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Middle School Teacher Writes Letter Of Apology

December 20th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

The Washington Middle School teacher who fingerprinted one of her classes the morning after a post-it note pad went missing from her desk has written a letter of apology to the parents of those students.  According to the letter from Valeria Arch, the alleged theft occurred late in the afternoon of December 7th.  Calling it a “teachable moment”, Arch goes on to explain that she went through the “pretense of fingerprinting” the students to emphasize the importance of honesty and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. She says that she explained her intentions to the class on December 13th in order to clear up any confusion- and that she regrets any misunderstanding the incident may have caused. Sources familiar with the situation, confirmed to WCBC News that shortly after learning of the situation, there were some in the system calling for Arch’s dismissal. Just a few years ago Arch served as President of the Allegany County Teachers Association.

One Response to “Middle School Teacher Writes Letter Of Apology”

  1. December 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm, S.S. said:

    I had her as a teacher when I was in 5th grade at Parkside Elementary school. While she was a good educator, I am not shocked to read of something like this happening, due to her strict ways. Now being a parent myself, I can understand the frustration parents would have with how this situation was held. I realize what she was trying to accomplish, but I believe fingerprinting students as if it were a crime scene is a bit much.


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