Dal­las Dance has noth­ing to apol­o­gize for

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Katharine W. Ry­laars­dam

I am ap­palled by peo­ple who think Bal­ti­more County Su­per­in­ten­dent Dal­las Dance should be fired for retweet­ing, “Ed­u­ca­tors: to­mor­row pls show your mus­lim, black, latino, jewish, dis­abled, or just non-white St’s, that you love them and will pro­tect them!” (“Su­per­in­ten­dent Dal­las Dance’s retweet con­tro­versy draws at­ten­tion at school board meet­ing,” Nov. 23.) In view of some things Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said dur­ing the cam­paign, and the vi­cious be­hav­ior and speech of some of his sup­port­ers, all of which are a mat­ter of record, shar­ing that mes­sage was en­tirely rea­son­able and ap­pro­pri­ate.

Teach­ers in many schools had to deal with chil­dren who were fright­ened and dis­tressed the day af­ter the elec­tion. Those chil­dren were plainly not in that con­di­tion be­cause of Mr. Dance’s tweet, of which most of them were prob­a­bly un­aware, but be­cause of the news re­ports which they had heard pre­vi­ously, and per­haps in some cases be­cause of things they had seen or heard in per­son.

It is good that the pres­i­dent-elect has be­gun to con­demn the hate­ful violence which he pre­vi­ously in­cited. We must hope that he will in the fu­ture set a bet­ter ex­am­ple of con­cern for all our chil­dren, but it is a pity that so many Mary­lan­ders do not feel that con­cern and con­demn an educator who does. I am a lit­tle sorry for them: Hav­ing so lit­tle love in one’s heart makes for a bit­ter life.

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