2009-02-06 / Letters

A Witness To The Alleged Crossing Guard Tirade

Dear Editor,

After reading the letter sent into The Wave regarding an incident that occurred at PS 114 on January 14, I felt it only right to respond since I was standing in the hallway dropping my own child off at the time. I want to start by saying I do not know the writer of the letter, I am not friendly with the principal and I barely know the crossing guard other than seeing her in the mornings. I have been a parent at PS 114 since 1995, I have two older children that have graduated and I currently have one child in the school. I want what I witnessed in the building that morning to be heard.

At first I heard yelling coming from the parent coordinator's office but it was not the principal, it was the letter writer. I stood there for a minute or so and all I heard was a woman yelling very loudly. I would have to say that if anyone was being unprofessional in front of students and fellow parents it would have been her. I actually rushed my child off because of her yelling. Then the woman began to walk out of the building but turned around to finish her tirade. The principal was trying to talk to her and she just wouldn't seem to let him get a word in. Then finally he said, "I obviously can't talk to you," and she went off accusing him of putting his hand in her face which DID NOT happen and she was yelling that this was going to be in the newspaper. The crossing guard was not in the building at this time with the principal as was stated and she wrote that she felt so humiliated, but I would think it would be from the spectacle she made of herself. I know I sound like I am bashing this woman, but as I said, I have never met or spoken to her. I am just recounting what I saw. When I read her letter, I was very surprised at how inaccurate it was. I could tell this woman was upset. I could tell she was clearly frustrated about what she believed was happening, but she made the decision to confront the principal in front of people and the way she portrayed what happened was not what I saw. I would have to say that the principal was trying to handle it in a calm manner. She was way too mad. I don't think he could have said anything to her at that point. I also would like to say I completely understand the reason why I am told that I cannot go down that block. It is to protect our children; I would never say it is discrimination. Again, I am not a close or personal friend of this crossing guard but in her defense, she works this job everyday in the rain, sleet, snow and sun. Her job is to protect children and parents from getting hit by cars and to make sure the children get off the buses on Beach 135 Street safely. No one has ever gotten hurt on her corner. It is a huge responsibility and her job doesn't look, to me, fun at all.

I have to ask if, God forbid, someone got hit by a car on that block would you all be writing saying it is the crossing guard's fault? When the buses are on the block, I see her turn a lot of cars away. Lastly, I want to say, I have seen cars pass right by and totally ignore her, but I have never seen her chase after anyone, threaten anyone with a summons or use foul language.

NAME WITHHELD

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