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  •  What the heck are you talking about? (6+ / 0-)

    Nobody's "mocking" the teachers!  The teachers - as well as the students - are the VICTIMS here.

    It's the administrators who did something incredibly stupid, insensitive, cruel and sadistic.  They are the ones who should be disciplined for what they did.  And Greer Phillips herself should be summarily fired.  Then prosecuted.  Vigorously.

    The points you're making, while true, have almost nothing to do with the inexcusable lapse in judgment (not to mention basic humanity) that happened here.  Empathy and compassion are wonderful things.  But not at the expense of holding to high standards of legal, moral & ethical conduct.

    I'm in no disagreement with your "progressive brain".  It's your bleeding heart that concerns me...


    Truly knowledge is power. And knowledge of spiritual things is spiritual power.

    by Mystic Michael on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:06:08 PM PST

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    •  Oh come on. (0+ / 0-)

      Since when are lapses in judgment "inexcusable"? If that is the way you feel, that one mistake should result in termination (and prosecution?), what exactly is it that makes you a liberal at all? It was a friggin' mistake man, maybe a dumb one, but a mistake nevertheless. Why make this into some struggle between good and evil? Sorry, but if it were up to me I'd give the benefit of the doubt to the administrators who thought this was a good idea (but were definitely wrong).

      •  This was WAY more than a garden-variety "mistake". (7+ / 0-)

        Yes, some violations and some abuses do actually transcend the "honest mistake, don't do it again" level.  In this particular case, either the principal's judgment was so impaired that she never realized the effect her little stunt would have on other people - highly vulnerable people...OR she was so desensitized to their trauma that she just didn't care.  Either way, she's not fit to continue in her position.

        BTW, being "liberal" doesn't necessarily mean being permissive.  And having a soft heart shouldn't necessarily mean having a soft head too.  Think what you like about that, but I reject the "squishy & spineless" stereotype of progressivism that so many people - even fellow progressives...apparently even you - seem to embrace.  And I resent your attempt to pigeonhole me accordingly.


        Truly knowledge is power. And knowledge of spiritual things is spiritual power.

        by Mystic Michael on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:25:37 PM PST

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        •  Read the background (2+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM, Cassandra Waites

          This was a pattern of behavior by the principal and her administrators.
          Drills in the cold rain for kids in wheelchairs?
          That is sadistic. IMHO.
          I have been outside for fire drills in the rain with my kids. It is not pretty -and they had a change of clothes.
          This story makes me sick.
          To lockdown within days of a mass murder at a school, as a pretense, is sick.  My school peeps felt from sober to heartbroken that day. I can only imagine how their teachers felt in Harlem when a shooter/intruder was announced on the intercom. And the kids? The people who are charged to keep them safe announce fake killers on campus?
          What kind of human treats other human like this?

      •  You would? (3+ / 0-)
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        opendna, MRA NY, FloridaSNMOM

        I wouldn't, and if my school district EVER did such a stupid dumbfuck thing as this, I would make sure they were bankrupted by the lawsuits and replaced with people who knew good judgement from obscene.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        by twigg on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:18:43 PM PST

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