9/11 has been such an impact on the American people that any signs of “terrorist acts” must be destroyed immediately, I think you can speak more freely today about 9/11 on the different views and ideas that took place that day but it still must be carefully worded. Starting an Arabic themed school sets off a red flag and there will be a target organization or person such as Debbie Almontaser. It is surprising that certain words can try to shut down a school without knowing the basis or the curriculum of the school. We see that media plays a huge part in helping a situation that could be discussed and solved in a private matter and turn it into public frenzy! The newspaper should only focus on reporting the facts of the story but being that most newspapers are government influenced you can see where it tends to focus on a particular side of the story, according Debbie Almontaser and the “Intifada NYC” t-shirts the reporter seemed to have totally twisted her words around using only particle quotes making her out to be admitting that she was a terrorist and supported the acts. I believe the reporter should be able to provide her original statements if he was so confident in his report, and to prove her wrong. I always use to think journalist and the news had to have open minds to conduct interviews but over my growing years you can see whoever has the more money or political power gets the better story and easier questions. I do not agree that she should have been force to step down from her position without real evidence that she was involved in the negative t-shirt controversy. She was asked to be in this position of the principal to KGIA by the board which they saw she was more than qualified to run the school, for them to be influenced and scared of the results of The Post’s interview how they can so easily turn their backs on Debbie Almontaser is very disturbing. They know of her character over the years better than one journalist from The Post. I understand having a negative influence running the school will result in a tainted image, and yes that person should be asked to step down if it is damaging but that is with knowledge and facts to support the claim, but if the organization the person is involved in has other side projects that does not directly involve them they should not be asked to step down but be informed they could be suspended if occurrences get out of order. I understand not all situations can be handled easily but they should be handled accordingly and fairly.
Debbie Almontaser September 28, 2010