Target: Tom Beecher, Director for the San Diego Diocese Office for Schools
Goal: Rehire Carie Charlesworth, a teacher fired for because her husband has a history of domestic abuse, and allow her children to continue attending classes
Carie Charlesworth was a second grade teacher at Holy Trinity School in San Diego, who was fired recently because of her husband’s violent actions. Her children, who attended the school, have also been banned from school. The school claims that Charlesworth and her family are a liability.
The school was put on lockdown on a day in January 2013 when Charlesworth’s husband showed up in the parking lot. Although she had a restraining order against him at the time, and he is currently incarcerated, neither Charlesworth nor her children are welcome at the school. Furthermore, after fourteen years of loyalty, she has been blacklisted from teaching at any other Diocesan school.
This is a clear case of a victim being blamed for the actions of her abuser. While Holy Trinity School and the San Diego Diocese would prefer to shove her under the rug along with millions of other victims of abuse, we cannot, as a society, punish victims for crimes that they have not committed.
Carie Charlesworth and her family cannot just disappear so that no one has to deal with their complicated situation. We cannot continue to silence victims. We must treat survivors of trauma with respect and dignity, and work to aid them in any way we can. This is especially true of a Catholic institution, following the religion’s own mission of service to others. The children must be educated, and their mother must be able to earn a living for feed her family.
Please sign this petition so that Carie Charlesworth can be reinstated in her teaching position, and her children will not have to be uprooted after they have already endured such stress and tragedy in their lives.
Dear Tom Beecher,
As a leader in the Catholic Church, you have a responsibility to treat victims of abuse with care and respect. That extends doubly to young children. Yet in your handling of the case of domestic violence involving Carie Charlesworth and her children, you have turned a blind eye and allowed victims of abuse to be swept under the rug.
You must not silence victims of abuse. Part of Holy Trinity School’s mission statement is to “fulfill the Mission of Christ”, and that mission does not involve turning away those who have suffered injustice and persecution.
Please reinstate Carie Charlesworth in her second grade teaching position at Holy Trinity School in San Diego, and allow her children to attend their regular classes. We must not turn away from those who need our help most.
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