Letter: Rush to judgment in ‘racist’ school assignment controversy

Recent media coverage of racism in the Saugerties schools suggests that many of the agitators, without knowing all the facts and before an investigation had even begun, have rushed to their own conclusions.

A teacher’s assignment has led the rush-to-judgment mob to demand the firing of this alleged racist teacher. They probably don’t know the particulars of the teacher’s presentation of the subject matter nor the purpose or intention of the assignment. If that is indeed the case, then once again we are witnessing in the media an unhinging by the holier than thou crowd eager to present their bonafides.

I am happy,  for this Saugerties teacher’s sake, that there is such a thing as academic freedom and a Saugerties Teacher’s union to protect and defend a teacher’s rights against just such a situation of mob hysteria and intimidation.


That some opportunistic politicians have jumped on the bandwagon does not speak well for their judgment.

Susan Puretz


There are 3 comments

  1. Christine coatney

    I am very interested in learning what the teacher had in mind. And as a community we may be entitled to a coherent explanation. Perhaps students were studying law and given the assignment as counsel for the defense. If there is a sensible explanation why was it not presented with the other facts

  2. Linda m LANE

    Teachers need to learn about cultural diversity and teach fact and not fiction. I think the people of the Saugerties, School district should know what the teachers was teaching and why the student to exception to it. I believe there “maybe” more to the story then being told!

  3. Bill H

    There is no doubt that within the school they are looking over the assignment and its context. We will likely not be privy to that, but it would serve this community well if the school leadership would be transparent. My guess is that it is a half-baked assignment that may or may not have come from the teacher’s good intentions.

    Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt, and not call for her termination, but demand to know what the heck that assignment was supposed to be about and why she chose to include those specious, insidious points of view.

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