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Debbie Denzer's letter to Robert Cormier 22 April 1994

Debbie Denzer's letter to Robert Cormier 22 April 1994

Ms. Denzer’s letter to Robert Cormier details in straightforward prose her own harrowing experience as a censored and dismissed educational aide who provided resources to students for their project. The story was picked up the LA Times and the New York Times, the links for which are provided below.

Letter from Robert Cormier to Debbie Denzer

Letter from Robert Cormier to Debbie Denzer

The undated, annotated draft from Cormier to Denzer shows three pages of typewritten text, hand done cross-outs, and long-hand inscribed revisions. Cormier’s letter is sympathetic to her plight, yet one sees his offer to her of aid, given second thought, and edited out.

Related Links:

News coverage of Ms. Denzer's dismissal
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-24/local/me-49680_1_library-aide
http://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/14/opinion/montana-meets-the-middle-ages.html

Ms. Denzer’s Obituary
http://www.dailyinterlake.com/community/obituaries/debra-debbie-sue-denzer/article_453e54fa-bb6e-11e3-af78-001a4bcf887a.html