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Scandal Hits Detroit Public Schools

June 21, 2010

Just when things start looking up for the Detroit Public Schools the DPS Board of Education is hit with a new scandal.  

It seems that in a meeting with Ms. Teresa Gueyser, DPS District Superintendent, last Wednesday, Detroit’s school board President Otis Mathis engaged in “inappropriate actions” of a sexual nature, which continued for approximately 20 minutes, at which time Ms. Gueyser called the meeting to an end (what took so long?)

In a written accounting of the incident, Ms. Gueyser said “This is a usual habit of President Mathis during any private meeting with me… Most times I try to ignore him.” 

She then went on to say, that Wednesday was different than other meetings, because Mathis “unzipped his pants” and appeared to be masturbating.   (Yes, I kid you not, this story is true, and I would find it hard to believe, if it weren’t  for the fact that it happened in Detroit).

DPS President Mathis submitted his resignation, on Thursday, with a written apology to Ms. Gueyser, claiming that he may have medical issues that contributed to the inappropriate behavior, (this is straight out of the Hollywood elite’s play book of, “I’m sick, I’ll get help, therefore don’t prosecute me”) but do note that he did admit that his actions were inappropriate.

At a board meeting held Friday, Mathis tried to have the board rescind his resignation based on the fact that, as he put it, “the health battle that I am making will be better served by my continuing on the board” (and whose medical opinion is that?) 

Is this guy even all there?  His actions already interfered with his job, that’s where the incident happened.  This man works for the schools, and the fact that he is not afraid to sexually harass a college educated woman, who holds a position superior to his, in the school system, only makes one wonder what he “might do” around other female faculty or female students?

 Society makes it very difficult for women to report such incidents.

Ms. Gueyser has been a repeat victim of this mans deviant sexual behavior, yet said nothing until now, because this was the first time he “unzipped his pants?”  Actions of this sort, especially by someone one knows, are hard to respond to for a woman, because women are many times accused of either “misinterpreting” what was going on, or are accused of “asking for it” and therefore, unfortunately pretend not to notice what the man in question is doing so that she doesn’t have to deal with it. 

As if things were not bad enough, another board member Reverend David Murray basically said, that in his opinion, Mathis did say “he was sorry” and that “He’s a young man;  maybe he didn’t know it was offensive to her”.  Mathis is 55 yrs. old, and his behavior would be offensive to any woman.

This statement by a man of God, serving on a school board, is questionable at best, and very reckless at worst and should be a matter of concern to the parents of DPS students.

Ms. Gueyser needs to file a police report against Mr. Mathis, not only to regain her own self-respect, but also as an example to young women in the DPS school system. Women of all ages need to know that this type of behavior is unacceptable and if they are victimized in this way they need to report it.  It will also serve as an example to the male students and men of all ages that this type of behavior has legal consequences. 

Ms. Gueyser should file charges against Mr. Mathis and if found guilty his name should be put on the “sexual predators” list.

There is a petition drive to eliminate the school board and put the oversight of the school district in the hands of Mayor Dave Bing.  This incident is just one reason out of many why this school board should be dissolved.

 So, the drama in Detroit  continues at the DPS.  ss

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Democracy Begins With The Power of the Ballot

May 17, 2010

“And let it be said that we are the party of open, honest government that doesn’t peddle the agenda of whichever lobbyist or special interest can write the biggest check. The party who believes that in this democracy, influence and access should begin and end with the power of the ballot”.  Barak Obama, August 28, 2008

 With the passage of the Health Care Bill and the underhanded, manipulative and as far as I’m concerned,  illegal way this Bill was forced upon Americans, I can see why so many are truly angry.  I’m just an ordinary American.  I’m not famous or rich(far from it), but I have had a good education, and have had successes and failures in life.  I do have common sense though, and for the life of me, I can not understand why so many people don’t.  Maybe people don’t  have common sense because they didn’t have proper family guidance growing up, or maybe because they didn’t have a religious upbringing, or maybe it’s because they didn’t get a good education.  For whatever reason, it appears that ”common sense” is not as common,  now days, in the USA.  What we do have is an abundance of betrayal, bribary, cheating, lies, manipulation, threats and retaliation by our elected officials, directed at the American people and aiming at the heart of our Constitution, the foundation of our Republic, and it appears to be taking place on World Wide Cable News. 

