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Wake teacher who compared school to concentration camp suspended

Posted October 11, 2014

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— A Wake County teacher who compared his school to a concentration camp in an article published online has been suspended for five days without pay, school system officials confirmed Saturday.

Ray Fournier, who teaches at Fuquay-Varina High School, was critical of public schools in an article published in Home School Magazine.

Fournier urged the parents of Christian students to pull their children out of public schools, saying he witnesses "daily indoctrination and spiritual warfare that our children must battle with each and every school day."

A line in the article comparing his school to a concentration camp was later removed, and Fournier apologized for his remarks on a website for No Greater Joy magazine.

"The Wake County Public School System recognizes and respects the First Amendment rights of its employees to free speech in their private lives to the extent the exercise of these rights is not disruptive to students, staff, or the school environment," a spokesman for the school system said in a statement.

"In reviewing concerns regarding statements made by (Fournier), Mr. Fournier acknowledges that he exceeded his rights by making disruptive statements in materials he wrote and published, and has issued an apology for those statements."

Officials said Fournier's five-day suspension would be spread out over the course of the fall semester at times that will be "least disruptive to student learning."

"He has accepted this matter as a learning experience, and has assured the school system that there will be no further such incidents," officials said. "The school system is providing guidance and assistance to Mr. Fournier to prevent any recurrences."

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  • jimcricket15 Oct 20, 2014

    " What worries me is that with such strong feelings on the matter, and the way he's communicating it, I'm worried that his philosophy is carried over into the classroom. I would guess he might treat his non-Christian students a little differently than the Christian ones, especially if they question or challenge his views."

    You do realize you are perfectly describing what is happening in every public classroom in this State only you are not seeing, this teacher is telling the truth. These kids are being subjected to indoctrination at every turn. Was a time when teachers focused on the subject matter and political agendas did not enter the classroom. That time is gone.

  • Doug Pawlak Oct 17, 2014
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    I agree. If I was a parent in his class, I'd be monitoring what he was teaching closely. That being said, he has a right to an opinion...outside of school.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 16, 2014

    "The fact that he is being reprimanded for speaking his mind on the internet lends some validity to what he said." - kermit60


    Maybe. He sounds more like a nut to be. However, I think he should be able to speak his mind outside of work without being reprimanded for it. What worries me is that with such strong feelings on the matter, and the way he's communicating it, I'm worried that his philosophy is carried over into the classroom. I would guess he might treat his non-Christian students a little differently than the Christian ones, especially if they question or challenge his views.

  • kermit60 Oct 15, 2014

    The fact that he is being reprimanded for speaking his mind on the internet lends some validity to what he said.