A teacher at a Houston high school is in some serious hot water after posting graphic anti-Muslim tweets on his personal page.
The Houston Independent School District is currently investigating James Bretney, a ninth grade teacher at Sterling Aviation High School, after he tweeted anti-islam posts.
James Bretney works as a transportation, distribution, and logistics teacher at Sterling High School in Southeast Houston. It is also reported that he is a comic book writer.
Bretney was suspended by the Houston intermediate School District after he tweeted anti-Muslim sentiments like, “Islam is not welcome in the USA,” and “Your religion is cancer,” under the username of @lordetiberius.
Numerous twitter users have publicly made complaints about Bretney’s anti-muslim tweets and harassment online. It is also reported that Twitter suspends Bretney’s account.
Bretney releases statements that he still cares for his work and students, despite his heated statements online.
“I respect my students,” Bretney said. “I love my students. My students are the reason I am in that classroom but this is not about that. This is about one man expressing his opinion.”
Bretney said he is a free American who is just speaking his mind. He said he will not be back down from a fight with CAIR.
“This is the problem. We are in a spiritual conflict with Islam,” said Bretney. “We are in a clash of civilizations with Islam.”
Bretney would not answer questions about his employment.
He told Eyewitness News specifically, “I will not acknowledge my employment.”
The Council of American Islamic Relations expressed concerns over Bretney’s statements and his role in the school. Members of the Muslim civil advocacy organization are calling to meet with HISD school officials over Bretney’s comments.
Ruth Nasrullah, communications coordinator for CAIR-Houston, he told Fox 26 Bretney’s remarks could foster a toxic learning environment for Muslim students.
“It’s not part of this country to look at people from a certain racial or religious background and just make these assumptions that they’re bad people and to express that message again for students to hear that … it’s unconscionable,” Nasrullah said.