Coral Reef Senior High Teacher Banned From Obama Speech for Social Media Posts

Coral Reef Senior High Principal Adrianne Leal asked her teachers not to post anything on social media before President Obama visited her school last Friday. But for history teacher Randall Scott, holding back was not an option. The birther, who calls himself a "Republican Extremist," wasn't about to self-censor. This refusal to cooperate with his boss' request caused the Secret Service to ban him from Obama's speech, he says, and embarrass himself in front of his students.

The 15-year Miami-Dade County Public Schools veteran has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts that exist almost solely to pan the president. Some of his remarks are juvenile and harmless, such as the ones in which he refers to Obama as the "bogus POTUS."

Other messages have a little more attitude. One recent Instagram upload is a CNN image of Russian tanks in the Ukraine, accompanied by the caption "Almost makes me want to be Russian. I guess their leaders have balls." He follows with his favorite saying: "Obama is a PUSSY."

(Still others by the 54-year-old married radical are simply uncomfortable. For instance, there's "Chili cheese fries are better than sex. @ TELLING IT LIKE IT IS.")

According to subsequent social media postings by Scott, who teaches Advanced Placement American and European History at Coral Reef, he was stopped while leading his students to the auditorium and told that the Secret Service was banning him from the event.

He sat in his classroom alone. Later, he wrote a letter to Marco Rubio and "every cool person at Fox News" asking for help.

"This to me appears as a puerile attempt to discredit or embarrass me, quite possibly by school administrators, the Secret Service, or the President," the letter reads. "It may have been one or all, but to be excluded for one's political views seems rather UN-American." (Scott could not be reached by phone this morning.)

Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials say they're reviewing Scott's case but claim there was nothing personal (or political) about his exclusion.

"The size and setup of the event venue did not permit all of the school's staff and students to attend, and local administrators were required to decide who would attend to represent the school," spokesman John Schuster told a reporter at Local 10.

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