An African American teacher was fired from her position at a middle school in Michigan after supporting her students’ efforts to express support for Trayvon Martin.
Brooke Harris, 26, was an English teacher at Pontiac Academy of Excellence before being let go for supporting her students’ plans for a “wear-a-hoodie-to-school day.” The request was denied by school administrators. According to Harris, she and her students were in the process of brainstorming other ideas when her position was terminated.
Many are now calling for Harris to be reinstated.
“Harris gave the students an editorial-writing assignment on the shooting. But the students wanted to raise money for Martin’s family and asked the school’s administrators if they could each pay $1 to wear hoodies instead of school uniforms for a day, the group said. It said the school regularly has fundraisers in which students are allowed to ‘dress down.’
The 26-year-old English teacher said she approached school administrators ‘through the chain of command’ but that Superintendent Jacqueline Cassell said the project could not go forward. Harris said she was in the process of explaining this decision to the students when she was called for a meeting with Cassell.
The superintendent suspended Harris for encouraging the students and then fired her after she showed up at the school to drop off prizes for students when she had been told to stay away, the SPLC said.”
Did Brooke Harris deserve to be fired for supporting her students’ plans?
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