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Attorney Gloria Allred statement regarding Tiger Woods' shocking quotes about what he has stated was a violent racial attack on him on his first day of school in kindergarten
Maureen Decker was Tiger Woods' kindergarten teacher at Cerritos Elementary School in Anaheim, California from 1981 to 1982, from Tigers first day in kindergarten to his last. Ms. Decker, now age 69, was and is a widely admired and respected teacher who has taught pupils in grades k-4 for approximately 24 years.
Ms. Decker remembers Tiger Woods very well because of his cute smile and big glasses. Also, she remembers him as being intense and a perfectionist even at that young age. He interacted very well with other students.
Ms. Decker was therefore shocked when she first learned sometime ago of Tiger Woods' statement alleging that he was the victim of an alleged shocking, violent, racial attack on him the first day of kindergarten.
Ms. Decker who has devoted her life to teaching young children, was mystified as to why Tiger would make such a serious and explosive allegation.
In "Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?" Tiger is quoted as saying "I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten. A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted the word 'nigger' on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. And the teacher really didn't do much of anything. I used to live across the street from school and kind of down the way a little bit. The teacher said, 'Okay, just go home.' So I had to outrun all these kids going home, which I was able to do. It was certainly an eye-opening experience, you know, being five years old. We were the only minority family in all of Cypress, California."
Ms. Decker believes that no such incident ever occurred to Tiger Woods on the first day of class while he was under her care as a kindergarten pupil. Neither Tiger nor his parents nor anyone ever reported the alleged racial incident to her or the administration.
Therefore Ms. Decker contends that the incident and the statement "...that the teacher really didn't do much of anything about it.", is completely untrue, since such an incident never occurred and was never reported to her by anyone while Tiger was a student at the school.
Under the circumstances where a dedicated kindergarten teacher has been unfairly slandered and maligned for motives that can only be speculated about, we think it is time for Tiger Woods to do the right thing which would be to retract his statement and apologize to Ms. Decker.
On behalf of Ms. Decker and as her attorney I plan to send a letter to Tiger's representatives today asking for the retraction and an apology.
No teacher should ever be treated in such a callous and unfair manner by her pupil, especially a teacher who has been as dedicated to her students as Ms. Decker has been.
The time for Tiger Woods to make direct amends to her is now.
Attorney at Law
Representing Maureen Decker
April 2, 2010