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It Begins…

Hello friends, family, curious onlookers, pious Kennedale ISD administrators and school board members.  I know that it has been some time since my last post, but I can promise you that things will begin to roll much faster now that my contractual obligations to KISD have ended with the end of this current school year.  There are no longer any ties that bind me to the administrators and their flagrant abuse of power and so I am now free to begin what I had previously promised I would do if they chose not to do the right thing.  It saddens me that Gary Dugger, Rick Edwards, Karen Furman, Mike Walker, and Joe Taylor’s egos have kept them from being able to handle things in an adult and moral manner.  You see, all I was looking for was my public exoneration and an apology to myself and my family for what they perpetrated against us.  Neither myself nor my family wanted to sue them for their misdeeds and their clear abuse of power in what can only be described now as retaliation against me for speaking out and not being the “Stepford teacher” and sheep that they prefer to employ in this district.  We just wanted them to admit, (what anyone who knows the actual truth about the matter and not the lies the district personnel involved put out there to justify their actions) admit I hadn’t done anything wrong and do it publicly since they in their actions have damned me publicly.  Secretly anyone who has dealt with these people before probably knew what I always knew.  There was never going to be an apology now matter how wrong they were in what they did and how they did it.  They can’t conceive any idea that they are wrong.  In the way they view the world and how they lead, the ends always justify the means.  For them, they got exactly what they wanted.  I resigned and they are now free to hire someone who will not choose the best interests of the students over the kingdom building and power mongering that is at the heart of how Kennedale ISD is run.  Don’t believe me?  We will get into their all out assaults and character assassinations (not as citizens but as the actual leadership entities of this district) in a later post.  I promise it will be a doozy!

On a side note, I can’t begin to express my amazement in the overwhelming response to my call for more stories and evidence of questionable behavior by school board members and district administrators.  I can assure all of you that I will be following up on many of the things you have sent me.  Even I was shocked at some of the details and evidence provided of things taking place within this district.  ( Kennedalecorruption@yahoo.com  keep it coming!!)

Lets begin with a brief overview of how things got to this point before I move on to where we go from here.  I am not going to go over a detailed list of what they tried to accuse me of and defend myself issue by issue because their whole accusation has already been repudiated by more than one person at the school board meeting in December of 2011.  It was shown that by the whole way they handled the situation that this was nothing more than a strong armed, abuse of power to force me out of my classroom.  It began with accusations to which there was no substantiation, made by a woman who is barely holding her own life together.  In her jealousy and (in my opinion) fragile mental state she made accusations against me that dealt with a family that I had been helping through some tough things.  These people are very amazing Christians and are like family to myself and the rest of my family.  The accusations would have been dismissed after the parents expressed their outrage at how this vindictive woman was trying to hurt all of us for her own personal reasons, except someone within the administration saw this as an opportunity  get rid of me (in my opinion, because the facts of how things played out after this point don’t add up to any other logical conclusion, but you decide).  This wouldn’t be the first time that someone in the administration had wanted me out of my job.  I had a run in with Karen Furman several years ago over her G/T program (or legally lack there of) at the junior high (again a topic we will see in a future post).  So, after 24 hours they announced the investigation was over and they were going to seek my termination.  This announcement came after quite a bit of lying, bullying, threatening, and other behavior that’s normally considered inappropriate at a school, but I guess the adults running it don’t have to lead by example on those matters.

We told them we would take it and fight it with a public hearing, though they kept insisting they wanted this handled quietly.  Once it was clear that I would not just resign on the spot (because I didn’t do anything wrong and even the family they were trying to use was standing behind me in all matters) they began to back away from the termination talk.  They wanted a resignation deal or they also floated the concept of just keeping me on “leave” until my contract ran out so they wouldn’t have to make a decision on the matter.  The decision would either mean firing me (at which point I would get an actually legal hearing and defense against their bogus accusations) or putting me back in my classroom.  They chose the coward’s way out and left me on “leave”.  You see once this went to an actual hearing they would have been exposed for just exactly what they were doing.  This began to raise some serious questions.  If through their threats I had done something wrong, inappropriate, illegal, then why did they not notify both the police which they had a legal 48 hour requirement to do or even CPS again a legal requirement of 48 hours?  That is easy to answer:  1. Once turned over to either of these places and the decision of guilt or innocence was no longer in their hands it would be determined by that agency and 2. Knowingly making a false police report and accusation is a crime.  But keeping it all in house made sure they wouldn’t end up being exposed for the liars and manipulators they are.

