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Teen Says Teacher Made Him Sit on Floor(for wearing broncos football jersey)
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Posted on 01/28/2006 5:57:55 AM PST by freepatriot32

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - A 17-year-old high school student said he was humiliated when a teacher made him sit on the floor during a midterm exam in his ethnicity class _ for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.

The teacher, John Kelly, forced Joshua Vannoy to sit on the floor and take the test Friday _ two days before the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Broncos 34-17 in the AFC championship game. Kelly also made other students throw crumpled up paper at Vannoy, whom he called a "stinking Denver fan," Vannoy told The Associated Press on Monday.

Kelly said Vannoy, a junior at Beaver Area Senior High School, just didn't get the joke.

"If he felt uncomfortable, then that's a lesson; that's what (the class) is designed to do," Kelly told The Denver Post. "It was silly fun. I can't believe he was upset."

Vannoy was wearing a No. 7 Broncos jersey on Friday, because he is a fan of John Elway, the Broncos' retired Hall of Fame quarterback.

Vannoy said he was so unnerved he left at least 20 questions blank on the 60-question test, and just wants out of Kelly's class because he's afraid the teacher won't treat him fairly now that the story reached the media.

"I'm going to have to deal with him for two more nine weeks (school quarters) and he's going to want revenge somehow," Vannoy said Monday. "I took the test. I'm shaking. I'm furious. I didn't know what to do."

Kelly, who wore a Ben Roethlisberger jersey Friday, and his principal, Thomas Karczewski, didn't immediately return messages left on their school voice mail Monday.

Big Beaver Falls Area School District Superintendent Donna Nugent said she was aware of the situation, but said confidentiality rules prevent her from commenting specifically.

"We'll take whatever action we need to in order for the student to feel comfortable," Nugent said.


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Joshua Vannoy, 17, says he was humiliated in class. (Courtesy of Vannoy family)
1 posted on 01/28/2006 5:58:00 AM PST by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

Wearing number 7 was self-humiliation. The teacher was just helping.


2 posted on 01/28/2006 6:01:07 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: freepatriot32

The teacher should be forced to wear Seattle Seahawks jerseys for the remainder of the school year, and be a target for all the school's spitwads and rubber bands.


3 posted on 01/28/2006 6:01:43 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: freepatriot32

The teacher was a moron, and this kid is a mewling lil' girlieman.


4 posted on 01/28/2006 6:02:45 AM PST by bikepacker67
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To: freepatriot32

geeze...someone should sue that teacher for being unprofessional.


5 posted on 01/28/2006 6:02:57 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: RGSpincich

I agree. Kid was begging for it!


6 posted on 01/28/2006 6:03:11 AM PST by AntiGuv ()
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To: freepatriot32

To annoy Vannoy


7 posted on 01/28/2006 6:03:48 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: AntiGuv

Make ye no mistake. This is liberal re-education.


8 posted on 01/28/2006 6:04:48 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: freepatriot32

My dislike of the Steelers dates back to around the time Terry Bradshaw blatantly cheated in the Superbowl by forward fumbling 5 or more yards as he was forced out of bounds. That's why its illegal now. Was a moral and ethical lapse back then.

And, during the time of "Last year we knocked on the door. This year we beat on the door. Next year we're gonna kick the SOB in!"


9 posted on 01/28/2006 6:06:27 AM PST by DaGman
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To: bikepacker67
A 17-year-old high school student said he was humiliated when a teacher made him sit on the floor during a midterm exam in his ethnicity class _

That class is really going to help him make change, read, or otherwise be productive. So his disruption of the class was a tragic loss to Education, and no doubt robbed his classmates of a critical educational experience.

10 posted on 01/28/2006 6:08:58 AM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: freepatriot32


A 17yr old scared of a high school teacher.....yeah right.


11 posted on 01/28/2006 6:10:26 AM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: freepatriot32
There's also a bit of good news from this:

9news.com | Student ridiculed for wearing Broncos jersey to get Elway recliner

12 posted on 01/28/2006 6:12:13 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: freepatriot32

Can we all say WIMP.


13 posted on 01/28/2006 6:14:46 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: Gorzaloon

"Ethnicity class" - I'm guessing that the intent of the class is to make all of the white kids feel guilty and experience what this freak of a teacher thinks non whites feel. I really hope O'Reily and Hannity get hold of the curriculum and blast the teacher. I don't agree that he's a girly man. If there's a rule against shirts with labels on it, then fine, make him turn it inside out or call home to have a parent bring another shirt. Sitting on the floor? I remember having to kneel in front of the teacher's desk in sixth grade. I don't remember why but I survived. But having the other students throw stuff at him while he's trying to take the test, that is just plain sick and the teacher should be canned!!! If that had been my kid, I'd arrrrrrgggg, I have to go wash something.


