It was back-to-school night in August. A time for new beginnings and high hopes at Thomas Starr King Middle School on the Silver Lake/Los Feliz border.
Then came an awkward moment.
With new parents and students in the room, a teachers union rep got up on a soapbox to lay out the labor issues that could lead to a strike.
"He could not have been more tone deaf," said Tomas O'Grady, a parent who was in the room. "What a stupid thing to do, for a new group of parents excited about this school."
O'Grady said the speaker is "one of the most amazing teachers at King," so out of kindness, O'Grady reined him in by suggesting this was not the...