2002-03-30 / Letters

Plenty of Experiences

Plenty of Experiences

Dear Editor;

I have been reading with great interest the many impassioned letters regarding "Favoritism at P.S. 114" (even Boyle-ing Points added its two cents).

While I agree that the original letter was long-winded, it seemed necessary to put the events into some kind of context.  As one who has had children in classes with these parents' children, I can tell you that  "Favoritism" just skimmed the surface.  I won't belabor the point with accounts of my experiences with these parents (I've had plenty), but suffice it to say that P.S. 114 seemed to be their " home away from home".
  To those who might feel that these letters are invalid without " naming names" and signatures, all I can say is that these can be vindictive people with deep pockets and the desire to win at any cost.  If any of the letters named the parent bullies, would The Wave have printed the names?  The authors, the paper and perhaps our children would have been the next targets of this group's wrath.  I am unafraid of their wrath upon me. However, I cannot put my children in harm's way.  I think writing to The Wave must have been a last resort when going through proper channels failed to produce any results.

There should be a long paper trail in District 27 documenting the misery caused by these parents for a former district superintendent, a former P.S. 114 Principal, P.S. 114 Teacher, past P.T.A. presidents, P.T.A. committee members, parent volunteers and generally any parent who disagreed with their agenda. 
(* Note to Kevin Boyle: Just ask anyone who's had kids in P.S. 114 for a few years and is even marginally involved in the school community who these parents are.  While 100 people I know could have been "Four Concerned Parents", there is absolutely no doubt about whom they were writing.  I've been a parent at 114 for many years, so I've got a wealth of wasted time and energy invested in attempting to protect my children from these yahoos).

To Mrs. Ehresman (Green With Envy, 3/23/02), I say that telling people who are directly affected by these parents' actions to mind their own business is certainly the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think?  These parent bullies not only wanted control of where their own children were placed, but control of where other's children were placed as well.  Being able to dishonestly advance your children at the expense of others is not a "pot of gold" to be coveted; Mrs. Ehresman, your moral fiber, or lack thereof, is apparent.  If this pot of gold represents manipulation, back-room politics and influence, no decent person would want anything to do with it.  People like you and those whom you defend will never understand that.  We don't want your pot of gold and all that it represents; we will continue to try to keep our children's school free of any undue influence so that everyone gets a fair and equal public education.  That point is completely wasted on Mrs. Ehresman and the people she represents.


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