A Paterson elementary school teacher is on administrative leave with pay after community members complained that she called her students "future criminals" in a Facebook post, according to school officials.I doubt the 7-year-olds have any idea what's going on, but let this serve as a lesson to the parents. Most of these "educators" care only about their paychecks, benefits and vacation time.
The president of the Paterson branch of the NAACP said he contacted district Superintendent Donnie Evans on Tuesday when a resident told him a teacher had written on Facebook, "I’m not a teacher. I’m a warden for future criminals."
"First, I thought it was a joke," said Kenneth Clayton of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Paterson branch. "I couldn’t believe any adult would act that stupid, would have a perception of our children that’s so demeaning and negative."
The teacher has a first-grade class at Public School 21. Principal Frank Puglise said she was placed on leave, but he would not provide details on the alleged incident.
She "is not working and is on administrative leave with pay and the matter is under investigation," Puglise said.
He referred all other questions to the district offices. District communications director Terry Corallo confirmed a teacher was on leave but refused further comment.
Theodore Best, the school board president, said a "significant" number of parents, having seen the posts Wednesday, arrived at the school to remove their children from the teacher’s class.
Today, parents retrieving their children at dismissal said they were dumbfounded, angered and disheartened by the alleged comments. They also labeled the alleged incident shocking and unprofessional and said the teacher is unfit to remain in the classroom.
"Our children were disturbed by those comments," said Vickie L. White-Franklin, whose 7-year-old daughter was in the class. "They will grow up thinking they’ve already been labeled as a criminal."
I'd give props to the NAACP for being outraged, but where were they when an NJEA official wished death upon Governor Christie last year?