Brooke Harris, an eighth grade teacher at a charter school in Pontiac, Michigan, was fired last week for trying to help her students organize a fundraiser for Trayvon Martin’s parents.
Harris and many of her students wanted to help Martin’s parents, and so they came up with a proposal in which every student would donate one dollar to wear a hoodie for the day.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the principal of the school agreed to the kids’ proposal, but superintendent Jacqueline Cassell refused to approve it.
Brooke asked that a few of her students be allowed to attend her meeting with Cassell, but Cassell suspended Brooke for two days, which turned into a two-week, unpaid suspension.
When Brooke briefly stopped by the afterschool literacy fair (she had previously organized) to drop off prizes and to pick up materials for students who could not attend, she asked Cassell to clarify her original mistake. Cassell referred her to the minutes of their first meeting. Brooke again requested an explanation and Cassell fired her.