|Brooke Harris, Pontiac, Mich. teacher|
Her efforts included organizing a “dress down” fundraiser, similar to the One Million Hoodie marches that have taken place throughout the country. Students would pay one dollar to participate, and all proceeds would be donated to the family of Trayvon Martin.
The principal of Pontiac Academy signed off on the proposal. Superintendent Jacqueline Cassell, however, refused. When Ms. Harris’s students asked to make their case for the fundraiser to Superintendent Cassell directly, Ms. Harris passed the request along to Ms. Cassell. Harris says that Cassell suspended her for two days. When two days stretched to two weeks, Ms. Harris asked for clarification regarding the basis for her suspension, and Cassell fired her.