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Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999

CALLOUS DECISION

September 7, 1999

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To the editor:

I am writing in response to your article about Mr. Stan Roth, former biology teacher in the Lawrence school district.

First of all, you should know that I believe in evolution and I'm a Christian.

I'm continually amazed at the incompetent people in positions of authority that make such callous decisions. The handling of the termination of Mr. Roth is just another example.

It would appear that little effort was made to reward Mr. Roth for his career at Lawrence High School as an outstanding biology teacher. His transfer to Free State High School would seem to be a deliberate slap in the face. The decision to force Mr. Roth into an almost untenable position by demoting him one year before his retirement indicates the school administration exhibited a lack of compassion for a loyal employee.

The administration's obvious mean-spirited approach to this situation should alert all teachers and employees to what they may expect from the school district. I suggest concerned school officials and parents monitor the actions of all the coaches in all sports in the district to make sure all statements and actions made during practice and game situations are not offending to their students.

In my opinion, the school administrators caved in to the comments of a very small group of people. I'm confident Mr. Roth will recover from this humiliating experience. The big problem is that the devious, scheming school administrators are still safe and secure in their positions. One can only hope their careers end in the same manner.

Rex E. Hubbard,

Lawrence.

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