It was disappointing to read the Ysleta Independent School District’s superintendent’s comments in the Times the other day:
“I think what’s being irresponsibly promoted is the idea that this district and Parkland Middle school endorsed or promoted a walkout. Nothing could be further from the truth”
The superintendent told the Times that the district’s crisis management response team was on hand in anticipation of the event.
The students were allowed to leave their classrooms and congregate on the school grounds.
How can students just get up en masse and be allowed to leave their classrooms without permission from the school? Shouldn’t we think that the students would be disciplined if they left without permission? They won’t be disciplined because they were allowed to leave.
An earlier Times article wrote of the superintendent:
He said there were walkouts at almost all the district’s secondary schools — mainly to the football fields or ending in moments of silence.
The dictionary definition of irresponsible is not showing a proper sense of responsibility. There is no question that the district did at least facilitate the walkout. Claiming that the public is irresponsible is ludicrous.
Time will tell if anyone did anything wrong that they should be held responsible for.
What we have not heard from the superintendent is that he will take steps to see to it that this cannot happen again.
We deserve better