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Republican legislator blasts “union thugs,” blames teachers for inconveniencing parents with May 16th Rally for Respect

State Representative Mark Brody is not mincing his words when discussing teachers taking part in the upcoming May 16th Rally for Respect at the General Assembly.

In a Friday Facebook post, the three-term House member wrote:

Let’s call this what it is, Teacher Union thugs want to control the education process! I am speaking up because I don’t want Union County schools, and for that matter all NC school systems, to turn into Chicago. Let the Union thugs get their way now and we are half way there.

I will end this by saying I strongly support those teachers who do the right thing, in the right way and at the right time. Your biggest legislative support comes from the Republican State legislature. Your greatest enemy for the causes you strive for is the Teacher Union, your incompetent and/or spineless local administrations and, the biggest problem of them all, the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Brody said teachers coming to Raleigh on Wednesday were choosing to ‘inconvenience’ parents, who will need to make other arrangements for their children that day.

More than 650 people had reacted to the post by Saturday morning, including Facebook user Chuck Rananto who responded:

Mr Brody. From what you typed I can tell that you have never had to fight for what is right and just in society. Your only saying this because they are protesting you and what you represent as a leader in our state. Please get out of the chamber and visit every school (and i mean EVERY SCHOOL) in your district unannounced and sit in several classrooms and see what teachers do with students. You may be surprised with what their needs are and the responsibility they carry. Unless you have walked in their shoes, you cannot speak about them the way you do.

Read Rep. Brody’s full post below:

2 Comments


  1. Betty Hubbard

    May 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Mr. Brody, you will most likely get the “boot” come next election for your foolish comments about teachers who demonstrate being thugs. Quite frankly, I hope you are ousted. I am a veteran teacher of 28 years, and I am joining the rally simply because enough is enough. More and more is required of us, yet our pay never increases. It’s time to pay teachers for the professionals they are.

  2. wanda

    May 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    PLEASE COME TO ROBESON COUNTY TO SEE OUR STRUGGLES EVERYDAY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS SUPPLYS TESTING NO BREAK BARELY LUNCH WITHOUT INTERRUPTIONS I COULD GO ON AND ON PLEASE WALK IN OUR SHOES BEFORE YOU JUDGE I LOVE MY JOB BUT SOMETHING HAVE TO CHANGE

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