Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have created another blog, named Dirty Police Today blog, to make everyone aware of violent, hideous, crazy acts by police that we trust to protect us. It is not an anti-police blog, most police officers are good, but there are some that cross the line and think they are bigger than the law and do bad things. Through the Dirty Police Today blog we hope to point them out so we are all aware and hope that those bad police officers are gone from the job of police officers.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This incident is old, as it happened back in December 2008 but I wanted to post about it because it's just shocking and way over the line. I don't know where a teacher would get an idea to do this in a classroom.
A white social studies teacher attempted to enliven a seventh-grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting outrage from one girl's mother and the local chapter of the NAACP. After the mother complained to Haverstraw Middle School, the superintendent said he was having "conversations with our staff on how to deliver effective lessons."
"I think the teacher should have gotten some discipline," Shand said. "I know if that was me, I would be uncomfortable going back to that class. Why should my daughter have to switch?"
Monahan refused to say what, if any, measures were taken against the teacher, Eileen Bernstein, who was still working on Friday. The school district said she was not available for comment.
On Nov. 18, Bernstein was discussing the conditions under which African captives were taken to America in slave ships. She bound the two students' hands and feet with tape and had them crawl under a desk to simulate the experience, Monahan and Shand said. Monahan said the girls were not the only blacks in the class.
Gabrielle Shand burst into tears at home, her mother said.
Wilbur Aldridge, director of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the history demonstration, first reported in The Journal News, "went wrong when she started to do that binding."
"I don't care what color, no one should be put in the position of having their hands and feet bound," he said.
Aldridge said he feared that the teacher still "didn't get it" after their meeting. He said the teacher apologized "because Gabrielle was upset, not because she admitted she did something wrong."