LA school administrators suspend science teacher for doing his job

Two of his students made science projects that officials thought looked like weapons

Topics: the daily dot, Los Angeles, California, School Violence, Guns, L.A. Times, , ,

LA school administrators suspend science teacher for doing his job
This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.

The Daily Dot The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended a science teacher after two of his students made science projects that school officials thought looked like weapons.

The L.A. Times is reporting that science teacher Greg Schiller, a popular teacher at Ramon C. Cortines High School and a representative to the L.A. teacher’s union, has been suspended over two controversial science projects his students made in February.

Photo via Change.org

When one student brought in the parts for a compressed air propeller, much like the one President Obama had fun with at last year’s White House science fair, a school employeee grew alarmed by its resemblance to a weapon. The compressor was not hooked up to a source of compressed air, so it could not have been fired.

You Might Also Like

Another student attempted to create an electromagnetic coilgun using batteries and a projectile tube—a common contraption for science fairs. Both projects were confiscated, however, and Schiller was suspended for “supervising the building, research and development of imitation weapons.”

While Schiller is out of the classroom, his students have complained they’re being taught by substitute teachers who aren’t prepared to teach his curriculum, which includes preparing college-bound students for upcoming Advanced Placement tests. Although Schiller had prepared lesson plans for the substitute teachers, school officials made him stop.

“The class is now essentially a free period,” 17-year-old psychology student Liana Kleinman told the Times.

In response to Schiller’s suspension, students and supporters have protested, both at the school and online, via a Change.org petition and the hashtag #reinstateschiller.

Photo via Facebook

Although Schiller has gotten support from the United Teachers of Los Angeles, numerous students, and the L.A. Times‘ editorial board, the investigation into his hands-on teaching methods is still ongoing.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 10
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Michael Ohl/Museum fur Naturkunde

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Soul-Sucking Dementor Wasp

    Latin name: Ampulex dementor

    Truong Ngyuen

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    10,000th reptile species

    Latin name: Cyrtodactylus vilaphongi

    Jodi Rowley/Australian Museum

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Colour-changing thorny frogs

    Latin name: Gracixalus lumarius

    Judith L. Eger

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Long-fanged bat

    Latin name: Hypsugo dolichodon

    Neang Thy Moe/FFI

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Stealthy wolf snake

    Latin name: Lycodon zoosvictoriae

    Michael Janes

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Feathered coral

    Latin name: Ovabunda andamanensis

    Jerome Constant

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    World's second-longest insect

    Phryganistria heusii yentuensis

    Nantasak Pinkaew

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Slide 8

    Latin name: Sirindhornia spp

    Tim Johnson

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Slide 9

    Tylototriton shanorum

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...