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(ABC News)   Joke letter from principal accidentally sent home to parents by teacher. Parents of stupid and lazy kids want him removed. Tag is for teacher that didn't read the letter before sending it home to parents   (abc15.com ) divider line
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2010-02-25 09:28:56 PM  
They should fire the teacher that sent the letter home. That teacher had to do this intentionally. You don't make copies and send a letter home to parents without reading it first, and if he/she did send it without reading it first, he/she should be fired for stupidity anyway.
 
2010-02-25 09:37:32 PM  
Or, let's not fire anyone, let's take this in the light-hearted spirit it was written and all have a good laugh and go on with our lives like it never happened.

Life is short.
 
2010-02-25 09:56:03 PM  
I thought the bit about the dog was pretty good.
 
2010-02-25 10:34:36 PM  
that was funny.
imo, those who got offended, probably are guilty of crappy parenting.
all this pc bs does not teach our kids reality. i think many parents have forgotten about the preparing part and need to be reminded.
 
2010-02-25 11:28:05 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I thought the bit about the dog was pretty good.


I about died when I read that. The principal is definitely a funny guy.


FTFA:
The letter was authored by the principal, who was originally not forthcoming with parents in taking responsibility for his actions. The principal has called each parent individually to render an apology and take responsibility. The school district has placed the principal on administrative leave and has removed him from the principalship. Further disciplinary action is pending.

The school board says that he authorized it, when obviously one would not do such a thing as it would likely cost him his job. So this guy had to call every parent to apologize, he's going to lose his job, and probably will lose his teaching certificate. All because some stupid and lazy parents have some stupid and lazy kids and he sent a letter telling the parents to help their kids with their homework.

What's wrong with this country?
 
2010-02-26 12:45:01 AM  
rezin8: The school board says that he authorized it,

"authored" does not equal "authorized".

That said, the letter was awesome, and I feel rather inclined to go high five a 20 year old for tying his shoes. :D
 
2010-02-26 01:02:00 AM  

mamoru: "authored" does not equal "authorized".


I'm an idiot.
 
2010-02-26 01:17:44 AM  
Wow, can we get more principals like this, and perhaps less of the ones who jack-off to webcam shots from laptops they mandate their students carry?
 
2010-02-26 01:31:13 AM  

HotLonelyTeenageGirl: Wow, can we get more principals like this, and perhaps less of the ones who jack-off to webcam shots from laptops they mandate their students carry?


And...

we're DONE!
 
2010-02-26 01:35:26 AM  
Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.
 
2010-02-26 01:35:58 AM  
A principal with a sense of humor?

Obviously someone who does not belong in our educational system.

BURN HIM!
 
2010-02-26 01:36:11 AM  
Am I having Deja Vu or was this like 2 months ago?
 
2010-02-26 01:36:12 AM  
They should just fire the whole school staff. I hear that works.

/my real opinion, I lold at the letter. Props to the Principal.
 
2010-02-26 01:37:26 AM  
I wanna guy this principal a beer.
 
2010-02-26 01:38:19 AM  
s/bu/gu/

damnit.
 
2010-02-26 01:39:25 AM  

rezin8: They should fire the teacher that sent the letter home. That teacher had to do this intentionally. You don't make copies and send a letter home to parents without reading it first, and if he/she did send it without reading it first, he/she should be fired for stupidity anyway.


This. I think the whole "Oops, I didn't read it" excuse is a load of crap.
 
2010-02-26 01:40:43 AM  
I am pleasantly surprised by the parental opinions in the article. It's nice to see that not everyone overreacts to everything these days.
 
2010-02-26 01:40:43 AM  

angrygrizzly: rezin8: They should fire the teacher that sent the letter home. That teacher had to do this intentionally. You don't make copies and send a letter home to parents without reading it first, and if he/she did send it without reading it first, he/she should be fired for stupidity anyway.

This. I think the whole "Oops, I didn't read it" excuse is a load of crap.


OTOH, I think that it's okay to hit the parents with the clue bat every once in a while.
 
2010-02-26 01:41:05 AM  

buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.


Yeah, have you read anything written by anyone born after 1984 lately? The truth farking hurts.
 
2010-02-26 01:43:49 AM  

HotLonelyTeenageGirl: buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.

Yeah, have you read anything written by anyone born after 1984 lately? The truth farking hurts.


What are you talking about?
 
2010-02-26 01:45:23 AM  
I wanna beer this guy a principal
 
2010-02-26 01:46:42 AM  
hooray! b33r!
 
2010-02-26 01:47:11 AM  
"We also have a child who is mourning their puppy who got ran over last week by a garbage truck, so we ask that no one wear anything resembling puppy fur, or that is red and flat."

I snorted out loud.
 
