A Catholic school principal wrote a letter to the parents of eighth-graders about a student not returning to their school, and she asked them to pray for the child.
Naming the student in the letter, it turns out, was also asking for trouble.
The student’s parents have filed a $750,000 defamation lawsuit against Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga and the principal, saying the letter led to “a scandalous smear campaign carried out by the eighth-grade parents.”
The student, who attended the school until Dec. 2, 2011, has unspecified medical issues that “occasioned certain behavior at school,” according to the State Supreme Court lawsuit.
Harvey Shapiro would have likely preferred to be remembered as a poet, and perhaps also as one of the better editors of the New York Times Book Review. But his Jan. 7 Times obituary plays up another aspect of his life of which I was previously unaware. It was Shapiro, then an editor at the New York Times Magazine, who assigned Martin Luther King Jr. to write his 1963 “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” which today ranks as one of the preeminent literary-historical documents of the 20th century.
The assignment would have assured Shapiro a place in magazine-editor heaven if the Times Magazine had published the result. But it didn’t. Rejected, the letter ended up (under the headline, “The Negro Is Your Brother”) in the Atlantic. The Times Magazine’s role here ranks well above William Styron’s rejection, as a reader at McGraw-Hill, of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki as one of the great busted plays in American publishing.
Heh, there’s not much I can add to this one. ;)
A Redditor reports that this cute kid note was written by a Muslim student in elementary school. […]
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has once again sent a letter (PDF) to Apple and Google, this time asking for a followup on the companies’ app store privacy policies. In the letter, Franken reiterates some of the discussion that took place during a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law in early May, and asks that both companies commit to requiring all applications to have their own clear policies.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The following is the text of a letter sent to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The misspellings and grammatical errors are in the original letter.