Monday, February 19, 2007

ACLU, PFAW give notice of possible lawsuit against Kearny public schools district

The ACLU and People for the American Way held a press conference today regarding the David Paszkiewicz situation at Kearny High School.

On Tuesday, February 13, a tort claims notice was filed with the federal court to preserve the LaClair's right to file a civil suit should the district not resolve their complaints.

Predictably, Kearny education board president Bernadette McDonald was quoted as saying, "It is unfortunate that public dollars will be spent in defending our school district when this matter is already being addressed through dialogue and action." Those actions included banning taping in the classroom without the teacher's permission (which would have prevented Paszkiewicz from being caught lying about what he said in the classroom) and switching Paszkiewicz's U.S. History class with another (so that he no longer has Matthew LaClair in his classroom).

More information at the Jersey Journal and 1010 WINS web pages. The Jersey Journal story emphasizes the education board's position, while the 1010 WINS story emphasizes Matthew LaClair's.

UPDATE (February 20, 2007): The audio of the ACLU/PFAW/LaClair press conference and the text of the Kearny education board's response may be found at Kevin Canessa's Corner at The Observer blog.

UPDATE (February 21, 2007): Looks like CNN picked up the story yesterday.


AlisonM said...

Kearny has taken every action they possibly could to remedy this situation except disciplining Paszkiewicz and protecting LaClair from death threats. What a great town.

Kristine said...

What a great town.

Same all over, though. I had a history teacher who said that the establishment of Israel in 1948 fulfilled the promise of Christ's return.