Archive for November, 2006

Two Sides to Every Story

I’m responding specifically to a portion of a comment by Richard Tuber.

Mr. Bean, there is 2 sides to every story and I think that it would be in your best interest and the interest of you children to learn them.

Richard you’re absolutely right. There are two sides to every story. Which again has been my purpose from day one. It’s the information I still request from those not in support of Dr. Williams and I still have not received any details of, only empty accusations by anonymous accusers.

Comments from Monday’s Board Meeting

After two people had spoken at Monday night’s meeting and said that the time for mediation has passed, the voters had already spoken they said.

We have had a couple of speakers tonight shoot down the idea of mediation.¬ They say that there is no need for the board to mediate with Dr. Williams because the voters spoke in the last election.¬ This is from the very same page as the talking points we keep hearing from a particular board member (Mrs. Walsh) regarding our superintendent being ousted.¬ She proclaims, “elections matter”-”elections have results” she says.¬

Well, I agree with that but here is what is not being said …… she did not run on removing Dr. Williams as our superintendent.¬ As a matter of fact, none of you sitting up there (board members) ran on the issue of replacing our superintendent.¬ So let’s stop implying that you are implementing the wishes of your constituents.¬ In my opinion,¬ you are not!
This same board member has another talking point that I would like to tackle head-on.¬ I have heard her say that there are teachers who are afraid to come to these board meetings and speak out against Doug Williams.¬ In my experience talking with teachers the truth of the matter is quite the opposite.¬ Many teachers have told me that they are¬ scared to come to these meetings and speak their minds - not scared of Williams but scared of certain members on this school board.¬ Having spoken with friends that teach in other Perry schools, I can assure you that this fear is township wide.¬ Many say, “Look at what these four did to the superintendent - just think of what they could do to me if I get on their bad side.”¬ Well, I am not afraid to speak out.¬ My name is Tim Nance and I proudly teach at Homecroft Elementary School.¬ I am also a resident and a voter here in Perry Township.
I support mediation that includes our superintendent, Dr. Williams.¬ Not because he is a friend of mine. I have actually only met the man a few times.¬ Not because I am afraid to speak out against him.¬ I will speak out in the best interest of my students and my community no matter what party is involved.¬ And not because I am being asked to show support for him by my teachers’ association or any other organization.¬ I am an independent thinker who studies the facts and comes to my own conclusions.¬ I support Dr. Williams being reinstated for one very simple reason.¬ His leadership has been good for Perry students, Perry families, Perry residents, and Perry employees.
Tim Nance, Teacher at Homecroft Elementary

Compelled to Write - Threatening E-mail?

Here’s another e-mail I’ve received that was sent to Nancy Walsh, again far from “threatening” in my opinion.

Dear Mrs. Walsh,
I am sure you are receiving many emails today due to your vote to remove Doug Williams as our Superintendent so I will keep this short as a courtesy to you.¬ I am a resident in Perry Twp.¬ I am, also,¬ an employee in Perry Twp.¬ I just felt compelled to write and say how saddened and hurt I am by your vote Mon. night.¬ I teach in a Perry Elementary and the morale at our school today was as low as I have ever seen.¬ Please do not take this email as an attack or threat to you. IT IS NOT.¬ I just wanted you to know that I am but one of many, many teachers who feel helpless and defeated by your actions.¬ If it is not too late, please reconsider what you have done and give us back our leader, Dr. Williams.¬ Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Sincerely,
T. Nance

Lots of New Comments

Sorry folks but I’ve been a little busy the past 48 hours. There have been lots of new comments to the website and I haven’t had a chance to highlight each one.

As a reminder, on the sidebar to the right there’s a section that lists the most recent comments. I just approved 32 comments, so plenty of new reading.

You can also subscribe to the RSS feed for comments by clicking on this link.

If My Kids Were Abused, Would I Express It In Public?

Very strong accusations by Google Researcher, be sure and read my response at the end.

Jason ~

If your son or daughter was abused in PT would you be eager to argue about the tragedy in a public forum? Exposing all the private details of that abuse? Would you want to prove to nah-sayers that your daughter was raped by a teacher? That your son was unconstitutionally beaten by the PT police force? That your 7 year old was locked in a closet? That your teenage boy was locked in the janitor’s closet and searched by a female dean?

For several years children and/or their parents have come to my home and shared details of their abuses. All of them went to Williams about it. All were summarily dismissed.

Abuse occurs, generally, in secret. Williams has kept many abuses secret. In fact, he kept secret certain information that should have been taken to the PT School Board.

I sincerely hope that the new school board will discuss ways of implementing a protocol with regard to PT children being abused by the very persons charged to protect them. Not sit and do nothing about the abuse, even when the children cry to them for assistance.

Williams was the coward. He refused to investigate many complaints of abuse by his administrators, peers, staff, and employees. These acts contributed to the abuse the children had to endure.

Williams is gone. It is a done deal. Long overdue, in my personal opinion and experience with Mr. Williams. Let the dust settle so that we can all work together to improve our community schools.

Before you reply to this response, Jason, please give serious thought about whether you would honestly speak publicly with regard to your children being abused by PT employees. Would you seriously want to expose your child’s private hurts in a public forum? I doubt that many of those parents will come visit your forum. Election ballots are secret and I am a little surprised with your suggestion that those in support of the new Board explain to you their positions and/or their vote.

I have tried to explain mine: I cried with greatest relief that Williams is now gone. I cried for the children whose abuses he refused to hear. It is time to focus on the future and put our energies to better use.

I bid the best of luck to all members of the current School Board. Your many tasks will be difficult. Find common ground and work for the improvement that is necessary. All of our children are relying on you.

Google Researcher

YOU’D BETTER ABSOLUTELY SURE I WOULD! PEOPLE NOT VOICING THEIR CONCERNS TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND GOING ABOVE THE HEADS OF OTHERS IS WHY SO MANY EVILS IN THIS WORLD CONTINUE TO HAPPEN.

If my son or daughter was abused in any of the situations you’re accusations present, I would make it known to every media outlet in the country. If this had occurred, my son or daughter has already been hurt in the situation. Why in the world would I stay quiet of my expected result wasn’t handled appropriately? By staying quiet I continue to let the behaviour potentially occur to other innocent children. If these are true, PLEASE¬ PLEASE PLEASE come forward. This is what needs to be heard. We’re talking serious stuff here folks. These are CRIMINAL accusations and if they are true then those responsible, whoever they are, should be behind bars! COME FORWARD!


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