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Nov 19, 2012 6:48 PM

Teacher In Hot Seat After Controversial Quotation

It's not nails on a chalkboard, it's words on a chalkboard that have one Laurel County mother cringing. A South Laurel County High School teacher is in the hot seat after she wrote a politically charged quotation on the classroom chalkboard.

"It should not be in the classroom at all. What happened, should not have happened," says Mary Gilbert, the mother of a Senior at South Laurel County High School.

There is a picture of the quotation that appeared on the board. It reads, "You can't be a democrat and go to heaven." It was put on the board a week after Election Day, on November 13th.

The class had been debating around Election Day, and Superintendent Doug Bennett says the psychology teacher, who has been identified as Kendra Baker, wrote a student's comment on the board.

"The teacher regrets the incident, and has no intention of doing this again," said Bennett.

Mary Gilbert says her daughter, Chelsea was ridiculed when she tried to stick up for other students in the class. She says Chelsea is choosing to be home schooled rather than go back.

"The name calling and the bullying at school, and to be honest, I feel she was bullied by a teacher," says Gilbert.

The Superintendent says there was a lapse of judgement.

"We investigated the incident, we addressed it, and we're certain incidents of this nature won't occur in the future," said Bennett.

Mary Gilbert says Chelsea received an apology.

"You don't send them to school to have someone else's opinion shoved down their throat and demand they agree with it. It's appalling. It's wrong," says Gilbert.

The superintendent says the teacher violated district policy, but he couldn't comment what disciplinary actions were taken. The teacher still has her job.

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