In the early morning hours of March 15, 2010, a teacher at a private school in northern Virginia sent an email to his students.
It was from a student at Mayport Elementary.
She was an eight-year-old girl, and he was a 17-year old male.
She asked, ‘Do you know what you are?’
The answer was yes, and the teacher could tell she was nervous.
‘It’s a little bit scary, but I’m OK.
I’m alive, too,’ the email said.
‘You’re a person and you deserve to be.’
As the email went on, it became clearer that the teacher was not only a brilliant teacher, but a man who was trying to teach an important lesson about love, the power of kindness, and how to be yourself.
The email went to the school’s students.
‘We need to ask a few questions to make sure you’re ready to hear this,’ the teacher wrote.
‘Are you ready for love?’
In an email the following day, the teacher explained that he was making an emotional decision: he wanted to teach a lesson about loving others.
The teacher said he was trying not to hurt the students, but that he also wanted to help them understand the value of love.
‘I just felt it was important to say, ‘I love you, and I’m not going to let anyone get in the way of that,’ he wrote.
But, the student didn’t buy it.
‘Is he trying to kill you?
Are you scared?’ she asked.
The answer came when she looked at her hands.
‘Yes,’ the student said.
And the teacher said, ‘And I’m trying to make you feel better about it.’
In the email, the teachers asked students to take the quiz in front of the class.
The students answered the questions correctly, and they were allowed to return to their seats.
The following week, the school sent the students a letter that read: ‘Dear student, we would like to assure you that we did not send you to the principal’s office.
We did not, in fact, tell you that you had to take your answers to the quiz.
We didn’t ask you to take them.
But you did, and we are sorry for any upset this may have caused.’
When the students returned home, they had to tell their parents.
The parents weren’t surprised.
They knew that the message from the teacher had been hurtful, they said.
The father of one of the students had already written to the district, complaining about the teacher’s message.
‘He is trying to hurt us, he is trying try to ruin us,’ the father wrote.
The parent told The Washington Times that he did not believe the teacher, and that he had already heard the teacher say he didn’t want to hurt his daughter.
But the father was disappointed that the district was not responding to his letter.
The next day, Mayport Middle School sent out an email that apologized for the teacher and promised to work with him to resolve the situation.
But by that evening, the principal had reached out to the parents again, demanding that they change their minds.
The principal asked that the parents stop contacting the teacher.
The family of one student, who is now 17, did not want to talk to The Washington State Times about the situation, saying she felt uncomfortable talking about it.
But one of her friends was more forthcoming.
‘What really hurt me, was the way the teacher went about it, that’s what really hurt,’ the friend said.
She said that she had to confront her own feelings about the lesson and that she needed to know that he didn´t mean to hurt anyone.
The district was told that it would not be addressing the issue of the teacher having an emotional attachment to a student.
The school said in a statement that it did not discuss the teacher´s personal beliefs about students.
The president of Mayport, the parent, and other district officials did not respond to The State Times’ request for comment on the matter.
But Mayport is not the only school in Virginia that has had problems with inappropriate messaging.
A year ago, a former Mayport student and a teacher were expelled after a teacher sent a message that read, ‘There is no place in this world for you.
You are worthless, worthless.
You should have never existed.’
In May, a district in Pennsylvania suspended a teacher who sent out a message to students saying that they were worthless and should ‘go die in a ditch.’
The school district said that teachers are not allowed to send messages that are intended to cause distress.
And in June, a school in Pennsylvania banned a teacher from leaving the classroom after he sent a text message that said, “You are worthless and you should die in the ditch.” The