Last night, I couldn't stop thinking about what happened to Marquis Jay, the eighth-grader at Boles Junior High School in Arlington, Texas who had a teacher pour pencil shavings into his mouth when she thought he was asleep. Incredibly, this teacher was allowed to return to school after serving a suspension. Marquis' mother didn't think this was nearly enough, and has filed a federal civil rights complaint with the Department of Education. Read more about it at my diary from yesterday.
The thing that boggles my mind is how it was possible this teacher could have been allowed anywhere near a classroom. By all rights, she should have been fired and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. A pretty good argument can be made that she should have also been brought up on assault charges as well. To my mind, Boles principal Jeff Provence should not have allowed this woman to return. In doing so, Provence has displayed unacceptable disregard for the safety of the students at his school.
These two have to go. Now. Sign this petition to AISD superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and board of trustees president Peter Baron demanding that Provence and the teacher be fired.