An Arlington, Virginia public school substitute teacher has been suspended for allegedly telling students they should keep an open mind regarding the Russia-fueled conflict in Ukraine. While discussing the events, he advised students to read news from both sides, considering the substantial volume of propaganda involved in current reporting from Ukraine.
According to WTOP, this is what caused parents to take offense:
Arlington Public Schools suspended John Stanton, 65, who made the comments during a middle school Spanish class Friday, The Washington Post reported.
Stanton said he offered an opposing viewpoint and told students to read as many news sources as possible, including Sputnik News, which the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency have declared a “state-run propaganda machine.”
“The statement I think that got me was I said, ‘I personally support the logic of Putin,’ and what I meant by that is, he made a rational decision from his perception,” Stanton said.
While the current feel-good trend is supporting Ukraine blindly, there have been numerous reports of human rights issues in the country, and a number of stories published by Ukraine’s own propaganda machine have proven to be entirely false as well.