Tuesday, September 04, 2012

School Daze--A Moral Haze In Gig Harbor

Zero tolerance must be a relative term--at least in Gig Harbor, Washington public schools.

As parents send their kids back to public school this week, a troubling story is emerging from a Gig Harbor middle school.

The teacher led bullying episode happened in a classroom last February, but is only now becoming public as a result of a video taken by a student and the persistent actions of a lawyer working on behalf of the parents.

The teacher, John Rosi, has had problems before, but this time he and other students are caught on video bullying--- pushing, dragging across the classroom, swinging by his arms and legs and putting a sock in the mouth of Karla Kinney's 13-year-old son.

The school district's response?

Pathetic.

First, they suspended the teacher for 10 days. They have now sent him to another school in the district.

The Gig Harbor school is in a daze---and a moral haze.

Would they have taken such anemic action had this 13-year-old claimed to be "gay" or "transgender" or "bi-sexual" or "questioning" or whatever?

The answer isn't "maybe."

Here are a few details and links with the video in a couple of the news stories.


King 5 reports that Rosi received a letter of reprimand in 2005 for helping students prepare for a WASL exam after he had reviewed the test questions.

They also report Rosi had received a 10-day suspension earlier this year because of the incident.

Now the school district has transferred Rosi to Harbor Ridge Middle School, another school within the district.

Zero tolerance?

KMAS 1030 AM and 104.1 FM reports that the video goes on for about 15 minutes.

They also say Karla Kinney told them her son was very upset following the incident and that now the students are blaming her son because the teacher was "punished."

She said, "He wanted to kill himself, the kids had blamed him for this popular teacher and the suspension he received."

What was this teacher thinking?

The case is now being investigated.

Teacher Rosi has told the investigators, "I can honestly say that at the time I did not believe that any of the children were at risk of harm during their interactions. Nor did I view the incident as anything more than harmless childhood horseplay."

Watch the video and see if you think it was childhood horseplay in light of the "zero tolerance" that has been put in place by homosexual activists and a complicit public education industry.

The teacher is leading the bullying. In today's environment, it is not horseplay.

I repeat. If this child had ever suggested he might be "gay," do you think this episode would have been merely swept under the rug with a 10-day suspension and a new job across town---in the same school district?

The school district's superintendent, Chuck Cuzzetto, says that "pretty significant disciplinary action was taken."

With all due respect, Superintendent Cuzzetto, 10 days with pay and continue your career uninterrupted in another school near by is not "significant disciplinary action." I don't think very many people will buy that. The teacher moves on under the protection of the union and the administration, while the 13-year-old child continues to pay the emotional and social price for something teacher Rosi led.

This illuminates how very flawed the so-called "zero tolerance" policy really is and the negative affect political correctness is having on the culture within the public school as it focuses on indoctrination, rather than education, in what could be aptly called the "social experimental zone" as it exists in the moral haze of public education.

The child's mother, Karla Kinney, says she and her husband feel that the entire matter has been made worse by the fact that Rosi is now back at another school.

She says, "I think somebody who can allow this to happen and participate has no business being in a classroom."

I agree.

Let's hope Gig Harbor clears their collective head, steps out of the moral haze and does the right thing.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

24 comments:

  1. I just watched a one minute video taken during this incident. I am absolutely shocked this man was not criminally charged. It makes me physically sick to think he was invited to teach in another school. I imagine that had this been done to a child by a public employee in any other environment, there would be severe repercussions! He was been victimized, made powerless, and it was sanctioned first by the teacher, and later by those responsible for handing out the consequences. This student will not always be powerless, and sadly he will want revenge on his persecutors. Unless he is able to get some help and truly forgive the students and the authorities who condoned this with their slap on the wrist, I don't think we've heard the last of this poor child.

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  2. I have experience with Mr. Cuzzetto, who has no educational background (a degree in accounting) and who is where he is because he's good at getting his bosses what they want. Too bad it's been from revolving-door employment policies that he's instituted to save money but which causes a teacher to be laid off every year for 7 plus years. Ask for the records, you'll see for yourself. The entire administration of this school district is rife with people of dubious morals which accounts for how issues are handled.

    My son was bullied nonstop from 2nd grade until I pulled him out last year - his junior year. In those years, he's received 2 concussions, was assaulted at different levels numerous times and also wanted to die because of the feeling of being so hated. He also played football, and endured bullying from co-players and I witnessed a coach treat him horribly, which had half the team laughing at him - twice in one game. If you think your story reports the only incident of an adult bullying a kid in the Peninsula school district, know that you are incorrect, it happens all the time.

    Thanks for getting this story out there. Do some investigating on your own about Cuzzetto. You'll be shocked by what you find. Maybe you can do something about it, I never could.

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  3. Everytime that I see this story on the news, I am appalled, and I cannot figure out why this teacher has not been fired and put on his record for life so that he can NOT get another teaching job with children. There is NO good excure or reason for such behavior. If my child was in the school classroom where this teacher has been placed I would go and sit in the classroom. I would be a very proactive parent. The adminstration and the district should be highly held to accountability for letting this resolve the way that it has. Bothell, Wa.

