Student Tapes Teacher's Sermon, School Says 'No More Taping'

Over at Blue Jersey, we revisit the story of a Kearny high school teacher, David Paszkiewicz, who told his students that 'that evolution and the Big Bang were not scientific, that dinosaurs were aboard Noah's ark,' and "you belong in hell" if you "reject" Christianity. He also singled out a Muslim student to tell her that she is definitely going to hell.

Kearny school officials have certainly taken their time in handling the incident, which occurred at the start of the school year and became public in November.

In December, the Kearny school board continued to obfuscate who was at fault, silently implicating the young student who had secretly taped Paszkiewicz's classroom sermons for fear officials wouldn't believe him. In January, the teacher published a rambling letter in the local paper, explaining why the Constitution allows him to tell his students they are going to hell. He even insinuated the student who taped him was a part of a broader conspiracy:

It is my firm conviction that there is an effort afoot to undermine the very underpinnings of our freedoms.
This morning, the New York Times tells of Kearny's official reaction:

Student's Recording of Teacher's Views Leads to a Ban on Taping

After a public school teacher was recorded telling students they belonged in hell if they did not accept Jesus as their savior, the school board has banned taping in class without an instructor's permission, and has added training for teachers on the legal requirements for separating church and state.

In response, the student's father said it the best, "Adoption of this rule at this time sends all the wrong messages."

And while the school board says they've taken some undefined "corrective action" against the teacher, Paszkiewicz still seems intent on berating anyone who disagrees with him.

Meanwhile, [the student] said that Mr. Paszkiewicz recently told the class that scientists who spoke about the danger of global warming were using tactics like those Hitler used, by repeating a lie often enough that people come to believe it.

Tags: Education, Kearny, new jersey, religion (all tags)

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9 Comments

Re: Student Tapes Teacher's Sermon, School Says 'N

sniff...sniff...sniff...

I smell a Devon,PA-ish school board election in Kearny's future.

Amazing. Just amazing.

by KB 2007-02-02 04:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Student Tapes Teacher's Sermon, School Says 'N

Shorter school board: the real problem wasn't the teacher, it was the kid who taped him.

by RT 2007-02-02 05:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Student Tapes Teacher's Sermon, School Says 'N

Of course!  It's not Nixon, Bush, Libby, Rove, Teacher's fault - it's those who CAUGHT them.  They are the ones who should be locked up for violating the right to not be recorded while making asinine, racist, bigoted remarks.

by Robert P 2007-02-02 08:42AM | 0 recs
Is Anyone Talking Recall Yet???

Even conservative homeowners ought to realize that these sorts of antics reduce their property values. No one who wants their kid to get into Harvard or Princeton is going to want to live there.

They may not care about the Constitution.  But we're talking serious money.

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-02-02 07:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Anyone Talking Recall Yet???

That is the real issue, I live in the area of Dover, and though my wife thought me nuts, I REFUSED to buy a home actually IN Dover PA.

I have a few friends that live there, and they will indeed say that this hurt the property values.

by benjamink 2007-02-02 07:12AM | 0 recs
It Certainly Played A Role In Kansas

I don't care how good a politician Kathleen Sebelius, it was the practical, bottom line disaster the wingnuts in the GOP were promoting that gave her the opening she needed. At some point, folks started to realize that Kansas was headed for Mississippi-ville, and that's when the tide began to change.

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-02-02 08:29AM | 0 recs
Like religious nuts and hate civil liberties...?

I live in Jersey City, and am planning on buying a house in the area in a few years.  I can't say Kearney was high on my list of towns to live in, but I can guarantee you it's off the list now.

by schroeder 2007-02-02 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Like religious nuts and hate civil liberties..

Of all of Hudson County, only 3 (or 2?) wards voted for Kean Jr.

All of them were in Kearny.

If you live in Hudson County, you should join up at Blue Jersey.

by jrb1968 2007-02-02 11:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Like religious nuts and hate civil liberties..

I just did.  Thanks for the tip.

by schroeder 2007-02-09 09:11AM | 0 recs

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