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Virginia trainer suspended following reportedly producing pro-Russia reviews amid war with Ukraine


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A substitute trainer at an Arlington, Virginia, middle faculty has been suspended for reportedly producing pro-Russia remarks amid the Russia-Ukraine war.

Arlington Public Schools spokesperson Frank Bellavia verified to WHD News Digital that John Stanton, 65, of Swanson Middle School “has been suspended for the remainder of the year.”

“Simply because it is a personnel make a difference, I just can’t present any other facts,” Bellavia claimed in an email.

Swanson Middle School, Arlington, Virginia. (Google Maps)

Swanson Middle School, Arlington, Virginia. (Google Maps)

Stanton informed The Washington Write-up, which 1st documented on his suspension, that he spoke about the Ukraine-Russia war for the initial 10 minutes of an hour-and-a-fifty percent-long Spanish lesson very last Friday and reported he was trying to current learners with a distinctive viewpoint.

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“I mentioned, ‘Here’s what’s going on,’” Stanton instructed the outlet, incorporating that the assertion he thinks obtained him in difficulty was when he claimed, “‘I individually help the logic of Putin.'”

“[W]hat I intended by that is, he manufactured a rational determination from his notion,” Stanton told Submit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, in Moscow on Feb. 14, 2022. (Photo by Alexei NIKOLSKY / Sputnik / AFP via Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, in Moscow on Feb. 14, 2022. (Image by Alexei NIKOLSKY / Sputnik / AFP through Getty Visuals)

Dad and mom stated in an electronic mail to the Arlington faculty board that Stanton’s opinions to learners expressing support for Russia and inquiring if anyone “hated” the region was “Russian propaganda” and “advocacy of political positions,” in accordance to the Publish.

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The substitute instructor, who said he at the moment writes for Russian point out newspaper Pravda — the former formal newspaper of the previous Soviet Union’s Communist Social gathering — also reportedly inspired learners to study shops like Sputnik, a Russian state news site.

His resume shared with the publish also said he worked as a researcher for the American Organization Institute, hosted a “political/cultural radio method” in D.C. in the 1980s and worked as an “independent journalist.”

The Ukrainian national flag is seen in front of a school which, according to local residents, was on fire after shelling, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Feb. 28, 2022. (REUTERS/Vitaliy Gnidyi)

The Ukrainian national flag is noticed in front of a school which, in accordance to neighborhood inhabitants, was on hearth immediately after shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Feb. 28, 2022. (REUTERS/Vitaliy Gnidyi)

A Feb. 28 op-ed from Stanton posted by Pravda states that the U.S. owns “each and every region” in NATO, and that the West’s initiatives to offer “anti-tank and anti-plane weapons” to Ukraine is “great news” for Western Protection Contractors. He also wrote that “the only way to kind an view” about the Russia-Ukraine conflict “is to perspective as significantly from Russian and Western sources as is humanly attainable.”

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“Any help aired by anyone on the West for the Russian posture will get mauled and derided by pro-West pundits,” he wrote. Stanton also known as the 2014 Ukraine-Russia conflict resulting in the annexation of Crimea a “US sponsored coup in Ukraine.”

Stanton advised the Publish that although he understands why his transient lesson to center faculty college students about various views on the Ukraine-Russia war is inappropriate, he reported that if he could achieve “a single scholar” who preferred to learn a lot more, he “would do it once more.”

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