Thursday, March 22, 2012

Union County school should be sent to the principal's office

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Union County Public School District is in a heap of trouble after a district elementary school sent home a weird and offensive letter on Feb. 28 asking children to celebrate Black History Month by dressing in "African American attire." Yahoo News published the letter's text:

"Parents, during the month of February, Western Union students have been studying Black History. On Tuesday, February 28, WUES will participate in a Black History Day. We will have speakers from 8-10am. We are encouraging students to dress in 'African American attire.' If you do not have this, students could wear animal print clothing or shirts with animals native to Africa (zebras, giraffes, lions, elephants, etc.) Thank you!"

A district spokeswoman said the letter was "well-intended" but "poorly worded" and that they're reminding principals to be "very sensitive in word choices when communicating with parents." Can you guys make sure that extends to communication with children, as well?

The elephant in the classroom.
  • The elephant in the classroom.

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