Legislator’s former teacher doesn’t appreciate her calling him a ‘hog’

Peter F. Siller wrote a letter to state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a former student of his, condemning her for  referring to school employees as “pigs” and “hogs” in a recent floor speech.

When state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons referred to school employees as “pigs” and “hogs” during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 13, she might have expected some backlash — she probably didn’t expect to hear directly from one of her former teachers, however.

Lyons’ comments were directed toward the teachers, education support professionals and higher education staff who comprise MEA, as they requested changes to a bill dissolving the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts. School employees didn’t ask for much — they just wanted displaced employees in the dissolved districts to have the opportunity for employment in the receiving districts.

In response to MEA’s request to protect school employees, Lyons, chairwoman of the House Education Committee, said: “Pigs get fat — hogs get slaughtered.” 

Thirteen days later, Lyons, a Republican from Alto, received the following letter from her agriscience teacher at Lowell High School:


June 26, 2013


Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons
86th District
Anderson Capitol Office Building
124 North Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Dear Lisa,

As your Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor at Lowell High School, I watched you grow throughout your high school career into adulthood.  I encouraged and coached you in your leadership development activities on the local, regional, and state levels.  Now, as a resident of Bowne Township, I am one of your legislative constituents.

So, when I saw the video of your comments on the floor of the House of Representatives that teachers are “pigs” and that “hogs get slaughter