NC Representative calls teachers "thugs" ahead of May 16 education rally

- A North Carolina House representative took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the teacher's rally planned for May 16 that has several NC schools planning to close their doors for the day.

Representative Mark Brody of Union and Anson counties spoke out against Wednesday's planned teacher rally, calling the educators attending "Union thugs."

In the Facebook post, he said these teachers are inconveniencing parents in order to increase their pay.

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He also called the teachers hypocrites for saying the rally is designed to support the children who will lose a day of instruction, and by teaching kids its ok to not show up for work.

"The hypocrisy is that they say they are supporting the students. One less day of instruction does not help students. Teaching our children that it is OK to not show up for work does not set a good example," Brody wrote.

Brody says he's saying this because he "doesn't want Union County schools and for that matter, all North Carolina school systems, to turn into Chicago." 

He ended the post by thanking teachers who aren't planning to participate in the rally, saying they are the ones who "stand up to the bullies and self serving thugs of the Teachers Union and believe in showing up for work." 

The post received more than 1,000 reactions over the weekend. 

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