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Avoid Ethnic Slurs, On Principle

January 05, 2002

Regarding ''Principal Plays to Student Potential, Not Failure,'' Jan. 2: I find it outrageous that Jordan High School Principal Dhyan Lal considers the use of ethnic slurs to be an appropriate way to use ''humor as a way of easing tension.'' I doubt that the racially toned comments made by Lal would be tolerated in the private sector; in fact, such comments would likely provide sufficient grounds for dismissal at any company with a basic anti-discrimination/anti-harassment policy.

Certainly, Lal should be held to the highest standards of moral and ethical behavior, as he is a role model for the students and teachers with whom he comes in contact on a daily basis. Based on his unusual approach to ''humor,'' I do not believe that he meets such standards, regardless of how ''innovative'' his educational approach may be.

Steven Sloan

Sherman Oaks

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