Parents Find Joke Letter from Litchfield Elementary School Principal Offensive; Principal Placed on Leave

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Famous satirist Jonathan Swift proposed eating poor children. Apparently, that's funnier than joking that students are stupid.

Sometimes, jokes go too far -- especially when they're sarcastic letters distributed by a school principal about the ineptitude of students that land in the hands of pissed-off parents.

Ron Sterr, principal of Litchfield Elementary School, was trying to be funny when he sent a parody "field-trip-permission" letter to teachers last week berating students who didn't finish their homework and making sarcastic comments about the drastic measures the school must take to deal with peanut allergies. But one of the teachers apparently mistook the letter for a serious missive and sent it to students' parents.

Which brings up the question: who's the stupid one(s) at Litchfield? 

Litchfield Elementary School District Superintendent Julianne Lein said the school district's been barraged with calls from angry parents. In a press release, Lein writes, "The Litchfield School District renders its most sincere apology to our students, parents, community and staff for this incident. We are taking specific steps to remedy this situation."

It is unclear who actually wrote the letter that Sterr sent, but he's the one placed on administrative leave.

So what's everybody so ticked off about? Check out the controversial letter, in its entirety, after the jump:

"Dear Parents,

Turn off the TV for once and pay attention.

Regarding math:

The math we do is really easy. If your child is either too lazy or too stupid to finish it in class, I'm sending it home so that you can work with them and judge for yourself whether it is laziness or idiocy that inhibits your child's progress. We do part of it in class. How on earth they can NOT finish it is beyond me, but please help them with the part that we do NOT do in class. If your child is one of the mediocre few who excels on the homework, please congratulate them with a warm handshake or perhaps a halfhearted high-five, since finishing this homework is the equivalent of a twenty-year-old wanting to be congratulated for knowing how to tie his shoes.

Regarding Field trip lunches:
We have a peanut allergy in our room and a few in second grade in general. Because of this, everyone must eat nut-free foods. We also have a child who is mourning their puppy who got run over last week by a garbage truck, so we ask that no one wear anything resembling puppy fur, or that is red and flat. Further, one of our students has a nervous tick that causes him to slap himself in face several times a minute. In order to help this child not feel conspicuous, we ask that your child imitate a crazed masochist for the length of this field trip."

Punchy stuff indeed. Too bad nobody's laughing.

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That was a mean spirited teacher who gave that letter to the childen. Anyone who works in a school can agree there is some truth to it. Most parents are wonderful and their kids are extra wonderful. Other parents are totally opposite and they cause their kids to be the same - lazy and cry babies over everything expecting the world to serve them only. They need to grow up. I'm just happy that the great parents and great kids outnumber them by 95%. Teachers, school administrators have it tough when they must put up with that loud mouth minority. It makes it feel like everything they do is not appreciated because the great parents seldom speak up for the school teachers and admistrators. Sooooo..... sometimes they just want to release some steam - inside baseball. The teacher who released it was cold hearted to the students, parents and administrators and should have given a caring hand to the person who wrote it and assured the administrator that he was appreciated.

College student
College student

I don't know the whole story here. I am a college student who has been following this story. However, I know that in my elementary school there was plenty of forwards and funny jokes that were sent between our teachers at the time and even in middle and high school as well. There were probably dozens of e-mails that we were never meant to see, because of it's meaning to be an "inside joke" or just a simple "ha-ha". I understand there are many parents that are very angry about this. I would be too if I was a parent and saw the email. However, none of those parents can say they never once said or sent anything that wasn't offencse to anyone.


Maybe terminally lazy children with absentee parents don't deserve the privilege of an education they're going to waste from the beginning. In any group there are a few winners and a whole lot of losers.

Swift Move
Swift Move

Way to find out what "A Modest Proposal" was on Wiki, lol.


can they help that they have absentee parents and have no one in their life to motivate them? no. i thought that's what our school systems were supposed to do. be there to better the lives of young students who have no one else there to help them.

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