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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon
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March 2014
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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Prefrontal Lobotomies On Sale

1/2 Price for School Board Members.

Conduct warranting disciplinary action.

Obstructing justice, interfering with a police investigation, sacrificing students for a school board member's reputation, and otherwise being an asshat warrants disciplinary action.

Golly, Mr. Newell, we will have to extend your mid-year vacation by a month, but we won't pay you. This shouldn't be much of a problem since you've been drawing pay without working for the last three months. faint tap on the wrist Naughty, naughty!

Dear Powers That Be. Convict him. Convict, convict, convict!

(It should say that I believe in innocent until proven guilty, but the man publicly admitted it before his lawyer presumably told him to STFU.)

One wonders if, had Newell been anyone other than a principal... if, say, his secretary had overheard the cops and warned Deb Hart, if they'd have been so lenient. If Newell wasn't charismatic enough to be idolized by the students and liked by the teachers, would this even have been a discussion? If it'd been one of the more unpopular teachers relating the information as a rumor, would they have been quietly fired?

People are so concerned about the fact that Newell is 'nice' they overlook the reality that he still broke the law to the detriment of the school and his students. His popularity is, apparently, more important than his ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare of the kids under his hand.

What is the matter with these people? Why is it okay to send the message 'If you're perceived as a nice guy no one will care if you break the law.'

Do they forget that many people liked Ted Bundy? That Gary Leon Ridgeway's neighbors and family were quite surprised to discover he was the Green River Killer? That being 'nice' and 'charismatic' fail to be indicators for 'honest' and 'principled'? That a facade of good will is all the average con-man needs to fleece people?

The example their making is two-fold. The first, of course, is that breaking the law for your buddies is okay, and if other people are hurt, who cares? They're not your friends. The second, and more insidious, is that presenting an honorable face can give you a get out of jail free card -- and those kids smart and unscrupulous enough to hear it will eventually be laughing all the way to the bank with other people's money and lives.

Yay for the School Board! It's clear that their educational goals are in perspective. Yessiree Bob, they've obviously got it all under control.

So now, I'll have to lay my hopes on the judicial system and Mac 'don't confuse me with the facts' Setter. Sometimes the man annoys me, but please to [insert your deity of choice here], let him nail Newell's nether regions to the wall.

Current Mood: angryINFURIATED