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'SLUR' TEACHER 'SORRY'
New York Post ^ | February 23, 2005 | DAVID ANDREATTA , David Seifman and Patrick Gallahue

Posted on 02/24/2005 7:45:55 AM PST by BellStar

The Brooklyn teacher who sent an American soldier demoralizing letters written by sixth-graders apologized yesterday and admitted blame. In a statement issued by the Department of Education, social studies teacher Alex Kunhardt said he regretted offending Pfc. Rob Jacobs.

His statement, however, did not address whether he either coached the students or read their missives — which accused soldiers of committing atrocities in Iraq — before mailing them.

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"The Brooklyn teacher who sent an American soldier demoralizing letters written by sixth-graders"

Needs a few Freeper letters himself!

1 posted on 02/24/2005 7:45:57 AM PST by BellStar
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To: BellStar

I knew she was sorry without her telling me.


2 posted on 02/24/2005 7:47:37 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: BellStar

After hearing what was in those letters, there is NO WAY the kids wrote them without coaching and direction. This man should move to Boulder and get a job as Ward Churchill's assistant!


3 posted on 02/24/2005 7:48:10 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: BellStar
we need to ride this guy out of education completely. No more political party politics in education. AT ANY LEVEL.
4 posted on 02/24/2005 7:48:21 AM PST by gibtx2 (End Tenure)
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To: gibtx2

It's NY......he'll no doubt get a raise!


5 posted on 02/24/2005 7:49:47 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: TXBubba

Please Bump!


6 posted on 02/24/2005 7:49:50 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: BellStar

DoE needs to ZOT this teacher.


7 posted on 02/24/2005 7:49:53 AM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on.....)
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To: BellStar

I thank God I live in a place where this would never happen, and if by chance it did, that person would be run out of town.


8 posted on 02/24/2005 7:51:07 AM PST by yellowdoghunter (Liberals should be seen and not heard.)
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To: BellStar

It is pretty clear what he teaches on a daily basis. He most likely prays for the defeat of america, scratch prays and replace with wishes/dreams!


9 posted on 02/24/2005 7:52:51 AM PST by CSM ("I just started shooting," said Gloria Doster, 56. "I was trying to blow his brains out ....")
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To: BellStar
'SLUR' TEACHER 'SORRY'

Yes he is.

10 posted on 02/24/2005 7:55:54 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: BellStar

Sorry isn't good enough!!! This idiot is a disgrace! Why weren't the parents of these children better aware of what was going on here? Or did they care?


11 posted on 02/24/2005 7:58:51 AM PST by 4everontheRight ( "I'm learning to dread one day at a time" --- Charlie Brown)
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To: BellStar
This is one of those “non apology apologies”. I’m sorry that you were offended. That’s indicative of the slime that would send these letters.
" "It was never my intention to demean or insult anyone," said Kunhardt, who was spotted tossing a snowboard in his car outside his Park Slope home before driving off yesterday morning. "I never meant for the words of my students to hurt any of our troops. The responsibility for this action is mine alone, and I apologize." "


12 posted on 02/24/2005 7:59:40 AM PST by elfman2 (Not paid to be PC)
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To: yellowdoghunter

Tar and feathers would be appropriate.


13 posted on 02/24/2005 7:59:55 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: BellStar

Sickening teacher bump.


14 posted on 02/24/2005 8:01:10 AM PST by Poser (Joining Belly Girl in the Pajamahadeen)
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To: BellStar
".. His statement, however, did not address whether he either coached the students or read their missives — which accused soldiers of committing atrocities in Iraq — before mailing them..."

There is no reasonable explaination for him not addressing the bold other than he did not read them or he coached the students and had no idea this would blow up in his face like this.

15 posted on 02/24/2005 8:02:06 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Bump!


16 posted on 02/24/2005 8:02:17 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: lowbridge

Bump!


17 posted on 02/24/2005 8:03:10 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: BellStar
Piece of crud liberal, socialist scumbag. I grew up and went to school during the Vietnam war. NEVER did any of my teachers SAY anything about the war, never. It was all reading, riting and rithmatic.
18 posted on 02/24/2005 8:04:29 AM PST by Dallas59 (Bush said the "F" word 27 times January 20th, 2005!)
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To: BellStar
Mayor Bloomberg said New Yorkers should support the troops but that GIs in the war zone know they are protecting freedom of speech.

