Stoughton Teacher/Veteran Suspended 20 Days Without Pay For Rescinding Letter Of Recommendation To A Kid Making Swastikas In Class Because Mom Says It’s Bullying
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A teacher at Stoughton High School is being suspended for 20 days without pay for rescinding a letter of recommendation for a student who was making swastikas in class and taping them to recycling bins in the school. The teacher, who is a veteran, was upset because the kid was planning on going to the teacher’s Alma Mater. And as a veteran they were obviously none too pleased with seeing a symbol for the 1930’s version of ISIS being put into places by someone they had written a glowing letter for.
It’s also perfectly understandable. Suppose the kid gets to college and keeps doing stuff like that. How’s that gonna look? Suppose he goes postal and does the unthinkable. You’re telling me the media wouldn’t find his transcripts and rip the teacher to shreds for saying nice things about him? Teachers have every right to take away a letter of recommendation if they find something out about the student they didn’t previously know.
The Stoughton Teacher’s Union is none too pleased and wanted to go to the media. But they made a HUGE mistake – they went to the Boston Globe. Rookie move. Because instead of writing an article that would focus on the outrageous 20 day suspension for a teacher who simply didn’t want their name attached to swastika boy, they turned around and made the whole story about Trump. Here’s some bits and pieces of the article. Let’s see how much of it focuses on the most important part of the story:
That whole thing is about the Trump effect. They mention the 20 days suspension like it’s some footnote. But, ya know, a 20 day unpaid suspension for a teacher for not recommending a swastika boy is kind of, I dunno, INSANE!!!
Then again the Boston Globe and the mainstream media doesn’t give a shit about teachers. They’re too obsessed with Trump to think about anything else. You could literally pitch them a story about girl scouts building rocket ships for the homeless and they’d find a way to make it about Trump.
Look, kids are gonna do dumb things. Sometimes the dumb ones draw swastikas. It doesn’t mean they’re terrible people, but at the same time teachers are not under any sort of obligation to endorse them to an institute of higher learning. Pretty simple concept. Plus, it’s supposed to be a “learning process.” What better lesson can you teach a kid than “actions have consequences?”
Apparently all these teachers were investigated when the kid’s mother went and complained to the school that teachers were bullying the kid by talking about anti-semitism. Something tells me this would’ve been taken a little more seriously if it happened one town over in Sharon, which has a gigantic Jewish population. A little over a year ago a Sharon student was killed in Israel by an anti-semite. But I guess when teachers have a problem with swastikas in school in a town that isn’t as predominantly Jewish, it’s bullying to reprimand students who display anti-semitic symbols on school property.
Remember this story the next time some dumbass says something stupid about “teachers unions being outdated” or “greedy teachers” or something like that. THIS is why teacher’s unions exist. Because of vindictive administrators and asshole parents whose kids can do no wrong. And as you can see, they’re pretty much the weakest and most powerless union out there. I mean, one of their own just lost 1/9th of their salary and what are they doing about it? Nothing. Letting it play out in court. Know what a real union would do right now? They’d call up the teamsters and a bread truck would break down in front of the school driveway every day for the rest of the year. If it were a real union, with the alleged power that many claim the teacher’s union has, then they’d be using their collective strength to force the administration to reinstate their coworker, who did absolutely nothing wrong.
Instead when we search for the topic on Facebook we find this:
Oh for fuck’s sake. Is there anything more meaningless than a candlelight vigil? For what? Because a dumbshit teenager made a paper swastika?? What will that accomplish? Will that get rid of Nazis? Will that help reinstate the teacher? That’s not the issue here genius!!! The issue is a teacher being unfairly attacked because they made a professional decision to rescind a letter based on new information.
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