‘School safety’ advocate and retired English teacher pens letter to Trump, harshly grades response

‘School safety’ advocate and retired English teacher pens letter to Trump, harshly grades response
A retired English teacher from South Carolina wrote a letter to Trump about school safety, then critiqued the style and grammar of the letter the White House sent back in response. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

A retired high school English teacher received a letter from President Donald Trump and couldn’t resist sending it back to the White House with all of her corrections.

Why did she do this?

It all started when Yvonne Mason of Atlanta wrote a letter to Trump asking him to meet individually with families who lost loved ones in the Parkland, Florida, massacre in February.

Mason received a reply, and she zeroed in on what she called multiple instances of redundancies, improper capitalization and a lack of clarity. Specifically, Mason took issue with the improper capitalization of words such as nation, federal, president and state.

“If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus,” Mason told South Carolina’s Greenville News.

“If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D,” Mason explained.

Mason retired last year after 17 years of teaching middle and high school students.

“I have never, ever, received a letter with this many silly mistakes,” Mason told the newspaper.

After she made her corrections on Trump’s letter, she sent it back to the White House — without a letter grade. A copy of her corrected letter was widely circulated on social media.

Mason admits the letter was probably not written by Trump. Still, she made the corrections on what she said was a very poorly-constructed response. Mason used a purple pen because red is considered too harsh.

“When you get letters from the highest level of government, you expect them to be at least mechanically correct,” she told the Greenville News.

“It’s stylistically appalling,” she said.

Overall, the letter pales in comparison to the “exquisite” letters she has received from Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) office, Mason told the Greenville News.

Were her questions answered?

Mason also said the White House letter did not specifically address her request.

Trump previously met with Parkland community members and the victims’ parents to hear their views on school shootings and gun violence.