Why Isn’t Anyone Asking Why…….

I’m saddened and frustrated that no one within the community is asking why, and hopefully there are others like me….. that are asking…..

Why was WCCO contacted?

Why was a prominent education attorney contacted?

Why were simple and plainly stated district policies ignored?

Not to many years ago, this district was in a similar situation; but IMHO much much worse!

A district leader, was accused, and found to be guilty of inappropriate actions towards over 60 young high school aged girls.

A teacher was accused of sending pictures of his genitalia, while allegedly drinking alcohol and smoking weed with those same young female students.

He was allowed to leave with merely a slap on the wrist….. and a few years of insurance coverage!!?

Not once in either of those instances was WCCO and/or ANY national news outlet contacted or gave any information to the public.

The community even organized a “Hibbing Parents Coalition.” Ugh, I feel dirty even typing those words today; so dirty in fact a shower is needed!

NOT ONCE during any of the above was a high profile attorney “on the scene.”

Sure the MNDHR got involved. Mr. Lindsey was brought to town, made a speech… placated parents, and a few months later a report was filed.

All of this information is easily found on this site, including the full report.

The admin. and teacher are now known as former employees of ISD #701.

End of story.

Fast forward to May 2019…..

WDIO breaks a story, Hibbing High School teacher put on “administrative leave.”

All is quiet for days.

Holy crap!! That’s just not good enough… I know….

I think WCCO needs to be made aware!

Then all hell breaks loose….. with audio recordings of said teacher, and only the teachers voice on the recordings that were released.

Social media is in an uproar, rumor whore Dawn says this, rambling rumor Ron says that. Hmm… kind of by design, in the wrongful release of said audio clips, wouldn’t it appear??

Then an education lawyer needs to be brought in saying this and saying that. “Oh the bravery of this young child” to take it upon themselves to record said teacher “over many weeks.”

I call B. and S. on that statement by the attorney.

What JH child has enough focus to do such a thing, without being prompted to do so on a daily basis??

I do not know one!!

The ones I do know, barely get their homework or chores done on a daily basis without constant reminders!!

See what I’m getting at here??

WDIO, WCCO, education attorney, CNN….. am I the only one whose seeing the connection?

Ok, I’ll speak so there is no “doubt.”

Does this “group of parents” have such a vendetta for this teacher, and obviously this school district??

OR… OR…. OR…. is it a situation of convenience? For a darker “root of all evil” reason? Now that would be interesting to find out, now wouldn’t it?

THAT…….

1. They’ll leak such an obvious one sided narrative to the public, so said teacher is crucified in the court of public opinion., while using the cover of a child to do so??

How mentally warped is that??

2. This “group of parents” obviously think their little Johnny’s and Suzy’s are more worthy of this kind of power hungry attention whoring than 60 young high school girls; and a handful of girls who saw their teachers private parts on their phones and/or email??

Give me a freaking break!!!

AND……

3. This is a blanket statement…. That proves this “group of parents” knew releasing the audio was sly, sneaky, underhanded and wrong!!

It just proves a bigger point….. how big their vendetta is for said teacher, and district…. WAIT… hold on… maybe NOT!

Nope…. I’ll hang on to this information until I can get confirmation.

It would be really nice if the public DID KNOW……

1. In the release of said audio clips….. unfair labor practices were used, by bypassing all district and labor contract and employment privacy by releasing to the public.

2. Not ISD #701’s fault.

3. Teachers name and the audio were released by the “group of parents” lawyer.

This should not have happened!!

4. The releasing of audio, bypasses the applicable process to put it in the court of public opinion, as stated above, instead of due process. this fact deals with PELRA laws.

All I’m asking…. is ask yourself WHY….. Does anything about this situation, and how it’s unfolded… pass the smell test??

it’ll be interesting to continue watching how things continue to unfold. What’s the next “breaking news” story we can expect?

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ISD #701…. What Do I Think??

​In light of yesterday’s (July 6th 2016), “breaking news” story in the HDT.

