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Upset Parents Pull Kids From School When Ivanka Trump Pays A Visit

Unnecessary drama and high school go hand in hand, but the melodramatics typically come from the youngsters that are still finding their way in the world. Unfortunately, the drama can sometimes come from those that should know a whole lot better - i.e. parents of the students, teachers, and administrators. A perfect example of that just popped up in Connecticut, as parents of students at the Norwalk Early College Academy weren’t too keen about a special guests appearance at the school.

As the Daily Mail shares, Ivanka Trump and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty stopped by the school to chat with some students, and that left a number of parents feeling hot under the collar. No, the source of their angst wasn’t Rometty. As with all things Trump in today’s day and age, some folks felt the need to have complete tantrums for remarkably unclear reasons. One parent voiced her concerns to News 12 Connecticut.

“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” she said. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”

Fair enough, but why would she feel the need to keep her children home simply because there were special guests in attendance that were there for the sole purpose of enlightening students and encouraging their future success? That’s unclear, but we’re going to fashion a guess that the parent is not a Trump supporter, which is well within her rights as an able-bodied adult. That said, exactly what message is sent to your own child when you’re teaching them to shun those that may see things differently than you do?

Despite the unnecessary theatrics that her visit caused, Ivanka sounded rather pleased about her visit.

“To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real life skills into a classroom environment but then coupling it with real life experience through internship creates this really beautiful virtuous angle,” she said.

That enthusiasm wasn’t exactly shared by Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, as she’s a little ticked that teachers weren’t clued in beforehand.

“The teachers were alarmed to get to school and see there was a high police presence, big parts of the building closed down with no communication about what was going on,” she shared.
“We were relieved that it was a big visit and some positive press but in light of the Sandy Hook anniversary, in light of the scare at McMahon, we really worried that there was something else going on. Without clear communication, it's hard to know how to function.”

Those are certainly fair points, and she has every right to express her concerns with the administrators that organized the visit. It’s probably safe to say that a tight lid was kept on things due to security concerns, and Yordon acknowledges that may be the case.

“To be clear, teachers would not have expected to be told exactly what was going on of course,” she said. “However, some brief communication would have been much appreciated, just as was done for parents, for example, or simply that there was no safety risk.”

It sounds like the school could’ve done a better job with the visit, but it also sounds like there was a whole lot of unnecessary drama attached to a simple visit to the school by the First Daughter.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Wikipedia, Ivanka Trump/Snapchat, News 12

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