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Masslive: About two dozen parents attended Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting at the Pelham Library to ask committee members to address what the parents say are instances of racism and bullying of children of color at Pelham Elementary School. They are also seeking to have lifted a stay-away order imposed on Aisha Hiza, the parent of a Pelham Elementary School student.
Five parents spoke during public comment, including Whitney Battle-Baptiste, whose husband, Trevor Baptiste, is a member of both the Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional school committees. Battle-Baptiste said she has three children in Pelham Elementary School.
“When people that look like me speak up for their children, we’re seen as aggressive,” said Battle-Baptiste, who is black. “We’re seen as a threat. I no longer know what to do except to pull my children out of this school.”
Battle-Baptiste addressed concerns she has for herself and children of color at the school.
“I ask the community to think twice about attacking particular school board members when they have children in this district. This is painful as a mother, as a wife, and as a member of the Pelham community,” she said.
“This is not just about one person. This is about several children of color feeling isolated, marginalized, bullied,” Battle-Baptiste said in impassioned remarks before the board. “I’ve been dealing with this for five years.”
Hiza, a resident of Chicopee, said she had been trying to get the district to address her claims of bullying issues that she did not believe were being addressed, but on March 15, she was told by Maria Geryk, superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional school districts, via email to stay away from Amherst-Pelham schools. Hiza initially was banned from picking up her first grade daughter from Pelham Elementary School, but now is allowed to pick up her child. However, she is not allowed to speak to school officials nor enter the school.
Peter Blackmer, a friend of Hiza’s, read a letter stating Hiza’s daughter “along with several other students has been the victim of countless acts of racially charged bullying that been negligently handled by the school administration.
“Instead of dealing swiftly, effectively and proactively with these continuous acts of bullying, the administration has pursued a course of action to publicly ostracize, vilify and defame the mother of a bullying victim who has sought to advocate for the protection of her daughter’s education, emotional and psychological well-being,” Blackmer wrote.
Everything west of the Quabbin Reservoir is like a haven for upper middle class social justice warriors who have it made but still want to make up stories about racism and other nonsense so they can make themselves feel like victims. That’s what is going on here.
In case you haven’t figured out yet, there is a lot missing from this story. Awesome reporting by Masslive. For instance, why is this mother, Aisha Hiza, banned from her kid’s elementary school? That kind of matters. You would think that Masslive would report on why, but that would require actual research. Instead they’re trying to paint a picture that this poor helpless mother is being banned from the school because the principal and teachers are all racist.
Newsflash – Pelham and Amherst might be the two most progressive and liberal towns in the country. You’d have to be a complete moron to believe that they would single out a parent like this and ban them from the school simply because they are black.
Do you realize what it would take to get banned from your kid’s elementary school in a progressive PC community like Pelham? The principal and teachers in the school OBVIOUSLY had reached their breaking point with this woman, since she was constantly up their ass about her kid being mistreated. Teachers have to deal with psycho Moms like this all the time, and they all insist that their kid is being victimized and the school isn’t doing enough to stop it.
Here’s what most likely happened. The girl came home to Mom and said she was being picked on for a variety of reasons. Mom immediately calls the school and they said they’d look into it and handle it. She was unhappy with the result so she kept acting like a psycho Mom. Finally she crossed a line with a teacher who was made to feel unsafe so they got the no trespass order in place. That’s when the race card came out. Here’s the email she sent to the school, which seems to confirm our suspicions. The first sentence for #10 says it all:
“I am quite sure that if I was a white mother this would not be happening.”
Oh shut up already. Hey Aisha, you got yourself into this mess because you are clearly unable to handle yourself civilly. Instead of owning up to your destructive behavior which got you banned from your kid’s school, you instead blame it on racism. You apply imaginary hypotheticals about what would happen if you were white, and then draw conclusions to fit your agenda. Congratulations, you have taught your child that it is OK to blame everything on race and never hold yourself accountable for your actions.
So basically the woman is going through a messy divorce. Her ex-husband lives in Pelham and she lives in Chicopee. Instead of sending her kid to the Chicopee public schools she kept her in Pelham because the schools there are better. She could EASILY just send her kid to the Chicopee public schools since she apparently thinks Pelham is too racist, but she’s not doing that. Because at the end of the day she knows that they’re not racist.
The real reason she is banned has something to do with what the ex-husband told the principal and superintendent. Since we don’t know what that was we can’t comment. But they wouldn’t ban a mother from a school if it wasn’t both credible and serious.
Gotta love how at the end there she says that if the situation is not “resolved” there will be protests at Pelham Elementary School. What a bunch of self-centered narcissists.
Oh yea, and the woman who spoke on her behalf in the video is a radical professor at UMass. Need I say more? She also led the movement to put up a “Black Lives Matter” sign at Northampton City Hall, and she doesn’t like microagressions.
“When people who look like me stand up for our children, we are seen as a threat.”
No Whitney. No one views you or anyone else as a threat because of the color of their skin. People just understand that there is a line that people of all colors are not allowed to cross, and clearly your friend crossed that line if she’s banned from the school. The fact that you have enlisted the help of the NAACP and ACLU tells me exactly what your motives are. You don’t care about the truth or facts. You just care about making yourself a perpetual victim of racism, and no one is buying it anymore.
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