Milwaukee teacher suspended after celebrating Rush Limbaugh’s ‘awesome’ stage 4 cancer diagnosis

This is not the first time the teacher has made such heartless comments.

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In the days since conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced his diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer, liberals have shown what little class they really have, as many of them have been celebrating his illness. Now, however, this has come back to bite one of these heartless leftists in a big way.

A teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been placed on leave after social media posts surfaced in which he described Limbaugh’s diagnosis as “awesome,” according to Fox6Now.

Travis Sarandos, an English teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, responded to a tweet in which someone expressed hopes that Limbaugh would recover by writing, “limbaugh absolutely should have to suffer from cancer. it’s awesome that he’s dying, and hopefully it is as quick as it is painful.”

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When Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan found the tweet, he demanded that the school take disciplinary action against Sarandos.

“It’s so disappointing, and as far as I’m concerned, he needs to go,” Donovan said. “This kind of hatred has no role to play in people who are teaching our kids. It’s there. It’s out there, and you can’t hide. I just think it’s terrible.”

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Donovan also released a lengthy statement in which he explained that Sarandos had previously made anti-Christian comments on his Twitter page.

“Not content to confine his rage to pundits, Mr. Sarandos earlier despaired for our collective future absent the extinction — the extinction, mind you — of Christian conservative voters,” he said. “As a possible remedy to their presence in the voting public he suggested, ‘…maybe we poison the communion wine?'”

A spokesman for Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) responded by saying that the district had indeed taken action against Sarandos.

“We are aware of Mr. Sarandos’ actions and can confirm that he was not speaking on behalf of any students or staff of Milwaukee High School of the Arts or Milwaukee Public Schools. The district is following policy and procedures related to personnel matters,” the spokesman said. “Mr. Sarandos has been placed on leave pending further investigation.”

Sarandos, who has suspended his Twitter account in the wake of the scandal, released a brief statement as well.

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“I regret the statements,” he said. “It was meant as a joke, but it was in very poor taste. I do not have any further comment.”

It’s absolutely despicable that someone would celebrate the cancer diagnosis of another human being, regardless of their political beliefs. While it’s good that MPS has taken action by suspending Sarandos, they should take this one step further and fire him. Someone with his kind of views has no business shaping the minds of the next generation.

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