Principal Responds to Criticism of Slain Student

A Memphis teen and young mother’s life was tragically cut short and as a result, her school will present her high school diploma to her child.

To many, the gesture is one that warrants approval and support, but one individual wasn’t impressed by the school’s way of honoring Myneisha Johnson.

As if teachers, students and family members aren’t shaken up enough over her life cut short, someone wrote an email to the school’s principal, Alisha Coleman-Kiner Tuesday morning criticizing the move.

“The death of any young person is tragic,” the person wrote. “But to allow someone else to walk across the stage to accept her diploma is one thing but then give it to her young infant is another. What are you thinking? The attitude and culture of the inner city youth need to change and doing this it won’t you’re acknowledging and celebrating this young child whose mother was tragically killed when in all fairness probably should have been home taking care of that young infant who now has no mother and quite frankly don’t know who this father is. Food for thought.”


Principal Coleman-Kiner responded, and she checked whoever this person is in the most epic way:

“Good morning,” the letter starts. “Thank you so much for your unsolicited ‘food’ for thought. After regurgitating the washback you just emailed (as it was definitely not ‘food’), I offer the following appetizer, entrée and dessert for you to consider:

1. Never email a high school Principal, who is also an English teacher, without checking the grammar and spelling in said email. In case no one ever told you, these errors sincerely diminish your validity. #2Timothy2:15 #Study

2. Never send a formal email of rebuke without first ‘fact checking’ your claims. That’s something else your English teacher should have taught you. For example, who told you that no one knew who the father is? Where were you when he couldn’t stand under the grief on Sunday at the candlelight vigil? How surprised would you be to learn that both the paternal and maternal grandparents have been actively involved in this child’s life since he arrived? #Proverbs6:16-19 #Abominable

3. Stereotyping, as a persuasive device, is an ineffective use of propaganda that allows the person using the device to draw lines around groups of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ people. When you talk about people from the 3rd person point-of-view (‘the attitude and culture of the inner city youth needs…”), you turn those people into objects, which can then strip them of human rights. Side note: I had my first college degree and had been married for some years before I had my daughter, and, even I went out every now and then – without my child. How is it that you know that my student was an irresponsible parent, again? ‪#‎Deuteronomy10‬:18‪#‎GodDefends‬

Click here to read Principal Coleman-Kiner’s full statement.

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