• Petitioned Marcelo Cavazos

This petition was delivered to:

Superintendent, Arlington Independent School District
Marcelo Cavazos
President, Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees
Peter Baron

Take action against Boles Junior High personnel

    1. Darrell Lucus
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Lucus

      Charlotte, NC

In January 2013, Marquis Jay, an eighth grader at Boles Junior High School, was sitting in one of his classes with his head tilted back and his mouth open. A teacher who was helping out in Marquis' class happened to be walking by Marquis' row, and poured pencil shavings down Marquis' throat. Incredibly, the teacher was allowed to return to the classroom after serving a brief suspension and being required to apologize to Marquis and the rest of his class.

According to an AISD press release, the teacher's actions were "unacceptable." They were also reckless, stupid, dangerous and possibly criminal. Marquis could have choked on the shavings and possibly died. Almost as unconscionable is that a teacher would be allowed to return after such outrageous behavior. Any responsible principal would have fired this teacher on the spot--but Boles principal Jeff Provence failed to do so.

By her actions, the teacher has proven she has no business being in a classroom. And by failing to fire her, Provence has failed in his obligation to keep the students at his school safe. Superintendent Cavazos and the board must take a stand and fire these two posthaste. Nothing less will restore confidence that the kids at Boles and elsewhere in Arlington are safe.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Reed ARLINGTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      This is very childess and not humane,kids go to school to learn,get rid of the teacher and all that approve of such behavior of our professionals.I am putting myself as a parent in the shoe as a parent and the student as my child.

    • Adrienne Knight CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Children should not be abused by their teachers. This is not okay.

      • over 1 year ago

      Since I come from a family of teachers and administrators I find this whole case very worrisome and approaching abusive.

    • Mark Koppel PURDYS, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Assuming this is true, YOU are going to be so sued, you will be financially ruined.

      Please do the right thing, Mr. Provence, for your own sake as well as Marquis Jay"s.

    • Christopher Murray GLENDALE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      We cannot tolerate physical abuse and humiliation of students. As the spouse of a Public School teacher, I view this kind of reprehensible behavior is further denigration of a noble and critical profession.


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