I am writing in response to Susan Ehresman's rather bizarre letter attacking the "Four Concerned Parents" who wrote the previous week detailing alleged abuses of power within the inner workings of P.S. 114. I do not have children in the school but I have friends and family who do. When I read the original letter from the parents, I found it to be a well-written, reasonable account of what these parents saw as injustices. However, the allegations were so incredible, that I thought some of them had to be somewhat exaggerated.
After all, how could the school hierarchy (principal, superintendent, etc) let such flagrant abuses occur and not do something to stop them?
After reading Ms. Ehresman's letter, I am now convinced that those parents had it just right. Her letter said nothing to refute these allegations. As a matter of fact, by stating that parents were "green with jealousy," and comparing the alleged abusers of power to "leprechauns with a pot of gold", she only proved that these few parents wear their ability to manipulate the system as a badge of honor. Not to mention that she used a metaphor that, at best, is an inappropriate ethnic stereotype directed at the Irish-American community of Rockaway.
Ms Ehresman's attempt to blame the "active volunteer" for the very allegations that were lodged against these "parent bullies" is typical behavior of someone who has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. I am curious as to how many complaints were lodged against this volunteer before he began to question the seemingly politically motivated decisions that were made on behalf of this small group of parents.
As for the reason these parents choose to remain anonymous, I can certainly understand that the safety of their children and their families comes first.
One of the letters in defense of the "Four Concerned Parents" last week stated that the author preferred "to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the parents discussed". I would remain anonymous also if I believed that my family's well being was at stake.
There is no evidence that the "Four Concerned Parents" were looking for any special treatment regarding class placement. They simply do not want the process corrupted by political affiliations and "bully" tactics. Judging from the letters of support that the Wave received for the "Four Concerned Parents", and the irrational statements in Ms. Ehresman's letter, it should be clear to any objective observer that there is something fishy going on in the school.
MATTHEW E. MCLEAN