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Was her dad afraid of retaliation?
Her story was inconsistent and she wasn't willing to name names. If it really happened, why didn't her parents demand to see the tape from the security cameras? Maybe they were too shy to ask.
Or...maybe the "facts" about the groping were exaggerated like the rest of this fairy tale.
We know Uncle Carlton didn't write this squawk!
It's not surprising to learn that his ignorance isn't just an isolated incident, but a way of life. Mr. Fletcher found a real winner!
What did Robert Cross MS do to deserve Ms. Chunn?!
It won't go well. You heard it here, first.
The more I re-read this article, the more ridiculous it seems that a journalist would pass this off as news. It could have been written using her Facebook page as the only source.
"Jordan Benson says she's too smart for school; teachers out to get her."
Do you always believe everything a 16-year-old tells you? Isn't there a chance that her version of the stories are a little slanted?
If she was just trying to better herself academically, and the schools weren't challenging her, why didn't she take a book to school to read during her free time? She didn't attend 8th grade, but expected to be passed to the next grade. That's right in line with the "everything is someone else's fault" mentality that her parents clearly encourage.
She isn't the first smart student to attend the DCSS, but thanks for your speculation on what happened two years ago based on the account of a then 14-year-old. Making comments about her safety in the restroom that have no basis in fact is not responsible. Delivering one side of the story, so the reader can fill-in the gaps with guesses is not journalism.
After sleeping on this and re-reading the article, I am just disgusted that Mr. Fletcher would write this crap. Is he friends with the father? No mention of her behavior that led to teachers denying her privileges.
Someone made the choice that she would sit with her mom at the hospital, and then acted as if she was being singled-out and picked-on when the school didn't pass her to the next grade. Seriously?
She brought inconsistent accounts of harassment to the counselors and administrators. That, along with being a behavior problem, doesn't do much for her creditability. It's too bad the Herald didn't recognize that, too.
We are to believe that we are getting the entire story? She was just striving for academic excellence, and was harassed by her teachers and fellow students? Even if she was a behavior problem because she was bored academically, that behavior has been omitted in this story. Maybe she had been a behavior problem before asking to go to the library, and the teacher wasn't going to reward her. Maybe the teacher is being misquoted by a 16-year-old! Is that a possibility?
Public education does not meet the needs of all students. That's the only story here..and that the Herald told part of a story to sell newspapers...again.
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