Dear sir or madam,
Hello, My name is REDACTED. I am writing to you on behalf of REDACTED and possibly all school children in the city of REDACTED and the State of REDACTED.
Did you know that some schools still require our children to stand every morning for the pledge of allegiance? Did you know that any child who refuses is deemed disrespectful or required to state their reasons? Did you know, Parents are required to provide a note giving the child permission to not stand? Well I did not , until it was brought to my attention by my 8 yr old REDACTED who expressed REDACTED displeasure at having to stand and recite the pledge. I assured REDACTED was not required to stand or recite the pledge as it is not part of REDACTED required educational curriculum.
On April 3rd 2013, REDACTED,in a great act of courage for an 8 yr old, chose to sit.
REDACTED then brought REDACTED to the hallway and questioned REDACTED. REDACTED then told REDACTED would need a note. I provided a note for REDACTED that REDACTED gave to REDACTED on April 4th. Apparently this was unsatisfactory as my child was later pulled into the office on REDACTED and again questioned, including but not limited toREDACTEDreligious beliefs!
On April 5th I provided a letter to REDACTED.
I then received a phone call from REDACTED assuring me that REDACTED was not the person who questioned REDACTED but REDACTEDwould look into it. When I arrived at the school with my husband to dismiss REDACTED early, as I do every Friday REDACTED, I was approached by both the principal and vice principal and despite my stating I did not want to discuss the issue with them because I was waiting for REDACTED the vice principal insisted on pushing me to do so. When I explained that I was upset and frustrated and was not going to speak about it at that time , REDACTED insisted that REDACTED meant no offense , I responded by raising my voice and informing REDACTED that REDACTED did offend me and I am offended , REDACTED backed away and I left the school and went to my car while my husband waited for REDACTED.
Perhaps some may see this as a minor infraction on behalf of the school and may even defend the school in their ignorance of how their behavior directly violates supreme court rulings and our first amendment , however, I ask is any violation of a citizens rights a minor thing? Could it not be true that, when we forgo the smaller seemingly inconsequential issues that the behavior continues, becomes commonplace, and escalates to the very abuses and violations our constitution is meant to protect against ? Is that acceptable?
As you will read in the letter I have attached I “let go of ” and attempted to make resolutions of smaller infractions against REDACTED, with REDACTEDand REDACTED, with the assistance of REDACTED, and in fact the behavior continued, and escalated to a level of abuse and violations of REDACTED rights! I am upset, frustrated ,and overwhelmed. I implore you to take note of and act on REDACTED behalf and on behalf of all children like REDACTED.
that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
Originally posted by Hopechest
Children have no freedom of speech until they are 18 let alone in a school setting, they agree to follow the school rules when they register.
Since April 4 2013,With each passing day I have come to realize that I was an unwilling and unaware participant in the systematic subjugation and suppression of my very own child.
More often than not I find myself having to explain to my child as to what is inappropriate or unacceptable, not because I believe it is so but rather to attempt to protect my child from the ridicule and discrimination of others.
My child has come to me on numerous occasions over the past years distraught and confused about why,” people are so mean”, in the school not only towards my child but others ,teachers and students alike.
I am utterly dismayed that this is the atmosphere where my child receives their education and that my child is expected to tolerate it on a daily basis.
What does it say about the teachers and administrators of her school that the lessons she is learning are of intolerance, discrimination ,and condemnation rather than reading writing and arithmetic?
What does it say of our society that we would allow or contribute to any child feeling this way about such a fundamental institution as school?
How can this be allowed to continue?
How can the school and its administrators and teachers be so completely unaware?
Is it not possible that there are many children that feel very much like my child does yet lack the courage or ability to express so?
Is it not possible that there are other parents that also feel as I do and are perhaps unafraid to address the issue for fear of reprisal.?
It is my opinion that not only is it possible, but it is indeed the actuality with the exception that the school and its teachers and administrators are not so much unaware but unwilling to acknowledge they are responsible . With every thing they say and do each and every day they not only allow, but have created an environment where discrimination, humiliation, and judgment have become commonplace.
I can no longer quiet my child's pleas with half hear-ted assurances…. I feel I must not only acknowledge my child's feelings but take a stand to end the behaviors that my child questions, because my child is right, and it is wrong!
Originally posted by 200Plus
So the anti-American parent has a right to free speech. The future anti-American child has a right to free speech. The pro-American children are all mean and do not have the freedom of speech. The school administrators are all mean and do not have the right to free speech.
That pretty much the jist?
If you teach your children to act contrary to the accepted customs and norms of American society, teach them to live with the ridicule and repercussions as well..
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
reply to post by ThreeSistersofLoveandLigh
Having read the follow up letter the following can be stated:
There are more issues here than what was originally precieved by the first letter. The issues diverge from the first and second letters, that they start to paint a picture, though one must ask, in what state is this happening?
The problem here is, that with any sort of complaint that would show what the person is writing, needs to have very specific on the part of the incidents, as it appears to be happening on a consistent basis, and ultimately may be useful in a court of law.
Another point, would be, and it would be helpful to know is if the child/family in question here is a minority or white?
Does this happen to other children in the school, are there complaints from other children, are other parents aware of such?
Is this a case of bullying or something else?
Is this a problem originating from the administration or the students themselves?