2011-04-22 / Letters

Bright And Creative Youngsters

Dear Editor,

As the members of the executive board of the PTA of PS/MS 114, our membership wishes to formally express our utter dissatisfaction with your recent article entitled “Busted for bringing air pistol to MS114” published in The Wave, and more particularly, your paper’s heavy-handed vilification of our middle school students. We take great um-brage to the characterization of our Middle School and its student body.

Were one to read the article to its conclusion, the impression left is that the children who have chosen to attend MS 114 are either troublemakers or those not qualified to attend other middle schools. The overall sentiment conveys a rather unflattering tone suggesting that our students are the ones somehow forgotten or left behind. Simply stated, this is a grave and unfortunate misconception about our middle school and its population. Contrary to the published remarks, the children of MS 114 are neither troublemakers nor simple-minded.

Many of these children have chosen to attend MS 114 for reasons too many to list herein. Many have siblings still in attendance in the elementary school. Many consciously chose to remain at MS 114, a middle school with an extremely nurturing and qualified staff, where a great education at a local public school may still be obtained. Indeed, some of these children actually read your publication! To paint an entire student body with such a broad brush was not only inaccurate and irresponsible, but was hurtful to our children and downright mean-spirited.

We doubt than any of your anonymous “sources” were affiliated with the middle school itself and probably know very little of the daily workings of our middle school. At best, to publish these hurtful and frankly, uninformed, quotes behind the veil of anonymity, without the benefit of hearing from any of the school’s many supporters or reaching out for comment to the parents of our middleschoolers was to say the least, insensitive. Moreover, these anonymous comments were gratuitous, adding nothing to your reporting of the purported incident.

Most of the matriculating middleschoolers have attended PS 114 since their early years and have contributed greatly to this school’s continued success. Every school, no matter where, has its share of incidents, however, let us assure you and this community that the Middle School at PS 114 is not a land of abandoned and forgotten children. It is a school with great parental involvement, caring educators and a qualified administration. It is a safe haven for elementary and middle school students alike, where vibrant, bright and creative youngsters are choosing and receiving a quality education.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

PS/MS 114 PTA

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