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Local school officials have confirmed there is an investigation into complaints about a high school teacher who allegedly lectured his students on how to vote in the presidential election.

Sandalwood High School’s principal is trying to determine whether the teacher violated school policy.

Chap. 6.85 of the school policy says, “No employee shall use his/her position in any way to influence or attempt to influence students to support or oppose any candidate, party or issue. Such prohibition shall include, but not be limited to, any form of advocacy or opposition in a classroom or school setting or other school related student-teacher relationship.”sa

The mother of one student said her daughter was subjected to a harangue about differences between Democrats and Republicans and a listing of what the teacher said were Donald Trump’s faults.

The teacher also claimed to have persuaded other students to support Trump’s opponent in the presidential election.

Several students reportedly were asked to provide written statements about the teacher’s lecture during a dual enrollment class on psychology last week.

It is not clear whether the teacher is still teaching. Eye on Jacksonville sent him an email asking for his response but has not received an answer. There also has been no response from the school’s assistant principal.

On ratemyprofessors.com the teacher has some glowing reviews from students who considered his course easy but a number of them complained of him “going off on tangents” in class.

Students also posted these two comments:

“By far the worst professor I’ve ever had. He barely teaches the criteria from the book and goes on tangents and even made very inappropriate comments about sex and he judged my body shape, which was very uncomfortable. He also picks his favorites in the class.”

“Awful teacher. Many things he said were inappropriate or rude including blaming mental illnesses on the person, and unnecessary jokes such as saying “You may dream of getting there (orgasm), but you’ll never get there” to (teenage) girls when talking about premature ejaculation. Would take the course again, but with an entirely different professor.”

Although the liberal local media apparently is ignoring this story, last year they roasted a Sandalwood teacher for refusing to call a boy “her,” which is required by the government schools in Jacksonville if the student insists.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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