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NC Teacher Criticizes McCain To 5th Graders

School officials are investigating a North Carolina teacher who last spring told a fifth-grade student her soldier-father could be in the military for a hundred years if John McCain were elected president.

A Scandinavian film crew captured McArthur Elementary School teacher Diatha Harris talking to her class about the Republican and Democrat Barack Obama. Many of the area's students have parents stationed at nearby Fort Bragg, and the video is posted online.

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent William Harrison said Friday neutral discussion of politics is appropriate, but teachers shouldn't push their views.

A school spokeswoman Wanda McPhaul said officials talked to the girl and her parents, who weren't upset about the classroom exchange.


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