So now we come to the issue of  Due Process.  You see when an incident occurs in a company, school, organization and an investigation is triggered there is supposed to be a process so that the accused has the ability to defend themselves.  I was never given this opportunity.  I have never received an official answer to the investigation.  I have been given no ability to refute the findings or publicly seek an appeal of the process.  By keeping me on leave they short changed my chance to expose the whole charade.  But by doing so they have also left it just hanging in the public realm that I did something wrong and left me no public way to seek exoneration.  If they were in the right, then why deny me this opportunity?  Cowardice!  That’s why they chose what they have done in handling it this way.  Once exposed for what it was someone would have to answer for this egregious abuse of position and power ( and I don’t just mean Myra Rickard’s early retirement for being the idiot that got the ball rolling with Viola’s lies).  One of them would have to be fired for over extending their hand in this matter.  To this day I have not been exonerated or terminated for the issue.  They just put me in a closet, turned out the lights and tried to act as if I never existed within this district.  Their hope is that in the end people will just assume I did something wrong.  The whispers created by the void of publicly revealed truth will fill in the holes and of course it will be in their favor, because they will use the line “we make all decisions for the safety of all our students”  I think that is usually the party line when they are trying to stop you from asking any further questions into their actions.  Or it might be “we are not looking to divide the district but find partners who will help us find ‘consensus’.  Another great ploy to keep you from seeing the man behind the curtain pulling the strings or what questionable actions he or she or they are involved in.

Then I am sure you would like for me to talk about the issue with the school board.  The final say, the big Kahuna, the people who actually have the power to do all and deal with all things that happen in the district with no limitations.  Don’t let them fool you, they could have taken care of this in an instant and set it right (had they wanted to).  In fact the suspicious way in which they conducted themselves makes me think (in my opinion) that at least a few of them knew all along what the end goal was.  Shortly before the December school board meeting my family members were approached by parents of students I had taught that wanted to know what was going on.  The district was silent on the issue and I wasn’t talking to anyone because I had basically been threatened to stay quiet or “it would show a lack of character on my part and would make things worse for me” I believe was one of the many strongly worded and emphasized pieces of advice given by one administrator or another.  I am sure they would tell you that wasn’t a threat… but from where I was sitting that is exactly how it felt and sounded.  So I cut myself off from my coworkers for fear that they would be retaliated against if I talked to them or they knew the whole extent of what was happening.  I am sure the district would point out that retaliation is against the law and they don’t engage in that behavior.  Well, I guess how you view retaliation depends on your definition of it and from what point of view you are seeing it.  But there again that is my interpretation of how they have behaved and my opinion of how the facts line out.  I can name a few names of former teachers and employees who might also have a different view of what constitutes retaliation too.  But there again you need a school board that will hold an administration accountable to those issues and sadly that might interrupt Joe Taylor and Mike Walker’s “consensus”.

The school board sat.  Some of them listened.  What was their response?  They used their lawyer the next day to fire off a demand letter and what my family felt was a veiled threat against all of us.  They demanded I accept this horrible resignation deal that would have kept me from ever attending a Kennedale school function for the rest of my life without getting personal permission from Gary Dugger (even after I was no longer an employee mind you.) or face termination.  Now you might not know this but my father’s family has been in the Kennedale community since 1954.  I have many relatives who still live there.  It is ridiculous for them to demand that I get permission to go to my little cousin’s graduation in 10 years.  If there was an issue that meant I was some sort of danger then they should have contacted the police!  What they wanted was to keep me from being a visual reminder to the community that they used their power and a do nothing school board to get rid of me for personal reason and not legitimate ones.  I won’t even get into the threats against my Teaching certificate or how very dismal any kind of recommendation for a future job was going to be with these people based on their resignation agreement they wanted me to sign.  Why would anyone agree to sign something that basically treated them like they were guilty when even the school wasn’t able to legally terminate them for any guilty reason.  I said no.

