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Akron Teacher Places Signs with Positive Messages Outside LeBron’s Ohio Home (Pic)

by: Esteban On  Monday, June 5, 2017
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Last week LeBron James‘ Los Angeles home was vandalized with racist graffiti. This week an Akron teacher decided to welcome him home to Ohio with a much more positive message.

After the news about the racist graffiti broke last week, Jennifer Pennington, a middle school English and language arts teacher for Akron Public Schools, mused on Facebook about putting positive messages in front of LeBron’s home in Bath Township, Ohio. When she got encouraging feedback from family and friends, she decided to act.

Pennington went and bought about $20 worth of supplies and posted several double-sided signs with uplifting descriptors like “Hero,” “Mentor,” “Humanitarian,” “Role Model,” “Leader,” and “Good Samaritan” across the street from LeBron’s driveway.

“My heart broke when I saw the N-word posted on [his gate in Los Angeles],” Pennington explained in an interview with ESPN on Sunday. “That shouldn’t be a word to describe anybody.”

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Pennington credited comedian Patton Oswalt‘s response to the Boston Marathon bombing for inspiring her to respond to the hateful words written on LeBron’s LA home. After the bombing in Boston on April 15, 2013, Oswalt wrote a long Facebook post that concluded, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

“[Oswalt's] response plays out in my head often; I thought my actions would be a good response to his words,” Pennington explained. “And as far as LeBron, I think he is doing an amazing job of being ‘the good.’ So often in the news, I see stuff and I don’t know what I can do about it. This was different—I could do something about it.”

Pennington says the security guard at LeBron’s house didn’t want her to put the signs on the property itself. However, after seeing what she had written on them, he suggested she put them across the street.

Pennington cited LeBron’s work with the Cleveland school system, particularly the founding of a new elementary school for at-risk children, as the reason she holds him in such high esteem. However, her family also has old ties to LeBron. Her mother, Edie Bowers, was his kindergarten teacher at Akron’s Crosby Elementary School.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]