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Another firing for perceived insensitivity.

What did this principal do? He offered his two cents on the actions of former officer Caselot. I think his opinion is wrong but I don’t think it weird. Nor do millions of other Americans, black and white. And he foolishly thought he was posting his two cents anonymously.  Not so bright for a highschool principal who these days ought to be a master of social media. All in all, no big deal. Not knowing how to use Facebook and expressing a non-controversial opinion is no big deal.

But according to the superintendent of schools, Principal Iber  committed an act so grievous  that he must be fired. Every sphere of life has its top punishment. In law, it is the death penalty. In the Church, it is excommunication. Both are forms of exile.

In the world of employment the equivalent of the death penalty or excommunication is getting Fired! All three are forms of exile. They all scream you are no longer a member of this community. You have so violated our standards that you can’t be tolerated.  So we say, in all three cases, respectively: Go away for eternity, go away until you repent or go away and peddle your wares someplace else.

Think of what that means for a principal. It not only means loss of income; it also means a stained reputation that drops a big, black blot on your resume and work history. Other highschools, all of which these days are “sensitive” institutions, will not risk hiring him.  They didn’t even offer making him a teacher.

Listen carefully to the words of the hypersensitive superintendent: “Insensitivity — intentional or perceived — is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.”

Insensitivity- either unintentional or merely perceived can get you fired. This is not right. BTW, was he really insensitive?. He may have been stupid. After all, he is a principal of a largely non-white high school. The world did not need his two cents. For it he lost his status with the students and his income for his family.

I see at least two lessons here:

Lesson 1: Knowing when to speak and when to stay silent is something wise men are supposed to discern.

Proverbs 10:19: When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Proverbs 11:12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

Lesson 2: We are living in a climate of fear, suspicion and perpetual moral indignation that rewards the hypersensitive and censorious. Kirsten Powers in herSilencing writes: “In Lois Lowrey’s dystopian novel, The Giver, the author portrays an authoritarian society that has eradicated all bad memories from the world. People know nothing of racism, sexism, disease, or anything that might make them feel sad or uncomfortable. The world is left with unthinking robots with human skin. A character in the book explains why the government had to do this: ‘When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”  Hmmm, didn’t God know that when you give people the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.  Sure  He did and Adam and Even should have sued Him for reckless endangerment.

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