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  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    My reporting of this story is based on discussions with many sources including some with DIRECT KNOWLEDGE of the case. I have filed FOIL requests and obtained police records. I have had ongoing discussions about this case with the D.A.'s office. I asked to file a complaint myself based on what I have learned and was told that only the parents of the child or the school district could file a complaint. This story is as buttoned up as I could reasonably make it given the stonewalling by the school board and the administration.

    Do you really think that I would publish stories where I name Donna Henry and use her photo unless I had covered all my bases? I guess you don't realize what I do in my "day job". Try Googling "Robert Cox bio" or running a Google News Alert search for my organization: "media bloggers association". You will find me quoted globally as an expert on media law and blogging and maybe even a prominent mention in the Wall Street Journal just two weeks ago. I am not a lawyer but I am well acquainted with the application of defamation law to blogs and rest assured Donna Henry has no grounds to bring a case against me or Talk of the Sound.

    As for Richard Organisciak, not only will the Superintendent not respond to my phone calls or emails but he has instructed every administrator in the District not to talk to me either. I have a copy of the letter; it was written shortly after our story about Principal Anthony "puff puff" Bongo smoking cigars at Isaac E. Young Middle School in violation of NYS law, NYSED policy and CSDNR policy.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Quote-"Donna Henry obtained and then transmitted a sexual image of a child"
    Ok, is this a fact?

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    I am not publishing the rest of this because you said you would register and I need to move on to something else for now. You can register under a pseudonym and keep your identity unknown if you like. Click register at the top of this page and read WHY you should register.

    Please understand that if I allow all anonymous comments without moderation the site will be overrun by what is known as "comment spam" - mortage ads, viagara ads, porn ads, etc.

    So please register. Same goes for the rest of those anonymous comments.

    I suspect at some point I am going to disable anon comments altogether

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Really? Where are you drawing those conclusions from Bob? Have you interviewed the Detective or his/her superiors? Do you have a police report? If so, post it on here as you did the letter the school sent out.
    Seriously Bob, have you conducted interviews? What about interviewing the Superintendent? How are you making such conclusions? You are basing all this by watching TV? Law and Order is a one hour show, real investigations are far more complicated!!! In CSI, DNA and fingerprints take minutes to get back, in real life, it takes months to years. LOL!

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Please do register as it will save me the trouble of approving your comments. I am happy to discuss or debate you or any other non-troll on this site even if I believe you are dead wrong. Believe it or not, your comments are actually welcome as this sort of discussion is the entire point of the site.

    That said, back to insulting each other! :-)

    I am sure YOU believe your response was "intelligent" and "comprehensive" but you left out "mostly irrelevant" as the issue is not whether Donna Henry is a mandated reporter. I don't think you are trying to play devil's advocate or expand my mind or anyone else's mind but I am not going to concern myself with your actual motive.

    What I have reported is based on talking to multiple sources and getting independent confirmation. There may be MORE to the story but what I have reported is correct and I stand by it. Of course, I would very much like to hear the "whole story" from the District but let's cut through the baloney, shall we? Let's set aside standards of evidence and procedure and whether or not a crime has been proven or whether this is a school administrative matter and get to the point. I have yet to hear you dispute the basic facts of the case.

    So, Detective Einstein, do you are to dispute the basic facts of the case?

    Donna Henry obtained and then transmitted a sexual image of a child

    Your turn.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Quote--"You said you had nothing to do with the school or Donna Henry but claim KNOW whether or not the school contacted CPS. You are also expressing concern about an unrelated case, an assault on a child at a different school. What is particularly interesting is that the IEYMS Assault Case and the ALMS Sexting case only have one common element - there was an incident report filed with NRPD in each case and in both cases the NRPD whitewashed the incidents, exonerating the security guard in one case and giving a complete pass to the other security guard"

    No, I read, somewhere in an earlier post that a school social worker contacted CPS. Sorry I didn't clarify that statement.
    I highly doubt the police would need to or want to "whitewash" anything. For what purpose? To protect Ms. Henry? To protect the District? That is an absurd statement.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    You ask people to look at KNOWN facts and then write an anonymous comment which consists entirely of speculation. Gee, how edifying.

