Apparently, bullying isn’t just a problem with students anymore. Detroit third graders brought a letter home that threatened the students with a suspension if their parents do not attend an MSTEP assessment meeting. From WDIV News,
Kids from Coleman A. Young Elementary in Detroit were sent home with a letter scolding parents for missing a meeting and saying their kids could be punished as a result.
Derrick and Latrica Smoak read a letter their third-grade son, Landon, brought home from school.
The letter begins by thanking the 24 parents who attended a mandatory parent-teacher meeting Thursday, but goes on to berate the ones who didn’t, saying there will be a makeup meeting next week and if the parents don’t come to that one, their children will be suspended.
“I was like, ‘Wow, is this a joke?’ I really couldn’t believe what I was reading,” said Derrick Smoak.
“I don’t like being threatened in no letter, especially when it comes to my child’s education,” said Latrica Smoak.
Local 4 called Detroit Public Schools and the district said the letter was written by teachers.
“Neither the meeting nor the comments regarding ‘student suspension’ were made out of ill intent, but rather to express the level of importance of students’ progress … as they prepare for the upcoming M-STEP test … this spring,” DPS said.
The only way to stop the madness…
Thomas More Law Center has a form to use to notify your child’s school at the link b