I’ve been fielding a lot of “what do you think” questions. 
Really, who am i, but a concerned parent and community member?

My opinion is no more important than yours, or anyone else’s. 

I am however someone who has felt the school district has mishandled multiple situations, that should have garnered quick and easy decisions.
See RIGHT and WRONG here!! 
I’m also  someone whose been unafraid to stand up and voice my feelings in a public manner. All be damned if you DO NOT like it!!

I haven’t been so publicly vocal to gain friends, or make enemies… although I’ve been told I’ve gathered people on both sides!! 😉 😉

I simply DO NOT care what anyone thinks of me!!
Yet again, I’ve been vocal because it’s NOT about me…..  However, it is the right thing to do. … for my children, your children and the community’s children. 

Despite popular belief, by certain individuals… I DO NOT live in Colorado… I DO NOT know everything, and I AM a very active member of this community!! 

Ok, Ok, Ok…..

Well, since I’ve been asked……. 😉 😉 😉 

I’m disappointed in the fact this teacher was given an opportunity to resign at all!! The school board should’ve continued with a termination; whereas that record of termination would stick to his record like glue; and warn other school districts of his deviant behavior towards young girl’s. Is this another male teacher/administrator that I have to follow their job search?? So be it!! 

With that said….. 
I’m not privy to any of the behind the scenes information; but the district probably had their reasons to proceed in this manner. Maybe saving themselves from a long drawn out court battle? Maybe a year’s wages, and three year’s health coverage was a deal compared to the alternative for us the tax payers?

It does not make it right, and I’m giving the district the benefit of the doubt here…. something (if you’ve been following along),  i have not done in the past!!

Don’t worry, I’m not getting soft!!

Read on to see that fact!! 😉

With this teacher gone, the safety of the students will be vastly improved!! 

I think this quote says a lot about what a little perverted predator of young girls this teacher is….. 

“Considering the circumstances surrounding the school district as well as being a head coach, I decided to seek career opportunities that better align with my family and best interests in mind.”

You mean to tell me, by you sending pictures of your genitalia to young high school girls, buying them alcohol, and smoking marijuana with these same young high school aged girls, these actions didn’t voluntarily put you in this situation?? I find it scary that you DO NOT see, that YOU are/were part of the problem!! 

You self-centered arrogant little man…. I’d have more respect for you, if you’d have stood up, like a man, and admitted your mistakes with a strong backbone. Instead you choose to hide behind some preconceived statement!!??!! 

Both you and your wife have already brought shame to your family…. to a once fine school district, (that is/was trying to recover from another deviant perverts behavior) and to the community as a whole!!
I could care less about you two as adults!! You’ve made your own bed, now sleep in it!! 

I feel for your children!! To be a child in this day and age, and have your parents do something so STUPID for the whole community to witness, plus and above all else, their peers??
I’m sorry kids!! 

Why is it, I feel the need to apologize for other adults lack of morality and proper judgment?? 

It’s a sad sad retrospective of the society we live in today!! 

Which brings me to….. Ha Ha 

School board chair John Berklich…the community, and Fleming’s victims are still waiting for an apology from you, and the school board…. pertaining to Mr. Fleming’s PROVEN… let me say that again John…. PROVEN misconduct!!

Did you really think I’d miss an opportunity to call you out as an ignorant coward??
Do the right thing John!! 
Your silence is showing your lack of a spine!!

Your lack of the willingness to do what is RIGHT!!

Do you even listen to your fellow board member’s and their opinions; or is your “incestuial knowledge” so deeply rooted in your being that you know nothing else?? 

Also, for concerned community members, concerned parents, and just for the purpose of complete and total transparency; I think the school board’s determination on discipline of the four other ISD #701 employees that were under investigation, should be made public. 

Of course sensitive information does not need to be released, but saying something publicly would go a long way with the community.

 
Lastly, thank you Mr. Johnson for standing up for our communities children, saying enough of this perverted behavior already!! 

