See Marc Norton's account of the disgusting threats made to Mara Kubrin, a student at San Francisco's Lowell High School after she presented some 800 petitions to the school board supporting the phase out of JROTC on November 14th.
http://www.marcnorton.us/82659.html see also Marc's piece from Beyond Chron.
When I talked to many teachers and community supporters of the phase out over the past year, they also expressed similar fears for their safety but they also spoke of fears of retaliation from their principals and from the school district's central office.
"Hey you stupid hatin azz bitch!!!Better watch ur fkn bk ya dumbazz whore!"
This was just one of the threatening MySpace messages directed at Mara Kubrin, a senior at Lowell High School, following the vote by the San Francisco school board to phase the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) out of the City's public schools.
..."God you know how many people you have made cry & how many people hate you!&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; wanna Beat you up & Slap the Shit out of you!!!!"
"DAMN HOE U BETTER LISTEN UP... I FEEL SORRY 4 UR MOTHER 4 GIVEN BIRTH 2 YA UGLY ASS... U BETTER FUCKIN WATCH UR PIMPLE ASS BAK BEFORE PPL GO JUMPIN UR ASS UP SHIET HA..."
"u should stfu." [shut the f@#$ up - eric]
Ironically, when Mara presented the petition at the school board she claimed that many students opposed to JROTC were afraid to come to the meeting, fearing intimidation by JROTC students. The threats she has received since then have proven that point.
Last week when I talked to Mara's dad, a longtime progressive activist and teacher's union leader at one of our middle schools, he said that the threats had taken their toll on the family. He said Mara though was in good spirits and out of town for the holiday break. Mara's mom also emailed me from Africa last week to say that they have some ideas of which JROTC supporters sent the threats. The police are following up on the threats after Lowell High School administrators reportedly failed to follow up on the threats to one of their students.
Need for balance in reporting on the SF School Board's JROTC Vote -
To help counter the mainstream press' extremely biased reporting on the board's vote and all the right-wing and conservative websites and blogs, I am listing a few reports and opinion pieces on the SF Board of Education's and community's efforts to phase out the JROTC below: