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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
WND Smears, Libels Teacher
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Based on the testimony of one parent, WorldNetDaily has smeared and quite possibly libeled a Virginia high school teacher.

An Oct. 5 article by Chelsea Schilling uncriticially repeats claims by the parent, who claims that "English teacher Kathleen Renard provided her personal copy of a book called 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky to one of her English students, and it was passed to his son." The bookwas available as part of marking the American Library Association's "Banned Book Week." Schilling provides a long list of bullet points of the book's purportedly offensive content -- "sex acts between teenagers," "suicide," and "attempted sex between a boy and a dog" among them -- butSchilling makes no attempt to place them in context, indicating that she has not read the book she's reporting on.

Schilling goes on to smear the teacher by suggesting she intends to molest her students, writing that the parent "mentioned WND's big list of teachers who have sexual relationships with minor students and said he is concerned that a teacher who provides sexually explicit reading material to her students could have ulterior motives." Such an obviously false, malicious statement could very well be considered libel, giving the teacher grounds to sue WND.

We've previously documented WND's creepy, possibly prurient obsession with female teachers -- not male ones -- who have sex swith their students.

WND has already gone through one major libel suit, which didn't end so well. Is it really that eager for another?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:13 AM EDT

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