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CB East Students to Rally Today

The students of the Buckingham high school are coming together to show they are not the "lazy, whining jerks" one teacher said they were.

They've been lambasted as "jerks" by a now-suspended teacher, criticized as spoiled brats by people who've never met them and mocked on the national news - and they've had enough.

Students of Central Bucks East are planning a rally today in the school parking lot to show the world they are not the whipping boys and girls for what's wrong with education today.

"We're being generalized, stereotyped, belittled, and insulted all across the country. They're calling us lazy, ignorant, spoiled, and belligerent. They're branding us as awful students who no teacher could ever deal with," wrote CB East senior Ted Raymer on the Facebook page they're using to organize the rally.

"In reality, we are not. We know that, Mr. Lucabaugh knows that, and the rest of the East faculty knows that," Raymer said, referring to principal Abram Lucabaugh.

The rally comes about 10 days after CB East English teacher for writing a profanity-laced blog criticizing her students as "lazy whiners" and more unprintable names. The school district is investigating Munroe for her apparent use of school district computers to write some of the postings, among other things.

Word of Munroe's blog and her suspension has spread across the country and the . Munroe went on the offensive and, with her lawyer Steve Rovner, has appeared on television news to say she is being unfairly punished for speaking the truth.

The rally Sunday is designed to show another truth.

"Our student body is riddled with athletes, academics, musicians, and born leaders," wrote Raymer. "We need to harness our natural ability and show everyone that we are not what Natalie says we are."

Organized by Raymer and other East students Annie Hu, Christina Jardak, and Alex Heim, the rally invitation had garnered more than 320 attendees as of Sunday morning.

It starts at 4 p.m. Sunday in the

Look for continuing coverage here at DoylestownPatch Sunday evening.

