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One Mom's Little Slip-Up Lands Her A Ban From School Grounds

A Brooklyn mother is being shunned by her son's charter school because she said a naughty word in front of students. While it's not the worst word she could have said, she has apparently offended the principal and is being banned from the grounds until she steps up and apologizes. The mom is refusing to apologize.

Success Academy of Cobble Hill is the largest charter school in the New York City borough. One mom got into a scuffle with the school after she made an off-hand comment that sent the school principal on a rampage. The mom says she's 'disgusted' by the whole situation because all she did was say the word 'damn'.

Latasha Battle and a group of parents showed up at the school one rainy morning with their kids, and they had to wait outside in the downpour until 7:35 sharp. That's the official time the school opens.

Battle felt that they could have made an exception in the rain. When the doors opened, she said, "It’s a damn shame the school made these kids stand in the pouring rain."

Principal Brittany Davis-Roberti got wind of the comments, and sent Battle a harsh letter, chastising the mother for her choice of words. She concluded the letter with telling Battle she was banned from school grounds "until you schedule an appointment with me to apologize for your behavior and pledge that it will never happen again."

Davis-Roberti also told Battle if she didn't like it, she could take her kids elsewhere. “We know you can also make the choice not to adhere and not to enroll your child at our school,” she wrote.

The 40-year-old mother refused to apologize, however, and simply tried to avoid going on school grounds. Over the next few weeks, she picked up her 10-year-old son, Joshua, and his twin sister, Jada, at the school's front entrance, rather than going through the school yard like the rest of the parents. As 4th-grade graduation drew near, the mom was told that she was not welcome to attend.

Security guards were instructed to call police if Battle showed up for the event. The mother is furious. “I’m not going to apologize for anything,” she said. “I’m disgusted by this whole situation.”

A spokeswoman from the school backed the principal's decision. “When an adult frightens children and staff by screaming profanities, we absolutely support our principals in taking necessary steps to ensure a respectful, safe school environment.”

After the New York Daily News wrote a story on the incident, Battle was told that the ban was lifted. The pressure and bad publicity, it seems, were more than the school had bargained for.

District-run schools are not supposed to ban parents unless there is an incident involving police. Some schools try to get away with it by issuing bans to parents, usually impoverished or minority parents, because they don’t expect the threat to be challenged.

Source: NY Daily News
Photo: NY Daily News, Brittany Davis-Roberti/LinkedIn

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