2010-05-07 / Letters

Contempt Of Court

The following letter was sent to Assistant Principal Jennifer Connolly of The Rockaway Park High School For Environmental Sustainability.

Dear Ms. Connolly:

On Monday, April 26, 2010 at about 11 a.m. I entered Room E301 at Beach Channel High School. I observed Ms. Pat O’Brien trying to do her job serving the children of the Rockaways while a group that included you were talking and using a computer. I introduced myself and asked what your group was doing in Ms. O’Brien’s room. You informed me that you were in the process of installing an (administrative) drop box. I then asked if this was for the use of Ms. O’Brien. You informed me that it was not for her use. I then informed you and your group that your actions were in contempt of court.

I have previously informed you that your interruptions of my colleagues while they are attempting to serve the children of the Rockaways are an impermissible disruption of the educational process. You have childishly chosen to ignore this.

Once again I must remind you that it is inappropriate and immature to go to staff members to claim rooms that cannot be yours next year in light of Justice Joan Lobis’ March 27, 2010 ruling invalidating the PEP votes of January 26-27, 2010. Justice Lobis’ ruling clearly means that your school cannot legally open in any existing Department of Education facility. You knowingly violated Justice Lobis’ ruling. A more mature and experienced educator would have conducted this Walter Mitty-like flight of fantasy after school, even though it still would have been unsuitable. During school hours your trip of fantasy is an unprofessional contempt of court and is in fact contemptible.

You have previously indicated that you care a great deal about the children of the Rockaways. Your repeated actions belie this laudable goal. Your actions are clearly and deliberately designed to undermine a school that will admit freshmen next year – something which you are legally prohibited from doing in this or any other DOE facility. You owe the children and staff of this school a humble apology. You must cease and desist. It Letters

does not matter if you are “just following orders.” That defense failed at Nuremberg in 1945 and it fails in New York City in 2010.

Once again, in light of Justice Lobis’ stinging rebuke and invalidation of the PEP vote to phase-out Beach Channel HS/creation of Q324, I call upon you to use your influence to have the considerable funds that cannot legally be used to create your school instead be applied to making the only comprehensive high school on the peninsula the best possible learning environment it can be. In solidarity for our children,

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