The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's announcement Friday that it was
closing 45 elementary schools and four high schools set off shock waves
of anger and grief that are reverberating across the region.
is tantamount to a death," said Michael Wetzel, a veteran English
teacher at Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast in Drexel Hill, which
will close in June. "We're taking it so hard because it was so
unexpected and so unnecessary."
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