Don't blame teachers for murders

Regarding your recent editorial, "How to end the killing" (July 9), your last paragraph made me want to vomit. "No doubt, Baltimore needs effective police and prosecutors, ample drug treatment, better schools, and more economic opportunities." How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for "better schools" is a reason there is so much killing.

Had you defined the loosely-used term, "better schools," perhaps I and probably others may not have been so nauseated. I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. We have many excellent teachers. I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property in the schools. They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers' school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers (beyond constantly telling them to perform certain impossible acts upon themselves) and refused to do any homework or classwork. Need I go any further?

I won't even bother addressing the other "causes" you listed. Too inane.

In summary, the problem seems to be a total disregard for life that exists not only in our crime ridden city, but also in all of the major cities throughout the United States. So, go blame other root causes, but please leave our city police, prosecutors and teachers out of the finger wagging.

Dave Miceli

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