I find myself more than a little interested in the recent firing of a Central Union High School history teacher.
If Dick Fragale found it necessary to have Simon Marquez escorted off campus even before his school day was finished, it would surely have to be a higher crime than a personnel issue.
The melodramatic way in which this was handled would be a sure-fire way to raise the students' ire.
The girl who videotaped the protest, Bea Booher, was said to have supported Marquez but not the rally for his reinstatement. How would the public know about this firing unless this assembly had taken place? Would the Imperial Valley Press care enough to tell us about it without 100 students hitting the pavement in protest?
These kids handled this situation in an orderly adult manner and under our Constitution have the right to peaceful assembly. Let the school administration watch on. If this had been handled in a more straightforward manner, perhaps the students would not have felt the need to react to a seemingly sly decision that would result in depriving them of a popular teacher. The fuzzy reasoning given in the newspaper article should be backed up with something better than an allusion to "a personnel problem."