In regards to this post, John commented about the situation at Schall Elementary:
This is the letter sent to Ms Wright (as well as the 7 members of the board). Won’t lead to anything, but people have to stand up and speak……
Susan Wright, Principal
Schall Elementary School
325 E Frank St
Caro, MI 48723
I am a Grand Rapids resident and I read with great interest the recent story regarding the Fountain incident, where thirty (30) cupcakes were baked for a students’ class adorned with small, plastic, green soldiers on top. The student was subsequently admonished as “insensitive” and the soldiers removed and sent home in a bag. I have a question…… are you kidding me??? I cannot believe that you are using recent events at Sandy Hook to further your own politically correct and skewed beliefs. I am not a member of your school district, but I do have a 10 year old daughter and I can tell you if my daughter was a member of your school, I would pull her out and place her in another school immediately. Your attitude is dangerous as it demonstrates a lack of tolerance. It also shows you lack depth of thought/ analysis. No one believes that a toy soldier on a cupcake will inspire violence in a grade schooler.
I think I am qualified to comment on this as I am a parent, a veteran with multiple combat and peacekeeping tours, and in my civilian capacity as a security and emergency management consultant, I advise all types of learning institutions as well as small and large businesses regarding the management of workplace violence and emergency situations like Active Shooters. You say your actions were not motivated with the intent to disrespect. I can tell you without hesitation that it was completely disrespectful. As if a plastic representation of a soldier could somehow be equated to the motivations of an insane person who chose to inflict indiscriminate violence on our children. There is no way you can spin this action as anything but what it is—an anti-military and anti-gun bias that permeates today’s education system. Within mass media outlets, it is still appropriate to “support the troops” but the reality among our supposed “enlightened” educators is a clear contempt for those who deploy to far off lands to do the jobs people like you are unwilling or unable to do.
Your response said “living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.” It would seem that this is an appropriate statement only if those opinions fall in line with what you deem suitable and as long as that opinion is the same as yours. What about the views and opinions of the family that brought the soldier adorned cupcakes. Couldn’t you have just as easily defended the parents’ actions in bringing the cupcakes if some hyper sensitive parent complained about a plastic toy on a desert? Aren’t they entitled to your representation too? In the fairly recent past, any activity that has had even the most remote connection to firearms (ie the kid who was admonished and suspended for holding up a piece of pizza that was chewed into the shape of a crudely crafted pistol), the 2nd Amendment (ie the high school kid who was failed on a research paper regarding guns and the 2nd Amendment because it was about guns) or support for service members (ie the student who was suspended for wearing a US Marine Corps shirt to school because his brother was a Marine) is met with a virulent opposition under the umbrella of sensitivity to Sandy Hook or some other school tragedy. Educated people see through this every time and your argument is feeble at best.
We expect better from our enlightened educators and administrators. Your comments and actions were insensitive, condescending, hyperbolic, damaging and ill-placed as you clearly used your position of authority to interject your own political beliefs. Pathetic. Is this what you call progressive?
John D. Storer, MSIR
Major, US Army, ret.