Teacher Refuses to Grade Reports on Hunting and Guns

By Stephanie Mallory writes The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Last week, Will Brantley posted a Brow Tines & Backstrap blog about his friend’s son who loves hunting so much he included the names of his favorite hunting TV stars in his homework assignment. Lucky for the kid, he didn’t have Dewey Christian as his teacher. Christian is a high school English teacher in Texas who reportedly refused to grade two students’ reports written about guns and hunting.

A Texas teacher reprimands two students for writing about hunting and guns.Washingtontimes.com  reports Christian had told his senior students to write a report answering the question, “What are you interested in?”  Alex Wright wrote about hunting and shopping at Cabela’s and Marshall Williams wrote about attending the Fort Worth gun show.

Even through Christian did not declare any subject off limits; he reportedly reprimanded the students in front of their classmates and threatened to give them zeros if they didn’t rewrite their papers.

Marshall’s mother, Kimberly Williams, recorded her phone call to the teacher during which she asked, “So because it had guns in it you refused to grade it?”  

Christian replied, “Not just guns, but you see we’ve had a certain amount of violence and things in school.”

Since the incident, the Denton Independent School District has issued a statement: “The teacher has accepted the paper and apologized to the student for misperceptions. The teacher’s intent was for guns not to be trivialized in any school situation because of recent events.”

So, what do you think about the teacher’s actions? Do you think he over reacted or was simply being cautious due to recent violent events in schools?