Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Michigan Teacher Fired over Trayvon Martin Fundraiser

I just read the article about the Teacher that was recently fired for putting together a fundraiser with her 8th grade class to help raise money for the family of Trayvon Martin.  It stated that she was requesting students to come to school wearing hoodies, they would pay $1 to do so, and would write an essay on the case.  She went through the necessary chain of command, as she should, innocent enough right.  So she thought...

Apparently, the Superintendent didn't think so.  She tells Brooke Harris, the teacher, that the project can not go forward.  That it would be a distraction to the students at this point of the school year.  When Harris began to explain to the students why they can't go forward she was called into a meeting and was suspended for 2days and told to stay away from the school.  She later took it a point to drop off prizes to the students and was then fired for doing so.  Another article went further in depth and said Harris actually called to see why she was suspended for 2 days but it stretched out to 2weeks and was fired when she questioned the Superintendent.  Now she wants to know why....

After reading this article I can see both points of views.  One she was told to stay away and to drop the request to have the fundraiser.  she disregarded orders to stay away from the school and decided to take it upon herself to come and drop off prizes, way to jeopardize your job Ms. Harris.

But then again this was a great project for an English class, this case is on every news channel, its on every social network, its on every search engine.  She incorporated a written assignment into the fundraising.  I think this would have gone a long way with the family and recognition to the school for doing such a thing.  I don't think she should have been fired for just dropping off prizes to her class, if it was going to be that big of an issue they could have just took the prizes from her at the door and drop them off for her.

I think there maybe more to this story than we are getting but I think until someone speaks up about the reason or as we say "The Real Reason" she was fired of course we are going to speculate that there may be some bias within who they think was right.

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