Wednesday, December 03, 2008

He should know better

Mesa, Arizona School Superintendent Deb Duvall has had to write a letter to a father of two physically disabled children apologizing for the actions of William Santiago, who is one of her employees.

The father noticed Santiago parking in a handicapped spot in order to drop his kid off at the same school the father's own children attend. The father asked Santiago to not use that space, and the employee apparently responded with a host of invective, including the statement that

"'Just because you have a hard life doesn't mean the world owes you everything.'"

Mr. Santiago is the school district's Special Education Director, by the way. A more impolite person than myself might suggest that they selected him for the position based on his own mental challenges, but I won't go there.

In an obvious footnote to the story, the administrator faces no discipline other than being counseled about his actions. Public shaming seems to be his sole punishment.

I'm happy to oblige.

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