Friday, August 10, 2018

The Water?

They say Jesus waked on water or perhaps he just simply drank the leaded water that is pumped through the pipes that enable the staff and students to use when they need to parch their throats.  But whatever is going on here I am sure I am sticking to bottled stuff whenever I hit a public fountain.

I said to someone recently that the Bible thumping Jesus fetish seemed to make men confused about sex and particularly sexuality.  This week we have another Evangelical under fire for his sexual abuse towards an employee that lasted decades so as they say Jesus Saves.  Just what he is saving is the issue.

And again in Nashville the endless parade of bizarre regarding sexual abuse and harassment never ends.  So far in the THOUSANDS.  Given that lead in the water that the schools have failed to resolve leading the current Mayor to finally intervene might explain it.  We have had women Teachers molest Students, we have male Teachers molest Students, Students rape Students and my personal favorite Principals molest and harass anyone.  Well they have a wider berth in which to choose but it seems they seem to enjoy the company of men.   I loved that movie.

Today another one bites the dust and once again it is so tragic. So grim. So pathetic. But what is amusing is that this was one of the brothers profiled in the local rag as a family of educators and yet they fail to help their own as he and his brother have entered the family profession and clearly are floundering.

**ETA** Since I wrote this another individual has been put on leave while an "investigation" takes place. The irony is not lost as he is the head of security and a former cop.  Did he take a sip from a public fountain or has this been something going on for years unchecked?  I go with the latter.  Really do you think a man suddenly out of the blue decides to rape, assault, verbally harass people because they are in a position of power or has this been happening for a long while and when in power it is enabled and protected.  Again the culture of complacency and tolerance was the impetus behind decades of Catholic Church abuse.  Man religion seems to be the best cover around.  "I was just trying to pray and whoops my hand slipped!" Again the laying of hands takes on a whole new meaning.  

But his is Tennessee and this is Nashville Public Schools and all in the heart of the belt.  Again 53% identify as Evangelical but even those who don't do identify as Christian attend church.    I did the right thing burning my license and leaving for Iceland this coming week and even then I am not sure what I will come back to but for now this is water that could never quench a thirst let alone take a bath in, it is toxic.   Pray for me? No thanks, I will pass. 

Second Principal Resigns Amid MNPS Sexual Harassment Scandal
Phil Williams News Channel 5
Aug 10, 2018

A Nashville elementary school principal has resigned amid on-going questions about sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct in Metro Schools.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville elementary school principal has resigned amid on-going questions about sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct in Metro Schools.

Dr. Lance High, principal of Smith Springs Elementary School in Antioch, resigned just four days after the district received an unspecified complaint against him, spokesperson Dawn Rutledge confirmed.

But, like in other cases, NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered, it wasn't High's first.

In an email to the school's staff, High -- a 14-year veteran of the Metro school system -- said he had been dealing with "deeply intense, personal issues that stemmed from being abused by a family friend" when he was four years old.

He said he began receiving counseling three years ago.

"I've come a long way in three years but I've been convicted in recent weeks that I need to complete the process of healing," High wrote. "I need more intense counseling and therapy, and I need it now."

The district spokesperson said High submitted his resignation Tuesday, just a day after being placed on administrative leave. Metro Schools says it received a complaint on the Friday regarding potential "inappropriate conduct."

NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained records showing that High was reprimanded in August 2015, right after he started a new job as the principal of Amqui Elementary School in Madison.

At the time, the district learned that nearly two years earlier, when High was an assistant principal at A.Z. Kelley Elementary in Antioch, he had sent "inappropriate text messages" to a teacher who worked there.

The reprimand detailed the allegations.

"In these texts, which you initiated, you invited him to come to your house, when your wife was scheduled to be out of town, to masturbate together," the reprimand said. "In another message, you asked him to measure his penis."

The teacher confronted High and asked him to stop sending the texts, which he did, the memo said.

High "admitted that the allegations ... were true," the reprimand said. "You did not have an explanation for your actions."

Last year, in May 2017, Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph offered High the assignment as the principal for Smith Springs Elementary.

A summary in High's file noted that Joseph "acknowledged prior concerns with inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature."

"Dr. Joseph also stated that he would not tolerate inappropriate conduct of a similar nature in the future," another memo noted.

Then, last September, the district received another complaint about High sending emails, pressuring a Metro Schools employee for his mobile phone number even though, according to the investigation, the man hardly knew the Smith Springs principal.

That investigation concluded that the emails "did not rise to the level of sexual harassment."

Still the investigator added, "If [the victim] had complied with Principal High's request for his cell number, harassment may have been a real possibility."

High was, once again, warned about his behavior.

After NewsChannel 5 Investigates recently began investigating the district's handling of sexual harassment, the district sent out an email urging employees to speak up if they had concerns about the workplace culture.

It is not known if that outreach is what led to the latest complaint.

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