That’s Racist!

Chris Stewart is in the news again and once again it involves alleged charges of racism against Burroughs Elementary Principal Tim Cadotte and the entire Burroughs community.
According to the Star Tribune

A southwest Minneapolis school principal was placed on paid administrative leave Monday after an unannounced visit from a school board member escalated into an argument between the two men last week that included charges of racism, district parents said.

Board Member Chris Stewart made a surprise visit to Burroughs Elementary School on Friday during which he called Burroughs Principal Tim Cadotte and the entire school community racist, parents said

I’m a little disappointed the Strib would run this story as a story about racism and only cite the nebulous “parents”, whom I doubt were even present during the meeting between Stewart and Cadotte.

Also what is up with the editing at the Strib?
How did “parents” becomes “Parents”?

Parents said he received a call from district headquarters after Stewart’s visit and was summoned to appear before Deputy Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson on Monday

Ugh. Who knows if any of this is true, but Stewart does have what could be called a rabble-rouser past so the thought of him calling an entire community racist isn’t totally unfathomable; it just seems unlikely.

This entire situation leaves me with one predominant thought, and that’s why can’t the Minneapolis School Board keep it’s laundry private?

Does anyone think this does any good for the kids and isn’t doing good for the kids the School Board’s job?

Won’t somebody think of the children?
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2 Comments so far

  1. sparklemotion on April 23rd, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

    This confuses me a lot… what exactly is the story here?

    Sounds like board member goes to school, _something_ happens between him and principal, and principal is being disiplined. What does the whole "he cried ‘racism’" thing have to do wtih anything besides a better headline?


  2. David (jacc) on April 23rd, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    @sparklemotion "What does the whole "he cried ‘racism’" thing have to do wtih anything besides a better headline?"

    Agreed,sensationalism.

    Also, how do the parents know so much about what happened?



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