Alabama Teacher Explains Angles of Presidential Assassination
A Birmingham, Alabama area geometry teacher used the unfortunate example of shooting the president to illustrate the issue of angles, prompting a Secret Service investigation.
“We did not find a credible threat,” said Roy Sexton, special agent in charge of Birmingham’s Secret Service office. “As far as the Secret Service is concerned, we looked into it, we talked to the gentleman and we have closed our investigation.”
The teacher was apparently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.
“He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,’ ” said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class.
Efforts to reach the teacher for comment Monday were unsuccessful. Superintendent Phil Hammonds said the teacher remains at work, and there are no plans for termination. “We are going to have a long conversation with him about what’s appropriate,” Hammonds said. “It was extremely poor judgment on his part, and a poor choice of words.”
This is one of those rare cases where federal security authorities and a local school board actually have wide discretion and yet exercised perfectly reasonable judgment.
Clearly, the teacher was trying to spice up his lecture with a memorable and cutting edge example. Just as clearly, it was a stupid one. And yet, quite obviously, he wasn’t actually plotting to kill the president.