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Boise Mayor apologizes for "Assassinate Obama" chant

post #1 of 12
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The article is actually, in a way, sadly funny. The Mayor seems honestly apologetic and concerned about Boise's image. But the ending comments by the School Superintendent gives the impression that he didn't think it was such a big deal, and that the media and bloggers were to blame

http://news.aol.com/article/mayor-so...e-obama/253540

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"Word of this behavior leaked out to a hyperactive media and bloggers which in turn distorted way out of proportion the comments that were made, painting the entire community with the same negative brush."
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
But the ending comments by the School Superintendent gives the impression that he didn't think it was such a big deal, and that the media and bloggers were to blame

http://news.aol.com/article/mayor-so...e-obama/253540
The superintendent would have been better off saying nothing.
post #3 of 12
I think you guys might be missing something here (not sure what was meant.) I don't think that either the mayor or the superintendent should be held to blame for what those kids chanted. And certainly not the kids. Those kids didn't know what they were chanting. Therefore, the question is, WHERE did they come up with something like that?

I'd say it's the parents to blame, and to a small degree the bus driver is culpable for not stopping it. Neither the mayor nor the superintendent are at fault. They can apologize if they want to; it's probably a good gesture to do it on behalf of the community, but they didn't need to do it on their personal behalf.

Pointing the finger at someone else, though, disregards where those kids got such an idea. THAT's who should be apologizing here. And that's what the superintendent doesn't get. No one wants to look in the mirror and see the finger they're pointing reflected right back. There's something amiss in the community. And that's where the superintendent went wrong.
post #4 of 12
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I don't actually believe that I'm missing too much. The Superintendent's statement wasn't a public one, it was a letter to the parents of school children within his system. I know how important context is for things like this, so I did a search of the Boise Schools site to see if the complete letter is available online. Sadly, it's not, at least not as I'm writing this.

Just my impression of events, the Mayor felt obligated to say something, and was well within his right to do so, and he said it well. The Superintendent could have made his remarks to the media, and it could be taken several ways.

But for it to be a letter to the parents, some of whom had children performing in this little episode, sounds to me as though he's telling the parents "What's the big deal? The mean, evil media is telling the world that what we teach our children is bad!"

Just my impression
post #5 of 12
The mayor is just sucking up to Obama if you ask me.
post #6 of 12
Second and third grade kids were saying this!! Those children need to learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T!! sounds like their school system has failed them there
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Second and third grade kids were saying this!! Those children need to learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T!! sounds like their school system has failed them there
I don't think it is the school systems fault, most likely their parents are to blame.
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Those kids didn't know what they were chanting. Therefore, the question is, WHERE did they come up with something like that?
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don't think it is the school systems fault, most likely their parents are to blame.
ICAM

My friend said that one of her daughters classmates said the Obama should be assasinated to her in class. The girls punishment was to write an essay on why this was wrong. I told my friend that it should not be the girl writing the essay but her parents.
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... I did a search of the Boise Schools site to see if the complete letter is available online. Sadly, it's not, at least not as I'm writing this. ...:
My guess is that it won't be, either, unless someone puts it up on their own personal website.
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ICAM

My friend said that one of her daughters classmates said the Obama should be assasinated to her in class. The girls punishment was to write an essay on why this was wrong. I told my friend that it should not be the girl writing the essay but her parents.
Unfortunately, that little girl probably went home and told her parents she got in trouble for saying that and her parents called the school enraged about how the school was trying to brainwash their daughter into... not believing presidential assassinations are good...

I feel bad sometimes for all the people whose worldview is so messed up that they will teach a child to wish death upon the President. I wonder how they will function in the next four years. Not very well, I imagine.
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I don't think it is the school systems fault, most likely their parents are to blame.
Certainly there would be plenty of bad influence at home - I'm sure the children didn't learn that kind of behavior in Sunday School. That being said, I know that children are, or at least should be aware of, proper behavior on the bus.
I grew up in a small mining town, and yes, the kids were exposed to very rough living - I'm talking about wife-stabbings, dog-shootings, rough language, etc. - but each and every one of us, from the tiniest kindergartner, knew what was and wasn't allowed on the bus and at school.
I volunteered at my grandson's school when he was in
2nd grade and those children were also very much aware of what was appropriate behavior and language when on school property (which includes the bus). IMO, it's not too much to expect
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I feel bad sometimes for all the people whose worldview is so messed up that they will teach a child to wish death upon the President. I wonder how they will function in the next four years. Not very well, I imagine.
Perhaps they didn't actually teach the kid that; the kid just heard the adults talking about it at home, thought it was cool, and got the other kids going on it. Regardless, it's still the parents' responsibility.

What with all the violence on TV, video games, and what-not, these kinds of incidents shouldn't be too surprising.
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