When I was in elementary school, or at least just in kindergarten, when our teacher wanted to send notes home with us, she pinned them to our shirts--and I don't mean safety pins, either, but gen-yoo-ine straight pins. Can you imagine the lawsuits and threats of lawsuits if some teacher tried that today?
Yet somehow we survived.
That's what came to my mind as I watched this video of a news report from Miami. Here's a summary:
A student is somewhat out of control in class. This isn't the first time, because the teacher doubted the boy had taken previous disciplinary and academic notes home to mom.
The school district says that the teacher "attached" a note to the boy's shirt; mom says the teacher stapled the note to his shirt. Mom says the teacher said she did this because, as stated before, she didn't think he'd taken previous notes home to mom. Mom says she got the previous notes, which makes one wonder why she didn't respond to any of them.
The district says the teacher then told the boy to put on his sweatshirt over the shirt and note, so that the note wouldn't draw attention. Mom and the boy said he had a jacket but was told to take it off so everyone could see the note and make fun of him.
Mom says this treatment was intentionally embarrassing to her son. The boy says it made him angry and mad.
I can see a safety pin or something--but stapling? If that really happened, the teacher is out of line and deserves a good talking to, maybe a little administrative chewing out. This should not, however, become a federal case.
I wondered instantly about the race issue. Both the reporter and mom appeared black. Race was never mentioned in the story, which makes me wonder if the teacher was also black. It's sad that our current state of affairs causes me to think that way, but there's a reason "playing the race card" is a phrase in our modern lexicon. Heck, can we disagree with the president's policies yet without somehow being racists? And he's not even embarrassing individual children.