    My favorite part is a line you seem to repeat in various ways:

    "It was never proven a crime was committed"

    Is this the new criteria for determining whether or not law enforcement can proceed with an INVESTIGATION? Before the police can respond to a complaint someone must PROVE that a crime was committed? Isn't this why we have judges and juries and courts.

    You are right, I am not a lawyer and do not pretend to be one but I have watched TV and I know there is a show called "Law & Order". In that series, the show starts with the police conducting an investigation. AFTER the have investigated they make a referral to the D.A. and there is a trial or a plea deal. Does that not happen here in New Rochelle?

    It would seem to me that there is ample cause for an investigation but given the "investigation" done by NRPD in the one part of this case for which an incident report was filed (the kid who took the picture of his girlfriend) I would not look to NRPD do it. Despite the fact that there is no one at NRPD trained to do a forensic investigation of the cell phone or image analysis, the Detective in the case was able to simply "look" at the phone and glean from this "look" that no crime had been committed. Gee, talk about thorough. From this magical look at the phone, NRPD was able to ascertain that only one photo was taken and that photo was not sent to anyone, including any adults. Having used their magical powers to conclude "no crime was committed" they destroyed all the evidence and gave the kid back his phone. No effort was made to even ASK to look at the kid's phone records. This despite information provided to the police that the image was being sent around at two schools for a week.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Lol...You can twist it any way you want, I said, look it up for yourself. I gave you an intelligent, comprehensive response in my post and provided references to check (NYS SSL section). I'm just trying to play "devil's advocate" with my response. You just don't want to open your mind to other possibilities, but you are too narrow minded. You write as if you know the whole story, I never claimed to, anywhere in my posts.
    Oh, another thing, just because someone doesn't register does not make them a "troll". I like the names "Einstein" and "Detective Einstein", if I register, I will use one or the other. Judging by your investigative skills (your conclusions) you should be named "Defective Bob".

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Read my post below ("Einstein Here"). I never said she didn't do something wrong. You are mixing up two different matters... A criminal matter and Administrative Misconduct. The police handle crime, the Board of Ed handle administrative misconduct. Again, It was never proven a crime was committed. If she did violate District rules, aka admin misconduct, that is why she was probably transferred to her "new" position. As a matter of fact, if there was ANY proof of something more serious, the District would of had to start the process of dismisal and, if it did cross the line to be a crime, the police would of proceeded with a criminal case. The board probably didn't have enough to do so, thus "only" reprimanded her by transferring her. Do you know what she allegedly did wrong? As for as a cover up, provide proof...I don't have any...do you? Oh, I know, you are just letting Mr. Cox do your thinking for you. If that is the case, you are the moron.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    I hope you are not offended by the appellation "Einstein", you are such a genius and you are anonymous and so we need to call you something.

    You write a lot but say very little. The problem is we have no idea whether you do or do not have anything to do with the District or Ms. Henry because you are an anonymous commenter so any claims you make about yourself are not worth the pixels they are printed on. You publish an exegesis on mandate reporters that is entirely irrelevant and make contradictory statements. If you are going to make stuff up try at least to be consistent.

    You say you have been reading my articles and then go on to talk about whether or not Donna Henry was a mandated reporter. How is that relevant? I have never raised the issue of whether SHE is a mandated reporter. The issue, Einstein, is that the people ABOVE HER are mandated reporters. Get it? Or is that too complicated to you. Check your list of 38 job types that are mandated reporter and let me know if you find school principal, school superintendent, assistant superintendents, school board member, head of security, etc. These are the sort of people who know what she did and have an obligation to report her.

    Now, what I find fascinating is this statement from our friend Einstein:

    "...when the sexting incident was found out by the administration, the school social worker did, in fact, contact CPS and a determination was made."

    That couple with this other statement below make for interesting reading:

    "I've read all your posts and find them to be of a "lynch mob" mentality especially regarding the sexting incident and the security guard who ALLEGEDLY assaulted a student at Issac Young."