With me saying “No” you are probably wondering how I ended up resigning anyway.  Let me explain.  You see with their demand letter and in continuing statements through the district’s lawyer they kept saying the same phrase or something similar.  They (the lawyer on behalf of the district) kept saying to my attorney that the Board and Administration blames Amber (my sister) and my family for rallying the community behind me and putting out there what the whole issue was about.  Now, my family and I took this as a threat because it was expressed to us more than once.  If the district was in the right and I was in the wrong and had actually done something why would they care if the public knew or even if they initially rallied behind me?  All they would have to do is fire me, go through the public hearing, expose whatever sorted ordeal they claimed and walk away looking clean while I would look like a lying horrible criminal.  They were mad because my family exposed them for what they were doing.  They were angry that their act wasn’t done in secret and there would be questions.  We all know how much they don’t want the public to ever question them.  It was during the week that the date had been set for my signing the resignation agreement or face termination that we were once again confronted from my lawyer with the statement that The district and specifically the board blamed Amber for going public with my fight.  The day of the deadline two things happened: 1. A Kennedale ISD school board member came into my sister’s business acting extremely odd. 2. the district posted the agenda for their special meeting which stated they weren’t going for termination but for non-renewal of my contract for the next year.  I will address each point individually.

1.  When this board member contacted my sister to come in for an appointment, she had no idea who he was.  It’s not like my family had the school board members names and faces memorized and was on the look out for them.  Instead of calling her business number he had called for the appointment on her cell phone.  Odd but something like that can happen when a friend of Amber’s refers someone and all they have is her cell.  Amber agreed to a consultation appointment.  The man came in and his behavior was so out of the ordinary that the lady who works with my sister and the client that woman was working on became concerned for Amber’s safety.  The client wouldn’t have her treatment until the lady went and checked on Amber because she felt worried about Amber being alone with him.  Between his mannerism, attitude and the way he kept holding his backpack like some hidden recording device was in it, everyone in the office that night felt something wasn’t right.  It wasn’t until a few days later that Amber saw a picture and realized he was on the school board for Kennedale.  When contacting my lawyer Amber asked if she should be concerned and we were told yes, because the board has repeatedly expressed that they blame Amber for bringing all this forward and into the community.  When my brother in law contacted the man to express how inappropriate this was and that they would not be able to offer him services with what was going on between my family and the school district, the man acknowledged that he knew who Amber was and her connection to me when he made the initial consultation appointment.  Why would this happen.  My family and I have an opinion on the matter.  This particular board member shared in his “debate” recently that he is happy just being a “cog in the wheel” because there were others who take such leadership roles on the board and he was just happy to go along apparently.  So we believe based on what happened that he was sent to intimidate us.  I bet you can’t guess who we feel are the “leaders” on the board that he just follows along with.  Doesn’t seem like he would be a self starter on this kind of idea based on his own words.  Look at the “coincidence” of it.  The exact day I was supposed to sign a horrible agreement or face “the next step” in the process a board member who admittedly just follows orders and isn’t one of the “leaders” shows up acting suspicious at my sister’s place of business.  This was a day after again hearing that their lawyer had stated the board blamed Amber and were angry.  If it wasn’t intentional then that is some crazy unbelievable coincidence isn’t it.  I saw it as the district targeting my family.  It isn’t that big of a stretch really.  I mean look at how viscous Joe Taylor and Mike Walker are every election cycle when someone runs against a member of the board.  They attack, character assassinate, bully, and intimidate.  I can think of at least 3 elections where this behavior has taken place.  They always say its just part of the democratic process.  This is a lie.  If you are running on a platform of solid principles that resonates with the public then they will respond to it and vote for you based on the issue not on the starving, mangy dog fight you create.

