Kittery School Committee voted and said (by a three to three vote with the sister of the SRO officer, Julie Dow, abstaining), sayonara, astalavista, adieu, arrivederci, cheerio and thanks for nothing. Three votes and your out. Who cares what the Taxpayers, Teachers, Students want. What kind of message was just sent to the world from Kittery Maine.
Yes! Kittery Maine and it happened last night. You need to watch the School Board meetings and pay attention to the comments from the board members. Such a controversial topic and School Committee Member Nicholas Chaluppa (wow! cat caught his tongue). Wait till you watch Kimberly Bedard tell you about a book she read that opened her eyes to the problems in Kittery, (not to say there not any) but a problem with the Police in general and having a police officer in schools.
Then there is Danielle Hoffman, A member of the KAFA Advocacy Group (originally a sub committee of the school district) that wanted to get rid of the SRO officer and has been quoted in recent articles and even last night called out not to vote because it was a conflict of interest. Not only is she a KAFA member (KSC subcommittee) but a school board member who had a clear and transparent agenda. Can you say Conflict of interest?
CONFLICT OF INTEREST? A conflict of interest involves a person or entity that has two relationships competing with each other for the person’s loyalty. For example, the person might have a loyalty to an employer and also loyalty to a family business. Each of these businesses expects the person to have its best interest first.
All we can hope now is that one of these School Committee members come to their senses and listen to over 1200 or more people who signed the on line petition which was started by a Traip Academy Student and ask for a reconsideration vote.
Only a member on the prevailing side can make the motion and any other member including the Chair person Julie Dow can second it and have it brought up for a reconsideration vote and fix the debacle that was approved by the three amigos. See Robert Rules for Dummies. (No pun intended.)
Feel free to contact them all. Here is the link. One link for all seven.
What else could they have done, well, they had the fix in front of them and it was under new business in the agenda. Essentially it was to form a task force, (FORCE, hmm! poor choice of words here.) with people of all backgrounds, and review the things that can be fixed, make recommendations and then report the findings back and let the community as a whole digest it and then take actions if they were necessary. Well, the three members decided to take the easy way out. SEE THE ACTUAL AGENDA ITEM: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/schoff?projector=1
VII. NEW BUSINESS: Take action to adopt the Resolution to Convene a Task Force to Assess Role of Student Resource Officer in the Kittery School District
Problems? In Kittery, Let us flash back and look at this article in the Portsmouth Herald.
The article says about 22 percent of Traip Students consider suicides. 22 PERCENT in 2013. “Traip Academy Principal Eric Waddell is worried. According to the biennial Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, more than one-third of Traip Academy students reported feeling depressed, and more than 20 percent said they have considered suicide.
in 2013-14, it was leaked, why was the report delayed, how would this KSC spin this report? What else does the Kittery School Committee hide from you? Have we forgotten how they treat teachers and ask how many teachers left the district and why! Well its over 80 during the past several years. Why can’t we fix these real problems in our schools?
Have you been curious or asked yourself, over the years, how many guns were brought to schools? How many Murder/Suicides and school shootings have happened in the world. 2019 CNN Story, In 2019, in 46 weeks, there have been 45 school shootings.
In america, There were at least 41 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2020, resulting in: 11 deaths, including 0 suicide deaths (where no one else was harmed) and. 17 injuries, including 0 self-harm injuries (where no one else was harmed).
What are the current stats of the YOUTH HEALTH SURVEY NOW? How many students brought or sold drugs in the Kittery School System.? How many kids talked to the SRO and got their life on track or found a way forward and perhaps changed their mind about drugs or suicide. If the answer is if one or more were saved, then wasn’t it worth having an SRO?
Have you talked to your kid lately? Will they open up to you? How fast is the police response now in Kittery now that there is not an SRO on scene. Who do you target for liability or for damages should a teacher or student get hurt. What are we doing to protect our kids? Perhaps KAFA can explore these real issues.
See the OURKITTERY article here.
The controversy was brewing for some time. First it was BLM and then Kittery’s own KAFA.
Why go after the SRO Officer who has been a pillar in the school community. They all say he is perfect but since he is a Police Officer and they can’t have this and they needed to end the program.
KAFA says in the Portsmouth Herald, “We basically came to the conclusion that what we essentially want is to make the area inclusive, for the military families and their diversity, for the immigrants who work here during different seasons, for people with different economic backgrounds,” Wardell said. “We want to shorten those gaps and bring the community together, no matter their sexual orientation, their age, their race, their abilities.” Then there are the ones who mention BLM and defund the police. Oh yeah, there has been talk about this in Town..
The George Floyd death was a tragedy and no one is denying this. But it is wrong to assimilate the actions of one and stereotype them to others. Just as it is so wrong to remove an impeccable SRO OFFICER (Jay Durgin) because of a movement and justify it by using the actions of other police officers and communities. What works here may not work elsewhere.
Never lose site of the real meaning of a movement and any movement should not be turned into, hollow actions like, Hey look at me, I put a sign out in front of my house, I wear a printed shirt, I walk for the cause, I believe or I will go along because it is the trend right now and you don’t mean it. Here is an interesting article on GASLIGHTING.
Connect the dots and see who the players are and why they do what they do. Kittery is better then this. At least I thought so!
According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, brought a woman charged with adultery before him. Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under Mosaic law and challenged him to judge the woman so that they might then accuse him of disobeying the law. Jesus thought for a moment and then replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed. When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers. She replied, “No man, lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”
WAKE UP KITTERY.
In NOVEMBER of 2020, Nicholas Chalupa and Danielle Hoffman terms are up.