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Candace A. Isherwood (cai2@acsu.buffalo.edu)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 12:32:41 +0100

I need some advice on a personal level. Last year I had my then 15
yr. old daughter removed from a class when I felt a teacher was making
inappropriate comments to her. She felt very uncomfortable in his class.
One comment was a reply to her correct answer to a question outloud in
class. He said something to the effect of a pretty girl with a brain
said in a tone that made her believe that he believed that pretty girls
don't have brains. Needless to say, she did not raise her hand after
that. My question is, do statements such as these constitute sexual
harrassment? I know school involves compulsory attendance and I know
that sexual harrassment involves a person in position over another.
This teacher is now up on charges of sexual harrassment for "alleged"
comments to other girls. The school district is asking other girls to
come forward, which some of them have. My daughter comes home every day
with a new story on the case. This has affected our community in an
statements that the original two girls have personal and family
problems themselves. It sounds like they are going to drag these girls
through the wringer. If anyone has any comments or advice on this issue
please forward. I am a teacher myself and am almost finished with my
administration in education degree. This is a situation that concerns
me both personally and professionally.
Thanking you in advance for your comments.---Candace---

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