    This sounds like you are acknowledging that there WAS an incident involving Ms. Henry. You have also said there is "no evidence of a crime". You are citing state law regarding mandated reporters. You are talking about the D.A. process in responding to a criminal allegation. You said you had nothing to do with the school or Donna Henry but claim KNOW whether or not the school contacted CPS. You are also expressing concern about an unrelated case, an assault on a child at a different school. What is particularly interesting is that the IEYMS Assault Case and the ALMS Sexting case only have one common element - there was an incident report filed with NRPD in each case and in both cases the NRPD whitewashed the incidents, exonerating the security guard in one case and giving a complete pass to the other security guard.

    Gee, what conclusion can we draw from that?

    How about we change your nom d'plume from Einstein to "Detective"?

    Or maybe "Detective Einstein"?

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Having dealt with Mr Briceno at Trinity school, I think he is the wrong choice as Principal. I was not impressed with his performance as asst principal. He was a very rude person. I think he is too young and inexperienced for a large school with so many issues.
    He taught social studies in NYC. He was married and had no children at the time he became asst principal.
    He did not command any respect from staff or parents. He was not nice to the kids.
    I am not surprised that the BOE would choose an incompetent person to fill such an important position. I guess they just don't want Trinity school to succeed.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Bummer says it all.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    I'm very surprised that from all the interviews taken place, there was not a better candidate for this position. From my experience with Mr. Briceno, he is not the right candidate for this position. Even in his current position at Trinity, he does not have enough experience or management capability to run Trinity. He is too young, not well liked, will do nothing to improve the School or children curriculum., and never puts in the extra mile. Another bad decision by the Board of Ed.
    Why wasn't he given the position before Mr. McMahon?
    Also, does anybody know what Ms. Herman received as payment for being on maternity leave for two years, and then finally given notice that she would not be back?

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Mr. Briceno is not ready to be principal, he needs about 10 more years of experience as an assistant.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    She Is guilty of something. By your own admission there is at he very least an administrative matter. Thanks for proving what people are saying. There would be absolutely NO actions by the board if nothing happened. They couldn't reprimand her for no reason and not get sued over it. That, in itself, says it all. Her repositioning/reassigning, whatever you call it is driven by the facts. Facts that were/are covered up. She won't complain one bit to the actions because she dodged a legal bullet and is thankful not only for her job being intact, but also not being investigated. Believe me, it's not because the district loves her, it's the districts own self- preservation that motivates them. The whole issue is morally reprehensible and probably illegal, but we'll never know as long as it's covered up. If you think this is an administrative matter, you're a moron, or a co-conspirator. Which is it? What if it was your daughters pics? Would that be an administrative matter?

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Went back to my original source who said they had forgotten about Ms. Esteves. The article has been corrected. Thanks for the heads up.

  • F.U.S.E. Approves Union Contract, New Rochelle School Board Set to Vote Tonight   5 years 28 weeks ago

    I know a little about Briceno and what I have seen was favorable. It is a sensible appointment from the viewpoint of the special mission of Trinity as well (a TESOL school). He should do well.

    Today (June 4) I read the blogs about the sexting, discriminatory remarks and rewarding of same, the continuing misrepresentation of district results, etc. and it reinforces the simple arguments put forth by a number of us that the district is unsound, unsafe, and unconscious from the head, not the body. What I mean by this is that the actions taken reinforce the incompetence of the board, some of the senior management and administrative staff and the noxious relationship with the district and union -- the sweetheart contract/don't rock the boat mentality. Yes there are racial and irrational tones on decisions; and given the so called probationary period dismissal, punishments are unequal and do not fit offenses.

    But, as Bob Cox says, I am an optimist. I re-read Regina Simoes points in a late 2008 blog and I remember her fondly as a dedicated, committed teacher and the system is full of people of this professional and moral quality. I think the voting patterns in the district re: the union contract are a cause for optimism as well and it would be interesting to get some viewpoints why some schools overwhelmingly supported the contract while others apparently were more divided in their views.

    Maybe our President's speech at Cairo impressed upon me more than anything else of the power of transparency, accountability, courage, and conviction. Our district doesn't get it: neither do many of our citizens in the district. that will change.