Thank you also to Mr. Clover, Mr. Vincent and Ms. Nyberg; I do not envy the frustration and ignorance dealing with the other three board members twice a month must be like.
As always, these are MY thoughts and words, and MINE alone!

My name is Joe Sacco 

ISD #701…. To Whom It May Concern…..

Well, the 2015/16 school year is coming to a close. I figured I’d leave you all one last post to think about, and talk about over the summer….. until school fires back up this fall…. hold on to your hats!!! 😉 😉 😉

To all the people who call me a jackass or insert whatever word here…. for speaking loudly, proudly and unafraid; I say…. MY skin is thick, my backbone strong… bring it on!!

You have something to say… MY NAME is Joe Sacco. No one else is writing these words or saying these things, it’s all ME!!  If you are reading this, you should at least be smart enough to figure out my contact information.

To the IDIOT who made a comment in the reply section of one of MY ISD #701 blog posts, where every other word was F^~¿k you…. you weak minded fool!!! If you disagree with me, state your disagreement in an intelligent manor, I’ll publish your post for the rest of the people to see…. I DO NOT care if you disagree with me!!
Although, when you show your lack of education and intelligence you are resembling a plain “IDIOT”…
Well, need I say more??

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What a CRAP year it’s been…. to all the graduating seniors of Hibbing High, I say a huge I’M SORRY!!
I figure I’ll say it here and now, because no one in a position of authority at ISD #701 will say it to you!???
I hope your future is brighter than your last few years at H.H.S.
Here’s wishing you all the best in moving forward to a brighter future.
If things get dark and stormy in future years…. think back to your last two years of high school…. you made it through some pretty nasty shit….. you’re well prepared for life!!
Carry on!

To the teachers and all staff within ISD #701…. it’s almost over!!
The light is now shining brightly, can you see it?? 😉
It’s almost time for “the cabin” ice cold beverages of your choosing, kicking back and relaxing… you made it!!
Please refrain from sending any inappropriate images unless cleared before hand!!! 😉 😉 😉
Ha Ha Ha I’m joking!! Have another beer!! 😉

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To Superintendent Johnson….

Your time is now Sir!!
Your inherited problem of Fleming’s deviant behavior will no longer, as of June 30th… be your problem.

Principal  F. However is your problem…. have you ever checked into this man’s previous work history?
Do you know why he’s the principal of H.H.S.?
It would behoove you to check into this man’s past work history….. if you do so…. it will become apparent why he failed at his job of being a mandated  reporter, and why reports of misconduct by Mr. Fleming just disappeared into thin air.
It would also shed a light on how UNDESERVING this man was to have
received any kind of award for excellence!!
What a joke!!
What a travesty to honor someone who has done absolutely nothing honorable.
Him winning an award?? Are you freaking kidding me???!!! What are the “optics” this sends???

A high school teacher/s, a substitute teacher, and a leader in this district are also your problem.

A male high school teacher who sent pictures of his “private parts” to young girls!!
I DO NOT care if said pictures can not be found……..
I DO NOT care what supposed “good” this male teacher did in the past…..
I DO NOT care if stories are doing the old flip flop….. the word about this pig of a teacher is “out there.”
You do realize the whole state is watching “your” next move, right??
I use “your” as the investigating/lawyers/police or whomever… but ultimately it should boil down to you Mr. Johnson.
You are the NEW leader of ISD #701… this is now your opportunity to stamp the “Johnson Way” of how things will be run at ISD #701.
I would hope no matter the findings, a teacher/s acting in such a pervasive, perverted way would not be allowed to hold a teaching job in Superintendent Brad Johnson’s ISD #701??
People are watching!!!

