I heard about this story for the first time on the radio this morning. The morning talking heads got into a pretty heated debate about it and I thought it was an interesting issue.
Fired Shawnee Mission Science Teacher Fighting Back - WDAF
Assuming that the article is correct, and this was a first offense, I think it's ridiculous that the guy was fired over it. It was a mildly inappropriate comment, and there should have been disciplinary action over it, but firing the guy is an extreme over-reaction.Haraughty says that the charges that led to his dismissal are based on a single incident, when he drew a map of the United States to help explain how the jet stream works.
"I drew Florida out of proportion," said Haraughty. "The kids jump all over stuff like that, 'Oh Mr. Haraughty, Florida is all wrong. OK, whatever, not thinking, I said, 'Florida got excited.' And right after, I'm thinking, you know, but I decided I'm not going to dwell on it."