Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata confirmed Friday that the district had taken disciplinary action against the Enloe High School teacher who publicly criticized a student and warned he might rescind the teen’s college recommendation letters.
As noted in today's article, teacher Joseph Hoffman was suspended without pay for five days. All sides acknowledge he publicly criticized Jay Zhang's letter to the editor in front of his students and had talked about rescinding the teen's college recommendation letters.
“I support Jay Zhang’s rights to free speech,” Tata said “I applaud that young man for speaking his mind and exercising his free speech rights. I don’t believe any teacher should threaten to take action against a student for exercising his rights to free speech.”