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To the SCHOOL BOARD…..
Minus Bob Clover, Mitch Vincent and Kathy Nyberg, well maybe not minus; but more to the point of you three helping the IDIOTS…. pull their collective heads out of their asses!!! 
Who am I talking about?? Holy hell, I thought you’d never ask!! 😉
Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher……
Your “incestuial knowledge” (what a great and true couple of words to describe you three!!) is dumbfounding!!
***Just so no one calls their lawyer over those two words***
You talk amongst yourselves, never taking into account other’s points of view, or thinking outside of the small box you three must live in….. in essence believing your own BULLSHIT to be the correct thing for all!!
***Incestuial Knowledge***
Hey guess what……
IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU!!!
Walk through every school within this district to remind yourselves why you’re on the school board in the first place!!

To Mr. John Berklich current chair…….
DON’T YOU THINK the school board owes the outgoing seniors, ISD #701, the community and above ALL ELSE the victims of Mr. Fleming an open and honest apology??
You three are pathetic, and the deeply  rooted problem within this district, which neither of you even see!!!
Your three fellow board members see it, know it, and deal with your ignorant buffonery twice a month!!

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Well, I think that’s it….. Ha Ha Ha probably not, but that’s all for now folks!!

Again My name is Joe Sacco; and I don’t speak up so people say good job; or you are such an asshole….
IT’S NOT ABOUT ME…. It is however ABOUT EVERY LAST CHILD in ISD #701….

***Added: 5/28/2016***
There is plenty of good within ISD #701; (which I have not been shy about saying in the past, maybe i should’ve stated it more?), it’s a shame the same CAN NOT be said about some of the ADULTS that have been tasked with being “leaders” of this district!!

School board member Kathy Nyberg wrote an outstanding piece in the Hibbing Daily Tribune this week.
I would be doing the students of ISD #701 a disservice by not adding it here!!
Kudos to you Kathy!!
The information Kathy shares in said article, shows that dispite the lack of competent leadership within ISD #701 the student’s still are “on it.”
Good job KIDS!!

Convenient For ISD #701, Or By Design?

Well, on 4/6/2016 the other shoe dropped on one Jac Fleming. GOOD….. Our school children are a bit safer as of today…. or June 30th…. which is it?
That was rather confusing to read in the HDT, one would hope that gets some clarification, sooner than later.

Even the three obstructionist school board members couldn’t screw up the vote to accept this pig’s resignation.
I for one will volunteer to follow you around to your next job Mr. Fleming, especially….. (God pray it’s not) at a school.
Did he keep his teaching license, or his  counselor’s license? (Sarcasm) if this statement is lost on you, read here skip right to the MNDHR report half way down. It’s long, but you’ll see if you read through it all. 😉
Or his, insert a license here!!! 😉
You got off easy by resigning…. you should have never had that choice!
As I stated “one down.”
Quite a few more to go!!

While there is reason to be excited in this news, also temper your excitement with the steely resolve that much more needs to be done within this district, for our young ones to be truly safe!!

The topic of misconduct by ISD #701 administration and certain staff IS NOT negativity, it’s news.
News that should be known by all; NOT swept into some corner, or “under the rug”….. where only the “privileged few” are privy. As I’ve stated before, those past actions are why we are here today.

Let me take a moment to repeat myself…
The reason I’m being so vocal…
That reason is NOT about me!!
Me standing and saying……..
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already, IS about each and every child in this district; YOUR child, my children… the COMMUNITY’S children!!
Please DO NOT lose sight of this FACT!!
I also DO NOT take pride in writing these words, or any words prior on this sad topic.

Actually writing about this topic is becoming depressing and dark.

However, if my words and thoughts (on this subject), make just one person stop and ask themselves, “what the hell is going on” in this school district, then it has been worth it.
That in essence, makes one more person whose eyes have been opened to the bad that’s been happening in this district.

I’m tired of the whispers.
I’m tired of seeing the looks of pain in the eyes, and on certain parents faces while they talk (what little they can share) about what happened to their child at the hands of so-called adult LEADERS within this school district.
It’s shameful a parent has to watch their child suffer over something that was so preventable, yet was left to happen so frequently, by the very people who could have stopped it after report NUMBER 1.
SHAMEFUL!!
Trust me when I say, I’d much rather write and post pictures about “stupid bike shit” instead!!