As Americans we don’t want to be made fools of, so many try not to acknowledge what is taking place, hoping that if they ignore it, it will certainly go away.  Well, folks “it ain’t gonna happen”, it’s here and it’s here to stay until we defeat it by fighting back.  Others say “let’s give him a chance” referring to Obama (like  he hasn’t had enough time)?  Maybe if he got off the campaign trail and actually acted Presidential instead of like a Community Organizer, America would feel like someone was actually in charge in Washington. 

But to our dismay we have been led down a trail of back room, in the dead of night, unethical, and  in my mind, illegal deals putting the Health Care Bill into Law, by any and all means possible, even though the majority of the American public polled was against the Health Care Bill as it was written.  It has always amazed me at what point a person could be bought.  It seems though the price tag is above and beyond the price of money, and power, the price of Freedom is too high a price to pay, and Congress never had the right to sell what was not  theirs to sell,

So, to say that the Democratic Party is the Party of “Open, Honest” government is just another lie by a group of elected elitiests who have completely ignored their duty to God and Country for fame, money and power.  How were they able to accomplish this? By Americans lack of involvement, until it was too late, to stop them. 

The Tea Party people, though they have accomplished more than I believe anyone thought they would, and they have much more work to do, if they are to succeed in the end.  Success for them involves taking back their country from the grasp of the czars, (30 +) radical buddies of Obama’s and it entails removing a President from office whose agenda has always been to replace  our Democracy with Socialism.   More interested in hearing himself talk, by constantly campaigning, he has betrayed the people he was elected to represent, by not listening to what they have to say.

Now, he has encouraged the poor, uneducated, unemployed and those who have illegally entered this country to ban together and protest the legality of the new Arizona Immigration Law, by misrepresenting what it says.   We now have protests and marches all over the country against Arizona and it’s citizens.  Obama seems to forget that the residents of Arizona are part of the USA also. 

He is not protecting the citizens of Arizona from drug dealers, murderers, and kidnappers, by closing the border.  He’s made no attempt to recitfy the situation by continuing to build the wall which already had funds in place to pay for it.  He has said nothing to the people who are marching asking them to go home and wait for him to work something out with Arizona, like enforcing the Federal Law already on the books.  He has done nothing to stop what may well turn into riots during the hot months of this summer, when the unemployed full of dispair, become restless.

Today, the Obama administrations Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State, in a meeting with the Chinese, brought up the problem of illegal Immigration in Arizona, and the new Arizona Immigration Law.  Actually apologizing for America’s Human Rights failures as though China is on equal footing with the US on this issue.   What can this guy be thinking?  Just where has the “common sense” gone??? 

I believe a good education, where one is taught how to analyze the facts before making a descision  is imperative in possessing common sense.  By law most Americans have had an opportunity to get a good education.  Sure, some have not had it as good as others, but the basics have been taught in, I would think, all American public schools.  Students have been taught  that one plus one equals two.  It’s a fact.  We have been taught to look at the facts and come up with the proper solution. One plus one is always and will always be two.  

So, why, is it that this ability to add the facts up properly doesn’t extend to other problems in life?  It certainly should.  It’s at that point, when we aren’t talking about math that a problem and how to add up the facts and come up with the same answers, or the right or common sense answers gets slightly confusing.  Why is that?  Could it be because so many other factors enter into the picture?  For instance if the facts include lies, then how can you add them up and come up with the right answer or the same answer that someone else comes up with?

In the real world we have people coming from all sorts of backgrounds, educational opportunities, life styles, and upbringing, which all enters into how we look at the same facts but come up with different answers.  When lies, or false-hoods become a factor, when people cheat, or hide the truth, or when they don’t follow the rules or break the law then you can not expect to come up with a common sense answer to any problem which presents itself, much less agree on with others, what the answer is and common sense “will” bear that out.

I know this may sound confusing, but bear with me here.  Politicians have a way of either speaking the truth as it is, or speaking “a” truth as to how they want those listening to them, perceive it to be.  Politicians have gotten so good at spinning the truth that no one can actually tell what the “truth” is any longer.  This is where common sense “Must” come in, if we are to survive. 

It is up to each American to take the time, to read about the problems we as a Nation face.  Each of us, by any and all means, which includes TV, Radio, Papers, Speeches, Tea Party Rallies, or by whatever means are available, “Must” gather all the facts about what is going on in our country and then make a common sense decision as to what action needs to be taken and how we must move forward.  I have tried to do this and have come up with facts that I deem to be true which have helped me make some “Common Sense” decisions as to my part in reacting to the “Change” in America, which has been forced upon us by our elected officials in Washington DC.  