2010-02-26 01:47:49 AM  
The actual letter (PDF) Link (new window)

Any parent who thought it was real should be sterilized due to their stupidity.
 
2010-02-26 01:53:19 AM  

GWSuperfan: The actual letter (PDF) Link (new window)

Any parent who thought it was real should be sterilized due to their stupidity.


Ah, I see the real problem.

The principal told the parents to, quote, "TURN OFF THE TV AND PAY ATTENTION"

I can see why parents would be offended. Telling parents to pay attention to their kids these days is tantamount to telling them to, you know, act like parents. THAT'S THE SCHOOL'S JOB!!!!!
 
2010-02-26 01:54:54 AM  
I'm guessing the teacher that sent it out has a grudge against the principal, pretended that they thought this was a legitimate letter knowing it would cause a shiatstorm.
 
2010-02-26 01:58:04 AM  
FTA, first farking sentence: Litchfield Elementary School Superintendent Julianne Lein...

I believe the superintendent to be a SHE, for those of you unable to master the art of RTFA. Jeebus.
 
2010-02-26 01:58:05 AM  
I want this person in my company. ...In every department.

Those of you without a sense of humor should go home and stay in your own yark. Yea, I said yark.
 
2010-02-26 01:59:09 AM  

buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.


Bingo. Even if there aren't any teachers out to get you (fat chance, buddy!), you know there's plenty of kids who'll jump at any chance to embarrass the school principal. All it takes is one precious snowflake to find a copy of your letter on somebody's desk, and your job-endangering comments will be plastered all over the Internet within seconds.

Math is important, Mr. Principal, but there's other equally important lessons you should have learned in elementary school, like "Never pass notes that can get you in big trouble."
 
2010-02-26 01:59:39 AM  

justoneznot: I'm guessing the teacher that sent it out has a grudge against the principal, pretended that they thought this was a legitimate letter knowing it would cause a shiatstorm.


That was my first thought as well. Ammo for getting the guy you don't like out of the office.
 
2010-02-26 02:01:19 AM  

HotLonelyTeenageGirl: buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.

Yeah, have you read anything written by anyone born after 1984 lately? The truth farking hurts.


sweet jesus, THIS.
 
2010-02-26 02:01:50 AM  
That letter was surprisingly funny.
 
2010-02-26 02:02:41 AM  
Should the principal be fired? Absolutely not. They're not talking about that though, at least not in this article. Should he be reassigned, as they're apparently discussing? Ehh, don't think so. That said, if the board and superintendent are dumb enough to fire or demote the principal, he would probably be better off washing his hands of that district and moving on to somewhere that isn't sinking faster than the Titanic. If the school board and super are that dumb, then what chance do the kids have?

/Interestingly, the principal in question isn't even named until the 9th graf. Over halfway down.
//Meanwhile, the superintendent is given a fully-titled introduction twice before the principal is named. "Litchfield Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Julianne Lein."
 
2010-02-26 02:03:31 AM  

southaustin: FTA, first farking sentence: Litchfield Elementary School Superintendent Julianne Lein...

I believe the superintendent to be a SHE, for those of you unable to master the art of RTFA. Jeebus.


Yes, the superintendent is a SHE, but the principal who wrote the letter in question is named Ron Sterr. That's probably a HE!

Go back to Missouri. People like you are why people think fark needs a Texas tag.
 
2010-02-26 02:06:49 AM  

buckler: HotLonelyTeenageGirl: buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.

Yeah, have you read anything written by anyone born after 1984 lately? The truth farking hurts.

What are you talking about?


Um, that parenting sucks ass, and our schools suck? Other people in the thread got this. Or are you born after 1984? Your reading comprehension seems to indicate it might be so.
 
2010-02-26 02:09:54 AM  

To Wish Impossible Things: A principal with a sense of humor?

Obviously someone who does not belong in our educational system.

BURN HIM!


There's no room for levity in the public school system.
 
2010-02-26 02:13:38 AM  

buckler: HotLonelyTeenageGirl: buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.

Yeah, have you read anything written by anyone born after 1984 lately? The truth farking hurts.

What are you talking about?


Since you didn't say, "Wut R U tlakin abowt?", I conclude you were either born before 1984 or you were home-schooled.

/you should see some of the emails these kids send to customers
 
2010-02-26 02:14:57 AM  
The truth hurts.
 
2010-02-26 02:16:52 AM  
Any of the second graders who could read the letter and were offended should proceed directly to receive their high school diploma as they are already smarter than most graduates.

Grandmothers generally lack a sense of humor and they'll be gone soon, so forget about them.

It was funny; some parents got that. At least this principal is not watching their 8 year-olds on webcams.
 
2010-02-26 02:16:59 AM  

Gwendolyn: To Wish Impossible Things: A principal with a sense of humor?

