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My name is Donna Reisen. My son is a 3rd grade student at JMME. Let me start by saying my son has been blessed with great teachers, but I too question some of these people allowed to be around my child. Mr. Gilbert for example, admitted adultery, accused of bringing guns on school property, and using school funds for god knows what. Ms. Rourk, the principal of my son’s school, using racial slurs and threatening to kill a parent. I myself have witnessed children being grabbed by a teacher. Let’s talk about the student that urinated on himself and was left to sit in it all day. I know for a fact that it occurred because my own son pooped his pants and sat in it all day. When I picked him up at the end of the day I could smell it immediately. When questioned he said he was not allowed to go to the bathroom. The poor kid came home with a sore and bleeding butt. When school officials were questioned I was told the kids need to learn to hold it at which time I gave my son permission to go to the bathroom whenever he needed to and I would deal with anyone that tried to punish him. I feel Mrs. Danka conducted herself better than I because if any teacher was to put their hands on my child I promise you my hands would be on them!!!! When someone decides to become a teacher they have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner which is suitable to be around such impressionable, young minds. They need to conduct themselves that way in public and even under stressful situations. I DO NOT feel Mr. Gilbert or Ms. Rourk conducted themselves in that manner. Nor do I feel ANY adult has the right to put their hands on anyone’s child. It is the parent’s responsibility to discipline their children. For those of you who are dogging Mrs. Danka or feel her children got what they deserved, I say to you…. Wait until it happens to YOUR child and see how you react. For those of you that question Mrs. Danka’s values and how her children are treated, I say… Maybe you should look into your own values because you’re the ones that are turning a blind eye to the people our children are being exposed to. I don’t teach color in my home nor do I allow my son to judge people by where they came from or their economic stature. This issue has nothing to do with color, money, or where someone came from. The issue is our children and their education, and the focus should be on that. There are great teachers at JMME but a few bad apples can spoil the bunch. For those teachers who do their job by educating and protecting my son…. I commend you. For those of you who are not doing right by our children, I will join Mrs. Danka’s fight in making sure you are removed from the school system.
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