While teachers around the nation berate and attack President Donald Trump with seemingly unfettered administrative support, one teacher in Washington State was suspended Friday for a Facebook post on her private account — in which she expressed support for the president and urged citizens to report illegal immigrants.
Cheriese Rhode, 29, who teaches first grade in a Prosser district school, wrote a message last week encouraging citizens to inform Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents about anyone believed to be in the U.S. without proper documentation.
“This was going viral on my daughter’s SnapChat … TRUMP all the way!!!” wrote the teacher on her now-deleted post.
Rhode posted her message in conjunction with last Thursday’s “A Day Without Immigrants” boycott, during which businesses closed and children were kept home from school to reportedly show the importance of immigrants being in the United States.
“This is a great idea, narrows the search down,” the Facebook post read, which included a phone number for the agency.
“If this offended you in any way do me a favor and unfriend my American (expletive)!!!” said the post. “This was going viral on my daughter’s SnapChat … TRUMP all the way!!!”
Angry residents reportedly called, emailed, and visited the Prosser School District offices, where 62 percent of students are Hispanic, the Tri-City Herald reported.
Washington has over 20 sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens, even if some may be criminals. Police arrested five illegal immigrants late last month who they say are responsible for the murder of 31-year-old Jill Sundberg, who was shot 13 times in the head in late December in Grant County, Washington.
After that shooting, one of the murderers, Mendez Villenueva, reportedly wrote a note in Spanish on a piece of cardboard and secured the message to the victim by stabbing it into her back with a knife, a report obtained by iFiberOne revealed. The group then fled the scene; they headed to a convenience store, where they bought beer.
But according to her school district, this elementary school teacher is out of bounds for asking, on her personal account, for help for law enforcement.
“Due to possible safety and security concerns, as well as concern for disruption of the school environment, this teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending [an] investigation,” Prosser Superintendent Ray Tolcacher said in a statement, the Herald reported.
“Please be assured that the views expressed by this teacher on her personal Facebook page do not in any way reflect the views, beliefs or values of the Prosser School District or its administration or Board of Directors,” the superintendant continued.
"Instead of open conversation [in the schools], they default to disparaging not only the president but the office of the presidency, and all those who voted Trump in,” said one parent.
“How in the world is this fair, when teachers have been openly boycotting a duly elected president in the classrooms that taxpayers pay for?” said one Boston-area mother of three. “Meanwhile, a teacher encouraging the halt of illegal activity is suspended — that tells you all you need to know about the tone of American progressive education. It’s shameful. Parents are disregarded while liberals are worshipped in these schools. And a classroom of little kids is suddenly without their teacher.”
The post was later removed from Facebook and the teacher’s page appears to have been taken down. Yahoo News posted a screenshot of the post prior to its deletion. The teacher has not responded publicly to the district’s statement.
Rhode is in her second year of teaching in the Prosser district, according to the Herald. At least one commenter urged people to complain to the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Equity and Civil Rights Office.
“Please,” said one mom who lives in the Boston area. “This is the type of attitude that squelches any sort of freedom in today’s classrooms. Instead of open conversation at the middle and high school level, they default to disparaging not only the president, but the office of the presidency — and all those who voted Trump in.”