I am a parent of a student at Rolling Acres-Edison where 7th grade students were made to feel as though their behavior toward a substitute teacher played a role in his untimely death over the weekend.
How truly frustrating to know that a school principal and other administrator basically bullied and guilted 12 and 13 year old students! How is that type of unprofessional, unethical behavior from educators in any way, shape, or form acceptable? How can we possibly expect students in diverse school communities to show any type of tolerance, compassion or sensitivity toward other people when their school "leaders" model absurd behavior like that?!
The truly sad thing is that the principal is now saying that the students "misconstrued" her comments. Whether specific comments were misunderstood, many of those kids came home very upset Tuesday afternoon because of how they were made to feel. The psychologist and social worker were called in a day after the lecture. A terrible representation of D150 leadership!
WEEK is reporting:
On Monday, Rolling Acres Junior Academy learned Samuel Oyeyema, had passed away over the weekend.
The cause of death is unknown at this point and one parent says the principal had allegedly blamed 7th grade students for the teacher's death.
"He(son) said that she went to all the seventh graders and said to every class, that you are the reason why he is dead," said Parent, Angela Rice."
"I just can't believe she would do this. A child doesn't need to be blamed for an adult's death, especially when it's a teacher, a role model they look up too and are learning from."
The school sent out a letter to the students yesterday regarding the incident, stating there was a misinterpretation.
District 150 only released this comment regarding the issue, "It is a difficult time of grief and healing for our students and staff. Peoria Public Schools is working to ensure that all effected have the proper services and supports that they need to work through this difficult time."