I’m all for second chances. A third one? Maybe not.
Greg Hendrix coached freshman football and served as an assistant on the varsity in Bentonville (Ark.) High’s powerhouse football program, up until he was fired in 2014 for allegedly calling a former player turned cheerleader a “[expletive] queer” and dismissing the student-athlete’s attempt at a handshake with the phrase, “I don’t talk to [expletives].”
Of course, Hendrix denied accusations made in the form of handwritten statements to the administration, suggesting the students who came forward were conspiring against him.
So, Hendrix was offered a second chance some three hours southeast in Little Rock, Ark., where he has been teaching U.S. History and coaching both football and track at Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High. On Thursday, he found himself in the news once again.
According to the Arkansas Times, Hendrix allegedly showed the first half of Mel Gibson’s 2004 R-rated epic “The Passion of the Christ” to his U.S. History class (because what’s more American than that?) and included a “study sheet” that asked, among other questions: Did seeing the movie change your perspective on Christ’s suffering for your salvation?”
But when a complaint prevented Hendrix from finishing the film the following day, he taught his class a lesson in liberalism and political correctness. This being 2016, that lesson was recorded by a student and sent to the Arkansas Times and ACLU of Arkansas.
“Your first amendment right to peacefully assemble in this classroom and to have free speech was ruined by one person — a liberal. I keep telling you, when Democrats are offended by something and they don’t agree with it, they want to shut it down, they want to ban it, and they want to censor it, so you have lost your first amendment right that is guaranteed to you by the constitution to peaceful assembly in this classroom, and to free speech, because of one person. How’s that make you feel?
“Birds of a feather do what? They flock together. Let this be your first lesson on liberalism, Democrats 101. Let this be your first lesson. Don’t say Jesus at school. Oh, Lord. Don’t say Jesus at school. But we can push Islam on you, and, you know, gay rights, and all this other stuff. All that’s acceptable. But don’t say Jesus. Okay?
“I keep telling you, I’ll never understand how blacks can support the Democratic party. It just blows my mind. All they do is convince y’all that whoever the Republican nominee is is going to take away food stamps and all this stuff, put you in chains and send you back to Africa. Well, shit, if that was going to happen, they would have done it a long time ago, wouldn’t you think? Has a Republican ever done that? No. Here’s the bottom line on Republicans, because I am one. Actually, I’m a Constitutional Conservative: we just want you to get off your ass and go to work and be productive members of society and quit mooching off the government, because somebody is paying for that. Me.”
Hendrix goes on to suggest protestors were paid $3,500 by liberal foundations to disrupt Donald Trump rallies before lumping the Black Lives Matter movement in with “terrorists.” After explaining “liberal means taking liberties with the Constitution,” Hendrix concludes his lesson plan with this: “So, we’re going to watch the news, y’all got something you want to do, do it, and I’m going to put on ‘Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,’ because I like it.”
“It was weird. He shouldn’t have done it because there are a lot of students that have different religions. It just didn’t feel right,” Little Rock Mills student Kristina Coffman told KTHV-TV. She was one of a handful of students who walked out of Hendrix’s class when “Passion of the Christ” appeared on screen. “They were like this doesn’t feel right.”
Naturally, a Pulaski Special School District spokesman confirmed to the Arkansas Times that Hendrix has been suspended with pay pending the administration’s investigation.
Given his history now as a coaching teacher at two schools, you wonder whether Hendrix will be given a third chance to mold young minds on fields and in classrooms of Arkansas.