Teacher Tea-Party Defamer Makes National News

Teacher Who Sought to ‘Demolish’ Tea Party Placed on Leave From School
By Jana Winter
FOXNews.com HERE

The Oregon teacher who announced his intention to “dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” has been placed on administrative leave until the school district where he works finishes its investigation and decides his fate.

Teacher Jason Levin is under investigation after his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site called on supporters to infiltrate anti government protests.
The Oregon teacher who announced his intention to “dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” has been placed on administrative leave until the school district where he works finishes its investigation and decides his fate. The state’s Teacher Standards & Practices Commission is also conducting an investigation into Jason Levin, a media teacher at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton, a school district employee who requested anonymity, told FoxNews.com.

Levin has come under fire for saying he’d do anything short of throwing rocks to bring down the Tea Party. In the last two days the Beaverton School District has received thousands of e-mails and phone calls from people across the country who said they were outraged at his behavior.

The school district is investigating whether Levin’s political behavior is appropriate for a middle school teacher. The source within the district said parents at Conestoga did not initially appear upset at Levin’s anti-Tea Party activism — but that changed in recent days as controversial statements continued to emerge.

Levin has said he would seek to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets and acting as offensively as possible — anything short of throwing punches.

Now, the source said, parents have become outraged by the severity of his political activism, and many have told the school board members that it has no place in a public school system.

Parents supported teachers who wore Obama buttons during the 2008 presidential election, the source said. But they say Levin has crossed the line.

The district is also investigating whether Levin used the school’s computers to update his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site, and whether he worked on it during school hours.

That Web site has since been changed, and the calls to infiltrate the Tea Party have been removed. The home page now simply reads: “Want to Show your support for Jason Levin? BUY A TEA-SHIRT.”

The Beaverton School District is defending Levin’s right to free speech, but it’s investigating whether he used district computers to spread his political message or worked on his Web site during school hours.

In a recent interview with Talking Points Memo, Levin said of his plans, “Our goal is that whenever a Tea Partier says ‘Barack Obama was not born in America,’ we’re going be right there next to them saying, ‘Yeah, in fact he wasn’t born on Earth! He’s an alien!'”

In a now deleted post on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site, he called on his supporters to collect the Social Security numbers — among other personal identifying information — about as many Tea Party supporters as possible at the numerous rallies that took place on Thursday, Tax Day.

“Some other thoughts are to ask people at the rally to sign a petition renouncing socialism. See just how much info you can get from these folks (name address, DOB, Social Security #). The more data we can mine from the Tea Partiers, the more mayhem we can cause with it!!!!” he wrote.

The state agency is investigating whether this is a hint at identity theft, and whether it is appropriate behavior for a public school teacher. It also will investigate charges that Levin used school computers during school hours to work on his Web site. Levin teaches 6th, 7th and 8th graders about computers and technology.

According to the school district laws regulating teacher conduct, which are posted online: “The Beavertown School District rules involving teacher use of the district’s electronic system clearly state: The district’s electronic communications system shall be used for educational purposes consistent with the district’s mission, priorities and beliefs. Educational purposes do not include commercial use, use for personal financial gain or political advocacy.”

The investigation will be assigned to a case agent who will compile a preliminary report that will be presented before the commission. The commission members will then decide whether to charge Levin with misconduct or dismiss the case due to insufficient evidence, said Melody Hanson, the director of professional practices

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  • Anonymous

    He get’s paid vacation. Swell.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I think this publicity is great.

    The more people that knows about these sorts of really slimy efforts the more baseless it makes any of the charges frequently levied against the tea party. In a sense Levin has inoculated the tea party as now there will always be the question if a misspelled protest sign is really a plant.

    In a parallel he has also made the rabid anti tea party people look even more…well rabid. Its about as stupid a move as when Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus did their march through the crowds and made up phony charges of racial slurs.

    Frankly this guy is second in line to Glenn Beck in terms of what he has done for the tea party movement.

    • valley p

      “the more baseless it makes any of the charges frequently levied against the tea party.”

      Except its hard to blame a Beaverton teacher for Tom Tancredo’s speech to the Tea Party convention. And its harder to ignore poll results of tea party supporters racial attitudes.

      Its like “Climategate.” A distraction. It doesn’t change reality.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        >Except its hard to blame a Beaverton teacher for Tom Tancredo’s speech to the Tea Party convention.

        Well, by that standard then obviously Obama is a total racist. Remember if you are going to do guilt by association, you will have to accept the same treatment.

        Lets also remember Tancrado didn’t say anything more racist than what you say here on a fairly regular basis.

        >And its harder to ignore poll results of tea party supporters racial attitudes.

        Except that you never give a qoute and citation from such polls. So this doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot.

        We had some reference from you to a NYT poll, but that is hardly an unbiased source.

        >Its like “Climategate.” A distraction. It doesn’t change reality.

        Well, except Climatgate forced the head of the CRU to admit, among other things, that there had been no warming for the past ten years.

