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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.

Letter to
Superintendent, Arlington Independent School District Marcelo Cavazos
President, Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees Peter Baron
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. For these reasons, Provence and the teacher must be fired as soon as it is legally possible to do so. Nothing less will restore confidence that the kids at Boles and elsewhere in Arlington are safe.