• Petitioned Greg Mason:

This petition was delivered to:

Principal, Murray Language Academy
Greg Mason:
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Jean-Claud Brizard

Reverse the decision to suspend Lincoln Brown for use of 'N-word' in class

    1. MLA Parents in Support of Mr. Brown
    2. Petition by

      MLA Parents in Support of Mr. Brown

      Chicago, IL

As many of you know, Murray's 5th-6th grade writing and social studies teacher, Lincoln Brown, has been suspended by CPS for allegedly using the 'N-word' inappropriately in class (see  Feb 17, 2012 Chicago Sun Times article and other local and national news coverage).  Out of concern that the punishment is unjust and concern for the impact this is having on our children, a group of Murray parents has composed the attached petition/editorial. We invite you to join us in signing it no later than Tuesday, February 27th. 

Timing is essential in this case because, although the suspension is for five days, the days are spread out over a two month period (2 days in February, 3 in March). 

It is our hope that we can get the decision reversed before Mr. Brown's next scheduled suspension days (March 15th and 16th) .  This will avoid further disruption to our children's daily learning. 

Our letter is purposefully general. If you would like to submit a more detailed written response in addition to signing the petition, we encourage you to do so.

Recent signatures


    1. Mr. Brown's suspension was served but his legal case continues

      MLA Parents in Support of Mr. Brown
      Petition Organizer

      Mr. Brown's five suspension days have now been served. His legal case, a federal suit against CPS, Jean-Claud Brizard, and Murray Principal Greg Mason, for violation of constitutional rights to free speech and due process continues. Thus your signatures and comments in support of this petition remain extremely valuable.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Hetal Wallace CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Although I don't live under a rock, this situation has just crossed my path and I am a parent of a MLA student. Mr. Brown has never taught my daughter, but I would like to have him still be part of Murray for her future and the future of many other students. Mr. Brown has already been punished, in signing this petition, I hope Mr. Brown knows that there is a lot of support for him.

    • Thomas Wittrig CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Teachers should be allowed to teach.

    • Ty Olsen CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Lincoln is a dedicated teacher and certainly not a racist. We need more like him in our public schools. He is in this case the victim of vicious and unthinking political correctness,.

    • Thomas Kline CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Lincoln was a great influence on my daughter's love of science. He is a good man and this must surely be a misunderstanding.

    • Walter Jonas CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe Lincoln Brown used a "teachable moment" to dilscuss a serious, necessary topic.


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