        That didn’t change reality, most informed people already knew this.

        However it did change the fiction the AGW movement had been trying to maintain.

        Obviously you missed that

        • valley p

          “Remember if you are going to do guilt by association, you will have to accept the same treatment. ”

          Whether I accept it or not is irrelevant. You have been playing that game for years now. Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers ideas = Obama ideas. Its not like you need this case to go back to your well. Why not go all the way to 6 degrees of separation and EVERYONE can be EVERYTHING? We can all be racists, socialists, communists, libertarians, or anything else based on the friends of our friends.

          “Except that you never give a qoute and citation from such polls.”

          I gave you 2 direct links yesterday, one for the Times poll and one for the U Washington poll. If you are too lazy or worried about what you might find out to click on a link, that is your problem. And I summarized the results. Tea Party supporters have a lot more racial angst than the public at large. They resent black people and hold low opinions of them compared with everyone else. If that isn’t racist, then what is?

          “Well, except Climatgate forced the head of the CRU to admit, among other things, that there had been no warming for the past ten years. ”

          No Rupert. What he “admitted” was what the statistical evidence that the CRU collected says. That the amount of warming over the past 10 years is “statistically insignificant.” That “admission” had nothing to do with Climategate. It was simply a statement of fact. But its also a fact that every decade since 1970 has been warmer than the last, and that the degree of warming is consistent with predictions made int he 1980s by the same scientists you keep saying are wrong. 2001-2010 was the warmest decade yet. And 2011-2020 is likely going to be warmer yet. That is reality, and that is what has been reported by the scientists. The only fiction here is the one you continue to cling to.

  • Can’t hide

    So, since the Tea Party activists don’t carry rascist signs or chant rascist statements the liberals are and then are trying to blame the tea partiers for the liberal rascism?

    Sounds like the liberals are showing their true KKK colors, much like Democratic Senator Byrd did. Remember, most KKK members are card carrying democrats…

    • Anonymous

      You really believe that?

      • Anonymous

        Go study history. The dominant political party of the south following the Civil War was the Democratic Party. The Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln and both were hated in the south. The Democrats dominated southern politics clear into the 1970’s. And yes, most members of the KKK were also Democrats.

        • dartagnan

          Umm, you DO realize it’s not 1970 anymore, I hope.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, silly me. I thought we were talking about the present. Your use of the present tense (“most KKK members are card carrying Democrats”) threw me off a little bit.

          Say? Would you like to make a bet? A bet that most KKK members today are Republicans/Libertarians?

          • Anonymous

            Anon 3.1.1 said “And yes, most members of the KKK were also Democrats”

            Anon 3.1.1.2 said “Your use of the present tense (“most KKK members are card carrying Democrats”)

            It appears Anon 3.1.1.2 has deficient reading skills as evident by the inability to distinguish the difference between the words “were” and “are”. Also lacks the ability to correctly quote others.

            Anon 3.1.1.2 = EPIC FAIL

          • Anonymous

            Seriously? I’m the one with the reading problem? Really?

            Did you read the last sentence of comment #3? You know, the one that prompted my initial question?

            EPIC FAIL = How old are you?

      • Rupert in Springfield

        Well, if you don’t believe that then perhaps you could tell us why no one has stepped forward to claim Andrew Breitbarts $10,000 reward offered for any video of this during the Pelosi march last month?

        I mean all this rampant racism and no one wants $10G’s? CBC members claimed they heard racial epithets 15 times. Fifteen times and not one of the 20 zillion news cameras covering the event caught it.

        Lets also remember that the only documented white/black racial intimidation or beat downs has been liberal whites either beating up or intimidating black tea party participants.

        We have the legendary beat down of a black man selling flags at a T party rally by purple shirt clad SEIU members, and we also have the incident of a white anti second ammendment guy confronting a black man legally carrying a gun.

        Then we have the beat down of Allee Butsch, where she suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend a broken nose after five men beat them up outside a Republican SRLC event in New Orleans last Friday.

        Frankly these days, considering the incredible violence of the left on this issue, its a wonder all tea party rally attendees don’t go armed. If ever there was a justified self defense need, the lefts repeated violence at these events is it!

        • Anonymous

          I know, I know. Hey, thanks for your input, Rupee. Always good to hear from you.

          I’ll remember all that you’ve said next time I visit my racist Republican gun-loving NASCAR watching family in Tennessee. Cuz I don’t know anything about living in the south or southerners. And every time I hear one of them say the word “nigger”, I’ll think of the Democrats. Thanks again.

          • Rupert in Springfield

            So now you are making fun of my name because you come from a low class family in TN?

            Im not sure how that refutes the basic fact that any tea party violence has been exclusivly from the left, but ok.

            You are establishing quite a record here – first creepy stalker guy trying to google up dirt on me, now showing your immaturity by making fun of my name.

            Yep, you really are a winner aren’t you?

