Rowan Co. teacher in video controversy keeps job


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SPENCER, N.C. — The North Rowan High School teacher who was captured on video telling students they could be jailed for criticizing the president will keep her job.

The Salisbury Post reported that Social Studies Teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely was suspended without pay after the incident last month, but will return next school year.

School officials said she will be required to start a monitored growth plan, according to The Post.

The video is nearly 10 minutes long and has since gone viral, with more than one million views on YouTube.

It was shot with a student’s cell phone lying on a desk, but reveals audio of Dixon-Neely telling a student it is criminal to criticize President Barack Obama.

“Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?” she said in the video. “Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”

Read more: The Salisbury Post.

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