School yard bullying can take many forms. So Hillsborough County
school superintendent MaryEllen Elia and School Board chairwoman Candy Olson
are to be commended for standing up to the forces of bigotry and ignorance.
The pair on Tuesday rightly defended Steinbrenner High School history teacher Kelly Miliziano,
who recently invited a Muslim speaker to her classroom,
much to the narrow-minded consternation of local political gadflies, conservative activist
Terry Kemple and David Caton, executive director of the Florida Family Association.