A student at a public, taxpayer-funded high school in Michigan has clandestinely filmed a substitute teacher preaching crazy conspiracy theories in front of a high school physics class last month.
Sources who wish to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from school officials have told The Daily Caller that the incident occurred on Jan. 16, 2013 at Grosse Pointe North High School in a ritzy suburb of Detroit, Mich.
They say the substitute teacher is Jason Glicker.
The reason for the regular teacher’s absence that day is unclear.
Initially, the student who recorded it on a cell phone set up the camera to show basically just the classroom ceiling.
As the clip begins, Glicker can be heard calmly discussing people who “worked for the ISI, which is Pakistan’s intelligence service.”
It becomes clear that the substitute teacher is discussing the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“The ISI is funded indirectly by the CIA so, whether they knew it or not, they were funding the terrorists,” he explains. Then: “One of the hijackers, Mohamed Atta, he was not a Muslim extremist because, (a) He’d been living here for years. He had an American girlfriend. He was supposedly addicted to cocaine.”
Glicker argues that Atta was “not a Muslim extremist” because “if you’re a Muslim fundamentalist, you know, you would stick to, you know, the laws of Islam.”
Next, a confused student asks why the September 11 terrorists killed themselves?
“That’s where it gets weird,” the physics sub cheerfully responds. “That’s where I think it’s somewhere along the lines of something like MKUltra where they’re, like, brainwashing these people.”
The teacher does not specify who “they” is. However, he immediately goes on to claim that the CIA was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, when 909 people drank poison on the orders of cult leader Jim Jones. He suggests that the incident was “probably just an offshoot of the MKUltra program.”
At about the 1:50 mark, the videographer tilts the camera slightly and shows Glicker writing on a whiteboard what the sub believes are “the most easy-to-prove” conspiracy theories.
The substitute teacher lists MKUltra and “Operation Gladio,” which he describes by saying: “most world governments, pretty much, they want to start a war so they would use a false-flag terrorist attack.”
At roughly that point, as Glicker turns his back to the class, students can clearly be heard snickering in disbelief about the bizarre arguments they are witnessing.
Glicker then explains how Franklin Roosevelt and other top U.S. officials let Pearl Harbor happen as an excuse to enter World War II.
As he wraps Iran-Contra Affair – and more cocaine – into his vast conspiracy theory, the videographer becomes bold enough to film Glicker directly. The teacher is shown with black hair and a beard. He is wearing a long necklace.
The last 15 seconds or so is Glicker’s (relatively reasonable) portrayal of the ATF gunwalking scandal—often called in popular parlance “Operation Fast and Furious.”
Two students in the class later spoke about what they saw.
“It is inappropriate for him to indoctrinate students without facts or logical discussion, especially in a physics class,” said the student who surreptitiously recorded the rant.
“Personally I feel that all opinions and perspectives should be valued, and yet there is an appropriate time and place for them,” the videographer added. “This was certainly not one of them.”
Another student who was also in the classroom to witness the screed observed that the conspiracy-crazed sub has continued as a substitute teacher at the high school
“The sub continues to fully participate in Grosse Pointe North,” the student said. “For example he not only taught soon after the incident but he also appeared in the student newspaper.”
The reference is to a puff piece in Grosse Pointe North’s student newspaper dated Jan. 31, 2013 which speaks flatteringly about four recurrent substitute teachers at the school.
“Substitute teacher Jason Glicker is rarely seen without one of his iconic necklaces on,” the article explains. “Glicker’s jewelry choice stemmed from a hobby of his, which is going to music festivals.”
In the part where Glicker describes himself, he notes that he is an avid fan of the alternative metal band Tool. He also gives a window into his unique teaching style.
“I like it when kids are engaged and they’re actually interested if I have something to say, they seem like they want to hear it. I will definitely tell them,” Glicker tells the student newspaper.