The NEXT one to go???
Ha yes I have a list!! 😉
One principal Mr. F. a supposed  “mandated reporter”….
Which means…..

“mandated reporters are people who have regular contact with vulnerable people/children and are therefore legally required to ensure a report is made when abuse is observed or suspected.”

The man who was in charge of making sure all recorded incidents of misconduct by one Jac Fleming (or whomever) were properly recorded and cataloged!! Again……………..
mandated reporter…..
From the State of Minnesota
Guess what, that never happened!! Hence, now former (or soon to be) ISD #701 employee Jac Fleming kept hold of his job for far longer than he would have if Mr. F. would have done his J.O.B.!
Why oh why is no one investigating this man?? His past should warrant more than just a casual glance!!
If I performed my job as poorly as this man did his, guess what, I’d be looking for a new job!!
How about you, if you handled your job as Mr. F. has??
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
How on earth do 60 plus misconduct reports just disappear??
Makes one wonder, doesn’t it??

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I’LL STATE THIS HERE…… if you HAVE EVER reported any misconduct to current principal Mr. F. or former superintendent Belluzzo and NOTHING was done after you reported….. CONSIDER REFILING your report with the chief of the Hibbing Police Department……
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Also, a fact that SHOULD NOT be lost on ANYONE.. how does a local priest get charged with sexual misconduct at the private catholic school. Subsequently gets walked out of the building in handcuffs,  lead straight to jail, and there he sits while the investigation is “on going.”

Yet a high school teacher who sent pictures of his genitalia to young girls, and is also the high school boys head (hmm hmm) is asked to leave the school after the season is over, told to stay away; but we’ll still pay you while the investigation is ongoing??
There there little perv, coddle coddle, it’ll be ok!!??
WHAT?? Are you freaking kidding me??!! This jack-ass should be sitting in a cell right next to the priest!!!  “While the investigation is ongoing.”
Please, Please… someone tell me the difference between the priest and the creepy “junk” picture sending teacher…. ANYONE??
I DO NOT understand…… is it as simple as the teachers union standing behind him, despite his lude, and yet to be determined possible criminal behavior?
God I would hope not!!
When you prey on children, even a union has to take a stand against such actions….. one would think, correct?
Or am I just to much of a black and white……..(there CAN NOT be any gray on this matter)….. right and wrong kind of thinker??

Also, does anyone else find it convenient……..Opps I was told I CAN NOT say what I wanted to say here…. I’m sorry!!
Yes, this fact pisses me off to no end also……
And anyone that truly knows me, knows me leaving something unsaid stings!! 😉 but out of respect for the ones I call family it must be this way. So be it. Anyway, I make up for it below!! 😉

Which brings me to this…. I was called and asked to talk with the investigator this past week… I reluctantly agreed.
Knowing full well what was to be asked of me; while I had hoped it would be deeper than some strong opinions
typed out on a computer screen, alas it was not!!

I’ll say the conversation was short, and I left the room as soon as I saw where the questions were headed…..
Again, this whole mess is not about ME.
Yes, I know…. keep going……

As I left the high school these thoughts were running through my mind on my pedal home………. (thank God for my bicycle!!!)
If the district truly took any and all allegations seriously, why are you (the investigator) here now, and someone else wasn’t here 50, 40, 30, 20, or even 5 years ago???

Could it be because we finally have a competent superintendent???
Ding……  Ding….. Ding
Ladies and gentlemen i think we have a winner!!
Even in the brief time i sat with the investigator,  i definitely sensed the distinct under tones of coming change…… again…… gathered from the brief time I sat with the young investigator/attorney type fellow…. nice enough young man he was; doing a thankless job far away from home.  Again, I’m sorry I wasted your time Sir.

