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Will 4th-grade teacher be disciplined for anti-Trump lesson?

Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 27, 2021

By M.D. Kittle 

The employment status of an Oconto Falls Elementary School teacher caught on video last week giving his students a lesson in Trump hating remained unclear Tuesday afternoon. 

Oconto Falls School District officials told Empower Wisconsin there was no further information to report and that “no action has been taken yet” in the matter of 4th-grade teacher Jeffrey Schullo. 

The video, forwarded to Empower Wisconsin by talk show host Vicki McKenna, shows Schullo giving his charges a very one-sided civics lesson on the morning of Inauguration Day, hours before Joe Biden took the oath of office and President Donald Trump’s term ended. 

“He’s kind of leaving in shame and not one of my favorite people right now,” Schullo says during the virtual learning session. The video of the class, was posted on Facebook by a family clearly astounded by the teacher’s “lesson.” 

“He’s got a funny, power-hungry thing about him that’s just — and I hope you remember — that’s very uncharacteristic of a presidential person,” the educator says. “He’s done a number of things which are unconscionable and, let’s hope, I’m hopeful, he will never be president again.”

Contacted by Empower Wisconsin Tuesday, School Board Vice President Jan Stranz said, “The school board is not making any statements at this time. Any information would be out of the district office.” 

Superintendent Dean Hess did not respond to an Empower Wisconsin email asking whether Schullo faced any disciplinary action and whether he continued to lead his virtual classes. 

On Friday, the district issued a statement saying it was reviewing the content of the video and gathering more information “consistent with District standards and policies. 

Will Schullo receive the same treatment as a high school teacher in the southeast part of the state? 

Burlington High School social studies teacher Jeff Taff was placed on administrative leave earlier this month after reportedly telling his students he was going to Washington, D.C. to participate in the “Stop the Steal rally,” which turned into a deadly riot at the U,S. Capitol. He also is accused of telling students to watch a video questioning the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. 

As the Racine Journal Times has reported, school officials haven’t confirmed whether Taff participated in the riots on Jan. 6 while congress was meeting to certify Biden’s Electoral College win over the incumbent president. 

Some community members have pointed to the double-standard of a Burlington elementary teacher who was not disciplined last year after unilaterally deciding to incorporate Black Lives Matter themes into her lesson plans. 

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