March 15, 2005
Zero tolerance? Let 'em know what you think
My 15 year old daughter, Shea, out of sheer pride, took a picture of her brother to her high school to share with a teacher. Her brother, Bill, also a graduate of Douglas McKay High School in Salem, Oregon, is a US Marine and a decorated veteran of the Iraq war. He has been deployed twice and will be returning this summer for his 3rd deployment to Iraq. Shea has had the unique experience of supporting her brother during his deployments and the true realization of what war means to the families of our Marines and soldiers in harms way.
Shea, a freshman at McKay, has become acquainted with one of her teachers that her brother also had while in school. Mr. Costa is a social studies teacher and football coach. Bill being a football star while in school and lettering all four years is well remembered by Mr. Costa. Mr. Costa has several pictures of McKay graduates hung in his classroom and Shea asked that if she brought a picture of Bill would he also hang it with the others. He of course said yes.
Shea proudly printed a picture of her brother and took it to school. The picture she selected is of her brother in Iraq, in combat uniform and holding a gun. Just, a typical picture of a Marine at work in a war zone. Mr. Costa asked the school administration for permission to hang the picture due to the graphic nature of the picture. He was denied, based on the fact that a gun is included in the picture. From there Iím told it was taken to the Salem-Keizer Administrative offices and it was scanned and the gun removed in order for it meet the guidelines of political correctness.
I wrote the following to the School District Administrator and have not had a response.
For many reasons Iím appalled by the behaviors of our educators. I have raised and educated my children to speak and live the truth, to be proud of their country and themselves. Just how far will our society go to blind themselves from the realization that our country is at war and what that means. Is this a revision of history? As young adults graduate from high school I hoped that their education would provide them with the basic knowledge of our world especially today as our Marines and soldiers fight everyday to secure their freedom and the freedom for others. The future stability of our country is only as strong as our future leaders, they need to know the facts, not the propaganda created by our school administration.
If you have an opinion regarding the wisdom of a school district decision to Photoshop the weapon from an active duty Marine's hands, please share it with Salem-Keizer school district administration. Kathryn Baker is the Superintendent of Schools. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Cynthia Richardson is the principal at McKay High School. Her e-mail address is email@example.com. And since our comment feature is still broken, if you CC your response to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll be happy to print them here.
Posted by Connie at March 15, 2005 09:19 PM
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Posted by: John Miska at April 2, 2005 08:07 AM
This zero tolerance is getting out of hand, its actually approached the bullshit stage. Soldiers carry guns. How the hell is a PICTURE of a gun going to cause any harm???? If parents would start parenting again then maybe we would not need these stupid, assinign, touchy-feely restrictions all of these so-called educational reformers are trying to shove down our throats.
Posted by: james stodola at April 3, 2005 04:01 PM
I saw the first picture on tv of three grunts without shirts holding automatic weapons and this was a typical picture from the war.However with the pressure from idot kids shooting up schools I think I would have toned down the picture if I was in charge.I also saw the second picture and that was more subdued and showed a marine in uniform with a weapon and that was aceptable to me.Is that the picture they scanned the gun out of?
Aftr all the news coverage I would have probably scanned the gun out also but if it did not hit the news I would say that the second picture was more than just fine to put up in a classroom. Pat
Posted by: Pat at April 13, 2005 11:59 AM
I just saw the pictures of the marines and I think the second picture ( the one that was approved) was better than the first picture.I think the principle did the right thing.She has guts.
I walked in the blood of school kids at the Santee school shooting and that made me aware of how easily influenced kids can get. Guns work for me but in the hands of messed up kids its a mess.....Pat
Posted by: Pat at April 13, 2005 12:08 PM