School Teaches Students Moral Cowardice


School Teaches Students Moral Cowardice

School fires domestic violence survivor, calls her a “liability”

No one would fault administrators or parents for wanting to ensure that children are safe at school, but barring a domestic violence survivor from her job and taking away her family’s livelihood is hardly the solution, advocates say. “Firing all these women is not the answer. You have to deal with this and it’s really up to all of us,” YWCA San Diego CEO Heather Finlay told NBC, adding the school should have pursued protective measures that targeted the abuser — not Charlesworth.

I was appalled to read this article. In fact, when I saw the title, I thought it must be some kind of mistake or a joke. Unfortunately, the facts as reported are accurate. A women victimized by a stalking husband has been fired from her job.

What’s next? Will we eject any employee under threat for any reason since this may very well inconvenience a school?

I want you to think of the incredible possibilities. A stalker can automatically get a woman fired from her job. Now, that’s power. The school system can actually force women to stay with abusive husbands because they know they will lose their jobs.

And without a job, and often having support children, the woman is at the mercy of state services and the possible handout and support of Mr. Wonderful, the man she tried to leave.

Honor, courage, tradition – all demand we stand up to those who use violence to gaining their ends. This example empowers the wicked and damages the innocent.

Is there any business, any educational institution, any government facility, where a human being placed under threat is not a liability? Does that mean we should fire them for convenience sake? or out of fear? What kind of people are we?

James Pilant



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