2.  The move from termination to non-renewal of my contract was a last ditch effort to marginalize me and further hurt my future employment chances.  (Like at this point its going to just be a breeze to get a new job with what they have done and how they have treated me. Not to mention what will probably be said once an employer calls for my previous information.  I mean come on do you expect me to assume they will be ethical in that situation after all this?)  Terminating me (firing me) would allow me to again have a public hearing where an outside person who the district has no sway or influence over would come in and decide whether there was reason and merit to the termination.  So if they actually had cause to do what they have done, don’t you think this would be a no brainer for them?  Nope they chose the cowards move yet again.  They can almost for any reason deny a teacher a contract for the following year.  Texas is an at will employer state.  The level they have to show as to why it just isn’t a good fit is very, very low.  (Like I would have wanted to work for these people after all this anyway!)  It would only take them 4 votes out of the 7 to get it done.  I am sure it would have been done in one of their closed meetings so they didn’t have to own up to their vote.  I also love that in the whole process, I was never…. NEVER… allowed to address the board over the accusation.  Wouldn’t you as a board member want to hear everything and not just a report from one side of the issue, especially considering I had taught 3 out of the 7 board members’ children or grandchild and all of them had loved me as their teacher.  Wouldn’t you want to get this right and not make a mistake?  You see they will tell you oh there is a process and we have to do what the administration recommends.  That is bull!  The school board does not work for the administration.  The administration works at the behest of the school board.  They have full jurisdiction over all matters personnel or otherwise.  This was evident when Coach Johnson went through her ordeal with the cheerleading fiasco this last year.  Though slightly different in some aspects, it still shows that the school board is not impotent in its scope and power.  Again I am sure they chose to turn a blind eye in the name of “consensus” and the “good of all the students in their charge”, and ignore the need for doing the right thing if not just the moral thing (Several of them do claim to be strong Christian leaders).

After attacking my family with their little visitor and me logically assuming that they would not bother calling the meeting if they hadn’t already secured the votes to fall in their favor, I chose to resign on my own.  I did not sign their agreement.  My resignation meant that I would not have any restraints on me like their resignation agreement wanted.  I wouldn’t be banned from events or school properties.  I wouldn’t be gagged so I couldn’t speak out against their unethical actions.

Several things you should think about if you are still on the fence as to whether or not you believe me or the whispers I am sure started by the district leaders.  One is why would you pay a guilty man his salary for the rest of the school year and all the way through August?  If I did something wrong the law is in the school’s favor.  You don’t pay a guilty man.  You pay someone you want to go away but don’t have real legal grounds to get rid of.  If I did do something wrong wouldn’t this have been the best set up for me?  I would have been able to do something horrible and criminal or heinous and slip out quietly with no word as to being guilty and a paycheck until August. Why would I continue to speak out and draw attention to myself and the accusations if I had done something wrong?  Why is the family that was being used in the accusation by a crazy, unstable, unhinged (in my opinion mind you) third party standing up behind me and defending me?

Here is what I will say to answer all those questions that the district can’t answer.  It was never about the initial accusations of that mentally unstable woman.  Those accusations never had any grounds.  This has always been about forcing me out of my position as a teacher.  It was a power play.  I was never fighting the accusations, I was fighting the Administrators who saw this as their best opportunity to silence the one clear voice of opposition to their misdeeds and inappropriate kingdom building.  I have to say I am disappointed in myself.  I didn’t know the game that Dugger, Furman, and Edwards were playing when this all began.  If I had I would have exposed them in the media about their lies and abuse right away.  But I am quite aware of the game now.

My family and I are prepared for the long haul of this crusade.  We are aware how Joe Taylor, Mike Walker, Gary Dugger, Karen Furman, and Rick Edwards operate.  I can’t imagine they could character assassinate me worse than their actions have already done.  But their way of doing business is to attack the people they are after.  They bully, intimidate, lie, and assassinate their motives, character, and credibility.  I can’t even begin to assume how they will go after me and my family now.  Who knows what they will say about us?  There is no telling what lies or twisting of the truth they will make and disseminate throughout the people who hang on and buff their butts for them and tell them how great they are.  The masses who cling to them with faux adulation in the hopes not becoming the target of their next assault or of gaining an ounce of favor.  Is it too far a stretch to worry they would resort to physical attacks?  Their verbal ones during elections have been so viscous, vindictive, and without remorse that it makes you wonder just how far will they go to hold onto their kingdoms and their seats of power.  What would they do to make sure that nothing exposes them and harms the “consensus” they have done so much to keep?