14 posted on 01/28/2006 6:14:57 AM PST by Mercat (sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms the child)
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To: freepatriot32
Well, if they insist on having such silliness as ethnicity class, they are going to get some wacky antics from teachers. I assume he was attempting to metaphorically illustrate the social ostracism of people who are "different". Or maybe the teacher is just a Steelers fan and wanted to throw paper at this little putz.
15 posted on 01/28/2006 6:17:34 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: DaGman

I always thought the "forward fumble" rule dated back to the Oakland Raiders and Kenny Stabler, fumbling the ball forward to defeat the Miami Dolphins in a playoff game.


16 posted on 01/28/2006 6:17:50 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: freepatriot32

Stupid joke on the teacher's part, but the student is a big, crying baby.


17 posted on 01/28/2006 6:17:50 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: Mercat
I don't agree that he's a girly man.

Umm.. He was wearing a Broncos jersey..

18 posted on 01/28/2006 6:18:01 AM PST by AntiGuv ()
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To: freepatriot32

This is the kind of story that will whip Denver into action and beat the Steel...


19 posted on 01/28/2006 6:19:25 AM PST by sully777 (What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: AntiGuv

agreed....


20 posted on 01/28/2006 6:19:25 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: freepatriot32

And Jews think the Holocaust was bad.


21 posted on 01/28/2006 6:19:28 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Bend over and think of England.)
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To: freepatriot32

what a freaking WUSS!!!


22 posted on 01/28/2006 6:22:07 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: freepatriot32
At least he wasnt made to wear San Fransico panties on his head.
23 posted on 01/28/2006 6:22:12 AM PST by DogBarkTree (The higher the monkey climbs the flag pole, the more people can see his @$$h0!e)
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To: freepatriot32

You know what else ticks me off about this ? Is that Sports, was made the topic in that class by that teacher, when they were suppose to be into academics...granted...it was Social Studies Class..but really..what kind of message is that for a "social studies" class...to ostracize a member of the class , and humilate him for having a different view. TSK!


24 posted on 01/28/2006 6:22:14 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: freepatriot32
Teacher represents the typical Steeler fan.
25 posted on 01/28/2006 6:22:30 AM PST by sausageseller (Look out for the jackbooted spelling police. There! Everywhere!(revised cause the "man" accosted me!)
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To: freepatriot32

Awwww!, was your wittle feeewings hurt?


26 posted on 01/28/2006 6:25:02 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: sausageseller

"Ethnicity class" ????

I don't EVEN want to guess what the curriculum is. . .


27 posted on 01/28/2006 6:25:12 AM PST by CondorFlight
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To: freepatriot32

How can this happen in America? In Beaver Falls? Just outside Pittsburgh/ sarcasm


28 posted on 01/28/2006 6:26:16 AM PST by sully777 (What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: freepatriot32

I would have told the kid jokingly to "get off the floor" after he sat there for 5 minutes...if I'd even thought of the joke in the first place. We aren't getting enough of the story here. The other kids might have more to say on how obvious it was that it was a joke. Good teachers would generally make sure the victim of the joke is a good sport about it. So, for instance, he would ask the kid how the weather was down there to see if the kid saw the humor. This teacher seems to take the attitude of a basic training sargeant...which, by the way, is what this wussy kid needs to get in front of so he can get a spine.

In Germany, you cannot go into a bar in Dusseldorf and order a Koelsh from Cologne nor can you go into a bar in Cologne and order a Diebel. The tradition is that the whole bar goes silent and stares at you...and then somebody asks you what you really want to drink. You are supposed to then give the correct answer. The implication is that you will get thrown out on your ear if you insist on the competing city's main beer brand.

This is a very healthy attitude...precisely because it is mostly meant to be lighthearted fun and it is confined to boycotting only a neighbor city's beer (and not other products and services).


29 posted on 01/28/2006 6:26:28 AM PST by GermanBusiness
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To: freepatriot32

I never had the chance to take an ethnicity class in high school. I been cheated!


30 posted on 01/28/2006 6:28:59 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: EmilyGeiger
Stupid joke on the teacher's part, but the student is a big, crying baby.

This kid is displaying the telltale signs of a Columbine type mentality IMO and should be watched very closely.
31 posted on 01/28/2006 6:29:32 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: freepatriot32
Never mind the rest of the BS in this story, what the he!! are we doing having taxpayers pay for an ethnicity class?
32 posted on 01/28/2006 6:31:00 AM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: freepatriot32

Seems the boy's learned vicimization quite well.


