Dear Ms. ***,
Thank you for your apology.
As for the explanation, you know what? No. This isn’t about free speech.
This is about fascist violence invading social space.
This is about a disinhibited atmosphere in the country at large. At *** School boys now think it’s okay to yell “Male supremacy!” and “White power!” in front of my daughter.
“Free speech” isn’t speech at all if it’s being used without listening, attention or care.
Or perhaps I should demand that I do a PowerPoint in your class insisting that ***'s dad is a ********* (insert suitable very bad words here). Free speech, right?
This is the same atmosphere that since November 9 2016 (the election of Donald Trump) has caused quiet, introverted kids at my job (Rice U) to wear swastikas, daub them on statues, and deface a piece of the Berlin Wall with “Trump 2016” and “aloha” (aka “good riddance Obama”).
I’m going to start by reporting this incident and that involving her best friend, *** (see below) to my friends at the Houston Chronicle, Houstonia Magazine and Huffington Post.
Then when the New Yorker phones me up for a scheduled interview on Thursday, I’m going to report it to them too.
I will not stop until you, Principal *** and the school at large have joined me in doing everything in our power to end this outpouring of obscenity in social space.
On Feb 19, 2017, at 10:19 AM, ***
I apologize to you and most especially to your daughter.
As I think you know, parents coming to lecture is encouraged in our *** class with community building in mind.
We had a presentation from an attorney who chose to speak on free speech. Mr. *** reviewed the concept in context of several examples. He made it very clear that hate speech is never legal or acceptable in school or any institutional setting.
I was surprised when students clapped and thought it was due to politeness, definitely not prompted by me.
Thank you for brining to my attention. Let me meet with Ms. *** and get all the details. I will follow-up with you. Please provide a number you can be reached at.
Thank you ***. How did it go?
I'm afraid I have something else to report.
It's about Miss ***'s *** class.
Today there was a PowerPoint by ***' dad.
It said that the KKK and the Nazi party are exercising their freedom of speech by using swastikas etc.
It also said that the women's marches, by excluding pro life women, "are tearing our country apart." (His actual words in quotation marks.)
They were all made to clap at the end.
What are we going to do about this?
I'm considering reporting it to the Houston Chronicle.
With best wishes,
We will follow-up.
Dear Ms. ***,
I'm deeply concerned about hate speech against ***, the daughter of a Muslim. Many things have happened to her recently, but perhaps the worst happened today, where students said "she should be killed before she bombs the school,"
This is absolutely unacceptable as I'm sure you know.
The disinhibiting effect of the current president's speech has resulted in students at my job (Rice U), who are normally very shy and introverted, doing things such as wearing swastikas in the library.
I understand from my daughter, who is *** best friend, that students have drawn swastikas on the dividers of students who attend classes that *** attends.
When stuff happens at my school I tell the president to make a statement--he usually doesn't do it, for whatever reason--but I just couldn't hear what I have been hearing without writing to you to share.