Monday, June 05, 2006

Community Protests Firing of Filipino American Principal

Here's an update to my recent controversial post:

Parents and teachers protesting the dismissal of a Filipino American principal of an elementary school in San Diego's southern suburb of Chula Vista are demanding his reinstatement and the removal of the superintendent who fired him.

Parents generally like how Suanico ran the school since he was appointed principal in November 2004.

In the mid-90s, Suanico earned the distinction of being the first Filipino American - and the youngest at that - to be appointed principal in the history of San Diego City Schools after he had landed the job at Bethune Elementary school where he stayed for eight years.

Steve Yagyagan, a parent who is at the forefront of the drive to reinstate Suanico and remove Billings, said it was his impression that Suanico was fired for reasons that do not satisfy a majority of the parents.

The controversy generated by Suanico's announced firing may yet unify the entire Filipino community. (Source: New American Media)

"We the undersigned concerned parents of Heritage Elementary School students would like to have Mr. Suanico reinstated as Principal of Heritage Elementary School."



Anonymous said...

Great post. Now this confirms that the parents of children going to Heritage Elem School in Chula Vista, Calif - Caucasian, Fil-Am, Mex-Am, Chinese-AM, etc.. have some job to do to straighten out the apparent injustice by way of a petition.

Therefore, a Pinoy sitting in Estancia, Cavite or a non- American association for that matter has no business intervening with the case much more signing the petition. It is unequivocally clear that this case is a local issue that needs to be addressed by the American residents of Chula Vista, Calif.

Pinoy Teachers Network said...

We respect where you are coming from, and hopefully you can respect our perspective too. It seems that you are very concerned about this and could be directly involved, maybe you can update us on this issue, we would like to know how it's progressing.

Much to your regret, we still express our support to the parents of Heritage Elementary School and to Principal Suanico because we are in the same professional arena aside from coming from the same race. Maybe we don't see the barriers that you see anymore because of globalization. And we believe that we will learn a lot from him and from his experiences as we move up to the educational ladder.

Your persistence in thwarting our stand on this is commendable.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever thought that you might be doing more harm than good to Mr. Suanico? I see no moral relevance in your support, other than the issue of RACE because Mr. Suanico is of Filipino heritage. Do we have to really behind EVERY PINOY because of his race, irrespective of whether he is right or wrong? His firing is an administrative issue between the school board and himself. You do not know who he is, the circumstances and the politics of his dismissal. Let the local folks, the parents of the school petition him back if he deserves it. I see no reason to incite the entire Filipino nation to rally behind him when frankly, the problems of Americans in Chula Vista is none of our business.

Marie Killelea said...

I think parents and teachers need to have a lot more interaction.

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