Cherry Hill East Teacher, Iraq Veteran Tells Class His School Needs Armed Security, Gets Suspended

 In Domestic, Politics

Cherry Hill, New Jersey – Tuesday morning, students at Cherry Hill East High School walked out of classes in support of a beloved history teacher who was placed on adminstrative leave last Thursday. Teacher and Iraq combat veteran Timothy Locke commented that Cherry Hill High School needed armed security, or it could end up like the Parkland school in Florida. So the school suspended him.

Poor school response

The protests began on Monday, with school administrators dispersing the students and threatening them with immediate suspension and blocking them from proms and other school activities. That worked well. Not. They were back again Tuesday morning to show support for Timothy Locke.

The students also complained that the school administrators did not even bother to have a moment of silence for the victims of the Parkland shooting, even though most of the students had videos and pictures of the carnage on their phones. But the one man who did say something was suspended.

Locke had gone through statistical comparisons of Cherry Hill East, Columbine, and Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School and stated that the school needs armed security. But one student in the class at the time was upset, and reported him to school officials. The point is that Cherry Hill East has no metal detectors or armed security…former student alumni noted that students don’t feel safe after the Parkland shooting, according to

“It really upsets me that he got suspended. I’m assuming it’s for that. He has been a very genuine guy. I’ve only had him this year. I know other people have had him more, but I really hope he comes back. The school lost something great when they made Mr. Locke leave. If every teacher was like him, the school would be a better place…

“Mr. Locke is one of very few teachers where he doesn’t have to say, ‘Put your phone away. Pay attention.’ People will listen to him because they like to hear him. Everyone loves Mr. Locke … Actually when he was finished, we applauded him for it, but I guess one person didn’t and they went to [the] administration.” Sam Grossman, Junior at Cherry Hill East

Students started a petition to bring him back that has gathered 1,444  signatures (and climbing rapidly) so far out of 1,500 as the goal. The school has 2,200 students. A school board meeting is set for tonight, Tuesday. There is hope for America when students revere an Iraq Combat Veteran enough to risk their high school status to demonstrate in support of him.

“I remember when I was in school he [Tim Locke] basically said he would take a bullet for any of his students. He cares about his students from the bottom of his heart.” Sam Selig, Cherry Hill East graduate class of 2009.

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