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Father Responds to Principal’s Letter With True Class

May 3, 2015



Above is the letter from the Principal.


Below is the reply:


Dear Madam Principal,

While I appreciate your concern for our children’s education, I can promise you they learned as much in the five days we were in Boston as they would in an entire year in school.

Our children had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that can’t be duplicated in a classroom or read in a book.

In the 3 days of school they missed (which consisted of standardised testing that they could take any time) they learned about dedication, commitment, love, perseverance, overcoming adversity, civic pride, patriotism, American history culinary arts and physical education.

They watched their father overcome, injury, bad weather, the death of a loved one and many other obstacles to achieve an important personal goal.

They also experienced first-hand the love and support of thousands of others cheering on people with a common goal.

At the marathon, they watched blind runners, runners with prosthetic limbs and debilitating diseases and people running to raise money for great causes run in the most prestigious and historic marathon in the world.

They also paid tribute to the victims of a senseless act of terrorism and learned that no matter what evil may occur, terrorists cannot deter the American spirit.

These are things they won’t ever truly learn in the classroom.

In addition our children walked the Freedom Trail, visited the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and the graves of several signers of the Declaration of Independence.

These are things they WILL learn in school a year or more from now. So in actuality our children are ahead of the game.

They also visited an aquarium, sampled great cuisine and spent many hours of physical activity walking and swimming.

We appreciate the efforts of the wonderful teachers and staff and cherish the education they are receiving at Rydal Elementary School. We truly love our school.

But I wouldn’t hesitate to pull them out of school again for an experience like the one they had this past week.

Thank you for your time.


Michael Rossi




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The Meth Lab that Doubled as a Playroom

July 31, 2012

The moral of the story is never let your children play in your illegal drug lab:

Five children, the youngest just two years old, have tested positive for illegal drugs after playing in their father’s kitchen lab, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named, is the first person in Australia to face court for the offence of exposing an individual under 14 years to danger from unlawful manufacturing.

He pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to five counts of the offence, and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

He faces a maximum sentence of nine years in jail.

The court heard the man, 32, ran a drug lab at his home at Loganlea, south of Brisbane.

When police raided the address in April 2010 they found him in the kitchen using caustic soda to extract ephedrine from cold and flu tablets.

The court heard his five children, aged between two and eight, were at home at the time and were not prevented from entering the kitchen.

Police found chemicals on the floor next to one of the children’s teddy bears and discovered acids were stored on low shelves within reach of small hands.

The five children had samples of their hair analysed and all tested positive for methylamphetamine, the court was told.

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