Fourth Grade Teacher to Parents: I Will Turn Off the Inauguration Before Trump's Speech

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January 19, 2017

A fourth grade teacher from Williamston, Michigan will not allow his classroom to view President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration speech on Friday.

Brett Meteyer explained his decision in a letter to parents that was posted to Facebook by conservative radio host Steve Gruber.

"Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration of Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump's inauguration speech," Meteyer wrote.

Meteyer explained that he had reached out to the Trump Transition team in an effort to preview the speech; however, he had not yet received a response.

The Williamston teacher continued to defend his decision, referring once again to Trump's language.

"I showed the speeches of Presidents Obama and Bush in 2009 and 2005, respectively, but I am anxious about showing Mr. Trump's inaugural address, given his past inflammatory and degrading comments about minorities, women, and the disabled," Meteyer wrote.

"I am also uneasy about Mr. Trump's casual use of profanity, so I sought an assurance that as their teacher, I would not be exposing children to language that would not appear in G- or PG-rated movies," he continued.

Meteyer explained that if the inaugural speech of the president-elect was released to concerned citizens or press members and could be vetted, he would consider changing his plans.