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Private schools are not your enemy

Several students connected to Baltimore private schools chose costumes offensive to their home community.
Several students connected to Baltimore private schools chose costumes offensive to their home community. (Facebook photo)

A recent commentary in The Baltimore Sun criticizing private schools is both contradictory and nonsensical (“An ‘endemic toxin’ in Baltimore’s private schools,” Nov. 2). The writer, an attorney, speaks disparagingly of the privileged “white boys” sitting next to her son in an “elite” school. Is not her son also privileged as a member of the school? Does she not consider herself privileged to have graduated from a law school?

It is very presumptuous to assume that some parents of white students are not struggling to pay the required tuition. The words “elite private school” have recently come into vogue. Yet within recent memory some public school were considered “elite” as well but popular culture and a lack of responsibility changed all of that. The writer should remember that the boys who are required to wear jumpsuits had a choice, the decision was theirs, and they are the ones responsible, no one else.

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Jail is not a requirement of the passage to manhood, it is a result of faulty judgment or misguidance. I also question the writer’s ability to inspire her students as it appears she enjoys victimhood and does not seek to break the bonds that hold her. The writer is her own master.

T. Shettle, Timonium

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