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Bring Mitts Back!

2,626 Signatures Goal: 4,000

Teachers who go the extra mile to help students in need should be rewarded, not given a choice between being fired or resigning. Please sign this petition and join others in asking Principal Justin Robertson of Red Bank High School in Tennessee to give Miss Mitts her job back, pay her salary for the time she was unemployed, publicly apologize to her, and get extra insurance so that teachers like Miss Mitts are protected when they go the extra mile to help students in need.


Here is what Miss Mitts did. When a young student needed to go see the doctor because the school nurse thought she had pneumonia, Miss Mitts volunteered to take her to the hospital and foot the bill for any charges she would incur because the student did not have health insurance. When Principal Roberts heard that she did this, he called her into his office and told her that what she did was a "liability." Miss Mitts had been given a warning last year for taking a young student with a 105 temperature to the doctor WITH the student's parent's permission. She was told not to do it again but she thought it was OK this time because the student with suspected pneumonia was 20 years old and therefore a legal adult. Even though both students may have suffered harm by not going to the doctor, Principal Roberts saw fit to give Miss Mitts the choice of being fired or resigning for her good deeds.

If you believe that good deeds should be rewarded and not punished, please sign this petition to ask for justice.

If you're still not sure, you can watch this video from 2012 about Miss Mitts when she won the Golden Apple Award for her teaching.http://youtu.be/qgavkULjv_U

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Highlights

March 31
Coverage of the story in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/jennifer-mitts-resign_n_5063577.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063
March 31
Our original goal was 500 signatures. It seems we underestimated support for Miss Mitts. We have over 600 now! We must thank a very one-sided report on WTVC News Channel 9 in which the school administration opened up Miss Mitts' personnel file to the press (!!) to unsuccessfully back up their claim that the resignation was voluntary. As a result of yet another poor judgment call by the administration, we got lots more support. Dayle Lynne also featured Miss Mitts' story on the AATP.org site. Thank you Ms. Lynne! And finally, thank you to everyone who is showing their support for Miss Mitts on this petition!
March 27
We are about one hour shy of having the petition up for exactly 3 days and we already have over 400 signatures. This is the last push and I'd like to see us surpass our goal of 500 signatures. Please urge your compassionate friends, family members and colleagues to sign this petition. Show that you believe that teachers who go the extra mile for their students deserve to get a raise, not forced to resign!
March 25
We have 150 signatures and the petition has been up for less than 24 hours. Only 350 to go to reach our goal! Thank you everyone for your support. Please keep sharing and promoting the petition!
March 24
We are now live!
  • Tammy kirby
    Tammy kirby United States, Cleveland
    Mar 26, 2016
    Mar 26, 2016
    How could any one be mean to get give her job back
  • Thomas Jensen
    Thomas Jensen United States, Ontario
    Jul 20, 2015
    Jul 20, 2015
    Anyone who disagree's with what she did is an inconsiderate moron.
  • AiAi
    AiAi Canada, Toronto
    Mar 15, 2015
    Mar 15, 2015
    You are amazing. Keep your head up high, you did the right thing.
  • AiAi
    Mar 15, 2015
    Mar 15, 2015
    You are amazing. Keep your head up high, you did the right thing.
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