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"The Road to Hell Is paved with Democrats" sign gets teacher in trouble

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IRMO, SC (WIS) -

A political sign placed in a Midlands high school classroom has gotten a teacher in some trouble with the school district.

The sign, which reads, "The Road to Hell Is paved with Democrats," hung in Laurie Humphrey's student government classroom at Dutch Fork High School until administrators at the school found out about it.

"The principal became aware of the situation prior to media involvement and had already taken immediate and decisive action," said Mark Bounds, district spokesperson. "The sign was removed and the district is taking appropriate disciplinary action concerning the teacher."

Humphrey has been a teacher for 15 years, 11 of which she's spent with District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, according to Bounds.

Bounds said teachers must never create an environment where any student feels uncomfortable or discriminated against in any way. "She used really poor judgement," said Bounds. "This teacher's action are clear violations of Board policy and the District's directives."

"The district takes this matter seriously and is taking appropriate actions concerning this incident and to prevent future incidents of this nature," said Bounds.

Teachers are encouraged to be active participants in the political process outside of the classroom.

Click here to read school board policy on staff participation in political activities.

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