English teacher corrects Trump-signed letter, gives it near-failing grade before sending it back
Mason said that the letter she received from the White House touched on school safety and gun violence, however, it did not specifically address her suggestion to the president
A retired English school teacher who received a "stylistically appalling" letter from the White House signed by President Donald Trump recently made headlines for correcting it and sending it back.
The teacher, Yvonne Mason, who retired last year after her 17-year teaching career in South Carolina, said that the Trump letter would have barely received a passing grade if a high schooler had written it, The Greenville News reported last week.
Mason, while talking to the news outlet, said: "If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus. If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D."
The teacher also shared an image of the letter on Facebook earlier this month. The letter, in the image, can be seen covered with multiple corrections she had made in purple ink.
Mason, at the top of the letter wrote: "Have y’all tried grammar and style check?”
She also wrote "OMG this is WRONG!” while highlighting a capitalization error in the document.
A great reminder: editing matters! "Retired high school English teacher corrects President Trump's letter, sends it back to White House" https://t.co/ELwEKHuk9V #writing #editing #copyediting pic.twitter.com/ZpvlxIXnY5— Eric G. E. Zuelow (@EZuelow) May 25, 2018
The veteran teacher also said at the time that she would be mailing the letter back to President Trump with the corrections.
She told the Greenvile newspaper that she had received the document from the White House after she had written a note to the president, urging him to meet with the families of the Parkland school shooting victims individually.
A 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire on the campus with his legally-bought AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people on February 14.
Most of the victims of the shooting included students and teachers. The Parkland massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States so far this year.
Mason said that the letter she received from the White House touched on school safety and gun violence, however, it did not specifically address her suggestion to the president. She also acknowledged that the letter was possibly written by a staff member in the White House and not President Trump himself.
The teacher, however, added that she expected more from a letter which was being sent by the White House.
"When you get letters from the highest level of government, you expect them to be at least mechanically correct," she said.
"When I taught school for 17 yrs, I taught my kids in English that the way you present yourself in writing says a lot about who you are, about what you care about, about whether or not you care to get it right."- Y.Mason https://t.co/ubmabk5jo7 #IdiotInChief #Trump #Resist— BCarrz (@bcarrz) May 26, 2018