33 posted on 01/28/2006 6:32:50 AM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Fresh Wind
I never had the chance to take an ethnicity class in high school. I been cheated!

It sounds to me like you got a strong case for a lawsuit for reparations ;-)

34 posted on 01/28/2006 6:34:04 AM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32

This was a serious error on the part of the teacher.

Kelly should be fired or reassigned.

IMO.


35 posted on 01/28/2006 6:37:37 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: sully777

Last night I was at a comedy act in Duesseldorf when the funny comedian announced that he had a confession to make. He said "I'm from Cologne." Suddenly the entire audience erupted in loud boos, 800 people in unison.

He set himself up for that.

His act was a big hit with the crowd, by the way.

In the USA, anyone who wears a competing city's football jersey, especially at a propitious time, has to expect a major healthy reaction. Healthy means no violence. But...after that, for instance, the local restaurant can invoke their "no shirt, no service rule" and refuse service...as long as it is clear that the protagonist knows it is meant humorously and he won't go hungry (proximity of other restaurants, etc). Otherwise, it wouldn't be funny anymore.

And it wouldn't be classy for home city fans to be that way when a large number of "enemy fans" happen to be in your city for a game. The "punishment" for being an "enemy fan" would have to be a lot less in that case, it it were to remain funny.


36 posted on 01/28/2006 6:39:37 AM PST by GermanBusiness
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37 posted on 01/28/2006 6:51:02 AM PST by bulldozer
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"We'll take whatever action we need to in order for the student to feel comfortable," Nugent said.

Don't let your mouth write checks that your ass(ets) can't cover.

"I will only feel comfortable if John Kelly is fired"

38 posted on 01/28/2006 6:53:29 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Liberal comes from "liber" the Latin word for "free" - Liberal Republic, you know it makes sense)
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To: Gorzaloon
That class is really going to help him make change, read, or otherwise be productive

Actually it counts for honors It's not worth anything in itself, but it can make a difference about getting into college.

40 posted on 01/28/2006 6:57:13 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Liberal comes from "liber" the Latin word for "free" - Liberal Republic, you know it makes sense)
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To: Mercat; Gorzaloon
"Ethnicity class" - I'm guessing that the intent of the class is to make all of the white kids feel guilty and experience what this freak of a teacher thinks non whites feel.

Ka-ching! we have a winner. You are the first person here ar Liberal Republic to state that - most people too busy defending the "change agent" teacher.

41 posted on 01/28/2006 7:02:14 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Liberal comes from "liber" the Latin word for "free" - Liberal Republic, you know it makes sense)
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To: freepatriot32

Gosh, I miss the good old US of A.


42 posted on 01/28/2006 7:08:04 AM PST by Just A Nobody ("Iraq joins coalition to fight terrorism!" I - LOVE - my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: freepatriot32

Good punishment, the Broncos are Lame.


43 posted on 01/28/2006 7:10:26 AM PST by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: freepatriot32

Sorry, but that kid looks like a meathead.


44 posted on 01/28/2006 7:11:53 AM PST by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: freepatriot32

They do take football real serious in Pa I guess.


45 posted on 01/28/2006 7:15:17 AM PST by Steveone (Liberalism is a brain tumor!)
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To: bikepacker67

I'm with you - the teacher is a moron. The kid seems to be a simp that may have found a way to get out of a bad grade for lack of preparation for the test. I would have had fun with it if one of my teahcers had reacted similarly.


46 posted on 01/28/2006 7:15:31 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: bikepacker67

Well said.


47 posted on 01/28/2006 7:16:12 AM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Steveone

We do take our football seriously. So do a lot of other Americans. Some on here defend the kid only because the Steelers might have beat their team during the reg. season or playoffs. It may seem trivial, but a pro sports team gives a city a lot of it's identity.The same people who chastise the teacher would not chastise the people who would object to a person bringing an Iranian flag to a pro-USA rally.
The kid was obviously looking to stir the pot a little. When he got the reaction he was looking for he couldn't handle it.


48 posted on 01/28/2006 7:30:30 AM PST by oneofmany (Proud to be intolerant)
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To: TommyDale; freepatriot32
I always thought the "forward fumble" rule dated back to the Oakland Raiders and Kenny Stabler, fumbling the ball forward to defeat the Miami Dolphins in a playoff game.

It was the Immaculate Deception aka the Holy Roller against the San Diego Chargers in a regular season game.

49 posted on 01/28/2006 7:41:27 AM PST by wi jd
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To: oneofmany
Good point and nicely stated!
BTW when up there (Pittsburgh)on a business trip I told my kid to leave his Dolphins jerseys in the suitcase.
50 posted on 01/28/2006 7:43:25 AM PST by Steveone (Liberalism is a brain tumor!)
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