February 1, 2013
I have been a special needs teacher for 43 years. I have had administrators in the Baltimore City public school system use the word "retarded" when speaking to my students. When I said that their words were hurtful, I was told I was too sensitive.
So now Joe Flacco uses the word, and everybody gets their bowels in an uproar ("Where the air is rare," Jan. 31). The difference between the Ravens quarterback and the "know everything about education" administrators is he immediately apologized. We all make mistakes. My students make mistakes as do I and so does Joe. We all learn from them.
I know Joe respects people with special needs, his hard work with the Special Olympics shows that clearly. My students and I are proud of you, Joe, and we will be rooting our hearts out for you this weekend. Just like us, you made a mistake, were man enough to admit it, corrected it and learned from it. If anything, you showed us that making mistakes happens to everyone and as long as we learn from them, we all can move on to great things. Good luck this weekend.
R. Beitler, Owings Mills
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