It’s a misinterpretation, yes. But even if interpreted correctly in some imaginary hypothetical universe where all intentions were correctly perceived, it still didn’t belong there.
The teacher feeling bad or the teacher reprimanded – all of these “degrees of punishment” are smokescreens on both sides of the issue.
It was an inappropriate question in the classroom. Period.
In a college level course, certainly fine. But 7th grade classroom, you just don’t do that, whatever the intention.
The trouble it’s causing on BOTH SIDES is evidence enough for me.
And yes, this all strikes me as a convenient setup. That also makes it wrong in the classroom. Do I believe it was planned to turn out this way? I have no idea. I just know I’m seeing spin polarizing an issue after-the-fact. The root problem is where neither side is looking.