This letter is in response to the Changala Pumpkin Patch fiasco. This absurd situation was instigated by the very rude and unprofessional conduct of a Summit Charter Academy teacher who refused to communicate in English with the personnel at the business over a simple disciplinary problem.
What is really infuriating is the response of some very low-class individuals of this community. Death threats, acts of violence, accusatory shouts of racism and threats of future violence were totally uncalled for.
Things could have easily gotten out of hand. It may have been merely a lack of communication, as reported in The Recorder the day after the event, but if so, what type of individuals could react in such a violent manner against a business that has provided thousands of young people of all ethnicities years of fun during the Halloween season?
I’m assuming (and hoping) it was just a few ill-informed individuals of the same ilk who allow their children to roam around the local supermarkets and other businesses in our community unattended.
The teacher at Summit Charter Academy surely should have been able to communicate in English with the personnel at Changala Pumpkin Patch and prevented this situation from occurring in the first place. What type of social lesson was she presenting to her young students? That it is OK to refuse to communicate in English with local business owners? Very unprofessional conduct for sure, and it may appear to some as an example of reverse racism. What an absurd, pathetic excuse for neglecting one’s responsibilities as a teacher.
The teacher hopefully will receive stern disciplinary action from the district office with a firm letter of reprimand placed into her personnel file. She and the other teacher who signed off on the letter should be encouraged to offer a public apology to the Changala family and to the entire community.