Mike Daisey's lengthy commentary comes after he's spoken with several of the Norco High School folks who were involved in the now infamous "Invincible Summer" walk-out. He even chatted with the water-pouring man.
He also wanted me to post this response to principal John Johnson.
1) I'd like him to explain why a public school group portrays itself, repeatedly, as a Christian organization. We have multiple independent corroborating witnesses to this fact--I'd like to know more about the division of church and state at Norco High School, as I don't think it was very much in evidence on Thursday night.
2) I want to be clear that *no* *one* from Norco High School has contacted me to apologize about this: *I* have contacted *them*. I certainly haven't heard from this principal--the apology would mean a lot more if it was made directly, and is indicative of this entire affair--this school and the individuals responsible would not be addressing anything that had happened if there hadn't been a camera and if people hadn't spoken up. The intended to slink away, in the same way they slunk away that night.
3) I would posit that what is not "appropriate" in all this is an adult, who is responsible for students, assaulting and destroying work he disagrees with, and then none of the adults having the guts to engage with me about what their group has done. I have received heartfelt apologies from a number of students who would have stayed for the show, and regret the actions of the adults--unlike the people ostensibly in charge, *they* reached out to *me*, and I think that indicates that many of these students have a degree of class and dignity missing in their teachers and chaperones. I've already offered any of these students free tickets to any of my shows, anywhere in the country--I hope someday some of them will be able to
take me up on it.