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Look at voter fraud
A tenured math teacher who allegedly forced her students to sign pledges to vote for Barack Obama during the recent election was not fired recently.
Jim Richey, the college’s president, did put in the recommendation, though.
Really? Do you have to recommend anything, at that point? I know she has tenure and everything, but when a teacher is accused of electioneering all bets should be off.
The school’s hierarchy issues aside, the fact that a teacher was using students this way is deeply disturbing for two reasons.
For one thing, college students are mostly adults, and need to be capable of making up their own minds when it comes to who they want running the country. That goes without saying.
But the other problem is this: the presidential election took place last November, but the earliest news of this that I can find is dated Feb. 15, last Friday.
Let’s crunch some numbers. Sharon Sweet, the teacher in question, taught five classes last fall. In 2009, Brevard Community College, the college this happened at, had 19.7 students per class. That’s 100 people in a key swing state that were allegedly being heavily pressured to vote one way.
The teacher was placed on leave with pay, pending an investigation that has concluded, after a parent complained.
And, apparently, nobody published anything about it until last Friday.
Really, I can’t get past that. The leader of the free world was being chosen, and according to early polls it wouldn’t have been a stretch for 100 votes in Florida to be the difference, and nobody published anything until last Friday.
There’s no indication that Sweet’s students took her pressure to heart, but this is simply the kind of story that can’t fall through the cracks. And it does more often that anyone would like to admit.
A woman in Madisonville, Ohio, for instance, has been accused of voter fraud after sending in both an absentee ballot and voting at the polls.
The woman also said she sent in an absentee ballot for her granddaughter and could have done so for three others as well.
Strange cases about last November’s election seem to be popping up from every corner – a county in Florida reported 140 percent voter turnout, there were some parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio that reported 100 percent for Obama – and at the same time sillier cases, such as a woman almost being prosecuted for the wrong mailing address also pop up.
Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but this is the kind of news I shouldn’t have to look for.
The presidential election has become something that affects the entire globe, and shenanigans surrounding it can’t be tolerated.
That starts with mainstream news networks making a bigger deal out of it.
Joshua Knopp is a pre-journalism sophomore. He can be reached at email@example.com.