Obviously someone who does not belong in our educational system.

BURN HIM!

There's no room for levity in the public school system.


If you allow even a hint of fun to enter school, you might give the children the idea that children are supposed to have fun. We wouldn't want to do that.

Example:
Mrs. Broflovski: Kyle, you're acting like an eight-year-old child!
Kyle: Mom, I *am* eight.
 
2010-02-26 02:17:44 AM  
My Principal smacked my ass three times with a board in his office when I was 13 years old. Then he laughed as I brought a tear to my eye.

He had a good sense of humor.

That was a teaching moment.
 
2010-02-26 02:19:36 AM  
There is a point that some parents who took offense are probably guilty and reacting because it struck a nerve.

But I wonder how many kids with slight (ie. dyslexia) to moderate (ie. ADHD) learning needs attend the school. Considering this, the parents could take offense that obviously this idea that they are stupid exists, joke or not.

Besides, it's unprofessional. Joking is one thing, but going as far as writing a fake letter for it? That's more than a touch stupid in it's own right.

The dog part was funny though, and could be a good, sarcastic example of "weaponized political correctness" being a problem at the school.
 
2010-02-26 02:21:49 AM  

RannyGazoo: My Principal smacked my ass three times with a board in his office when I was 13 years old. Then he laughed as I brought a tear to my eye.


And what did you do to end up there?
 
2010-02-26 02:21:55 AM  

wambu:
Grandmothers generally lack a sense of humor and they'll be gone soon, so forget about them.


Exceptions exist:

cdn.bleacherreport.com

But yeah, that journalist is a schmuck for leaving in a quote from "a grandmother."

I always thought journalism would be so easy. Just make up whatever you want, then attribute it to "un-named sources" or "a grandmother" or "that other guy".
Unsurprisingly, turns out I was correct.
 
2010-02-26 02:22:40 AM  

HotLonelyTeenageGirl: buckler: HotLonelyTeenageGirl: buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.

Yeah, have you read anything written by anyone born after 1984 lately? The truth farking hurts.

What are you talking about?

Um, that parenting sucks ass, and our schools suck? Other people in the thread got this. Or are you born after 1984? Your reading comprehension seems to indicate it might be so.


I don't dispute your point in general, but I'm not quite where you're getting your "1984" cutoff point. That's about the time I started my career working directly with children, which has lasted up to the present. What's your other point? I assume there is one.
 
2010-02-26 02:23:27 AM  
It's not offensive.
Definitely not funny, either.
 
2010-02-26 02:26:49 AM  
Principal. Caught sayof note of stupid childrens. Is It real or not. Dumb Parents says yes. Lunch Lady looking for nuts -OR- "hello, I am write single to do mathematics and field trip"
 
2010-02-26 02:28:51 AM  

buckler: I don't dispute your point in general, but I'm not quite where you're getting your "1984" cutoff point. That's about the time I started my career working directly with children, which has lasted up to the present. What's your other point? I assume there is one.


Are you a teacher? You're pretty dense. It's a semi-arbitrarily chosen year - I doubt HLTG took the time to commission a study. However, it coincides in a rough way with the first generation to grow up with the internet, email, and (most damningly) texting. The POINT is that since the introduction of these devices, the average English and communication skills of the population are going down, and those born after, let's say, 1984, are less likely to have ever learned those skills than people who were around before the aforementioned technologies were prevalent.
 
2010-02-26 02:28:58 AM  

buckler: Wow. What a farking dumbass. Everyone who works with kids has feelings like that from time to time, but you never, ever set those feelings and thoughts to paper.


I was going to fire off a missive about how you should lighten up, Francis. I clicked your profile link by mistake, instead of the " " .

An Airstream with "New Belgi....Brewing Com...." Lettered on the side? I love Fat Tire beer. I love New Belgium brewing co., though I've only been there one time [UNC '86 grad visiting Fort Fun friends who took me there in once].

Now I really think you need to lighten up, Francis. Or just stop drinking so much of the product, and realize this letter has a similar whimsical tone as your favorite beverage producer's entire company.

Uchiha_Cycliste: I wanna guy this principal a beer.


Don't offer him a Fat Tire, Buckler would disapprove.
 
2010-02-26 02:29:09 AM  
Ah. I think I see the confusion. I've worked directly with kids for nearly three decades, and in that time, I've seen schooling and parenting skills decline. While that may be an overall trend, some of us do our best to counteract it. Personally, I've discovered that, in general, kids tend to live up to the expectations you set for them. There are always exceptions, of course, but if a kid gets a whiff of a letter from the Principal calling him or her a dumbass, then they'll often live up to that characterization. That's why it's wholly wrong for an "authority figure" to write that stuff down, no matter how frustrated they might feel.
 
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