Teachers Take a Spanking

Letters published March 5, 2008

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"Beat Down," February 20

Turnabout seems fair play to this former student: This really struck a nerve in me, because I was one of those kids who always got picked on when I was in school. Somehow my teachers always managed to tell me and my parents that it was my fault — that if I was just friendlier and talked to the other children more, they would treat me better. Baloney!

The reason I got harassed was because I suffered from a syndrome known as the work ethic. For some unknown reason, I usually outperformed my classmates, not because I was any more intelligent than they were, but because most of them were too silly and lazy to apply themselves, and they were jealous of me.

Finally I stopped trying. I was too depressed and humiliated to do my job. So I don't feel one bit sorry for teachers. Now these kids treat them the same way they always treated their unpopular classmates. Maybe now they know how it feels.

Public schools are agents of socialization. Parents and children need to be made aware of certain basic facts as part of their kindergarten orientation — namely, that school is a job, and work is not always meant to be fun. Most important, parents need to know from the start that if their little darlings are incapable of refraining from physically or verbally assaulting others or disrupting the class, they may receive corporal punishment or even be expelled.

Natalie Eichar
Shaker Heights

And now, a few words from the "send-'em-back" camp: If they want to fight, let them beat/kill each other, just like their parents do. Just legally ensure that the liability cannot fall on the school or teachers.

Does anyone notice a pattern here? Gee, I wonder why this doesn't happen in the suburbs. Oh yeah, now I remember. Send most of them off to an island, and let the fun begin. Bill Cosby for president, yo.


Cut to the quick: My brother was a victim of school violence at James Ford Rhodes. He was stabbed and hospitalized. I couldn't believe that a student could walk up to him on school grounds and stab him. It almost killed him. Unbelievable. It just sickens me that some kids have to go to school in fear.


"Uncivil Right," Letters, February 13

Elite Fighting Force
In his mind, he's a hero: Robert Hill perfectly portrays the angry black man in his unsubstantiated refutation of my assertion that the present-day violence in the black inner city is the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil-rights movement. Mr. Hill dismisses facts, replacing them with nothing but crude, vulgar declarations.

I would direct him to a column that appeared in the January 6 Plain Dealer by Dick Feagler. Now, I doubt there is anyone quicker to genuflect at the name of Dr. King than Feagler, but Mr. Feagler makes a startling admission about how the story of Cleveland is whites fleeing black thugs.

Feagler refers to the brutal beating of a fellow white elitist by a group of black teenage thugs. Now, I very much doubt Mr. Feagler would have gotten so excited if instead of the white elite, the victim had been an elderly resident of Slavic Village.

That's the real story of Cleveland: white elites fleeing black thugs to their rat-holes in the outer-ring suburbs, then rendering down charges of racism against whites who are not so cowardly, but dare to stand up to the black thugs in deed and word.

Bob Gross
Garfield Heights

"Time to Discard Denny," February 27

Speech-Free Zone
Can the talk, and take some action: I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your column. I will be passing it along to my friends who think Congressman Kucinich can do no wrong.

As your article points out, talk is cheap. Cleveland needs a representative who will work to get things done (or at least try). While Mr. Kucinich's opposition to the war and support of the blue-collar man are admirable, when it comes down to it, he's all talk, no action.

I hope more people will read it and come to the same conclusion that you do.

Kevin Shannon

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