Accountability

2 Jul

Volunteer Basketball coach at McKinley High School, Michelle Stiles, was suspicious why full-time boy’s basketball coach James Daye was seen leaving the home of one of her players late one evening. After bringing it up, Stiles was summarily dismissed.

(Daye? He was placed on administrative leave in March. Apparently, he had sex with a student while he was teacher in South Carolina in the 1990s. Daye denies this.)

Jayvonna Kincannon, the captain of the girls’ basketball team, was upset at this, and used a cell phone in school in order to add herself to the speaker’s list for a board of education meeting one night. This also was met with swift and unfair punishment.

When a student is suspended for over five days, that student has a right to a hearing under state law. Kincannon never received one. She was suspended for five days, and then, upon her return, informed by letter with Superintendent James Williams’ name on it that she was suspended for an additional six weeks. The special investigator, David Edmunds, found Barton’s fingerprints figuratively all over that 7-week suspension order. It was revenge.

In any event, the 7-week suspension, and the 5-week reduced suspension was an excessive and completely disproportionate punishment. While the school has a right to enforce the rules, it cannot arbitrarily, capriciously, or maliciously impose an illegal, longer sentence such as they did in Kincannon’s case. Although her suspension is now expunged from her record, without the media spotlight on this, it would have just happened. How many more kids are being unfairly punished in the system?

Some members of the Buffalo school board wanted to make the people who did this to Kincannon answer for their actions and misdeeds. They wanted Barton – who refused to participate or cooperate with Edmunds’ investigation – to be punished. They wanted other administrators to be punished. After all, why should a school administrator violate a student’s – a child’s – civil rights and rights as a student in the Buffalo school system with impunity?

Shouldn’t part of what kids get taught in school be personal responsibility? Accountability? That when you make a tough decision, and it turns out to be the wrong one, that there are consequences?

Evidently – and sadly – no.

12 Responses to “Accountability”

  1. Mike In WNY July 2, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    Barton should be fired. Anything less is insufficient.

  2. mike hudson July 2, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    from start to finish this thing was/is an outrage. and people wonder why parents don’t want their kids going to public school in buffalo.

  3. ike July 2, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    I blame the teacher’s union…I’m sure they’re the ones who pushed for the law that makes such disciplinary steps difficult and costly

    when are we going to bust them up already?

    I’ve got a couple union-busters with sticks on speed dial

  4. hank July 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    Ike–You’ve GOT to be careful here when you decide to tangle with a Loonion. You’ll have people like the teacher–handle BTF Lover–on here ready to slit your throat.

    And people LIKE her are the reason these things go on. Silly me–40 years ago when I was a BPS student I had teachers who beacame teachers for varied reasons. It WASN’T FOR THE PAY AND BENEFITS–That I can assure you!!! Some said they loved children. Some said they wanted to help insure that succeeding generations would be literate and intelligent to face the world in the future.

    BTF Lover says it all—Don’t love the job, don’t love the students, don’t love the vocation of teaching—LOVES THE UNION.

    Hell, maybe I would too—60K a year to teach, 100K to be a principal, and if the kids don’t learn—-If the Graduation Rate stays low, and the drop-out rate remains High–

    In the immortal words of Red Foxx:”I ALREADY GOT YOUR MONEY—I DON’T GIVE A FUCK”

    And such is the state of the BPS today. Take the job for the pay and benefits, and if you can’t reach the kids, its THEIR problem.

  5. Mike July 2, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    Sure hank its always the union’s fault, just because your stuck at a dead end low paying job and are jealous of them. Hank a big mouth bigot like you would not last a week in a buffalo school without getting your ass kicked by a 300 lb freshmen aunt jemina. Please do stop abusing the time clock by blogging and get back to work, you wanker.

  6. hank July 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Mike-Since I weigh 300 lbs and stand over 6 feet tall, I think I can handle myself in a high school. In my 6 years working as a correctional officer I was known as one of “the 4 Horsemen”. I’d rather fight than fuck, and I don’t mind taking some licks to get mine in.

    You don’t know SHIT about me, and I think you need to get an up-close and personal education on that.

    Tell me all you know about my job….I guarantee you NOBODY in WNY makes more per hour than I do at the same position. I’ve checked around some.

    And I’m not jealous toward people who make good money to do a job that THEY DON’T ACCOMPLISH THE END RESULT–TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN.

    The Wankers are the assholes who pay their taxes to the schools, and the kids don’t get educated.

    Wanna dance with me, punk? It can be arranged–Feel free to contact the BP for my private e-mail. We can work it out. Get your health insurance paid up, fucknut.

  7. EMS July 3, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    @Hank

    “I guarantee you NOBODY in WNY makes more per hour than I do at the same position”

    Does that mean, at long last, they made you SENIOR Deep Fryer Cleaner at Wendy’s? Congrats, dawg!

  8. Mike July 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    Hank six years what a pussy, you should of did more time.

  9. Timothy Domst July 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Hank is 100% right, the BTF is a disgrace, and full of goldbricks.

  10. TheRover July 6, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t principals have their own union outside of the BTF? My guess is it’s even more militant. Fire Barton even if it does cost a small fortune in legal fees.

  11. CWT April 25, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    Glad to see Coach Daye back in Buffalo winning the Buffalo Masters Basketball Tournament with teammates Gerard Green, Tony Woods, Tim Greene, Patrick Green, Phil Seymore, and Tim Tulley. He even made the All-Star Team. Always was an all-star!

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