Monday, October 02, 2006

I love stories like this, LXX

Among the recent stories of shootings at schools (in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, which are way too horrible to make light of) comes this bright spot. A popular art teacher led her fifth-graders on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art:
One of her students saw nude art in the museum, and after the child’s parent complained, the teacher was suspended.

Although the tour had been approved by the principal, and the 89 students were accompanied by 4 other teachers, at least 12 parents and a museum docent, Ms. McGee said, she was called to the principal the next day and “bashed.”

She later received a memorandum in which the principal, Nancy Lawson, wrote: “During a study trip that you planned for fifth graders, students were exposed to nude statues and other nude art representations.” It cited additional complaints, which Ms. McGee has challenged.

Now, I agree that the teacher was harshly treated; but these stories of suspensions always come accompanied with a silver lining in the dark cloud:
The school board suspended her with pay on Sept. 22.

Out here in the real world a guy gets in trouble at work and he's fired. I suppose with the high-level executives there's a severance package as part of the contract; but for the rest of us poor slobs, "suspension with pay" isn't an option.

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