She had told her students to use Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address as a model, she wrote.
“One thing I told my students is not to gloat, not to strike a hostile tone in their speeches,” she wrote on prettyfreaky.blogspot.com. “Then, of course, I heard a speech that did both of those things.”
Collins added that she felt “annoyance” because she disagreed with the politics of the speech and “dismay” that her message about the right tone was not getting through.
(Though she never said so on her blog, in an interview Collins said that the student had given a speech about “Obama’s lies.”)