Friday, July 18, 2003

Republican family values

Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union writes:

The first sign of trouble came last year when one couple learned their daughter had been strapped into her chair with a leather belt.

Since then, more than a dozen parents have removed their elementary school youngsters amid complaints about disciplinary tactics by one of the teachers at Hawthorne Valley. Punishment included tying the hands of students and taping their mouths shut if they misbehaved.

The teacher who doled it out, Claire McConnell, apologized, saying in a June 24 letter, "I am sorry for my disciplinary misjudgment, very sorry. ... I request your forgiveness." ...

McConnell is the daughter of Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. She did not return phone messages.

Well, such abuse will never happen when the schools are privatized. Oh, wait, Hawthorne Valley was a private school. (via political wire)