An Oregon middle school teacher who attempted to organize efforts to "infiltrate" and "dismantle" Tea Party demonstrations has been placed on paid administrative leave while state officials investigate whether he used school time and resources to develop his website, CrashTheTeaParty.org.
Jason Levin, who indicated earlier in the week that he and his colleagues would work to make the conservative organization’s members look racist, ignorant and homophobic during their tax day protests, professed his innocence on Friday, stating that the charges are without merit.
"The fact that teachers are held to a higher standard when exercising their right to free speech (in their private lives) is patently unfair," Levin told TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Over the last few days, the Beaverton School District has been inundated with calls and emails from local residents who are outraged with the school teacher’s behavior and who are asking for him to be terminated.
Conservative radio host Lars Larson explained on his show on Wednesday that it is not a matter of free speech, but rather an issue of trusting someone to work with children who furthers their political goals "by lying, stealing and damaging somebody else’s reputation."
"If you ran a Klan website on your own time, do you think you would be excused?" Larson asked. "If you ran a porno website, which is also legal, do you think you would be excused in that kind of job?"
Meanwhile, Levin told the news source that he is now looking to sell his website to anyone who is interested.