It’s not a pretty picture, I must say.  History tells me that it’s my “Duty” to participate and to come up with my interpretation of the facts, based on common sense.  It is my responsibility to decide for myself what is going on in DC and how it will affect my fellow Americans and me, and then I can act on this decision appropriately. 

So, it up to everyone to get involved, we cannot leave it up to the present elected officials in DC, to correct the wrongs that have been done, because they are the culprits.

We need new and honest representatives in Washington, men of character (not characters), men of honor to lead the American people out of the darkness and into the light once more.  We can do this starting with the primaries and work our way up the ladder to the mid-term elections. 

As our President said, The party who believes that in this democracy, influence and access should begin and end with the power of the ballot”.  Barak Obama, August 28, 2008

 Finally he and I can agree on something.  ss

7th Grade Isaiah Johnson, Gets Beaten by His Teacher

May 14, 2010

 I just don’t know how to stop the insanity in this country.  The news is getting more and more unbelievable day by day.  Bad news about the schools just keeps on getting worse.

For instance, yesterday I saw a report about some teacher (who by the way did not have a teaching degree, it seems you only need some type of certificate) in a charter school, somewhere in the USA, beat the hell out of Isaiah Johnson,  a 7th grade boy in her classroom, while students and other teachers looked on.  Now, you would think that one of the other teachers would have stepped in to stop this woman, but “No”, evidently, they did not want to get involved. 

If you saw the stance this female teacher took before she started beating this kid (she was slightly bent over, but she had her arms and hands out, at the side of her body, almost like you would stand if you were playing around and were imitating a ape (It was later reported by the boy that the teacher did in fact bang on her chest just like an ape would do).  There was a student desk in front of her and she picked it up and threw it behind her.  If I hadn’t known better, this looked like a fight scene you would see on some weekly TV action, program like NYPD.  She then cornered this boy, and started beating him across the face and head, got him down on the floor and kept beating him.  

All the while someone was filming this on his or her cell phone.   This boy never once hit, or kicked her, but tried to protect his face and head with his hands and arms.  I was disgusted, and as much as I hate violence, if I had been there, well let’s just say this would not have continued after the first swing by her.

Now, it’s a little vague, because of the lousy reporting that gets done in this country, but as I understand it they didn’t say if this boy was sent to the principles office, or was sent home, after this event.  It sounded like he stayed in school for the rest of the day, and then went home.  

No one from the principles office called his mother about the situation, or called to ask her to come in or pick him up.  It was a nonevent as far as the school was concerned.  So, does this mean things like this happens all the time there and no one ever filmed this kind of thing before, therefore parents were not told that this was going on?  Or was this a one-time event?  I really feel that this teacher must have done things like this before.  You would have had to see this video clip to get what I mean here.

So, the boy goes home after school, and asks his mother “is it okay for teachers to beat kids up”?  Evidently he then told her what happened.  The mother called the school, and basically they blew her off, saying that they would check into it.  She kept her son out of school on Friday. 

But over the weekend someone showed the mother what her son went thru by giving her the video of the incident, that was filmed on a cell phone.  Monday morning the mother went into the school and asked what happened, and they said that they had camera’s in the class room and they will check it out and get back to her in a couple of hours.  Well, two or three hours later they called the mother and told her the cameras in the classroom did not catch the incident. Right!   They did ask her to come in and discuss the matter though.  I wonder if she had already told them that she had a video of the incident.  It sounded like she hadn’t told them this earlier, because if she had, there would have been no reason for them to have to check the cameras in the classroom.   I think the cell phone video  would have given them a good enough picture of what went on, and to assure them that they were going to get sued. 

What kind of school is this charter school?  Why didn’t the principle notify the mother right after the incident?  Maybe the principle was never told, and if not, why not?  If this kid was so bad why wasn’t he sent to the Principles office, and why wasn’t his mother called to take him home? Why wasn’t he put in detention?  Why didn’t the cameras in the classroom catch this incident on film?  Why did they not call this mother or tell her when she called on Friday to come in that day?   Why didn’t they apologize?  Why didn’t the teachers who saw the incident step in and stop this teacher from beating this boy?

Why, Why, Why was nothing done until the school found out that there was a video of the entire incident?    Is this the type of security this school system provides for their students?  I believe this teacher, the Principle, and the other teachers that observed the incident and did nothing should all be fired.  I also, feel, that the mother should sue the charter school, including filing criminal charges against the teacher and the other teachers who stood there and did nothing. 

As an American and a parent, I want to know what the hell is going on in our schools?  ss