I do have to say MY opinion of Mr. Johnson has come to be one of…. “he’s here to do THE RIGHT thing.” He did walk into this shit show, and while change is not easy and may not move along as swiftly as we parents or community member’s would like….. keep in mind… and this is important…. The superintendent works for the school board….. so eggshells must be walked upon by Mr. Johnson…. the man’s lively hood, and way of providing for his family would be on the line if he was to take the way of the bull through the china shop approach.
One Mr. Johnson made a public apology for Christ sake, on behalf of the district, and as he said he wasn’t even employed by this district at the time.
Yet the so-called leaders who have been with this district from the beginning of this “shit show” sit silently with their mouths firmly closed, and say nothing!!
This should speak volumes to the community; are you listening???

UNTIL and…….
I’ll say this again… Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher are removed from this current school board, this superintendent CAN NOT truly be the change this district so desperately needs!!!
Our community and above all our community’s children deserve better than Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher…. is that clear enough community members??
Remember their silence when November 2016 gets here!!!

Yes, I have strong feelings about the misconduct and unequivocally horrid behavior that’s been going on in this district for far to long; but I ask……… Who am I? I am literal nobody.
I am however one extremely pissed off human being.

How can a tenured teacher, a substitute teacher and a supposed leader of a school in this district bring about as much shame, if not more than Mr. Fleming did????
God damn people…………….
WAKE THE HELL UP!!!!
These are our children!!
This is not the behavior of a healthy society, or behavior of mentally well-adjusted people i want teaching and leading the children of our community!! What say you??
Again it’s a sad state of affairs if we let this behavior go on unchecked, as it has been for much too long already!!
Did I mention I’m really pissed off?? 😉

Why am I one of so few who’ve been speaking up so publicly?
I am not anyone special, believe you me!! As I stated above I’m nobody…..

I am however unafraid of people like Mr. John Berklich or Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher….. they are mere men.
Two of these three men are from an era of rampant corruption within ISD #701…. lead by the likes of former superintendent Belluzzo.
Why does this district find itself where it does today? Look no further than the likes of Berklich, Kuznik and Belluzzo.

Furthermore, what people think of me makes little difference to me… either you like me, or you do not…. yes it’s actually that simple.
I DO NOT lose any sleep worrying about people who do not like me…. boo hoo.
If I did, trust me I’d never sleep!! 😉

I DO NOT answer to you or anyone else. I have a backbone, I have a voice, and I am my own man, and will speak freely unafraid!! Last time I checked we still live in America!!

I will continue to be UNAFRAID to speak up, and speak up loudly when I see bad things happening to children, especially children, I just CAN NOT stay silent!!
The affected children may not be my own, but they could be.

Also, if I wasn’t able to speak up, for whatever reason, I sure the hell hope someone would stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already!

I know for a fact there’s other people within this community with far more knowledge of the wrong doings by people in supposed power within this school district!!!

I ask…. WHERE ARE YOU??
Again, I ask WHERE ARE YOU?????
Will you step forward unafraid, strong, and willing to do what’s right for, and by the young school aged members of this community??
Where are the people who really know all this district’s dirty little secrets??
Why not come forward and speak your mind???
What better time than right here and now??
What do you have to lose?
If you don’t want to speak, I’ll listen to what you have to say.
Believe it or not, all I’ve shared here in this little corner of the internet is just the tip of the nasty iceberg that is ISD #701 corruption…. while I may speak my mind, I’m also good at keeping things unsaid, no matter how much it pisses me off to do so!! 😉
Afraid of losing your standing in the community? Really? If that’s the case seriously think about growing a backbone.
You’ll look like you don’t have someone’s  back??
COME ON!! Read that part about a backbone again!!

The people I feel for the most, besides the young children obviously; are the teachers…. again I’m going to repeat myself, but I think it’s VERY VERY important!
There are more awesomely GOOD teachers than bad, from the high school teachers on down through all levels of ISD #701. Good hard-working, UNDER paid individuals!!!
I’ve kept my distance from the schools, for obvious reasons……. BUT……

I imagine this has been the year the teachers wish they could have a “do over” on.
I also imagine the end of this school year CAN NOT come fast enough for this embattled group!!

That douchebag Fleming wasn’t embattled, what a joke of a headline HDT!!! He is and forever more will be a cowardly douchebag!!

The fine educators of this district are the truly embattled ones!!!
Embattled: engaged in battle or conflict : surrounded by enemies
OR…..
characterized by conflict or controversy

This group of educators have had maybe the worst year of teaching throughout their whole careers!!
Imagine if you will, the worst day you’ve  ever had at your job…. now think of that worst day playing over and over, and over again….. welcome to the year in the life of a teacher in ISD #701 school district….. all while your main priority is keeping order in your classroom, keeping lesson plans straight, doing this, doing that….. yet there’s that filth again, showing its ugly face day after day!!
Did I say these people don’t get paid enough, especially this year??
Oh yeah, I did!! 😉
Chins up teacher’s, there is a light at the end of this school years tunnel!!

Supposed leader’s of ISD #701 have been hurting or abusing our city’s future for long enough!!
Haven’t you as a community member sat silently in the shadows….. quiet, long enough?
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ENOUGH is ENOUGH…….

Does ISD #701 Support a Rape Culture???

A one post departure from biking once AGAIN… damn this is the broken record of all broken record’s, that just won’t stop!!

I thought about paying to have this put in the local paper, thought about it.

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Some of the feedback I recieved by people I respect for their honesty, and just being good solid humans; was less than stellar.
Some comments, but not all.

“Are you going for the shock value in the begining?”
My answer… YES!!
Something has to give in this situation.

“Maybe you should sit on this for awhile, you sound very angry here.”
Again, YES I’m angry!!
At the lack of concern by the district’s leadership.

Then there was even more support the other way…… like…..
“I really REALLY like it!”

And, “I couldn’t have said it better, good for you!”

I referenced what Amanda Batty went through at pinkbike almost a year ago in the opening two paragraphs of this letter.
Then read Red Kite Prayer dot coms two articles by Patrick Brady totally backing up Amanda.
#1. Pinkgate.
#2. Too Many White Guys.
Now this is within the bike industry, but it didn’t deal with actual physical rape; am I wrong to draw the line from what Amanda went through, to those 60 plus young girls and what they went through, at the hands of an assistant principal of Hibbing High School??
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.

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You be the judge…..

Do I have your attention now??

Rape Culture defined…..
“Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popularculture.”

While the actions of Mr. Fleming didn’t involve drugs or alcohol; and can not be classified as rape, they did involve power.
Power over vulnerable children; yet his actions definitely fall under the term (how sad we have a term), “rape culture.”
While Mr. Fleming most definetly DID NOT physically rape those young girls, the effects of WHAT HE DID DO, are the same as if he had.

Yet ISD #701 says let’s move forward from this. How can this be?
That a few elected officals and a superintendent can ignore something that is so glaring WRONG??

Also, in light of this new “alleged” misconduct by a teacher….. who’s running this circus that’s ISD #701??

This seems to be a district wide problem!!
From the afore mentioned vice principal Mr. Fleming’s proven misconduct; to a male teacher sending pictures of his “junk” to female students…. WHAT?? To other leaders of the district lacking in moral clarity, and using poor judgment.
With the bright spot light that’s been on this district for how long?
How could an adult think this was a good idea??
Dog doo… AGAIN!!

It’s ok, let’s whisper about wrong doings in the corner, or talk quietly amongst ourselves; but never ever ever say anything out loud!! God forbid, the horror!!
Hey that’s the exact reason this district is circling the toilet bowl, but let’s keep doing the same thing!!

While this sheds a light on one teacher’s huge lapse in judgement; it SHOULD NOT however cast any bad light on all the totally awesome teacher’s that work throughout this school district.

“If women/young girls can’t speak out for fear of retaliation, then it falls to men to stand up for what’s right.”
– Patrick Brady: redkiteprayer.com

Are there any MEN with strong morals left in ISD #701??
Is the moral compass completely broken at H.H.S.?
Maybe it’s time for ISD #701 to be lead by strong capable women?
Because men sure have put this district in the toilet!!

I think that we all need to ask ourselves what is wrong with the school
district’s leadership, how did they fail our children and what can we do to fix the mistakes?
Repeatedly ISD #701 has stepped in the proverbial dog doo.
Almost always, ISD #701 does the opposite of the right thing. Why have the mistakes continued to be perpetuated and why won’t the leaders of the school admit that wrongdoing has occurred?  As far as I’m concerned this wrongdoing is morally wrong and perhaps even criminal.

Onward…..
Parents, community members and students want to express their concern to the school board members yet are unable to do so in the current structure?  Why must the meeting be held at 3pm? Who is this convenient for? 
The meetings are held at this time to be an obstacle to those who would like to attend but cannot. 
Another obstacle is the refusal of the school board chairman and superintendent to allow community participation in the meetings.
Why is this?
They are supposed to represent the citizens and most important the students.
However, this representation is not occurring. 

In turbulent times such as these, which have been brought on by a partial “do nothing school board” and a less than professional former superintendent, there should be NO issues with board meeting times being moved.
This would accommodate working community member’s who feel the need to voice their opinion, good or bad.
It would go a long way towards showing community member’s and the district employees they (the school board) are serious about being transparent and truly taking steps to move forward.

The school board members should listen to the opinions with respect.
Take the good with the bad, own your mistakes just like you’d take the praise.
I have verified with other school districts throughout the state, both big and small in all instances that meeting times are between 5-7pm to allow for parent and community participation.

An example of this school boards unwillingness to do the right thing….

“In the January board meeting, three of the members refused to follow the previous stated rule as to who was next in line to be chairman.  Why do they continue to do things that are self serving and do not benefit the school?” 

The current chairman speaks to the other board members in such a condescending undertone.
He demonstrates no respect for school board members, parents or students.
It would appear that he has his own agenda and this does not include improving the school.

It’s time we as a community stand up and say enough!!

Furthermore,
Recently the spokesperson of the Hibbing Coalition for Safe and Accountable schools was denied speaking time…. WHY???
Again, every school district that I talked to–each and every one said public speaking time was excepted and encouraged.
Each district had different time limits but public speaking time, both good and bad speaking is encouraged.
What makes ISD #701 immune from allowing community member’s to voice their opinion?
Hmm…. funny how that works isn’t it?

If a concerned citizen/parent has something to say, they should have ample time to voice their concerns, be it good or bad.

If the school board was run by adults who didn’t think they come before the children I really don’t think we’d be where we are today.

How dare Superintendent Johnson deem his emails confidential or proprietary to his or anyone else’s  “need to know.”
The only logical conclusion I’ve been able to come up with??
Certain board members and Superintendent Johnson have a problem with strong, smart, well spoken women.
I mean really, what else could it be, maybe because they know she’s right??
Hmm

This is a school system in disarray from top to bottom from years of doing the wrong thing.
Doesn’t this register with anyone??
I don’t understand why there aren’t more people speaking up?
The people in charge of ISD #701 are acting like it’s fine, or no big deal… let’s just move forward. I know I’m not “ok” with such thinking!! Are you?

Has society’s moral compass become so broken that keeping someone such as Mr. Fleming amongst youngsters, who he habitually, (yes 60 times is habitual) exploited become the norm??
God help us all if this is true!!

In closing, I’ll leave you with this thought…. WHAT IF???
One more time WHAT IF???
Mr. Fleming has an itch he just can’t scratch, WHAT IF???
Mr. Fleming does something worse than he’s already done??
Remember now it’s proven…. 
WHAT IF???????
Who’ll be to blame then??
I ask…. WHAT IF???

These are MY words and MY words alone… MY NAME is Joe Sacco