BRENTWOOD — At the end of the school year, Tyler Rust’s future was still in limbo. Rust has faced turbulence the past few weeks after remaining firm in his decision to kneel during flag-raising ceremonies in protest of police brutality.

The United States history teacher faced backlash from some students, parents and administrators after a video was circulated of him kneeling during a routine flag-raising ceremony by the school’s Jr. ROTC. Soon after the video, the Liberty Union High School District told Rust he was being transferred from Heritage High School to Liberty High School, another campus in Brentwood. The district would not give the exact reason for the decision, aside from vague comments about “controversial topics,” school district policies and that Rust was “causing disruption.”

Rust is not the first Bay Area educator to be called out and punished for exercising what they believe are their First Amendment rights.

• Phil Morales, former principal at Milpitas High School, was suspended for two days in November 2016 after a video circulated of him cursing during a student walkout to protest the election of President Donald Trump.

Ironically, Morales had directed the students to the football field for their safety and requested that they keep their discussion appropriate and civilized. But the video clearly shows Morales yelling “F– Donald Trump,” after students are heard goading him to say it. Morales said earlier this month that the video segment did not show the lead-up to the salty declaration.

“I said, ‘If you could say all these things, you could say f— Trump, and it doesn’t necessarily change what’s gonna happen, we need to come together and still be a group that is going to be accepting and that sort of thing,’ ” he said.

Morales said he regrets using expletives, though he maintains his words were used …read more

Source:: East Bay – Politics


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