South Windsor teacher resigns over Ginsberg poem

David Olio

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — After reading a poem by famed author Allan Ginsberg that was deemed ‘inappropriate’ by the South Windsor Board of Education, David Olio has agreed to resign. Oilo read the Allen Ginsberg poem “Please Master” aloud in an English class for high school students. That poem was written in 1968. Both teachers and students felt it was inappropriate for class.

In a letter, the superintended thanked Olio for his 20 years with the school. It reads:

On behalf of the South Windsor Board of Education, Dr. Kate Carter has mutually agreed with the South Windsor Education Association and David Olio to resolve the recent dispute that has divided the community.  Mr. Olio has resigned his employment with the South Windsor Public Schools, effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, and he will be on administrative leave until then while he seeks other opportunities.  Mr. Olio and the other parties have reached this agreement because they do not want to further distract parents, students or staff from their important work of teaching and learning.  Mr. Olio has served successfully as an English teacher at South Windsor High School since 1996.  During his tenure at South Windsor High School, Mr. Olio has made many positive contributions to the school district.  Dr. Carter thanks Mr. Olio for his service and wishes him well for the future.”

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