A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where did they learn this?

Just when I think I have heard it all, along comes something like this....
CHESTERFIELD, MO — Four or five Parkway West Middle School students will be disciplined after administrators found out this week that they designated a "Hit A Jew Day" at the 850-student school.

Principal Linda Lelonek learned Monday evening that her sixth-graders had started an unofficial "spirit week" last week.

The students started with "Hug A Friend Day," moved to "High Five Day," "Hit A Tall Person Day," and then, finally, this Monday, to "Hit A Jew Day," representatives of the Parkway School District said.

The students generally were not being violent, Lelonek said, but instead "tapping" their peers.

"It was almost like a tag thing," Lelonek said. "But then it changed."

She now knows of three or four students who were slapped; none told school officials about being hit. "They said, 'We were just playing,'" she said.

After school Monday, Lelonek heard from the mother of one of the school's roughly 35 Jewish students.

Lelonek called an all-sixth-grade assembly first thing Tuesday morning. She said she asked the students if they had heard of each designated "day." Nearly all raised their hands. Then she asked, "What's tomorrow going to be? 'Hit A Principal Day?'"

"You could have heard a pin drop," she said. "One started saying, 'Oh, no, Ms. Lelonek.'"

"I said, 'Don't say a word.'"

Lelonek said discipline will range from parent conferences to suspensions.

She said the sixth-graders will be studying the Holocaust later this year. "It's going to be a little more meaningful this year than it's ever been before," she said.

Incredible. Good grief.

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At 10/24/08, 5:34 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

How about "dope slap a bigot" day? What the HELL are these kids thinking, and WHY are ALL their parents (not just the Jewish ones) absolutely OUTRAGED?! I know that if I even caught WIND of something like this - regardless of whether or not my child were involved - I'd be in someone's face about it (with my daughter watching).


At 10/24/08, 8:22 AM, Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

I don't know where they learned it (parents?), but this is sick!

At 10/25/08, 10:27 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Apparently the principal is taking some heat for her response.

At 10/26/08, 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What type of heat is she getting. Sounds like she has a pretty good response. Letting all of them know this was bad, dealing with the offenders individually, and planning further education to help stop this.

I hope they are going to have Holocaust survivors come and speak to the kids in smaller groups.

Is she getting the "kids will be kids" line or does someone what her to string up the entire class by their toenails.

At 10/28/08, 11:50 AM, Blogger Goldie said...

I have to admit, the first thought in my head was, "would the Jew get in trouble if he hit back"? Y'know, because my boys are half-Jewish, (on my side), and both of them can throw a mean punch!
Did anyone look through the comments? Holy cow. I could not believe the number of commenters saying it was no big deal. WTF is next, Burn A Cross Day??? I mean, hey, kids will be kids and 6th graders are way too young to know it's wrong. *shakes head*

At 10/28/08, 6:00 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Some people said she didn't punish the kids enough-- others said that she was making too big a deal out of it. You know-- typical.


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