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Boy's Family Upset At Unflattering AwardsParents Demand Apology From Teachers, Reprimand
denverchannel.com ^ | 06/13/07 | denverchannel

Posted on 06/14/2007 8:18:08 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sixth-grader Matt Porter didn't enjoy getting "Most Likely Not To Have Children" and "Sir Clowns-a-Lot" awards from two teachers at his school.

His parents aren't pleased, either.

Matt said he received the awards in front of classmates during a ceremony at the Decatur Intermediate Learning Center at the end of the recently finished school year. His mother and his stepfather have asked the Decatur Township school system to reprimand the teachers, and they want an apology.

"Words cut deeper than any knife could. They hurt," said his stepfather, Joseph Sims. "When you hurt a child like that, you not only hurt him mentally, but it does hurt physically because you withdraw within yourself. That is what Matthew has done."

The certificates were signed by the teachers who distributed them. Matt recalled what the ceremony was like.

"I was standing in the middle of (the two teachers), and they (were) reading them off," he said. "Everyone was laughing."

Matt felt humiliated.

"They (were) putting us down and everything," he said. "That is not what their job is for, to put kids down. They are supposed to teach us."

Amy Sims, Matt's mother, said she met with a school official over the matter but was not satisfied with the response.

"She just told me that the teachers would call and apologize to him, and we've not heard anything at all," Amy Sims said.

Gary Pellico, spokesman for the school system, declined to say whether the teachers have been disciplined. He said system officials regret the incident.

"We don't feel like it was an appropriate awards ceremony at all," Pellico said. "It wasn't part of the school's award ceremony, and it will not happen again."

Amy Sims said her son needs counseling because of the awards. The school has offered it, but an agreement on who will provide it has not been reached, Thomas reported.


TOPICS: Education; Local News
KEYWORDS: 6thgrader; awards; boy; growapair; homeschool; indianapolis; sirclownsalot
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1 posted on 06/14/2007 8:18:13 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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2 posted on 06/14/2007 8:20:16 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Oh dear. Two soppy humorless parents raised in the self-esteem culture and a milquetoast whiny brat who can’t take a joke.

Bring back the dunce cap and let kids get a serious taste of the real world.


3 posted on 06/14/2007 8:21:53 AM PDT by relictele
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To: TornadoAlley3

Doesn’t sound like that school is onboard the “Self-Esteem is Everything” express.


4 posted on 06/14/2007 8:22:07 AM PDT by AU72
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To: TornadoAlley3

Yo, Matt!! Think you can milk this for all it’s worth???

The teachers shouldn’t have given these awards publicly, just
to themselves, yes, but my goodness, it’s not like the child will be traumatized for eternity, let’s get some free bucks from the school system to make up for our lack of parenting skills, okey dokey mom and dad?!

Hope Matt’s learned his lesson and next year will win “Best Behaved Student in 7th Grade!”


5 posted on 06/14/2007 8:22:29 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Anyone want to bet no child of ‘color’ endured this type of thing?

Just a thought.


6 posted on 06/14/2007 8:23:40 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: relictele
Two soppy humorless parents raised in the self-esteem culture and a milquetoast whiny brat who can’t take a joke.

So you'd be OK with this if it was your kid?

7 posted on 06/14/2007 8:24:15 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: TornadoAlley3

What an idiotic thing for teachers to do.


8 posted on 06/14/2007 8:24:21 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ("I'll see you at the bill signing" - Pres Bush)
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To: pillut48

Don’t worry, they’ll just put him on the “juice”.


9 posted on 06/14/2007 8:24:51 AM PDT by steve8714 ("A man needs a maid", my ass.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
When my daughter was in middle school at her graduation she won the award for being a drama queen.

When she graduated elementary school she won the award for being a chatter box.

Every kid got something and none of the awards were flattering, it was all in good fun.

She’ll be staring her third year of college and she still has them prominently displayed in her bedroom and she loves them and the memories they rekindle.

IMO some one should have taught this kid how to lighten up and roll with it.

10 posted on 06/14/2007 8:24:58 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

O, for the love of Pete.

I now crown him, “Sir Sniveling Little Rat Faced”


11 posted on 06/14/2007 8:25:21 AM PDT by delphirogatio
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To: SittinYonder

This is the parents’ fault, as well as the kid’s and teachers.
His behavior shouldn’t have been so bad during the year that the teachers felt a need to do this to him.

I got no sympathy for the kid or the parents. Good behavior=good consequences. Bad behavior=bad consequences. Pretty simple.


12 posted on 06/14/2007 8:26:16 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
"Words cut deeper than any knife could. They hurt," said his stepfather.

On the other hand, my mother always said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but little words do not harm me". I like my mother's approach better.

13 posted on 06/14/2007 8:26:19 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: TornadoAlley3

How about calling him “Brave Sir Robin” instead?


14 posted on 06/14/2007 8:26:56 AM PDT by ikka
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To: SittinYonder
So you'd be OK with this if it was your kid?

I would, but then again I didn't raise a whiney insecure kid.
15 posted on 06/14/2007 8:27:41 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: GingisK
"Words cut deeper than any knife could. They hurt,"

If you're a wuss they do. Life is tough, wear a helmet.

16 posted on 06/14/2007 8:28:13 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: pillut48
His behavior shouldn’t have been so bad during the year that the teachers felt a need to do this to him.

I missed that in the story. I'll have to go back and read to find where it says that his behavior was so bad during the year that the teachers felt a need to do this to him. Thanks for pointing it out.

17 posted on 06/14/2007 8:28:28 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Political correctness deems some individuals a protected class while leaving other subject to public ridicule.

This is why “hate crimes” laws are incorrect.

18 posted on 06/14/2007 8:28:35 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: relictele; AU72; pillut48
Oh dear. Two soppy humorless parents raised in the self-esteem culture and a milquetoast whiny brat who can’t take a joke.

Bring back the dunce cap and let kids get a serious taste of the real world.

Award ceremonies can be fun and can be humorous. I'm all for that. But teachers should not use insults or demeaning humor toward students in any setting but especially not a public setting like this. It was totally inappropriate and the parents are absolutely right to be angry.

19 posted on 06/14/2007 8:28:50 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: TornadoAlley3

BFD!!

We had awards like this in my 6th grade chorus... I think I got the “Handwriting most resembling chicken scratch” award or something..

It was true, my handwriting was ridiculous! I laughed, and moved on!

I feel bad for this kid though.. this preciously guarded little hothouse flower is going to have a tough time in the real world, where not everyone will think he is perfect like mommy and daddy do.

Dear Parents: STFU!!


20 posted on 06/14/2007 8:28:50 AM PDT by JerriBlank
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