Following this week’s revelations by superintendent Robert Laws on statements made in Natalie Munroe’s blog, Munroe has posted a defense claiming that Laws resorted to “Below the Belt Tactics.”
In her new blog post, Munroe states that the words quoted by Laws which attacked special needs students were not her own. She explains that the words were part of a cartoon image, which she found online and included in a blog post. She further claims that she selected the image not to malign nor joke about those with special needs, but as an illustration of her point in the blog - which was that teacher-comments in report cards are designed to be unfailingly positive even when a child’s performance is below par.
OSS did a search of the exact phrase included in Munroe’s original blog post – in the cartoon image, as she described it. We found that, indeed, this phrase was not only part of a cartoon image but also a popular inscription on many blog sites. The popularity of the phrase apparently reached its height, in 2007 – well before Munroe’s blog post.
We even found this phrase available for sale on a T-shirt.