He said, ‘I have an Antifa flag on my [classroom] wall and a student complained about it – he said he was uncomfortable with it. Well this [Antifa flag] is meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable, so if you feel uncomfortable I don’t know what to tell you. . . ‘I have 180 days to run’ [students] to revolutionaries.’

The teacher also had posters of Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong in the classroom, had stamps depicting Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro and Kim Jung Un to mark the student’s schoolwork, and had given extra points to students who protests, the New York Post reports.

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