Contrasting Candlelight Vigils
On Tuesday, a candlelight vigil was held for the five people killed in a fire over the weekend.
Also on Tuesday, the Central Falls teachers union held a candlelight vigil because they had received layoff notices.
Projo.com actually had a picture and story about each vigil on the front page last night which accented the comparison.
Let’s assume for a moment the worst motives on the part of the superintendent: she laid all teachers off on a whim, not because the district has been chronically low performing. (John Depetro just pointed out that 50% of students in the Central Falls system are failing.)
Even under the hypothesized circumstance of a completely baseless layoff, isn’t a candlelight vigil overly dramatic and inappropriate? Don’t such vigils usually pertain to more profound matters of death, war or a violent crime spree?