Synoposis: A high school coach gave her team her cell to reach her if they were going to be late or miss a game. She acted as a mentor to them. The principal reported the communication exchange to Special Commissioner of Investigation who subpoenaed the teacher and students phone records. SCI found the number of texts to be excessive to one student. SCI still uses old fashioned tape recorders to tape their meetings and interrogations. Who are they to judge what is excessive in this modern world of social media and texting? There are over 7 billion texts sent out every day around the world.
The parent condoned the communication between mentor coach and student and wrote a letter in the teacher’s defense. It didn’t matter. Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy High MS/HS Principal Lori O’mara and Superintendent Melodie Mashel discontinued the coach and probationary teacher. She is now unemployed and barred from teaching in NYC DOE. (www.rka141.org)
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