Bring Mitts Back!

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

Discussion

  • LESLIE SWAFFORD MITTS THAT PRINCIPAL IS AN IDIOT! OVER 2 MONTHS OF SCHOOL LEFT AND THE STUDENTS WILL HAVE INFERIOR TEACHING FROM SUBSTITUES! ONE CLASS HAS BEEN WATCHING MOVIES. O M G ! THE STUDENTS ARE BEGGING TO BRING HER BACK ! HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION RULES THROUGH INTIMIDATION AND SCARE TACTICS. GOOD TEACHERS ARE SO DIFFICULT TO FIND AND KEEP AND THIS ONE IS BEING THROWN AWAY.

  • Olivia Lim Ms. Mitts is an example of compassion in action. Helping sick students get the care they need and even paying the bill since one of them had no insurance is a stellar example of a teacher caring for her students beyond the classroom walls. Ms. Mitts is not a liability. She is an asset to her student, RBHS and the community. Bring Mitts Back!

  • Lauren Fikes As a Red Bank alumni and a previous student of miss Mitts I think anyone would be ignorant to put her out because she cares about her students. Red Bank High has gone down terribly in the years that I've been gone, so removing one of the good caring teachers makes the new principal a fool. I say remove the principal, give miss Mitts her job back and try and save the now crappy school that Red Bank has become. Before, I wanted to send my child there, now I think I'll pass. Great job screwing up principal Robertson.

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Recent signatures

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    Teressa Robertson Fletcher

    1 month ago Comments: Miss Mitts hold your head up high. You did the right thing. Why doesn't the school board just let the kids teach them selfs. He coming to that now. A good teacher is very hard to find now days. I will be bet my last $$ that she is still paying for students loans and now she won't be able to teach. Mr. Principal. Robertson are you going to pay her loans, I think not. Why don't you take a fast food job you could probably work it better than being a principal. I ashamed to say I graduated from Red Bank
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    Silas Fletcher

    1 month ago Comments: stupid rules wonder howvthar principal would feel if he were sick. He more than stupid can't use the words for the listing
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    Teressa Fletcher

    1 month ago Comments: Girl some of these rules are just down right stud
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Petition highlights

  • Coverage of the story in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/jennifer-mitts-resign_n_5063577.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063
  • 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!
  • 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!
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