…then I heard about this
This almost made me do a spit-take with my morning coffee. It seems a teacher was threatened with a lawsuit after one of her students blew an exam—and a multiple-choice exam, no less!—and earned a failing grade in her English class, thereby forfeiting her participation in the upcoming graduation ceremony. But that isn’t the worst part.
The attorney’s letter claims that the emotional distress the student suffered requires the teacher to “correct the situation.” An Arizona Republic editorial quoted another letter as containing veiled threats to drag the teacher's private life into the courtroom. Yet in a letter in reply, the teacher, Elizabeth Joice, bravely stood by the principle of not making a special exception for one student, noting that:
- The student was already failing the class; the exam was the last chance to achieve a passing grade.
- The girl had already racked up unexcused absences and a partially plagiarized paper
- The girl’s parents had been notified of their little darling's poor performance—including by phone—and the teacher asserted that the parents showed no concern until informed that their precious girl had in fact blown her chance to pass the class.