A Rhode Island public school teacher who’s a “leftist candidate” for state representative made the mistake of tweeting that he told all of his classes that Elon Musk buying Twitter is a bad thing. Now the Providence Public School District is investigating, WJAR-TV reported.
What are the details?
Enrique Sanchez — a long-term substitute teacher at Central High School, the station said — on Monday tweeted that he told “students in all five of my classes today why Elon Musk buying off Twitter is the worse [sic] thing that could have happened. No individual and especially wealthy elites should be given these types of opportunities to buy off social media platforms.”
Sanchez’s Twitter bio indicates that in addition to teaching he’s a “Leftist Candidate for Rhode Island State Representative.”
A school district spokesman told WJAR that the human resources department now is investigating Sanchez.
What did the teacher have to say afterward?
Sanchez spoke to the station about the controversy surrounding his tweet, and he told WJAR he believes it “was a mistake to share that publicly.”
“It’s my job as an educator to work on the curriculum, teach them, but also to give them an opportunity to explore their knowledge,” Sanchez added to the station.
WJAR said his tweet has received more than 1,000 comments, such as:
- “What you did today was awful and proof you’re not fit for the classroom.”
- “Why not teach the curriculum instead of telling kids your personal feelings??”
- “Why are you bringing politics into the classroom?”
Another Twitter user told Sanchez that Musk is far from the only billionaire who’s purchased a media empire and that he should talk about all of them:
“I understand where they’re coming from, their perspective,” Sanchez added to the station. “In no way was this trying to promote any side of the political spectrum. Kids actually pushed back against this.”
He also admitted to WJAR that, “I did post my personal view. I should have gone more into detail with the tweets, explaining that there was support, pushback, curiosity. But I’m aware that when it comes to teaching, when it comes to working in the classroom with youth, our job is to educate our kids on the curriculum, on the topics, not share political opinions.”
Sanchez during the interview added to the station that administrators haven’t spoken to him yet.