"We have freedom of speech and you certainly cannot go around censoring what people want to write," Bloomberg said.

"I think most of [the soldiers overseas] believe that the freedoms that we have, like the freedom to write critical letters, are protected by them putting their lives at risk," Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg's gotta go.

19 posted on 02/24/2005 8:05:04 AM PST by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: BellStar
social studies teacher Alex Kunhardt said he regretted offending Pfc. Rob Jacobs.

He's only sorry he got in trouble:  secretly, he probably still believes he did the right thing and resents the fact that someone is making him apologize.

I guarantee it.

20 posted on 02/24/2005 8:05:25 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I know a great deal about the Middle East because Ive been raising Arabian horses" Patrick Swazey)
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To: BellStar

She wasn't sorry, she was only sorry someone was offended.


21 posted on 02/24/2005 8:05:31 AM PST by FreedomSurge
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To: Militiaman7; Jim Robinson; dcwusmc; Eastbound; Trueblackman; A Navy Vet
This needs your attention ASAP!
22 posted on 02/24/2005 8:06:18 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: BellStar
One of the kid's parents was on Hannity yesterday saying the kids were not coached by the teacher but that was their real feelings. Hannity missed a real opportunity to point out to her that the letters were all almost identical. Instead he just wanted to make her admit she 'didn't know' what happened in the class.

Sometimes his interviewing the opposition is very frustrating. He doesn't give them an opportunity to step in their own BS.
23 posted on 02/24/2005 8:06:46 AM PST by mnehring (cBS- Fourth Column, Fifth Estate, Disinformers)
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To: BellStar

As of yesterday the teacher still had not apologized to the soldier's father/family. Until there is eye-to-eye contact so the pain inflicted by this jerk can be experienced in person, the matter is not and never will be closed. In my humble opinion, he accomplished exactly what he set out to do, with one exception: the mail went to a soldier in Korea, not Iraq. That was the intent and that is probably what he is sorry about.


24 posted on 02/24/2005 8:08:33 AM PST by Virginia Queen (Virginia Queen)
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To: Poser

Wow the post published his name. Wonder how long it will take people to find out where he lives.


25 posted on 02/24/2005 8:08:49 AM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: prion

"Bloomberg's gotta go."

I will say on this case he is right, however.

BUT, what this person did was an act of treason. Yes critical letters should be allowed to be written (to the Senate or other governemt system) They should not be used to demoralize our boys!


26 posted on 02/24/2005 8:09:45 AM PST by MacDorcha
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To: firebrand; kphockey2; gimmebackmyconstitution; max_rpf; cyborg; Coleus

This needs your attention ASAP too!


27 posted on 02/24/2005 8:11:18 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: mnehrling

She wasn't going to admit anything. I'll bet she agrees. She said the soldier could have opened up a dialogue! LOL!!!!!


28 posted on 02/24/2005 8:12:35 AM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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''I think most of [the soldiers overseas] believe that the freedoms that we have, like the freedom to write critical letters, are protected by them putting their lives at risk,'' Bloomberg said.

That's not the point and if it were, the kids weren't free to 'not' write letters since it was a class assignment. I dare say that probably not one of the 21 6th grade students would have written, much less mailed, a letter to an American soldier of their own volition.

The issue is the point of the assignment, the poor judgement of the teacher and a question of the teacher's agenda.

I think the kids need a 'meet & greet' with the soldier & his parents in their classroom in order to understand that there were real human beings on the receiving end of their missives.

29 posted on 02/24/2005 8:15:13 AM PST by elli1
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To: BellStar
Oh, ya, right. This is absolutely the way 11-year-olds write {/sarcasm}

One boy who wished soldiers would come home wrote, "From what I see on TV and in the newspaper, I don't think the US is even close to obtaining Iraqi freedom." ... He went on to say: "I'm concerned that George W. Bush is president for four more years, because he doesn't want to get troops out, so you might end up staying longer." ... Another boy wrote: "Bush thinks he's brave . . . in his safe little white house with as many guards as he thinks he needs." He concluded with: "By the way, when you shoot someone, is it great or horrible?" ...

