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“Bush = Hitler” HS Teacher Re-Instated

From the Colorado local NBC affiliate, 9News:

Jay Bennish, an Overland High School geography teacher accused of presenting biased views in class, walks into the Cherry Creek School district office for a meeting with officials, Friday, March 10, 2006, in Greenwood Village, Colo. Bennish was placed on paid leave after comparing President Bush’s State of the Union address to speeches by Adolf Hitler in a Feb. 1, lecture. His attorney, David Lane, said Bennish will sue if he is fired.

Bennish reinstated

Dan Viens Web Producer

AURORA – Overland High School geography teacher Jay Bennish will be reinstated to his job effective Monday, the Cherry Creek School District announced Friday.

District Superintendent Dr. Monte Moses read the district’s decision at a news conference Friday. Bennish, 28, has been on paid investigative leave during an investigation into an audio taped portion of one of his classes.

The district’s investigation centered on whether Bennish provided both sides of political issues while teaching class. Part of district policy states that teachers must present balanced subject matter when discussing political issues.

Overland sophomore Sean Allen made the recording on Feb. 1, 2006, the day after President Bush’s State of the Union Address. On the tape, Bennish compares tones of President Bush’s speeches to some made by Adolf Hitler.

Also Friday, Moses said the district would help Sean Allen to reenter school whether he chooses to attend Overland or another school.

It sounds like the student whistleblower Sean Allen is the only one who will suffer from this.

As the photo caption notes, in his prior press releases Bennish had threatened to sue the school if he was fired. Which probably weighed heavily in their cowardly decision to retain him.

Bennish also had one of his earlier press releases published as a news article by the AP. It was mind-boggling in its mendacity.

If you read the transcript of his asinine remarks, you can see that they were not delivered as any "lecture." It was a fact-free rant. And it certainly had nothing to do with geography and everything to do with anti-American propaganda.

Every remark I’ve seen from Bennish has been some kind of blatent misrepresentation. His rant, as well as his spin on his rant. Bennish seems to be a pathological liar, as well as an America-hating crackpot.

I pity his students. Though some of them do seem to deserve him.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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