I am not looking to save my job or receive any type of money for what happened.  I will seek the restoration of my reputation.  As long as they refuse to exonerate me and apologize publicly I will continue to fight to expose them for what they have done and who they are.  You see I have something they don’t have.  I have the clear conscience that I stand on the right side of this matter and I have nothing left to expose about it.  I have been honest and upfront about helping my friends when they were in need.  I have spent my whole life helping, giving and using whatever money I had to try and make the lives of the people around me happier and better.  If tomorrow they publicly exonerated me of this issue and apologized to me and my family, I would walk away and let the rest of the teachers fend for themselves because my dealings with these people would be over.  But, as long as they refuse to do what is right by me and my family I have no choice.  I will not rest, I will not waiver, and I will not stop until I have exposed all the things that need to be brought out into the light so the public can see the whole truth of who it is that is running the schools their children attend.  They used legal loopholes and cowardice to keep me from being able to seek justice for myself and my family in this process, but I have firm faith that God will hold them accountable.  I do not wish anything bad to happen to these people.  I only hope that they are publicly exposed for their misdeeds and behaviors.  I hope they are forced to see the looks on peoples faces. They should have to witness them whispering behind an open hand when they walk by, so they have some sense as to what my family and I have had to deal with since November of 2011.  They took my job, stole the good memories my former students had of our time together, and tarnished my reputation.  My hope and prayer is that God will return the favor upon them for their actual deeds and not based on malice and lies like they afforded me.

In the coming days and weeks we will begin our questioning of their behavior, actions, and decisions.  We will look at rumors, we will pinpoint truth, and we will expose what needs to be known.  The search for exposing TRUTH in this district begins.  It begins today.

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GCB. Good Christian Boys?

I found it funny the other day when I read an article someone wrote about the new ABC series GCB.  They were so upset by the way the media portrayed Christianity and southern Christian women.  They were appalled out how these “Christian Leaders” were made out to be just power hungry, position loving, egotistical, megalomaniacs.  They couldn’t believe that someone would showcase people claiming to be Christians as people who only wrapped themselves in their faith when it suited their social and political aspirations but didn’t live out those same ideals when given the opportunity to actually display their faith in a real sacrificial way.  What I found the funniest about all of this was that these women actually do exist in the real world.  I have recently dealt with the real life version of these characters.  Oh they aren’t women as the TV would have you believe.  Nope, they are grown men and sit on a school board.

I have been kept up at night burdened with the fact that there are 4 men on the school board of the district I was forced out of who all go to church together.  In fact two of the men on the board never had to run for election.  They were just placed on the board by their fellow “Christian” brothers when a seat was open.  These men who like to appear in public as faithful, loving husbands who are Good Christian Boys, GCBs, like to point out their faith and what servants they are whenever they need the PR boost or they are running for elections.

Now I will tell you this, I am not someone who pretends to know a person’s intimate and personal relationship with God.  I believe that is something purely between the individual and God.  But what I will tell you is that you can gauge a man’s true faith by the way he lives his life and the fruit that is produced from his or her relationship with God.  You know the sincerity of ones faith when they are willing to sacrifice what’s good for themselves to do the “right thing” in the eyes of God.  I can’t say that I don’t believe these men on the Kennedale ISD school board aren’t the faithful Christians they claim to be.  But what I will point out is that there are some of the most glaring discrepancies between what they claim and how they have chosen to behave in their leadership roles within Kennedale.

I have witnessed and been a victim of the hypocrisy of the members of the board.  I sat in a meeting several years ago where an administrator proposed the ending of the Gifted and Talented program and the English as a Second Language program for the entire district.  Now you might want to note that this discussion in front of the board and in a public setting only took place after the board had already met in a closed session that wasn’t advertised to the people it impacted and the board had already agreed to dismiss the programs as requested by this administrator.  What??? You mean these public servants didn’t bother to involve or even bring this matter before the public that it effected?  Yep, apparently they forgot that they were voted in by this same community to represent their voice and maintain a check on the administration to keep it from going off on its own without public input.

