Demand Ms. Alfano Is Terminated From Eisenhower H.S. as She Violated My Son's Rights

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Last Friday (8/26) my son (Shemar Cooper- 15) decided to sit down during the Pledge of Allegiance and as his teacher (Ms. Alfano) requested him to stand, he said "America Suck." I went to the school and made my son apologize as I clearly explained to Ms. Alfano that Shemar has a right to sit still and be quiet.  Ms. Alfano clearly stated that there would be no more problems and Shemar was welcome to sit quietly.

On this past Tuesday, (8/30) Ms. Alfano tried to pull my son out of his chair as he chose to sit still during the Pledge of Allegiance. She also threatened to write him up and/or kick him out of the class. I spoke to the Principle, Ms. Majoch, (not knowing that Ms. Alfano tried to pull Shemar out of his seat) and shared my concern about the threats and harassment after Ms. Alfano and I talked on Friday. I suggested to Ms. Majoch that Ms. Alfano apologizes to my son.  The next day, I learned Ms. Alfano put her hands on my and on Thursday, Ms. Alfano and Dean Lopez had my son in the office again reprimanding him, yet the meeting was requested by the principle for Ms. Alfano to apologize to Shemar.  I went up to the school Thursday (9/1) and had a meeting with the Asst. Principle, the head of Security, and Dean Lopez and expressed my concerns. I called the police and nothing was done. I was told by Blue Island Police Department that I had to wait until the officer who works within the school was present. I was also told the school is “protected.”

Since last Friday Ms. Alfano has harassed my son in the class by making statements like; “don’t be disrespectful, stand up and be respectful.” She refuses to respect our beliefs and instead attempts to force my son to stand up and pledge something he does not believe in.  No arrest has taken place and the school is now investigating the incident.

She needs to be terminated for harassing my son and violating his 1st Amendment Rights. Otherwise the message is clear, "she can violate a child' rights and use force to make them respond."

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