Veterans carry school desks into history class-Truth!

The High School Teacher who had U.S. Veterans Carry Desks Into a Classroom-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

The story of a social studies teacher named Martha Cothren of Little Rock’s Robinson High School. Her students showed up on the first day of school to discover there were no desks in the room and that they would have to guess how to earn them.  The students suggested ways such as getting good grades or having good behavior.  Eventually the teacher opened the door to the classroom and 27 U.S. veterans came into the room, each carrying a desk and each in full uniform.  The teacher told the students that they did not earn the desks but that veterans like these had done it for them. It was the students’ responsibility, she said, to learn to be good students and good citizens.

The Truth:

The story is true.  

The text of the eRumor is taken from a speech given by former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2007.  It describes events in Cothren’s Military History class in 2005.  

The Veterans of Foreign Wars chose Cothren as a Teacher of the Year in Arkansas for 2005-2006.

Updated 4-10-07