Have Lauren Italiano Resign From Newton North

Have Lauren Italiano Resign From Newton North

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July 4, 2022
Signatures: 7Next Goal: 10
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Started by Lauren Gonzalez

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Lauren Italiano is a librarian at Newton North who imposes an unnecessarily harsh, even dictatorial, rule upon the school's Library Learning Commons. She intimidates and disrespects students, and has kicked students out of the library for little to no reason—including wrongfully targeting a student of color because she confused that student with another person of the same race. When it comes to upholding the library's rules, Italiano holds teachers to a much different standard, excusing teachers who have broken the same rules that other students have been punished for.

Italiano has created a hostile environment that is not at all conducive to the learning of the student body, and her behavior and reputation are antithetical to the principles of Newton North's beloved educators. A teacher should motivate and inspire their students, not use their power as an emotional crutch for their insecurities. Furthermore, a truly good educator knows that there is no need to resort to harsh tactics to inspire fear; rather, respect is mutually gained in a healthy environment in which both teachers and students can grow together. 

We demand that Lauren Italiano resign from her position immediately, as a faculty member who is unable to treat young people with dignity and respect has no business teaching at Newton North High School. We also demand for her to seriously reflect on her career at North and her reasons for being an educator if she does not seem to have an interest in uplifting young people. 

 

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