30 posted on 02/24/2005 8:16:25 AM PST by pabianice
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To: mnehrling

Sometimes his interviewing the opposition is very frustrating.

Understatement of the day. IMHO :)

31 posted on 02/24/2005 8:20:30 AM PST by elli1
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To: BellStar; cyborg; CSM; mnehrling; MacDorcha; Psycho_Bunny; ladtx; fooman; Clemenza
What's truly remarkable about this story-at least, from my perspective-is the fact that over half of the students refused to accede to the demands of this noxious, anti-American, AFT stooge.

In Park Slope, no less!

This was one of the observations made on today's Curtis and Kuby Show, when they were discussing the political ramifications of this incident.

Perhaps this aspect of the story got lost in the ensuing furor, but I thought that it was worth noting.

-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)

32 posted on 02/24/2005 8:22:30 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (You are reading my 6,000th post, since November.)
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To: BellStar

Sorry isn't good enough. He needs medical attention. Sheesh! Anybody that would use kids as a weapon for his political issues should be fired at the least.


33 posted on 02/24/2005 8:27:26 AM PST by ETERNAL WARMING (We have the best politicians corporate money can buy)
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To: BellStar

At one time he would have been hanged or shot.


34 posted on 02/24/2005 8:29:18 AM PST by yarddog
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Agreed.

Bloomberg's a disgrace

"I think most of [the soldiers overseas] believe that the freedoms that we have, like the freedom to write critical letters, are protected by them putting their lives at risk," Bloomberg said.

Mayor Bloomberg, does the US Constitution protect a public school teacher who coerces his 6th grade students to send hate mail to a soldier serving in combat? Is that what Bloomberg thinks they're fighting for over in Iraq?

My question for Mayor Bloomberg (since he apparently is an expert on the First Amendment) is: can we now "petition the govenrment for redress of grievances" and get this son-of-a-b**ch fired?

Probably not, huh?


35 posted on 02/24/2005 8:30:08 AM PST by Electrowoman
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To: BellStar
Jane Fonda said "sorry" several decades later and all the damge she did was undone, wasn't it?

This teacher's just sorry she got caught.

I wonder if she would have sent the letters if they had been overwhelmingly supportive of the troops and their mission.

Actually, I don't wonder at all. I know she would not.

36 posted on 02/24/2005 8:30:18 AM PST by Montfort
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To: BellStar

As El Rushbo sez, I never tell people to call or write. However, should you care to share your thoughts with the young and poorly educated Alex Kunhardt - apparently a product of the SUNY system, gently reminding him of his responsibility to the children in his care - I am including some information to make that convenient.
(Now MY sixth grade teacher would tell me I just produced the longest run-on sentence she had ever read!) :o)

I included information from their website, (which is nice), and also a link to the website if you need more information.)


http://www.nycenet.edu/OurSchools/Region8/K051/default.htm


ADDRESS

350 5TH AVENUE
BROOKLYN, NY 11215
Tel: (718) 369-7603
Fax: (718) 499-4948





XAVIER CASTELLI, Principal

Region: 8
Administrative District: 15
Local Instructional Superintendent: Alison Sheehan* (15)
(718) 935-3686
Parent Coordinator: Audrey Komaroff
(347) 563-5371
PTA President: Marylou Bradley
School Number: 51
Borough: Brooklyn
Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8
Student Enrollment: 973
Police Precinct: 78



About Our School Statistics Compare this School



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Our Mission
The William Alexander Middle School Community composed of administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, public and private affiliations, is committed to high standards for all. For our students, we are devoted to the fact that every child can learn. It is our responsibility to facilitate each student's academic, emotional and social development through a rigorous, standards-based instructional program. We are dedicated to facilitating the growth of leaders who demonstrate self-esteem, respect, and a strong value system. Our administration and faculty have made a commitment to professional development that continuously improves instruction. By promoting parent partnerships, the teaching and learning process is enhanced. It is our belief that we are all a part of this community of learners.






