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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 18, 2017

‘Ghetto school’ offensive

By Diane Shannon | Feb 23, 2017

To the editor:

Brian Dunlap’s remarks about “leveling the playing field” between the two elementary schools concerns me.

The perception that Pence is “a ghetto school” is highly offensive and insensitive to me. Obviously, he has no idea what a “ghetto school” is. Unfortunately, I do!

Many years ago, we lived in a public housing project in Chicago. Just one example was in a first grade class – children were running around wildly as the teacher threw up her hands crying and walked out.

At first, the principal denied that it happened and then said “it’s hard to fire a teacher.” And some neighborhood/schools were and are worse, including being harassed on the way to and from school.

I am now a taxpayer and have or had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends in all the Fairfield schools. As Pence is a wonderful school, as Washington, everyone that goes to Washington doesn’t have a “country club” address, etc.

Regardless of how or why Mr. Dunlap came up with this labeling, I have a problem with it.


– Diane Shannon, Fairfield


[Editor’s note: The article that appeared in Tuesday’s Ledger reported that Dunlap said the school board could end the perception Fairfield has a “ghetto school” and a “country club school.”]

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