Wounds slow to heal at Millersville schoolFrom: Barbara...

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September 13, 1992

Wounds slow to heal at Millersville school

From: Barbara Garner-Hudak

Teacher

Millersville Elementary School

An article by Deidre Nerreau McCabe which appeared in the Arundel Sun on Tuesday, September 1, 1992 ["Millersville set for fresh start after rocky year"] concerning the situation at Millersville Elementary School and the beginning of the school's new year is very naive.

According to the article, the faculty and staff have now been given permission from some parents to heal their wounds in light of recent happenings which took place over the summer, and to go on with business as usual.

The former principal of Millersville Elementary School has been transferred, and a fourth-grade teacher is no longer part of the staff. Those faculty members returning to Millersville Elementary School from last year should now just forget what took place and continue educating the children.

To assume that the entire faculty and staff are doing this is quite absurd. It is true that we are going about the business of teaching children, but it is not without being mindful of recent events. Some members of the staff question the presence of a reporter on the first day of school, when supposedly the "problem" is behind us. Who requested her presence?

My wounds will heal on my own time frame, and it will not be any time soon. Two people's lives have had havoc wreaked upon them. I am not so cold and callused that I can just forget anyone telling me that it is time to move on, that all is well.

Just in the past week, two students have asked me where Mr. Shubert is, and why he is no longer at Millersville Elementary School. The first part of the question is not difficult to answer, but trying to tactfully tell the students why is another story.

On behalf of the fourth-grade teacher charged with grabbing children, I would like to say that she has her weaknesses as we all do, but child abuse is not one. Her students came to me twice a week last year and I know the difficult children she dealt with daily. This teacher has taught at Millersville Elementary School for 20 years. The woman is a decent, kind, human being and does not deserve the hand she has been dealt.

There is no easy solution to the situation at Millersville Elementary School. What has happened is irreversible, and those of us working at the school must deal with it in individual ways. Many of us are not happy about what has transpired, but we are forced to accept it.

2.0 GPA requirement is discriminatory

From: Rocky Newton Sr.

Glen Burnie

I recently read the letter regarding GPA's for athletes written by a lady from Millersville. I, too, am a firm believer that a 2.0 GPA is not asking too much of student athletes. But I am disturbed when a certain group of people is singled out. Has the school board heard of the word "discrimination?"

NB This is not the principle on which America is based. Yes, good

ideas must take root somewhere, so why not everywhere.

The most alarming aspect about the new ruling is that a student athlete cannot fail one subject (as many of us have at some time in academics) but still maintain a 2.0. Therefore, I am confused at the message that is being sent to student athletes. Do you take demanding courses that are required to get into institutions of higher learning or just take easy courses to remain eligible?

So I guess my plea lies with the school board to ensure that the proper people are involved in the decision-making process, research the issues, weigh the pros and cons, and be the stewards of a system that is fair and truly believes in justice for all.

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