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  4. Homosexual activist are deceptive, Bible haters, and unequal in their approach to someone who 'disagrees' but is really unveiled as haters. Not my home, I will instruct my children on proper sexuality and clear up any confusion about it, period! My kids will not wonder about their sexuality or walk aimless looking to our perverted culture as the instructor, no this parent will educate and enforce right living in my home and their lives! Love Dad.

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    1. Who do you think you are saying you will instruct your children as a parent. The school needs to teach them on sex education and you, as a parent should be reported to CPS for abuse and indoctrinating your children with hate speech and hate crime. That is illegal.

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  5. Where in this episode is there any indication that the actions against the teacher would have been any different had the child been gay?

    In fact, for all you know the student IS gay. You are supposing he's not because it's not mentioned anywhere. Why? Because it's NOT RELEVANT to the event at all.

    Gary, you are known for finding outlandish connections between disparate events, but this one takes the cake. Does everything that makes you angry have to be connected to or the fault of gay people?

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    1. Thanks

      Gary is just using this horrible tragedy and this child's pain as a political talking point - to score points.

      The violently crass hypocrisy and evil seen in Gary's behavior is morally equivalent to the violence engaged in by this criminal teacher.

      Patrick

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    2. A great big Duuhhhh! Gary is correctly pointing out that if the child did claim to be gay then the media and the school district would have handled it quite differently. We all have witnessed that in today's society of 'politically correct' behavior. Also known as completely out of balanced behavior

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  6. Gig Harbor resident here. My understanding is that the teacher has (finally) been fired after the Harbor Ridge parents protested the transfer. I agree with your assessment of the incident and am grateful, once again, to be homeschooling my 13 year old son.

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    1. Silly statement - this never happened in my 15 years as as public school student nor do I know anyone who experienced anything nearly equivalent. The vast majority of public school teachers are very hard working and very caring about their students.

      It is shameless for you to suggest otherwise.

      In addition, you can be certain that certain homeschooling environments resulted in similar or worse sorts of trauma for the children. I advise a little review.

      Patrick

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    2. What silly statement. She prefers to home school and just commented on this incident being a good reason to do that.

      None of my children were subjected to public school attendance. And I have 12 years of reasons I would have never allowed them to attend. They are all college grads and professionals today. AND they are homeschooling their own.

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    3. Anon 11:28 - You lift yourself up as righteous and yet you just throw mud back.... is that really the best you can do?

      Please note that I am a professional as well and went to public school all my life - as well as all my friends. The point I made is that not all home schooling is perfect - even as not all public schooling is perfect. Apparently you don't have the basic ethics to acknowledge the obvious.

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  7. All I can say is, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20

    Biblical definition of woe: Misery. Now that I think about it, maybe that's why there are so many miserable people walking around. Hmmm.

    Woe is something they don't want to experience from God! Even if they don't believe that, it makes no difference...God is God regardless of what one wishes to believe.

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  8. 12:40 That's the point. No where in the story do they say the kid is gay. The kid isn't gay. If he were it would have been headlines and arrests would have followed. We all know that. Gary is absolutely right in his acessment on all counts.

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  9. I heard a little while ago that Cuzzetto has Not been fired, but they are considering helping place him outside the district somewhere.

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  10. This is the most bizaar story I have heard in a long time. How much of this stuff goes on in class rooms that we "don't" hear about? Thaks Gary for putting this out.

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    1. Gary did not put this out because he really cared about the kid - he put it out clearly to score political points in his self-righteous, religious humanist crusade to oppress tax-paying citizens in the State of Washington and throughout our wonderful country.

      Patrick

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    2. Not only does Gary care, he is courageous to speak the truth in love regarding the degrading of our society. Nice try Patrick.

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    3. Anon 11:29

      Sorry - I have been reading Gary for way too long and have a very good sense of his character. Gary does not care less about truth or the Word of God. The Word of God has been simply and clearly presented many times and Gary choose to ignore for his religious humanist agenda.

      How about you - are you going to vote for a satanic priest????????

      Patrick

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    4. I know one thing, Patrick, I sure as ---- wouldn't vote for you.

      I suppose you'll vote for the socialist priest instead???????. Really??????. Would you agree that Christians have a civic duty to society? Or do you think we should wash our hands of the world(Pilate) and live with our heads in the sand?

      Craig in Lacey

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  11. Patrick. Shame on you. You constantly proclaim your personal elitist righteousness, yet you are as quick to judge Gary as the religious leaders were to judge Jesus. Jesus had some harsh words for people like you. You should take a break from blowing your own horn of spirituality and read the words of Jesus to those who did the same in his time. How do you know how Gary feels about the young boy in Gig Harbor? I'm a tax-paying citizen in the State of Washington and I don't feel oppressed at all. I agree with Gary. I wish you had more compassion for a child who was treated in this way. Thanks Gary. God bless you.

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    1. Anon 6:29

      Gary used this poor kid as a part of politically motivated attack on so called Gay rights - otherwise he would not have needed to mention it not once but twice.

      Open your eyes to the obvious.

      Patrick

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  12. Patrick. Do you favor legalizing pot? Do you use pot for ummmm... medicinal purposes?

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    1. Do you love God - and His creation - or do you despise God and the wonderful creation He has given to mankind (Gen1:29)?

      I like to know the character of the people I am interacting with.

      Patrick

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