When the community of parents rose up in anger about not having been consulted about the issue, I watched as these men of God sat on the stage at the High School auditorium and talked down to the parents who were angered by what was taking place.  I saw men who lashed out at parents for daring to question the decisions of the board.  I actually remember Joe Taylor saying to the parents at one point that “it was his job to make decisions for what was best for their children” in regards to their education.  Apparently, he didn’t feel the parents would know what their children needed as part of their educational process.

What I witnessed that night was a group of people that were in love with their position and power.  A Christian leader would have never lashed out in anger the way these men behaved.  They scolded the parents for being upset.  How dare they be angry about secret meetings and the eliminations of programs that their children were thriving in.  A parent ran for school board that year because she was disgusted how an elected official would behave and treat the constituents that placed them in office.  What did these men of God do during the campaign?  They used their “Christianity” as a weapon of mass destruction.  A letter was sent out.  Within the letter, by word of mouth, by email, and any other means of communication they touted the virtues and “Godliness” of Mike Walker and trashed his opponent as a godless infidel.  She wasn’t a Christian in their books or eyes and so they used that as their main complaint against her.  I could understand this if she were trying to get the job of a pastor in their church, but a particular faith is not required to be a school board member.  As a Christian, I find what was done by these men to be disgusting.  Whether she was a Christian or not should not have been the issue.  To use that as a political trick cheapens our faith.  Christianity is a choice, a personal choice.  To use it to try and equate someone as evil and dangerous as some kind of criminal unfit for a school board position is not in keeping true to what Jesus taught or how a person is expected to behave based on His teachings.  This is the type of behavior you expect from extreme Islamic terrorist sects, where anyone who isn’t the same should be forced to convert or be killed as an infidel.  Hmmm, I’ve seen those passages in the Koran but haven’t quite found them in the Bible yet.  Mr. Taylor and Mr. Walker must have a different version of the Bible than I read if they find this type of behavior condoned as part of being a good Christian or taught in any of the many teaching of Jesus Christ.

Enough of what they have done to others.  Let me give you a quick idea of their hypocrisy in my life.  As I will eventually document here in the coming month, you will see just how deep, or shallow. their faith is when given the chance to do “the right thing” in regards to what the district did to me.  What I will tell you is that I know and have proof that they lied to the parents of the community.  When many reached out to them about what the school administration was trying to do to me, I know of at least one board member who expressed that they had no idea what was going on.  Funny that while this email was being sent out the minutes of the December meeting were waiting to reveal that in a closed session they spent more than 40 minutes talking just about what was happening to me.  Now, I will concede the fact that it is possible that Gary Dugger did not tell them the whole truth in what was being perpetrated against me, but I find it hard to believe that they didn’t ask the school’s attorney the questions that should have been asked.  I do know that he advised them there was no grounds to terminate me or my contract.  So that should have signaled to them that something here was fishy.  The case for what the district was trying to use to force my resignation was presented by my sister and several others to them during the meeting and disproven resoundingly.  The glaring omissions of how the district had handled the accusations and that there was nothing really worth the treatment I was receiving was brought up.  The fact that if they believed I had done something wrong or heinous but yet the district failed to alert any proper authorities or agencies, which is required by law if they truly believed some wrong had been done or even a hint there might be the chance, was mentioned repeatedly.  Mind you, if they had alerted the authorities and the truth had come out that knew there was not a case, but rather a personal agenda against me, the district would have been looking at not just a lawsuit but having committed a felony offense.  Funny how they didn’t do any of that, but still the board turned a blind eye and continued to allow the district to inflict its sustained threats, bullying, and intimidation.  They didn’t just allow it.  These good “Christians” joined in on the fun.  They had their attorney fire off a letter the next day demanding I accept a resignation deal or face the next step in their process.

