A second-grade white girl’s “N the N-word” T-shirt was a “distraction” at her mostly nonwhite school, said the principal, who made Jaiden Haber change.
Jaiden said she didn’t understand the statement she was making with her shirt. “My mom picked it out,” she said. “She thought it would look nice on me. I don’t know why they made me take it off.”
Karen Haber said she should have explained the shirt to her daughter, but wanted to “keep her innocent.”
But the mother also wanted teachers to “discuss the shirt because it aimed to encourage tolerance.” If spurring discussion was the goal, why wasn’t she willing to discuss it with her own daughter?
I remember when a boy, back from a year in Austria with his family, came to elementary school in leiderhosen. His parents thought it would be culturally broadening for us. It was social death for him. There are things parents shouldn’t do.