My Public Apology
(Pick one from each group of choices)
I have recently been notified by
that certain actions of mine
- my principal
- my school-district attorney
- reporters who saw your online petition, Facebook campaign, and viral video
It was certainly not my intent to
- have been considered abusive.
- have been taken completely out of context.
- have become way more public than I intended.
Because I am
- injure or abuse your child.
- create an incident that attracts negative attention to myself and my school.
- get caught.
I deeply regret
- someone who cares about kids,
- a trained professional,
- a person with about as much patience for this nonsense as I have for the kids in my class,
I acknowledge that
- having done anything to harm a child.
- making a mistake, though a perfectly understandable one.
- not being a little more sneaky.
- my behavior was hurtful and regrettable.
- my actions look really, really bad.
- I didn’t understand what a pain in my behind parents would be about this.
and I give you my word that, in the future, I will
- full responsibility for my actions,
- refuge behind my school's policies and procedures,
- a good look through backpacks now for hidden recorders, cameras, and incriminating evidence, thanks,
I hope you can
- be more careful with the precious gift of your child.
- call in an administrator to handle your out-of-control kid.
- only mess with kids whose parents don't have blogs.
- find it in your heart to forgive me.
- let me keep my job.
- go away now.
And now, just so this doesn't happen again? Check out some books on classroom behavior management that might help you do this job you've been entrusted with: The Behavior Code | The Inner Wealth Initiative | The Teacher's Guide to Inclusive Education | Beyond Behavior Management | The Paraprofessional's Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms.