To the Editor: Is Board of Ed a “Bully”?
10 Apr, 2014
By Loop Reader
To the Editor:
Below is a copy of a letter sent to the Mamaroneck Board of Education on Wednesday.
Last night you accused hundreds of community members of being “bullies” for exercising their first amendment right to fight for the safety of their children, a point which you have to date refused to acknowledge. Yet, you are the ones who have fought stubbornly for the last two years to throw vulnerable children off of school buses. From our side of the room, that looks a lot like bullying. Maybe bullying is in the eye of the beholder?
Further, last night, as at all prior Board meetings where transportation was discussed, you limited public participation to 2 minutes even though your own operating procedures require 3 minutes (Section II:C: “Should there be a number of individuals wanting to speak, the Board president may limit each speaker to three (3) minutes per turn so that all may be heard”). You cut public opportunity to comment short, yet you still found the time to chastise the community for “bullying” you. That is a completely inappropriate use of Board time.
And after accusing Coalition members of “bullying” you, you did not provide any opportunity for the public to respond to these accusations. What would you call that? Sounds like bullying to me.