            Getting back to your family – Im not so sure you really are in a place to make fun of them. Considering your behaviour here they might be the smart ones. One thing is clear though – the tranmission didnt fall too far from the trailer.

            You dont really bring a lot to the discussion you know. When your point is refuted you almost always back down immediatly by your predictable descent into name calling. Maybe you should consider just crawling back under your rock?

          • Anonymous

            “So now you are making fun of my name because you come from a low class family in TN?”

            Making fun of your name? Rupee was intended as a sarcastic term of endearment. Why would I “make fun” of your fake name? Why would I care what name you hide your identity with?

            You’re calling my family low class? Why is that? Because they’re Republican? Gun owners? Fans of NASCAR? Which stereotype is best for determining social status?

            “Im not sure how that refutes the basic fact that any tea party violence has been exclusivly from the left, but ok.”

            Tea party violence? Who was talking about tea party violence? Why can’t you stay on topic, Rupee? I was refuting the ridiculous claim that american racism is an institution of the left in this country. To the point that it makes it difficult to take anyone seriously who makes such claims. But you go right on ahead, keep talking to that wall, someday it might even tell you you’re pretty.

            “You are establishing quite a record here – first creepy stalker guy trying to google up dirt on me, now showing your immaturity by making fun of my name.”

            LOL Oh my, what a ridiculous specimen you are. By the way, I didn’t try to “google up dirt” on you. I was curious who you were (because you’re such an extreme asshole), and your porn stuff is what google spit out. I thought I’d find a bio on a company a website or something, but no such luck.

            “Yep, you really are a winner aren’t you?”

            Oh, the crushing hammer of “Rupert in Springfield’s” judgement. What will I do now? How I will go on?

            “Getting back to your family – Im not so sure you really are in a place to make fun of them. Considering your behaviour here they might be the smart ones. One thing is clear though – the tranmission didnt fall too far from the trailer.”

            I wasn’t making fun of them. I love my family, imperfections and all. It just so happens that they and most everyone that I know in Tennessee are racists. So you can sit here in your little know-it-all perch up here in Oregon and pretend reality is something other than it is, but you can’t fake that shit on me.

            “You dont really bring a lot to the discussion you know. When your point is refuted you almost always back down immediatly by your predictable descent into name calling. Maybe you should consider just crawling back under your rock?”

            Back at you, Rupee.

  • dartagnan

    I think the school district has handled this appropriately so far. If the teacher did any of his politicking on the taxpayers’ dime, or time, he should be fired. If he tried to indoctrinate his students with his personal political views he should be fired. Otherwise he was just exercising his rights as an American. Becoming a school teacher doesn’t mean you forfeit those rights.

    “Remember, most KKK members are card carrying democrats… ”

    True 60 years ago, not true today. That’s why the Republicans carry the states of the former Confederacy in every presidential election.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >I think the school district has handled this appropriately so far. If the teacher did any of his politicking on the taxpayers’ dime, or time, he should be fired. If he tried to indoctrinate his students with his personal political views he should be fired. Otherwise he was just exercising his rights as an American. Becoming a school teacher doesn’t mean you forfeit those rights.

      Woah – OK, knock me over with a feather.

      Finally one liberal who can give a straight up criticism of this guy.

  • TeeDee in Bend

    I am glad to see appropriate action starting regarding Levine.
    I am confused about 1 thing in this article which seems to reinforce Jason Levines belief. This comment is found near the beginning of the article and states “Jason Levin is under investigation after his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site called on supporters to infiltrate anti government protests.”
    These are not ‘anti-government’ protests. The Government of the U.S.A. was set up to be a democracy, not a dictatorship or socialist nation. These ‘tea parties’ are embracing the principles of government that America is built on.
    To sum it up the basis of one tea party platform for all Americans regardless if they are red, white, black or brown is:
    Americans have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from conception to natural death.
    http://keller4congress.com/platform/

  • Jack

    FIRE THE *********

  • Ron Marquez

    Levin’s website described tea party members as “racists, homophobes, and morons”. This is hate, pure and simple.

    Anybody with half a brain would distance themselves from Levin and his “organization”. His conduct is indefensible and the Beaverton School District must fire him or at least ensure he never teaches again.

    Keep him away from your children.

  • Vigilant Earp

    Once upon a time, a Federal Govt ’employed’ brother also attempted operate a small mail order (religious) book business during his ‘off the clock’ spare time.

    Once Uncle Sam got wind of his ‘conflicting’ endeavor, he was ordered to cease the legit side business or face demotion, even firing.

    He opted to retain his GS-11 pay scale, later early-retired at age 55 and then resumed his mail order outreach.

    In the case of Oregon teacher Levin vs the US Tea Party Movement, firing him would seem lenient when citing him for resembling a kind of Joseph Goebels, michael moore-like it. Ja!

  • Jack

    He’s probably in a RUBBER ROOM SOMEWHERE aaaaaaaaaaaaaa. FIRE HIM

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