Camp Casey soldier baffled by anti-war letters from Brooklyn sixth-graders
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 24, 2005
A New York City school official, red-faced over Brooklyn sixth-graders who slammed a GI with anti-Iraq-war letters, said Tuesday they are sending the 20-year-old private a letter of apology.
Deputy Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina plans to personally contact Pfc. Rob Jacobs and his family, a spokeswoman told the New York Post.
Teacher Alex Kunhardt had his students write Jacobs as part of a social studies assignment.
He declined to comment on whether he read the rants before passing them along, but said he planned to contact Jacobs soon to explain.
In an accompanying letter to Jacobs, Kunhardt said the students “come from a variety of backgrounds and political beliefs, but unanimously support the bravery and sacrifice of American soldiers around the world.”
“Support” was not the word that came to Jacobs’ mind when he read the letters, the Post noted.
One girl wrote that she believes Jacobs is “being forced to kill innocent people” and challenged him to name an Iraqi terrorist, concluding, “I know I can’t.”
Uplifting letters from children are dear to soldiers, Jacobs said. He looks at a batch he got from a Girl Scout troop from his hometown of Middletown, N.J., whenever he feels lonely.
Jacobs said he would welcome a letter from the Department of Education and the teacher.
“I want to think these letters were coached by the teacher or the parents of these children,” Jacobs told the Post from Camp Casey, South Korea. “It boggles my mind that children could think this stuff.”