We must all pay attention to the decision the Independence School Board makes in reference to the beloved and most respected William Chrisman school teacher, Mr. Hoppe, who has given 37 years of his life teaching our children and have taught many of us.

We must all pay attention to the decision the Independence School Board makes in reference to the beloved and most respected William Chrisman school teacher, Mr. Hoppe, who has given 37 years of his life teaching our children and have taught many of us.

Why is there not zero tolerance for physically abusing a teacher? Why is the Board not standing behind Mr. Hoppe? The truth is very clearly before them and yet they are refusing to see it.... The female student who disrespected Mr. Hoppe was not at the trial nor was any student there in her defense who supposedly witnessed the alleged “kicking” of this student by Mr. Hoppe.

In a very unrealistic attempt to spice up her story she is stating she was kicked on her groin! As Mr. Hoppe’s attorney stated, it is and was physically impossible for Mr. Hoppe to initiate such a “kick.” This clearly is a child screaming for attention.... Was it a decision of the School Boards’ attorney Duane Martin, to not have the student and her witnesses present?... This female has a noted reputation of fighting and she also has falsely accused another school employee that was later proven untrue. Why was this not brought forward?

The School Board behaved as if they knew nothing about this, even though several worked at the school at that time.... Does the School Board want to let all present and future students know that abusing teachers is allowed at Chrisman?

Another incident the School Board is holding against Mr. Hoppe was when he stood before them years back asking on behalf of the students, better conditions concerning overcrowded classrooms and outdated textbooks! His head and heart were in the right place then and now, where are Jim Hinson and the School Boards? .... Do we really want these type people setting on our school board in the future?

Mr. Hinson, all eyes are on you sir, are you going to do the right and fair thing here? Why not have yet another “meeting” and invite the public, you might want to reserve the RLDS Auditorium....

Citizens of Independence, stand up and be heard! E-mail Jim Hinson at jim_hinson@Indep.k12.mo.us or call 816-521-5300. We should be seeking out more teachers like Mr. Hoppe, not terminating them.