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37 posted on 02/24/2005 8:30:58 AM PST by Rhetorical pi2
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To: Anti-Bubba182; firebrand; kphockey2; gimmebackmyconstitution; max_rpf; cyborg; Coleus; anymouse

Alex Kunhardt Image please!


38 posted on 02/24/2005 8:31:18 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: BellStar
My daughter used the initial story as her current event in social studies and got nothing but great responses from her peers and teacher.

They all said that it was outrageous for that teacher to allow letters like that to be send of.
All of her classmates and the teacher would like to send him letters that demonstrate that not all kids and teachers think that way.

BTW,the kids in my daughters class are the same age as the kids that sent those letters.

God bless that teacher and those kids in my daughters class.
39 posted on 02/24/2005 8:31:49 AM PST by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: BellStar
"It was never my intention to demean or insult anyone," said Kunhardt, who was spotted tossing a snowboard in his car outside his Park Slope home before driving off yesterday morning.

Oh yeah, he's sorry alright. And as penance, he's off to hit the slopes...
40 posted on 02/24/2005 8:31:53 AM PST by Ex-Dem (This tagline has been defaced.)
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To: pabianice; Piquaboy; gibtx2; prion; Virginia Queen; elli1
Precisely.

This "free speech" canard used by Michael Bloomberg-who's simply a refurbished version of John Lindsay-isn't going to fly.

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

-Soren Kierkegaard

41 posted on 02/24/2005 8:32:31 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (You are reading my 6,000th post, since November.)
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To: prion

The first thing I said after reading the article.
What an a$$!


42 posted on 02/24/2005 8:33:05 AM PST by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: elli1

You know, I can't help but wonder what would have happened if a teacher had used this type of assignment to promulgate, say, Christian views? Or conservative ones? For instance, what if a teacher used "freedom of speech" to create an assigment for students to write to local doctors against abortion? Or to write to the teachers union in support of Republican candidates? That teacher would be cleaning out his/her desk the next day!


43 posted on 02/24/2005 8:35:22 AM PST by GraceCoolidge
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To: GraceCoolidge
Most brilliant observation Grasshopper!
44 posted on 02/24/2005 8:39:02 AM PST by BellStar (Pray for our heroes...)
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To: BellStar

anybody know where this P.O.S. got Pvt. Jacobs name and address from in the first place???


45 posted on 02/24/2005 8:40:39 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: BellStar

Another way to look at that child's letter;

"Alex Kunhardt thinks he's brave in his safe little house in Park Slope with as many policemen on the streets and soldiers abroad as he thinks he needs..."

There. That's better.


46 posted on 02/24/2005 8:41:46 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: Chode
anybody know where this P.O.S. got Pvt. Jacobs name and address from in the first place???

His dad gave it out to a co-worker..the co-worker was asked by someone at the school if she/he knew of any soldiers they could write to. Something along those lines..

47 posted on 02/24/2005 8:47:01 AM PST by Ros42
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To: Chode

Yes. They actually got the info from the soldier's dad. They approached him and asked if his son might be interested in receiving mail from/being a pen-pal/ with some elementary school students. He was on Hannity yesterday afternoon and the last two evenings. He is livid.


48 posted on 02/24/2005 8:48:09 AM PST by Virginia Queen (Virginia Queen)
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To: GraceCoolidge

I was thinking along the lines you were thinking...but w/ a difference. 'What if' the teacher had asked the kiddoes to write & sound off to Jesse Jackson or that sniper Malvo character or one of the numerous thugs in professional sports? I think that, in all of 'our' examples, ''sorry'' wouldn't get it.


49 posted on 02/24/2005 8:49:19 AM PST by elli1
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To: BellStar

Does anyone have an email address for this teacher or school district? This propaganda/brandwashing goes on in public education every day and has been going on back to the early 80's--thanks to the NEA. Any doubters should read the book, "The Children's Story" written by James Clavell. Mr. Clavell wanted to point out what can and does happen in a school classroom. Parents need to wake up and realize how Liberalism borne of the NEA is brainwashing their children. The mother on Hannity yesterday was herself a brainwashed Liberal--no wonder her kid is the same.


50 posted on 02/24/2005 8:52:05 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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