    I think perhaps it would not be a bad idea to bundle a package of all of the views concerning some key topic -- maybe a composite of the sexting and reinstatement op and blog pieces --- and send them to the council members and simply ask them --- it this what you want for your district? do you have any questions about what you are reading? do you know of the impact that a district like this is having on your constituents -- financially, educationally, morally, ethically.... and are you comfortable with a union/management relationship that is not collective bargaining but a free pass for some at the expense of many others and which is running contraindicative to trends in society today?

    Sounds idle or useless on the surface, but remind them that people who hit this webstie are many and they vote. Also invite them to comment publically by name regarding the material and the fight for a sound and fiscally responsible district. Go RSVP and tell us who responds, who dosn't and this is another benchmark come voting time.

    Obama is right --- it is the collective responsibility of us all to resist tyranny and frankly, the board's very opaqueness, irrratonality, favoritism, and cowardice in the face of union opposition, is precisely opposite to the values our president spoke about in Cairo and many other places.

    I am optimistic enough to believe what he says and support him. This transcends politics; the actions of this district and board become more reprehnesible as time goes on.

    warren gross

  • F.U.S.E. Approves Union Contract, New Rochelle School Board Set to Vote Tonight   5 years 28 weeks ago

    I know a little about Briceno and what I have seen was favorable. It is a sensible appointment from the viewpoint of the special mission of Trinity as well (a TESOL school). He should do well.

    Today (June 4) I read the blogs about the sexting, discriminatory remarks and rewarding of same, the continuing misrepresentation of district results, etc. and it reinforces the simple arguments put forth by a number of us that the district is unsound, unsafe, and unconscious from the head, not the body. What I mean by this is that the actions taken reinforce the incompetence of the board, some of the senior management and administrative staff and the noxious relationship with the district and union -- the sweetheart contract/don't rock the boat mentality. Yes there are racial and irrational tones on decisions; and given the so called probationary period dismissal, punishments are unequal and do not fit offenses.

    But, as Bob Cox says, I am an optimist. I re-read Regina Simoes points in a late 2008 blog and I remember her fondly as a dedicated, committed teacher and the system is full of people of this professional and moral quality. I think the voting patterns in the district re: the union contract are a cause for optimism as well and it would be interesting to get some viewpoints why some schools overwhelmingly supported the contract while others apparently were more divided in their views.

    Maybe our President's speech at Cairo impressed upon me more than anything else of the power of transparency, accountability, courage, and conviction. Our district doesn't get it: neither do many of our citizens in the district. that will change.

    I think perhaps it would not be a bad idea to bundle a package of all of the views concerning some key topic -- maybe a composite of the sexting and reinstatement op and blog pieces --- and send them to the council members and simply ask them --- it this what you want for your district? do you have any questions about what you are reading? do you know of the impact that a district like this is having on your constituents -- financially, educationally, morally, ethically.... and are you comfortable with a union/management relationship that is not collective bargaining but a free pass for some at the expense of many others and which is running contraindicative to trends in society today?

    Sounds idle or useless on the surface, but remind them that people who hit this webstie are many and they vote. Also invite them to comment publically by name regarding the material and the fight for a sound and fiscally responsible district. Go RSVP and tell us who responds, who dosn't and this is another benchmark come voting time.

    Obama is right --- it is the collective responsibility of us all to resist tyranny and frankly, the board's very opaqueness, irrratonality, favoritism, and cowardice in the face of union opposition, is precisely opposite to the values our president spoke about in Cairo and many other places.

    I am optimistic enough to believe what he says and support him. This transcends politics; the actions of this district and board become more reprehnesible as time goes on.

    warren gross

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Mr. Cox,
    The only person saying there was a crime is YOU! Where is the evidence that actually shows she transmitted the images (or recieved them for that matter). You say there are witnesses. Who? Why haven't any of these witnesess come forward? That is all it would take to "proceed" with a criminal case. The DA and the police need credible evidence before a supoena can be issued for phone records. BTW, I have NOTHING to do with the district OR Ms. Henry. But I've read all your posts and find them to be of a "lynch mob" mentality especially regarding the sexting incident and the security guard who ALLEGEDLY assaulted a student at Issac Young. From what I am assuming, Ms. Henry got transferred for not following district guidlines, which would not be a crime.