Robert Sica February 20, 2011 at 06:27 PM
The majority of current media is portraying Central Bucks East High School in a way that is no reflection of who we really are. East is a highly prestigious educational institution, composed of countless outstanding individuals. We will no longer tolerate being unfairly judged by people who do not know us. With a student body of over 1,600, our academic statistics are stunning: we have a 99 percent graduation rate, with 92 percent of our students extending their education beyond high school. We continually achieve extremely impressive scores on standardized assessments such as the PSSA and SAT. Clearly, we are students who value education. Our dedicated teachers and administrators provide a stimulating learning environment, and strive every day to build healthy, close relationships with their students. Both students and staff go beyond the classroom and give back to the community by supporting multiple causes, including the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition, Heifer International, Toys for Tots, and many more. We are a caring and well-rounded student body--each day becoming a bit more prepared for the challenges of the future. We take pride in the decisions we make and who we choose to be as people. We are proud to be Central Bucks East! Robert Sica President, C.B. East Class of 2012
Arugula February 20, 2011 at 06:49 PM
YAY for YOU, Students of CB East! I'm so glad to see you're doing this. Stand together, stand proud, and show us all how great you are! This is just wonderful! :) PS. EXCELLENT POST above, Mr. Sica. GOOD FOR YOU and your peers!!!!
Nancy Schaub February 20, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Bravo, students of CB East. Stand together and show everyone that all of you are not as you have been classified. I attended school in an era when insubordination of any kind was not tolerated, and I have to admit, have often been relieved I was not a teacher. There will always be students who do not want to be in school. There will always be teachers who do not like certain students and students who do not care for certain teachers. However, a public forum is not the place for that to be discussed. Ms. Munroe is entitled to an opinion, even if generalized and erroneous, but her opinion should have been expressed in a much different manner. I could be your grandmother, but will not fall into the trap of classifying the students as spoiled brats, or jerks. Show all of us what kind of people you are. I already support you. Prove me correct.
Charlene Chapman February 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I am so glad to hear from you, the students. I believe that you are like all students across the country. Some are good, some are troubled, some intelligent, and some not so intelligent but most of all you are students - young people who need guidance not mockery from an educated adult who is supposed to have your best interest at heart. Good luck with your rally. The "adults" in your community are proud of you. Charlene Chapman - Taxpayer, Central Bucks County
Amy Sterling Casil February 20, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Phew. I guess my "bad restaurant" analogy didn't get posted. Well, apparently I was the first teacher (and I'm not even a K-12 teacher, I'm a college teacher) to speak up and say that Ms. Munroe's comments were immature and unprofessional. They were, and I teach community college students that are not much older than the students in her classroom. I would never consider thinking any of those things about the students in my classes, much less writing that type of thing on the internet. What I said to the TIME reporter that didn't end up in the article was that any time a teacher has a lot of problems in class - discipline, failing to do work, failing to respect the teacher - that teacher needs to look in the mirror *first* above all. Students are a mirror to the teacher. That has always been true throughout history and is true today. I'm proud of you students at Central Bucks. Nationally, it is just the extreme vocal people who dislike students and who prioritize their own salaries, lives and comfort above all else. I guarantee most teachers don't think these things about their students, and that the teachers who are saying Ms. Munroe was right, are in denial, or are simply trying to make themselves look or feel good at students' expense. It is so ironic that you students are protesting on your own time on a holiday weekend, while in Wisconsin, teachers called in sick to get students to go and protest for THEM.
Nancy Schaub February 20, 2011 at 09:48 PM
I applaud your comments and agree with you completely, especially the comment that a teacher having problems with her students needs to look at him- or herself first. I lived in Warminster for much of my adult life and always held the CB school district in the highest esteem. Hearing of what this teacher did was the first time my opinion had reason to change. Just as we as parents do better teaching our children with love and support rather than criticism, I feel it is the same with teachers. The good ones leave a lifetime good impression, always remembered fondly for teaching methods and the manner in which he or she intereacted with the students. The bad ones are remembered also, but always for their deficiencies in relating to the students and how that affected the desire of the student(s) to learn. I was blessed to have the Grey Nuns from K-12 and then through college and in all those years, experienced two teachers whose rapport with her students was less than optimal, and thus, their lessons were not as readily learned or remembered. The good ones affect you for a lifetime, not only in your desire to learn, but often in shaping the student's desire for further education, and choice of career path. A good, supportive, non-critical teacher is every bit as important as parents with the same qualifications and a bad one can affect the student as adversely as poor parenting. This is one woman I would never want teaching my children!
Ted Raymer February 20, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Hey, first of all thanks for the coverage of our event! The rally went spectacularly by the way! Not to be THAT guy, but I wouldn't mind some credit for my quotes (all the writing you quoted was done by me). Not a big deal, but I re-used some of it for my speech at the rally, so I figure I'll take some recognition! Ted Raymer
Sarah Larson (Editor) February 20, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Sure thing, Ted. Will add it in to this one. And we had a reporter at the rally, so there will be another story coming tonight.
matt stuart February 21, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Your teacher was well within her right to say what she said. It was anonymous and no names were ever mentioned. Nobody was implicated and the school district was never named. Way to go Central Bucks East to condemn a person and suspend them without ever considering wether or not you even had a policy on this. Then your principal put it in the media and thats where it is now. You did it to yourself CBE. Today would be just another day if your principal didnt put this into the media spotlight. Mrs. Munroe was discreat and anonymous, you made it what it is today so you have nobody to blame but your yourself. Your rally was for what? To refute the fact that some kids are exactly what she said they are? Its a fact, they are. As for the college professor, your dealing with more mature adults who "want" to continue their education. This type of individual is quite different from a high school student...and by the way, its Mrs. Munroe...she is married.
Amy Sterling Casil February 21, 2011 at 02:09 AM
"The college teacher" has been called every 4-letter name in the book by angry, disaffected junior high and high school teachers over the course of many years, all in return for suggesting politely that some classroom problems could be a two-way street, and not all the fault of students, parents, administrators or just not enough pay or benefits to teachers. It's not far from that type of low-brow behavior to expressing disrespect and hatred for young students in public, which is exactly what teacher Natalie Munroe did. She called one student "rat-like," and said one sibling was dumb while another was smart. 3/4 of what she said was personal insults that they can do and do better with on "Jersey Shore." I have taught all levels of college English, from beginning/remedial to advanced. It's a cop-out to say that high school and junior high students "can't be taught" because many of them don't want to be there. They are minors. They can't decide for themselves what they should and shouldn't learn, and what they need to know or don't need to know. They're not experienced enough to know whether or not they need to be in school or not. It's up to the teacher to lead. This type of behavior isn't that. And if students are out of control, or disrespectful, writing on an internet blog isn't the way to deal with it. The way to deal with it is daily, in the classroom.
Amy Sterling Casil February 21, 2011 at 02:20 AM
And furthermore, how do the defenders of Ms. Munroe defend that she's an English teacher, and her original blog posts were not well-written, with spelling, grammar and construction errors? People are seriously trying to say it was a good thing that she wrote right on her blog that she was blogging at school, and supposed to be assigning real grades and comments. Instead, she wrote, she was writing this list she thought was humorous. Angry students who saw the comments on FB came to her blog (I don't agree with their anger in return - one student criticized her appearance while another said she was a "douche" to students) and some corrected her spelling and grammar errors! So where did these supposed - what did she call them - lazy, whining do-nothings? - where did they learn to spell better than the teacher who criticized them? Maybe from another teacher who did his or her job? One of her insults, which was writing down that one sibling was much dumber than another, is "teacher don't" 101. It's common sense and decency don't. Don't write to a parent that one child is dumb and the teacher can't believe they are related to their sibling, who was so much smarter. How does that type of cruel, tasteless comment have ANYTHING to do with student behavior and learning? It doesn't. It is the cruel, selfish, lazy and incompetent teachers who are at fault here. And their bullying needs to stop. Now.
matt stuart February 21, 2011 at 04:45 AM
AND THATS WHY SHE HAS AN APPROVAL OF 95% OR MORE....BECAUSE YOU ARE RIGHT AND WE ARE ALL WRONG. You dont know what its like to teach in her school do you? You dont know what problem students she has, do you? You dont even have a clue what problem students she has to deal with. You sit on your perch and sing all you want. You may have walked a mile in "similar" shoes, but you havent walked a mile in "her" shoes! You have no right to take away her rights. She spoke anonymously. She has the right to do what she did. You dont like it, thats your right too. You dont have to like it and nobody can take that away from you, thats your right. Natalie Munroe is allowed to express herself. She became a teacher and never did she give up that right. I fight for her first ammendment because its my first ammendment too. And thats all I have to say about that......
matt stuart February 21, 2011 at 04:47 AM
P.S. English teachers still have a first ammendment right too. I believe proper spelling is not a requirement to have the first ammendment. Thats how I defend that.

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