I fail to see any real leadership involved here.  I definitely fail to see signs of Christianity here.  Several of the members sat and seemed to listen to the people, while the recording I have seen clearly shows some of these GCBs were too busy playing on their computers or not really paying attention to accurately know what was really the truth here.  I would almost swear it was as though they already knew what was going on or had already been apprised of what the administration really wanted for this situation.  Granted that is just my opinion and I could be completely wrong.  But these “leaders” have shown such a lack of ethics in the past and in this very situation that it isn’t that hard to believe that they would have already been on board with the atrocities being waged against me.  Just because them talking about it before hand or in secret is a violation of the open meeting act doesn’t mean they couldn’t do it or wouldn’t do it.  Again, not saying they did, but in my opinion I wouldn’t put it past these upstanding good Christian men after everything else they have put me through.  Oh, one last example for you on their great Christian behavior.  The exact day that they were requiring me to sign their resignation deal, to which I refused, one of these great Christian men showed up to my sisters business.  She didn’t know who he was until a few days later when she saw a picture of him on the district website, but he was very aware of who she was.  His behavior was so strange, intimidating and odd that a client in my sisters office would not let my sisters business partner treat her and leave my sister alone with him.  They were both unnerved by his behavior so much that the business partner stayed up near the front of the office to make sure Amber was ok.  So you have to ask yourself, why did Scott Roland come to my sister’s business.  When confronted about how unethical it was with everything that the district was doing to me, he admitted he knew who Amber was but claimed he had no idea what was going on with me and the administration.  It “hadn’t reached the school board level yet” he remarked.  Funny, that was in January and the minutes for the December 15th meeting clearly states I was the only topic discussed in their closed meeting.  I guess he wasn’t listening.  The district attorney had passed on the statement that the School board blamed Amber for the parents rallying behind me at the December meeting and that they were very angry about it.  Don’t you find it just a bit interesting that we are told that.  Pretty much warned, or some might say threatened, with this statement and then a school board member shows up at her place of business, which isn’t in Kennedale, just out of the blue.  They can claim whatever motive they want for the little visit, but I can tell you that it left the impression of intimidation on myself and my family.

But don’t worry I am sure a good Christian boy would never do something like that.  I mean look at their track record.  They gave teacher raises, they added computers, they named a ball field after some coaches.  What beautiful window dressings they have put on this district.  Just ignore them allowing teachers to feel threatened in their jobs, the lowest morale for the campuses in decades, allowing an assistant superintendent to run a privately owned daycare out of the district buildings and making money off of it, allowing Gary Dugger to hire his daughter to work in the administration building, and countless other examples of their leadership in real action.  Christianity is not represented when a position of power is so important you are willing to do and say the things these “Good Christian Boys” have done.  They need to reevaluate their motives for seeking and holding on to these positions.  Is it because God called them to lead or because they feel the need to create their own little kingdoms?  Are they attempting to be wise leaders and stewards such as King Solomon, or are they the selfish, self righteous, and lovers of power like King Nebuchadnezzar?  Are they leading by seeking God’s heart like David, or are they willing to destroy anyone or anything that would take the position they love such as King Saul?

I don’t know what their true faith or real relationship with God might be.  But what I will tell you is that based on their actions, their attitudes, and the desperation to hold onto the status quo of the kingdom they have built for themselves, these GCBs are less “men of God” and more wanting to be “gods of men”.  So I guess with men like that running around in the real world today I feel like Hollywood almost got their new TV show right in some ways.  They just made it a bunch of women instead of a school board’s Good Christian Boys.

Am I that guy?

I’ve recently been through the worst period of time in my life.  I’ve always hoped that I was capable of greatness and this is the type of moment that great people experience.  The greatest among us have overcome great set backs and obstacles along their path to greatness.  The lowest points are the split in the road that directs them onto the right path and builds that ever elusive character they all have in common.  I want to think I am capable of being that guy.  The one who uses tragedy to fuel their rise to the top and be that gleaming example of courage and overcoming to others.  I just don’t really know if I am that guy.  Is a choice?  Do you get to choose to be that guy?  Or is it that you were always that guy and that character was already deep within you and tragedy cuts away the walls we build around ourselves until that character shines through?

