This week the Fool of the Week is Rudy Rios of Houston, Texas.
Rudy Rios is an English-as-a-second-language teacher and a junior varsity baseball coach at Chavez High School. He "used a district copying machine to make a flier encouraging Lation students to attend a rally protesting restrictions on illegal immigration", according to the Houston Chronicle. So, he was stripped of his duties as the junior varsity baseball coach. He was not stripped of his duties as a teacher.
The flier read: " We gots 2 stay together and protest against the new law that wants 2 be passed against all immigrants. We gots 2 show the U.S. that they aint (expletive) with out us (sic)", according to a district official. Not only is this an unethical action from a teacher, the language is inexcusable from someone educating teenagers. He's an English teacher.
Rios is paid $42,000 a year from the school district. He has been employed with HISD since August, 2002.
This afternoon in the mail we received a letter from the Superintendent of Schools at HISD explaining a planned citywide demonstration is scheduled for Monday and he wants us as parents to make sure our child stays in school instead of leaving campus to participate in the demonstration. Abelardo Saavedra, the Superintendent, claims organizers of the demonstration are encouraging students to stay in school.
Wonder what Mr. Rios told his students today.
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr.