Teachers Reprimanded for Advocating Peace in Massachusetts
Recently two teachers from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School were reprimanded for speaking their peace.
There was an assembly for the graduating class of 2010. At that ceremony a school official honored six seniors who planned on enlisting in the US Armed Services. During the announcement, two teachers, Adeline Koscher and Marybeth Verani stood in silent protest, and Verani held up an “End War” sign.
The media coverage was extremely biased against the teachers. When asked about her actions, Verani states, referring to the students in the assembly, “I’m showing them, in a democracy, how to express dissent.” The reporter from WBZ, a Boston TV station, finishes by saying, “Many believe she needs a lesson in supporting her students.”
The Cape Cod Times reported that many parents and students rallied for the school district to fire the teachers. In fact a community lynching resulted. According to The Progressive, very soon after the event, one of the teachers was even referred to as a “c_ _ t” on a Massachusetts police website.
Verani stated to the Cape Cod Times that she and Koscher were trying “to address the expansion of military recruitment of children in our schools…I want them to be home, and alive and well, and going to college, and dating, and having kids, and coaching Little League.”
According to the Cape Cod Times, as a result of their actions, both teachers were put on administrative leave until the end of the school year, and Verani will be suspended without pay for ten days at the start of the upcoming 2010-2011 school year.
Please sign the petition below to protest the unfair actions taken by the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Non-violent protests advocating peace and life, rather than war and death, should never be censored in a true democracy.
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