Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Letter to SOU from Laurel Robinson (parent of an SOU student)

Dear President Cullinan,

I am the parent of a freshman student at SOU. I am writing to you to request that you reverse your decision to block Eliza Schaaf from finishing her ceramics course. I cannot tell you how appalled and ashamed I am by your decision. I have felt from the moment we looked into SOU as a possibility for my son to attend, that we had found a place where the teachers and staff truly cared about the students and where open-mindedness and kindness abounded. The decision to remove a
developmentally disabled woman from a beginning ceramics course has served to make me re-think my initial impression. I sincerely want my son to attend SOU for his entire undergraduate degree, but I really don't know that I can allow that if this decision is not reversed. I am not threatening, nor am I kidding. I feel VERY strongly that you have made the wrong decision.

Please, before it's too late, do the right thing and let this young woman finish her class. It will be a win-win for everyone concerned. Eliza will get to finish the class she loves, her classmates will see that SOU really does care about human rights, the community will see SOU in a much more positive light, and parents like me will not feel ashamed to have their children attending your university.

Thank you for your time.

Laurel Robinson

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