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The Tennessee Conservative [By Adelia Kirchner] –
As schools throughout the state settle into the ’23-’24 school year, one teacher in Baxter, Tennessee has taken it upon himself to decorate his classroom with what look to be Communism-inspired posters featuring his face.
According to our source, a distressed 7th grader was recently physically removed from this teacher’s classroom by her mother, which led to the discovery of this questionable classroom décor.
The teacher in question, Caleb Robert Bates, put up posters of himself and allegedly told students that he wanted them to put their hands together, as if they were praying, and do a dance weaving back and forth, in worship of his image on said posters.
A simple google search of Communist and Marxist imagery displays the connection between the two ideologies and the imagery which Bates has chosen to present to his middle school aged students.
One poster reads “BATES IS LOVE” and depicts people in Communist China, gathered around a Chinese Communist soldier, but Bates’ face is photoshopped onto the soldier’s body.
Another reads “TRANSCEND THE WEAKNESS OF YOUR BLADDER. STAY IN CLASS!” and depicts two students looking up at a red flag with Bates’ face on it in a yellow circle.
Yet another poster reads “NOBLE LEADER” and displays Bates as the “leader” above a crowd of people carrying red flags and throwing their fists in the air.
Swap out Bates’ face with that of the former Chinese Communist Party Leader, Mao Zedong, and the pieces fall right into place.
“It’s frightening,” said a concerned Tennessean, “to think how much teachers have become proponents of Marxism/Communism.”
Bates also allegedly told these young students that it was okay to curse in his class, specifically regarding a written essay assignment.
Our source stated that Bates told students “every great writer puts curse words in their writing” so it was okay for them to do so as well.
This follows an incident that took place back in May of this year, when an online video went viral and Bates made news headlines after getting pepper sprayed by a student while teaching at Antioch High School.
According to Bates, he had asked students to put away their phones during his English class. When one of them refused, he took her phone away.
Bates stated that the student proceeded to lunge at him before exiting the room, knocking on the classroom door, and pepper spraying him three different times.
The English teacher pressed charges against the student who was then issued a misdemeanor assault charge in juvenile court.
After the incident, Bates chose to leave Antioch High School. While he has only recently begun teaching in Baxter, his classroom environment is already being described as both loud and disruptive.
About the Author: Adelia Kirchner is a Tennessee resident and reporter for the Tennessee Conservative. Currently the host of Subtle Rampage Podcast, she has also worked for the South Dakota State Legislature and interned for Senator Bill Hagerty’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Adelia at firstname.lastname@example.org.