This is in regards to the latest email about an infraction at the middle school. Don't jump to conclusions that something happened. The thought in the email is for the people of Melrose not to jump to conclusions based on rumor. Administration will come forward after a thorough investigation and release all pertinent facts. Have faith in our school leaders.
It is pretty clear you have not read the email sent to parents regarding the alleged incident. Don't jump to conclusions before you have read the e-mail.
"Administration will come forward after a thorough investigation and release all pertinent facts. Have faith in our school leaders."
You people really must think the whole community is as foolish and naive as your band of kindergarten parents. NOT.
That OCR findings document said exactly how "thorough" your administrator "investigations" are. Your lies get more bold, your presumptions more outrageous. Only a fool (and/or political operative like those leading Melrose Ed Foundation) would trust or dare try to put it out there that this administration and school board has even the slightest bit of integrity, caring for children/staff, or basic competence.
Whomever this original poster is obviously has inside knowledge. Tell the truth or go away! Someone who actually cares will make sure the truth is said here on this board. We don't need more haughty snowjobs from the Driscolls.
Please don't bother calling Ms. Driscoll about this matter soon - she is in the process of listening to those angels which whisper in her ears! In other words - out to lunch!
Or brent or maryanne... both joined at Cindy's hip and would say or do anything
Middle school guy thinks he's the next superintendent. His wife is C's shopping girlfriend. He has alienated nearly 100% of the staff with his arrogance. He thinks he knows everything and is incapable of understanding let alone admitting when he doesn't. He has no ability to deal with trouble, let alone people (youth or adult). The only people he can interact with are those who are his lapdogs (the suck-up parents/MEF/School Committee). He has a hot temper and routinely unloads without thinking. He has cost the district dearly in legal fees, lost excellent employees, and cost the reputation for the school that may never recover. Staff relations were always stellar under Brow, regardless of what anyone might have thought about his academic decisions. That disappeared the moment this arrogant and dishonest SOB took over.
H.S. "leader" is nearly invisible. She is either hiding from any kind of potential confrontation (like in the closet on the 2nd floor where she always used to hide when she was the assistant and supposed to be in the halls) or in her Richards-decorated office with its very expensive drapery or in C's office yes-mamming. She does not tell the truth, treat all respectfully (only her pets), nor does she care a whit the consequences of her decisions or lack thereof. Just another in a disastrous lineup of failed administrators.
No matter what kinds of "messages" the schools send out, you have to know that the real story will be heavily filtered and cost us all in legal fees, PR fees, and more damage to the school system reputation. Hard to think things can get much worse, but unfortunately they can.
I think the original poster was being sarcastic. That's why I laughed.
The teacher involved has been a stellar teacher in Melrose for years. A rude kid wouldn't stop eating food in her classroom, when she removed the food from the students desk, and the student tried to stop her they had contact with their hands, the teacher pulled the food away. No big deal unless a parent wants to make it one. Instead of disciplining the child for being disrespectful in class the parents went after the teacher. Another example of schools being asked to deal with parental failures at home...no different than schools needing to deal with social media issues, drinking issues and everything else irresponsible parenting has left at the feet of our teachers.
Exactly. But this is now more fall-out as a result from the way the original incident and investigation were handled. How absurd that every single event for the foreseeable future will be in the spotlight. Don't be surprised when teachers begin to resign in droves. Who would want to work in this district!
Agreed, they are paying for the sins of handling of the Baline situation...but that doesn't make the parents behavior any less ridiculous.
Sure, there are some very bad parents in Melrose. But this particular teacher has been volatile and anything but a "stellar" teacher. For as many years as can be recalled this one someone who couldn't be bothered to learn, let alone "teach" science, choosing instead to rely on Study Island or any other gimmick rather than learn the material well enough to teach it the way she was being paid to do. She has always had pets in her classrooms, has a history of inappropriate behavior, including very emotional blowouts in front of students.
This is a "stellar" example of very poor administrative leadership, because there is no doubt that there is more to this story than what has been said on this board so far. With all the explosions coming out of the middle and out schools, look to the top for the rot.
The correct way to handle it, and they way it would have been handled when I was a kid, (and at good ol' MHS) would have been to kick the kid out of the class and send her to the submaster for discipline. In my day disobeying a teacher in an instance like that would have meant imposition of what we called "sessions". "Session hall" - detention, if you will - was punishment that took place after school, and hour at a time. If at any time you owed more than five sessions, you were suspended for a week, and you did not get to make up whatever work you missed, plus you still owed the sessions.
To the kid: Don't be a wisea$$ little punk. Eating in class is against the rules. You broke the rules. Deal with the consequences. To the teacher: Don't act like an idiot and put your hands on a kid. There's no way anything good can come from that. As much as you might want to fire the little brat out the window, you can't.
Now I suppose someone is going to tell me that there is no such thing as sessions or detention anymore. It's simple - if there are no consequences for breaking the rules, pretty soon the rules don't mean anything, and you wind up with a sort of anarchy. Sounds a lot like what's happening at MHS and MVMMS, doesn't it?
Almost all the kids are saying the child was slapped in the side of the head. Looking back at the previous OCR case, I would say we should be listening to the kids, as the supposed "leaders" were all full of it according to OCR.