Principal Uses Students' Bad Behavior as Opportunity to Teach
From ABC News:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (AP) -- A Catholic school principal has organized sensitivity training for students who shouted "We love Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with Jewish students.In my opinion, Mr. Price seems to have handled this situation in an admirable manner. He has made no excuses for the bad behavior of his charges. Instead, he has frankly criticized their actions, and immediately used this episode as a learning experience to teach his students the proper way to behave - even swiftly incorporating sensitivity training as a permanent part of the curriculum at his school. This is a great example of how to behave in the face of a display of insensitivity, and should be an example to all educators as to how to nip inappropriate behavior in the bud.
The word "Jew" also was painted on a gym wall behind the seats of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School students attending the Feb. 2 game at Norfolk Academy, said Dennis W. Price, principal of the Virginia Beach school.
Price who also watched the game, said the rivals exchanged chants, "Then, at some point, our students were chanting, 'We love Jesus."'
"It was obviously in reference to the Jewish population of Norfolk Academy; that's the only way you can take that," he added.
Price said he sent a letter of apology to Norfolk. Dennis G. Manning, the academy's headmaster, declined to comment.
Several Sullivan students met with Norfolk Academy's cultural diversity club Thursday as part of a series of events aimed at promoting tolerance, Price said.
He has arranged for the Virginia Conference for Community and Justice and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater to work with students.
A message left for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater was not immediately returned Saturday.
Price also has consulted the Anti-Defamation League, a national group that fights anti-Semitism.
"It is important that we work harder at having students leaving here who are tolerant and understand how serious these kinds of things are," said Price, who said diversity training will be incorporated permanently at Sullivan.