Comment On PS 114
I felt the need to respond to the article you printed on April 8 about the student at PS/MS 114 who had an air gun in his book bag. While this incident was unfortunate on so many levels, there was a quote within the article which I found very upsetting.
This quote, from an anonymous source, referred to our middle school students as “troublemakers” and commented, “The really bright kids seem to all go to the Scholars’ Academy.” In addition to being incredibly hurtful to the 115 students attending the middle school, the statement is completely inaccurate.
To set the record straight, our middle school students are neighborhood children who are bright, talented, caring and ambitious. Many of our students are in advanced math and science Regent’s classes and graduate with two Regent’s exams already behind them. Our eighth-grade graduates have gone on to attend very competitive public and private high schools. Attending PS/MS 114 for the middle school years is often the best choice for students who prefer to remain in a familiar and nurturing environment. These are our children and they do not deserve to be disparaged by those who do not truly know them.