    Now Bob, let's look at something else here, mandated reporters:
    It is too much to write here, but look up the following setion and post it: NYS Office of Children's and Family Services (Social Service Law, section 413) There you will find the definition of mandated reports and a specific list of who are considered mandated reporters. In summary, there are 38 specific titles. Only one, "School Official" comes close to Ms. Henry's former position as a security guard. "Security Guard" is not listed anywhere. Now, that being said, is a security guard considered a school official? Or, is the law simply refering to the administration. It is a gray area. Now let's assume for a minute that security guard does fall under that umbrella as a mandated reporter. The law also says that a mandated reporter is:
    "required to report or cause a report to be made in accordance with this title when they have REASONABLE CAUSE to suspect that a child is an ABUSED or MALTREATED child where the parent, guardian, custodian, or other person LEGALLY RESPONSIBILE for such child comes before them in their professional or official capacity and states from personal knowledge, facts, conditions or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child an ABUSED or MALTREATED child"
    Now, reading this and assuming Ms. Henry is a mandated reporter, she did not do anything CRIMINALLY WRONG because the issue of abuse and maltreatment is not evident anywhere with what has been reported. CPS would not even deal with a case of "sexting". In any event, when the sexting incident was found out by the administration, the school social worker did, in fact, contact CPS and a determination was made. I know you don't claim to be a lawyer, but stop playing lawyer on your blog.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    I was told he was the first hispanic principal. Let me look into further and get clarification. So far I have two anonymous people telling me two different things.

    In either case -- whether he is first or second -- it sure seems to me like this is a good thing that the District has identified a Latino for this sort of position given the changing Demographics in New Rochelle.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Thelma Rodriquez Esteves was the principal of IEYMS and later assistant superintendent of schools -- Mr. Briceno is not the first Hispanic principal as you erroneously claim.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    Hoo boy, this is hilarious and sad at the same time -- the District's trolls are now chiming in to defend Donna Henry.

    Since when is obtaining and transmitting sexual images of a child an "administrative matter" for a school? Newsflash, Einstein! These are crimes: child pornography and endangering the welfare of the child. The law regarding Child Protective Services is quite clear that mandated reporters may not seek to make a determination of the legality of a particular incident but must simply report everything to CPS and let CPS make the determination. That law applies to all mandated reporters. In this case MANY mandate reporters are aware of what happened in this case and have remained silent. This might give some parents pause to consider what else the District is not reporting to CPS.

    Of course, there IS evidence of a crime in this case. There are phone records that will show that Donna Henry obtained and transmitted a sexual image of a child. The D.A. has the power to seek those records. There is also direct testimony of witnesses which is also evidence if the testimony is found by a court to be credible. The fact is the District knows what she did which is why she is being "punished" by being removed from Albert Leonard Middle School and stuck on the night shift at New Rochelle High School as a "cleaner".

    As you apparently believe that Donna Henry did not do anything wrong, riddle me this genius: why was Donna Henry suspended without pay and then assigned to guard an empty conference room for several weeks? Why was a resolution published and distributed to the board members, to the press and to anyone who showed up at City Hall on Tuesday, reassigning her to work as a cleaner on the night shift? Why was that resolution suddenly pulled after a hastily convened executive session?

    An executive session was already scheduled for AFTER the Regular Meeting but after people had already filled the Carew Room at City Hall for the C.O.W. meeting, the public was told to leave and kept out for 30 minutes. The school board did not even announce that the resolution they had published and distributed has been withdrawn. They just skipped over it very, very quickly in their usual rush to blur through resolutions.

  • Now Playing in New Rochelle, "Book, Interrupted"!   5 years 28 weeks ago

    that's interesting post, thanks for the writing!

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    You have it right -- sort of -- the probationary staus of the employee is what resulted in the difference between their treatment, not their color.

    There is no double standard at work here, just Civil Service Laws.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    "The solution is simple, you turn her over to the D.A. and let them make the determination on how to proceed. Case closed."

    Turn her over for what? There is no evidence of a crime. The DA is not going to get involved in school administrative matters. So, in essence you are correct, Case Closed.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 28 weeks ago

    You hit the nail on the head...and refer back to my recent post.

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