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Compassion toward animals got this teacher fired. Help him get his job back

December 19, 2014
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Keith Allison was removed as a teacher by the Green Local Schools in Smithville, Ohio in August 2014. Why? Because of a Facebook post in which he shared his personal beliefs about the treatment of dairy farm animals and encouraged people to drink plant-based milk.

He posted about the need for compassion toward animals.

On his personal time.

In his own home, using his own computer.

And for this, he was fired.

Keith’s post did not violate any laws. And as passionate as Keith is about veganism and compassion toward animals, he did not promote these causes in the classroom.

School Superintendent Judy Robinson said that Keith, who tutored elementary school students in English and math, was terminated because his Facebook post offended the owner of a farm that was shown in a photo attached to the post. But the post didn’t even identify either the landowner or the location of the farm.

Teachers, like all American citizens, have a First Amendment right to engage in free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio reminded the Green school board of this fact in a letter dated December 10, 2014.

“A school district cannot punish an employee because a member of the community objects to what the employee has to say,” said Freda Levenson, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio. “As the training ground for future citizens, schools have a special obligation to follow the Constitution,” said Joseph Mead, representing Keith as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU.

You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to understand that Keith should be applauded for his big heart and compassion. He certainly shouldn’t be punished. We need more, not less, love and kindness in the world – especially in our schools.

Please sign this petition to urge the Green Local Board of Education to put Keith back where he belongs – in the classroom, serving as a much loved and highly respected educator.





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what lessons do we teach the generation
that will inherit our earth and nation.
do we teach them kindness or
to obey.
and not say anything out of the way.
if you want to raise children to
be compassionate and
of independent mind.
treat this man as a hero
and a champion
of the kind.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


13 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    December 19, 2014 11:31 am

    what lessons do we teach the generation
    that will inherit our earth and nation.
    do we teach them kindness or
    to obey.
    and not say anything out of the way.
    if you want to raise children to
    be compassionate and
    of independent mind.
    treat this man as a hero
    and a champion
    of the kind.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. April Hardin permalink
    December 19, 2014 12:32 pm

    This man deserves to get his job back. Expressing compassion for farm animals on your personal timeline is not valid grounds for dismissal. This is a ridiculous reason to fire a good teacher!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 19, 2014 1:47 pm

      It should be part of all curriculum to teach respect and compassion to animals as well as teach what actually happens to animals. This whole case disgusts me – these people are cruel, disrespectful, and indifferent to animal suffering as well as indifferent to allowing the truth in their school. Thanks, April.

      Like

  3. December 19, 2014 1:09 pm

    But, you can physically and mentally abuse children in the classroom and not get fired…and still draw a paycheck…Here, the Sarasota County School Board told me they don’t even care what teachers are up to, because “it happens all the time” (when I reported teachers abusing kids in schools here). This world just not make any sense…

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 19, 2014 1:49 pm

      That’s outrageously wrong and criminal. That should NEVER happen. There are unethical people out there, and what’s worse is, they are supposed to be caring for and teaching children. Thanks.

      Like

  4. December 20, 2014 3:43 am

    Signed and shared.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. December 20, 2014 11:00 am

    Signed. We had a similar incident in South Africa where a teacher was fired for promoting Veganism – totally outrageous !

    Liked by 2 people

  6. December 21, 2014 4:18 am

    Signed. This is totally outrageous.

    Liked by 1 person

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