High school teacher in trouble after expressing political opinions in class

DELTONA, Fla. — A Deltona high school teacher is in trouble after he expressed his political opinions to a class of journalism students.

The Volusia County School District said it captured the teacher’s remarks in an audio recording and warned him about sharing his personal views in the classroom.

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The teacher in question, John Scott, made remarks about both presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, claiming that poor Republicans voted for Trump while wealthy, more educated Republicans voted for Biden.

According to the district, there was not enough evidence to discipline him over the recorded audio.

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In an audio recording Channel 9 obtained from the school district, you can hear Scott talking about the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.

“That narrative represents the war for the Republican Party’s soul. White poor people have bought it hook, line and sinker,” Scott said. “If you look at the statistics and how they voted, some urban Republicans actually shifted away from Trump and voted for Biden. So that means the wealthier, more educated white Republicans voted for Biden.”

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The recording is audio from a four-minute discussion Scott had with his journalism students about the riot and 2020 election.

Scott told the district he was talking to his students about incorporating the events at the Capitol into the current event section of the yearbook.

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“Dick Cheney, who I personally view in a totally different context as the Darth Vader of republicans. When he says you’re off-base and you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too far,” Scott said.

Scott told the district he now realized he should have not mentioned his personal opinions. Scott stated his intent was to get his students to realize their own personal bias when covering a story.

According to the district, Scott doesn’t have any blemishes in his nearly decade-long tenure with the district.

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