There was a time not long ago when if parents were told of wrong doing by their kid, they went to the kid and wanted answers. Now days, its "how dare you question my kids ethics!"
Here, a 12 year old girl misbehaves in class, repeatedly. Is told to stop, repeatedly. She's punished by not being allowed to play in a basketball game and the parents don't like the apology they got and want the teacher fired. WTF!? How about reigning in your kid!
Letter reignites controversy with family
Teacher apologizes for slow communication not punishment
By Tiffany Wilbert
The family of a 12-year-old girl who received apologies last week from Sacred Heart Catholic School and the Diocese of Green Bay want the girl's seventh-grade teacher fired because they found her apology inadequate.
Miranda Washinawatok was not allowed to play in a girls basketball game Jan. 19 allegedly because she translated three phrases -- hello, I love you and thank you -- in Menominee for two classmates during a homeroom.
The family's complaints led to meetings involving the family, school officials and the diocese, as well as a backlash from people criticizing the school's handling of the incident.
On Feb. 22, letters of apology were issued publicly by the school and diocese to the family and the Menominee Nation, along with private letters to the family from Julie Gurta, the homeroom teacher who reprimanded Miranda, and Billie Joe DuQuaine, the assistant basketball coach who benched her because of an "attitude issue."
Miranda's mother, Tanaes Washinawatok, told the Leader last week that the family was satisfied with the apologies from Principal Daniel Minter and the diocese, as well as their plans to broaden the school's cultural awareness efforts.
After reviewing the other two letters, however, Washinawatok said Tuesday the family was not satisfied with Gurta's apology and wants her fired.
"She did not apologize. What she has done is try to justify her actions against Miranda and diminish the character of a 12-year-old child," Washinawatok said.
In her letter, Gurta said Miranda's punishment was the result of several events that took place that day, including speaking to her in a disrespectful manner and deliberately trying to separate herself and two classmates from the class.
"Any disciplinary actions taken were not targeting the use of her Native language," Gurta wrote. "Rather, disciplinary actions were taken in response to the disrespectful comments and behaviors exhibited by Miranda over the course of the entire day."
Gurta apologizes in the letter only for not bringing Miranda's behavior to the attention of her family sooner.
"Julie Gurta had ample time to bring up concerns prior to this incident," Washinawatok said. "(She) had the entire last month to issue an acceptable apology and her attempt is not sensitive to the strong language preservation issues we face as indigenous people."
Washinawatok said her family plans to send a letter this week to Joseph Bound, director of education for the Diocese of Green Bay, asking that Gurta be terminated.
Bound was unavailable for comment.
In her letter, DuQuaine apologized for her part in the "breakdown of communication" that lead to Miranda being suspended from the basketball game.
"Without knowing the whole story, I suspended her, and I am sorry," DuQuaine wrote. "I am asking you to please forgive me for (my) mistake in this incident."
"I'm not happy with her short letter," Washinawatok said, "but I'm really discouraged more so by Julie Gurta's."