"I can still picture him sitting in my classroom."
Stephen Miller's former teacher, who told reporters how President Donald Trump's senior aide once ate glue as a third-grader, may be losing her job.
Nikki Fiske has been placed on "home assignment" by the The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, while her bosses decide whether her disclosure of details about li'l Stephen Miller as a creepy kid merit her termination.
In 1993, Donald Trump's senior political adviser attended Santa Monica's Franklin Elementary, where he was "off by himself all the time." Miller, now 33, was a student in Fiske's classroom.
"Do you remember that character in Peanuts, the one called Pig Pen, with the dust cloud and crumbs flying all around him? That was Stephen Miller at 8," Fiske told a reporter, in an article posted Wednesday by Hollywood Reporter. "I was always trying to get him to clean up his desk — he always had stuff mashed up in there."
Stephen Miller had a thing with glue, she explained.
"He would pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off and then eat it," she said. "He was a strange dude."
I remember being concerned about him — not academically. He was OK with that, though I could never read his handwriting. But he had such strange personal habits. He was a loner and isolated and off by himself all the time.
At the end of the year, I wrote all my concerns — and I had a lot of them — in his school record. When the school principal had a conference with Stephen's parents, the parents were horrified. So the principal took some white-out and blanked out all my comments. I wish I could remember what I wrote, but this was 25 years ago. I've taught a lot of third-graders since then. Of course, Stephen wasn't political then — it wasn't until later that he started to make waves.
From the Los Angeles Times:
The school district's concern is "about her release of student information, including allegations that the release may not have complied with applicable laws and district policies," said district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.