Oklahoma teacher suspended over controversial quote

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A picture of a cat and a Benjamin Franklin quote has a Marlow, Okla., history teacher in hot water.

Steven Alcorn has been a teacher in for nearly 40 years, but now he’s suspended and could possibly lose his job over the controversial picture hanging in his classroom.

According to KFOR, Alcorn was suspended over a drawing of a grey cat and a quote that has been in his classroom for years. The quote is from a Benjamin Franklin letter known today as “Advice to a Young Man on Choosing a Mistress.”

It reads: “In the dark, all cats are grey.”

The quote dates back to a 1745 letter in which Benjamin Franklin advises a young man to choose an older woman as his companion.

In response to the picture display, Alcorn’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, told the Duncan Banner, “Just as Ben Franklin was a great man in terms of science and a founder of our nation, he was still a man. People need to know these things, not just the myths and legends, but who they are.”

If the school makes a recommendation, Alcorn and O’Carroll want a fair hearing before the school board.

Alcorn is hoping to keep doing what he loves. His former student hopes so, too.

“I hope that he gets to keep his job. I hope that he gets more respect out of this because he deserves it. He`s a good man, he’s a good teacher,” former student Amber Abrego said.

Alcorn’s attorney says if the school fires him, they’re going to put up a big fight.

KFOR reports that the next school board meeting is Monday night and the community plans to attend and give their opinions on the issue.

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