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Orange teacher’s anti-Muslim Twitter posts concern parents

An Orange County middle school teacher’s Twitter posts criticizing Muslims and seeming to endorse white supremacy groups have upset some parents at the school, who learned about the social media writings this week.

The posts by Sundai Brown, 51, a teacher at Bridgewater Middle School, include one that reads, “Imans worldwide instruct muslims to invade western countries, outbreed them, overthrow governments, kill infidels and implement sharia law,” according to screen shots of her post shared on Twitter and Facebook.

In another, she retweeted a post that read, “If you think Hurricane Irma is bad, wait till you get a load of Hurricane Allah.”

She also retweeted an anti-Muslim post by a far-right Dutch politician and a post by Identity Evropa, which calls itself a group “for people of European heritage.” The Anti-Defamation League, however, calls it a white supremacist group that pushes the idea America is not meant to be a multiracial society.

Inquiries from the news media prompted Bridgewater’s principal, Andrew Jackson, to send a brief telephone message to parents Tuesday night. He told them the posts were from 2017 and added, “We addressed these concerns with the teacher at the time.”

Jackson’s message went on to say, “The school district does not condone or interfere in social media posts of employees unless there is a violation of the professional code of ethics.”

School district spokesman Kathy Marsh said Brown remained employed with the district and that she could not say whether the posts prompted a district investigation.

Brown, listed as a social studies teacher, has taught for the Orange school district since 2010. According to her Linked In profile, she is also an adjunct professor at Valencia College.

She could not be reached for comment.

Parent Ethan Allen, who has a son at Bridgewater, said initially he had no idea what principal’s call was about when he heard it Tuesday night. But after he and others began asking questions on Facebook, a man from the Tampa Bay area posted screen shots of Brown’s posts.

On Tuesday, that man, Daniel Quinn, tagged the Orange County school district in tweets about Brown, asking why someone who “regularly posts anti-Muslim hate speech” was a public school teacher. “What action are you taking?” he wrote.

Quinn said he heard about Brown’s posts from a friend, who has a child at Bridgewater, and as a retired school social worker was “outraged” that a public school teacher would publicly share “such hateful and bigoted views.” Brown, he added, shut down her Twitter account Tuesday, after he started sharing what she had posted.

Brown’s posts, Allen said, upset him and other parents. His son is not in Brown’s class, but he would ask that he be pulled, if he was assigned to her class in the coming year as he wouldn’t want him taught by someone “associated with any type of hate towards a single group of people,” he said in an email.

“Teachers should be accepting and open to understand other cultures, views, and beliefs so as our children become adults they can work together with different people from around the world to solve our problems,” Allen wrote.

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