In the last several days, Concerned Hamburger has been reflecting on the House Un-American Activities Committee, Senator McCarthy and the Subversive Activities Control Board of the United State Senate which history teaches us were the some of the nearest examples of fascism the United States had known until arguably the U. S Patriot Act.
In the words of Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, "all politics is local".
Some examples of fascist acts by local authorities and overly self-important school board members and administrators have led to attacks of teachers and community members who simply exercised rights guaranteed by the Federal and State Constitutions. The actions of these local folks smacks of fascist- un-American conduct, the investigators ought be the ones investigated.
In the last few days, the Western New York community has been stunned by news coming from the Cheektowaga Police and the Cheektowaga Central School District regarding three Cheektowaga teachers who accepted telephone calls from a former student incarcerated for murder. Three Cheektowaga teachers accepted telephone calls from a former student and spoke to the former student as he awaited trial in a murder case. Naturally, terrible emotions related to the death of a student beset the Cheektowaga community and the families of the two men involved in this horrible tragedy.
Now, it seems that the Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack has staged a public relations campaign against three teachers who did not break any laws by speaking to their former student behind bars. The police chief claims the teachers interfered with an investigation, but failed to tell the public the details. Mr. Zack intended to release the names of the teachers and the recording of their conversations with the incarcerated young man in a press conference on Thursday, but the teachers secured attorneys and the police and the school district buckled under the treats of lawsuits. It is abundantly clear that these teachers did not break any laws, or they would have been arrested. New York State Penal Code is extensive, and if the police had anything on these teachers they could have found something in the Penal Code with which to charge the teachers. Clearly, there was nothing and as one commenter said in the Buffalo News the accusations were made in an effort to destroy the careers of three teachers.
See story as it was reported in The Buffalo News.
The Cheektowaga Central School Board unanimously voted to place all three teachers on paid administrative leave pending an internal district investigation. The Cheektowaga police could do nothing legally to the teachers, so now they are going after their jobs. Two Cheektowaga police officers are on the Cheektowaga Board of Education and BOTH officers/board members voted to place the teachers on paid administrative leave. What a shocking conflict of interest. Had either of those officers/board members had an iota of decency they would have recused themselves from the discussion and the vote.
It appears that the Cheektowaga Police have been swapping stories with the Hamburg Police. The Hamburg Village Police have a history of tampering with the employment of teachers in the Hamburg Central School District. If Hamburg police or Mayor Thos. Moses or any other ranking member of the tiny little speck of a community called the Village of Hamburg feel they would like to "mess" or harm staff members of the Hamburg School Community, they simply make up stories and contact their friends on the school board and in the district office.
Yes readers, this kind of thing goes on in our communities.
Yes readers, this kind of thing goes on in our communities.
If you are still in disbelief about this, you need only review recent events in the Hamburg School Community. It was reported to Concerned Hamburger, that Acting Superintendent Rick Jetter and Boston Valley School Principal James Martinez called the Orchard Park police on a group of young male professionals who attended the Hamburg Board of Education August 2013 meeting.
A small group of men who attended the Hamburg School Board Meeting to congratulate newly elected board members David Yoveine, Laura Heeter and Catherine Schrauth were harassed by Principal James Martinez during the meeting. Concerned was told that Mr. Martinez heckled the men as they sat at the board meeting. Mr. Martinez called the police on the male board attendees, and the police did nothing. It was reported that a newly elected board member felt nervous at the sight of the young professional men, who spent many hours working on the campaign to elect Laura Heeter to the Hamburg Board of Education. It was reported, that Mrs. Heeter made campaign promises to one of the professional men in attendance at the August Board of Education meeting that she failed to make good on, and Mrs. Heeter panicked as the result.
But this is not the end of the story.
Concerned was notified yesterday that Mr. Martinez and Mr. Jetter called the Superintendent of another WNY school district, where one of the young men is a teacher. Mr. Jetter and Mr. Martinez manufactured stories about the young teacher who attended the August Hamburg Board meeting with the sole purpose of negatively impacting this teachers employment status. The teacher was called into superintendent's office on the other WNY school district and threatened to be placed on paid administrative leave for simply attending a Hamburg Board of Education meeting. Board of Education meetings are open to the public and everyone has the right to attended without fear of being lied about to one's employer. The other men in this small group who attended the Hamburg August Board of Education were teachers, law enforcement professionals and a business owner. Mr. Martinez and Mr. Jetter attempted to influence the employment status of these men, simply for attending a board meeting.
Has history taught us nothing about freedom, liberties and the rights we enjoy as Americans?
And let us not forget the actions of Superintendent Paul Connolly of Springville Schools writing an email to former Hamburg Superintendent Steven Achramovitch in an attempt to "silence" educator and education activist Christopher Cerrone for simply attending a Springville Board of Education Meeting.
If the new Hamburg Board of Education wants to fulfill their promise of change and transparency, they must act immediately to investigate principal James Martinez, and under-qualified acting Superintendent Mr. Jetter. Their actions of calling a member of the public's employer for simply attending a school board meeting must not be tolerated. It stinks of un-Americanism and appears to be an attempt to economically harm good citizens.
Are these the kinds of people we want running our schools?
Mr. Jetter, is calling a person's employer because they attend a school board meeting one of your " six tenets of positivism"?
These kinds of actions lead to expensive lawsuits against the district, which Concerned was notified will be occurring in short order. Once again, subversive acts by the Hamburg Administrators and members of the Board of Education have exposed the district to expensive lawsuits.
Shame on the communities of Hamburg, Cheektowaga, Ken-Ton, Alden, Forestville, Frontier, Orchard Park, Niagara Falls, Springville and others for allowing these types of thugs to run your communities. The actions of these individuals are some of the most un-American in our nation today