Having a background in psychology and helping people I know that getting everything out that has happened to you can help a person move on.  I won’t lie, I am struggling with the bitterness left over from what happened with the school district I worked for.  It is one thing to know that eventually God will hold them accountable for what they have done, but so hard to sit back and see them still prosper while my family and I have suffered.  They should have to be ashamed of their actions instead of getting to continue their reign of terror that they inflict on everyone around them.  I think what they have done in its entirety should also be made public since they went to great lengths to bully and intimidate me and my family through the process.  Once I gather my thoughts I will write down what happened and chronicle the depths of their illicit behavior.  One reason is because until I truly get my opinion out on what has happened and explain what forced me into my resignation I don’t know if I will ever really move on.  Secondly I do want people to know what transpired against me because these people should not be able to get away with their misdeeds without having to face the truth of what they have done.

They hide their lies and actions in the dark and fear the truth because once light is shown on their deeds people will see them for the selfish, power abusing, liars they are.  I know the words are harsh but that is my raw emotions and opinions after pouring my heart into a job and having it ripped away from me solely because I stood up against the administration and pointed out that “the Emperor/Empress had no clothes.”  They have taken my job, tried to ruin my reputation, and hurt my family in unimaginable ways.  There is nothing more they can do except be forced to face the truths of their actions and what their selfish misuse of power has done.  Do I expect them to feel guilty?  Of course not.  People who are capable of doing what these people did do not feel remorse for their actions.  They justify what they do.  As long as they get what they want, then anything they do is acceptable.  A friend of mine was concerned when I shared that I thought about putting down what has happened to me for others to read.  He worried the district and administrators would sue.  I have to admit that I laughed a little at that.  What will they get out of me?  I have no job, no home, no money, nothing.  They left me with nothing after their actions.  Plus pointing out that people have done unethical things and calling them out for being the types of human beings they are isn’t slanderous.  It is both a combination of my opinion of them and the facts based on their behaviors.  I find it funny that people who attack and destroy others have such thin skins.  If you are going to try and ruin someones life at least have thick enough skin to take the judgement and ridicule for being the bad person you are!  But I digress.  I figure the next few days I will chronicle the events that have happened so that the public can see just who is running the school district and see the truth behind the inaction of a school board whose purpose it is to hold the administration accountable for their actions.  This whole incident was a mixture of many failures.  First the original lie from Viola McLaughlin was an act of sheer jealousy about an outside incident with friends of mine.  Second was the selfish, political, kingdom building, and the hate for anyone to stand up for what is right when it goes against them that the administration displayed.  The final act was the complete and utter abdication of leadership perpetrated by the inaction of an unethical school board.

As this round of school board elections begins the public should see these so called “Christian men and women” not on how they claim to be but based on who they are as seen through their actions.  They pat themselves on the back for raises given to the teachers but aren’t made to face the culture of fear, retaliation, and uncertainty their rubber stamp of the administration’s actions has caused.  They aren’t called out on their lack of oversight and the accountability they are supposed to hold the administration to.  All parties involved should have to face the light of truth for this incident.  Some may accuse me of being bitter and jaded over the incident and I will admit that I am pissed at what happened to me and that I was unable to see justice done.  But I will also say that just because it paints them in a negative light doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  People who have done evil deeds for evil selfish reasons can try to blame others for how they look in the retelling of the situation, but they only have themselves to blame.  And unfortunately there is a lot of ugly to go around with these people based on the darkness in their souls and the blood on their hands from this incident and others that they have done in the past to others as well.

All that to say in the next few days I will put out there exactly the truth that needs to be known.  So am I that guy who rises above?  I don’t know, but I do know that I have spent my life doing everything I can to stand up for the faith and ideals instilled in my by my parents and I believe exposing this incident and standing up for what happened is the right thing to do.  So even if I am not that guy, I am not going to change who I am because these people have tried to ruin me.  If evil people hate me for the man I am and the standing up for the things I have spoken out for, then I am on the right track.  They wouldn’t hate and try to destroy unless my example and character was in stark contrast to the selfish evils they spread daily.