Region 14 Families,
The first day of hunting season is tomorrow, Saturday, October 18. With the number of staff and students who are hunters, we want to send a gentle reminder to check your pockets, backpacks and cars and remove any hunting related items that are not in keeping with school safety and/or district policies prior to returning to school.
The sender of this message was one Eric Bergeron, the assistant principal of my daughter's middle school, aka, Woodbury Middle School. During her seventh-grade year, Adella earned herself lunchtime detention during which she was required to write an apology to her math teacher for. Well. I still don't get it.
It went like this: Apparently, Adella played with her necklace or her scarf in a way that convinced the math teacher that Adella was mocking her.
How touching your scarf and smiling equates with mocking a teacher, I do not know, and I didn't know at the time. Which is why I went in to meet this teacher and to find out what the big deal was. I'm still not clear. But detention she got, and a letter she wrote. The same administrator--the guy who sent the gentle reminder to gun-toting teachers and youth--let me and my husband know that we might not know Adella as well as we thought we did. The smart ones can be tricky, you know.
So, yeah. I fell over with laughter that the same daddy-o who sent out the gentle reminder to our gun toting kids and teachers to OBEY THE LAW and leave their bullets and guns at home just a few short years ago pulled out all the stops when it came to catering to the whims of a paranoid teacher.
Which is why so many people have so little respect for public educators.
Just a few short days after Adella earned lunchtime detention in the seventh grade, her friends a few desks over caught the same punishment for having a laugh before class. "If you're having a private joke, it must have something to do with me or with this class," the teacher said.
This is what we do in public education: we hammer the good kids into the ground over nothing, but we send gentle reminders to the gun-toters to please remember to leave their guns at home. Because to offend them is just too scary. They are not the nerds we can so easily intimidate.