Parents have lashed out at an Iowa middle school principal after he canceled a pizza party organized by their teacher for hard-working students.
Principal Thomas Hoffman made one of his teachers ‘cry’ after he called off the celebration at Brody Middle School in Des Moines. The teacher paid for herself and had been promising her students for three months.
According to the KCCI report, one irate parent, Neil Erickson, shared his frustrations on Facebook. His post has now been shared thousands of times.
Erickson wrote: ‘My son attends Brody Middle School here in Des Moines. His class earned a pizza party that I believe the teacher paid for. He has been excited about this for days…telling me about it and how they earned it.
‘Well, today was the day. The pizzas were delivered to the class… the teacher paid and signed the receipt. The principal walks into the classroom and says ‘I never approve pizza parties’ or something to that effect’.
He continued: ‘He took the pizzas from the kids and let them sit in the office for the teacher to pick up after school. Now my son and his classmates lost the party they worked hard to earn and the pizza I’m sure is wasted now…and the teacher was left in tears. I just can’t believe it!’
People responded to the post and criticized Principal Hoffman’s decision. One even compared him to the Grinch for calling the party so close to Christmas.
However, some people supported the head of the school for calling off the celebration.
‘Maybe the teacher should have gotten permission before she did it, that would have made sense to me,’ one wrote.
Hoffman released a statement, and he apologized for the party’s cancellation. He also said that he thought he was acting in the best interest of all students.
‘I know that many of you are upset about reports of a classroom pizza party, and the pizzas being taken away. I fully understand.
‘As principal, one of my top priorities is fairness and equal opportunity for our students at Brody Middle School.
That applies to everything from the chances they have to learn in the classroom to rewards and recognition by our teachers and staff.We have discussed this from time to time as a school, and have agreed that fairness is a criterion we want to follow in how we treat all Brody students.
‘However, I do want to apologize for being overly strict in applying that standard today when it came to one of our classrooms. Most of all, I want to apologize for disappointing any of our students, and punishing them.
‘I understand that many people have been talking about having pizzas delivered to Brody tomorrow. If that’s the case, we’ll gladly welcome any donations, and arrange for a nice sendoff for our 700 students on the last day before Winter break.’
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