Monday, March 16, 2009

Joel Klein & Tweed Show Their True Intentions When They Are Asked To Protect NYC Public School Students

Joel Klein always claim the reason that teachers are removed from the classroom is that they are a potential threat to the children. However, when it comes to the Principals Tweed looks the other way. Now the New York Post reports how a NYC public school honor student showed up at a Brooklyn meeting with Chancellor Joel Klein, gave him a letter and pleaded for a safety transfer, as she was threatened with physical violence from a gang of students, only to be brushed off by the Chancellor and his minions. The girl wrote 25 e-mails to Joel Klein and did not receive a single response from Tweed. Eventually, she was jumped and beaten up and suffered serious neck injuries. Only then did she receive a safety transfer. If a teacher failed to take action and the girl was physically assaulted, the teacher would be removed from the classroom for failure to protect the safety of the child. However, Joel Klein's failure to protect the child goes unpunished since he is the Chancellor. In other words Joel Klein does not have to follow the Chancellor's regulations and violating his own regulations does not result in any consequences.

It seems that student safety is only a concern at Tweed when an accusation is made against a teacher. However, when it comes to physical threats against a student by others it is ignored by the DOE. "Children Last" continues unabated at Tweed.


17 (really 15) more years said...

Just goes to show how Klein won't get his hands dirty dealing with the things that we deal with every single day. If any one of us had shown the same blatant disregard for this child's safety, we'd be sitting in the rubber room. I suggest that Klein educate himself by reading his own disciplinary code- particularly the pages about bullying.

I hope this family gets a ruthless attorney and gets a ton of money from the DOE.

Anonymous said...

Derrick Townsend an assistant principal at PS 154X District 7 has at least six corporal punishment allegations against him this year. They are:

1. September 29th, 2008 Derrick Townsend drags a five year old student forty feet when the student refuses to walk with him.
2. November 7, 2008 Derrick Townsend grabs an eleven year old boy by the arm, drags him approximately 125ft, tears his shirt, causes discoloration and numbness to his fingers. Linda Amil-Irizarry is aware, and contrary to A-420 never reports it to OSI, nor is the parent notified.
3. December 12, 2008 Derrick Townsend punishes a student's behavior in the cafeteria by making him clean the entire cafeteria.
4. December 18, 2008 Derrick Townsend grabs a student by the arm and pulls him when his directions are not being followed.
5. January 16, 2009 Derrick Townsend picks a student up by the arm, twists it, and pulls him by the arm.
6. February 13, 2009 Derrick Townsend verbally abuses a 8 year old girl in front of a class, and then drags and pulls her by the arm for ten minutes, leaving bruises and scratches on her arm.

Two of these instances seem to indicate a criminal investigation. Joel Klein and District 7 superintedent Yolanda Torres are well aware of these allegations. The last allegation was witnessed by two teachers and 25 students, yet Derrick Townsend remains untoucable. When will this stop?

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

I have to say that the Post has guts in printing this story. However, they totally ignored the Friday protest in front of the Fordham High School for the Arts this past week.

How many students have I seen like this young lady that has been assulated? Countless! When the parents came in I had to keep my mouth shut because the thuggish principal would have assualted me had I gotten involved in informing the parents of their rights!

Anonymous said...

It might be a signal that Klein's reign is close to ite end. The things of this nature have been going on every day of the week and every week of the year for last 8 years, all of sudden media starts to pay attention to Klein and to something like this.

Chaz said...


Don't hold your breath on that happening.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps people should start learning about "removal" petitions.

Anonymous said...

isn't it great to be untouchable.

Chaz said...

It's good to be king.