Sunday, December 19, 2010

Has Our Former Supt. Grown A Pair?

Or Is He Hiding Behind The Skirts Of His New BOE
While Crying About His Lack of Control?

Good afternoon:

I hope all is well on this last Friday before the holiday break.

The purpose of this communication is to make you aware of and ask for your assistance regarding a very important issue in the school district. It has recently been brought to my attention that inappropriate comments have been made about faculty, staff and students of the District. These comments have been posted on, among other places, websites frequented by members of the Hamburg community. It is not yet clear to us who posted these comments but we do know some of them are disparaging of members of the faculty and staff and in some cases harassing of staff and students.

Certainly, you will agree that such comments, either about faculty, staff or students is entirely unacceptable, in violation of our district policy, and could possibly be criminal in nature. We are taking these matters very seriously and have already contacted law enforcement to investigate. They will determine the source of the inappropriate comments and what further action is warranted.

I am bringing this to your attention for two reasons. First, if you have any information about who might be posting inappropriate or harassing comments on-line about students or staff, please contact me immediately. Together we must ensure all members of the Hamburg CSD community are safe, are treated with dignity and respect, and are free from any harassing behavior.

Second, I am requesting you all review the District's computer use policy, the District's harassment policy, and the District's civility policy which are attached at the end of this message. Given the prolific nature of on-line content, it is always a good idea to refresh memories of these policies and what is expected of all of us when it comes to on-line use and content.

Thank you for your attention and consideration of this very serious matter.

Enjoy the weekend and the upcoming holiday.


SCATS ~~ I'm told this memo was sent to Hamburg CSD employees. I couldn't help but laugh at this ridiculous attempt to intimidate people into silence! As long as employees/students aren't using district computers and/or time when they should be working or attending school, there's NOTHING to worry about. And Steve calls this "a very important issue in the school district" ... he has nothing more pressing to attend to?


Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your insight on this so called SUPER! I find all this information quite nausaus...but I am sure it is all true from what I have heard! Thank you for helping Hamburg citizens open their eyes to all the lies!

Anonymous said...


Learn the law.

First, "inappropriate comments" (your words) that are TRUE are protected speech. Go after someone under these circumstances and risk significant monetary forfeiture.

Second, as a public figure you may want to familiarize yourself with the following:

Get over yourself.

SCATS said...

To 5:38PM ~~ Thanks for an excellent link. I especially was interested in the following regarding "Public Figures: Under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1964 Case, New York Times v Sullivan, where a public figure attempts to bring an action for defamation, the public figure must prove an additional element: That the statement was made with "actual malice". In translation, that means that the person making the statement knew the statement to be false, or issued the statement with reckless disregard as to its truth. For example, Ariel Sharon sued Time Magazine over allegations of his conduct relating to the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Although the jury concluded that the Time story included false allegations, they found that Time had not acted with "actual malice" and did not award any damages.

The concept of the "public figure" is broader than celebrities and politicians. A person can become an "involuntary public figure" as the result of publicity, even though that person did not want or invite the public attention. For example, people accused of high profile crimes may be unable to pursue actions for defamation even after their innocence is established, on the basis that the notoriety associated with the case and the accusations against them turned them into involuntary public figures.

A person can also become a "limited public figure" by engaging in actions which generate publicity within a narrow area of interest. For example, a woman named Terry Rakolta was offended by the Fox Television show, Married With Children, and wrote letters to the show's advertisers to try to get them to stop their support for the show. As a result of her actions, Ms. Rakolta became the target of jokes in a wide variety of settings. As these jokes remained within the confines of her public conduct, typically making fun of her as being prudish or censorious, they were protected by Ms. Rakolta's status as a "limited public figure"."

Anonymous said...

He has learned well. He took everything he was taught in Greece and is now corrupting another district.

Anonymous said...

Are you serious with your link and this thread????Apparently-- as it was applauded as excellent. My point. If my daughters teachers are reading this blog at schools- during their work day, he or she should be called on the carpet. I will not accept online gossiping on the job!. I want teachers WORKING!!!!! Tell me what SMARTER means again when you think blogging during school hours is ok? What righteous hypocracy and disregard for what's right in our schools.

SCATS said...

To 8:34PM ~~ I'm very serious. Apparently, you got so overly emotional you didn't read my comments out front that stated: "As long as employees/students aren't using district computers and/or time when they should be working or attending school, there's NOTHING to worry about."

So in the end, it appears we pretty much agree ;)

Anonymous said...

If he doesn't want to play in the real world, he should take his balls and go home. That's what they used to tell me!