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10 February 2009 @ 11:37 pm
Board will fire Russo!  
This article isn't very informative, but it makes it official:

http://delawareonline.com/article/20090210/NEWS/90210059&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

This statement from the board, however, is SO revealing:

http://issuu.com/charter/docs/statement

...yeah.

I'm just really glad the Board is actually taking action about this. There are some really good teachers at Charter and I'm happy they won't have to work under him anymore.

Recently my elementary school had an issue where the principal was a MUCH bigger creeper, and he'd practically brainwashed the board, so there was a huge conflict between the board and the teachers... So I'm glad this is being taken care of.

And hopefully they'll find someone good to replace him!

P.S. Happy Justice Day!
 
 
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ミランダ (大丈夫): squee!faded_lace on February 11th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Hopefully they'll find a WOMAN to replace him! I vote we go find out who it was, fo sho. And have a party. And write fic. And stuff. 8D

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Syomimashou on February 11th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Totally :D And you should try to find out who it was and tell me if you do. XD
ミランダ (大丈夫): squee!faded_lace on February 11th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
MISANDRISTS UNITE! And I will. If I find out. Maybe I'll send Scary on that errand... she'd probably do it, too.
Syomimashou on February 11th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
I don't have to be a misandrist to think that a woman would do the place some good XD Awesome XD
ミランダ (大丈夫): squee!faded_lace on February 11th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
MISANDRY FOREVER! ANASA KATA KALO KALE! XD;;; Yes.
>:(: Amelie9kinds on February 11th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
You can't say the first word of the Anassa! :O :O :O

And, not to cause drama or anything, but:
... I'm wondering how you think I'm serious.

I mean, really? I don't like to think people see me as discriminatory and sexist.


Our differing opinions of Russo aside, I don't think you're helping dispel this assumption... Just saying.
Syomimashou on February 11th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I really don't want lots of drama to happen in my journal, so I just want to point out that strikethroughs usually mean that a person is not altogether serious about what they're saying.
ミランダ (大丈夫): emofaded_lace on February 11th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Haha, see, I intentionally misspelled it! Aren't I clever? XD;;;

Uh... Is it wrong of me to dislike someone who was sexually harassing someone? Is it wrong of me to group him, then, with men who I don't like? I didn't look at Mr. Russo without ever knowing anything about him and hate him. After he did something both illegal and discriminatory against women, I chose to make this remark. And please excuse me for believing a woman would be a better principal (no, not president, because let's be serious about the size of our egos here) in this situation. Obviously, my sexist self isn't the only one who thinks it, since Sarah agrees with me.

And... our differing opinions of Russo aside, I believe the board, especially when they mention how many third parties were involved. Because when legal allegations of sexual harassment were made and a federal agency was brought it, I feel I am allowed to dislike Russo on the basis that he was sexist and offensive. I apologize if my taking the matter lightly has offended you, or if my feminism has annoyed you, but but honestly? What did I say here that said anything nasty about men as a whole? I simply voiced my opinion that I wished a woman to be principal next. I don't really think capslocked, striked comments can ever really be taken seriously, especially since I'm using them in combination with ridiculous emoticons and sparkly text, but, again, if what I said offended you, you have my apologies. I do not, however, believe I said anything particularly sexist, and I do not recant what I said. I do believe the next principal should be a woman and I do believe Russo was a sexist bastard. If you believe the next principal should be a man and that Russo was completely innocent, fine by me. I think we can have our own opinions and somehow manage to still be friends, don't you?
>:(: Amelie9kinds on February 11th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I probably shouldn't have jumped in, so I'm sorry for my comment. But I didn't mean to imply that it was wrong to agree with his dismissal, especially if he was sexually harassing someone. I don't believe that at all.

It isn't Feminism that bothers me, or that we often have different opinions. I don't really care either way about the gender the of next principal, I guess I just have a knee-jerk reaction when the term misandry or others like it are used. It rubs me the wrong way when misandy and feminism get mixed up together because I feel like the two are completely separate.

I shouldn't have been so accusatory, so I'm sorry for misinterpreting your comment and jumping in when I shouldn't have. I'd like if we could talk about things, especially those we don't exactly agree on, and still be friends.

But on a separate note, I am also curious to see how everything in this situation plays out. Haha, even if it really isn't my business, I wonder who was filing the complaints. I heard that some students are planning a sit in which should be interesting...
ミランダ (大丈夫)faded_lace on February 11th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's fine, I don't mind it when you voice when you are upset about something. It's your right, after all :) And I'm glad we at least agree on that; sexual harassment is bad. XD;

I'm not saying misandry is feminism - I obviously know the difference and I don't lump the two together. Misandry is sort of a joke myself and my friends in Pem have together, and we generally joke about it a lot. I'm sorry it offends you, but I don't think it's going to stop; just like the fact that you guys never came to visit me upset me, I accept that it's just how you guys are, and I've come to terms with it. So, I really don't mean to offend you, and I hope you can look the other way in the future, and I'll try not to use it around you.

It's fine, I understand. It's hard to interpret the emotion behind livejournal comments, and there's no hard feelings. I think it's best if we can discuss things and still be friends, right? I just hope you understand that I'm really not as bad of a person as I think you think I am...

Haha, me too! I know it's right that the board didn't say, but Fumika and I were guessing on who it was... Elaine texted me and said that they were all out in the field, haha. I just wish they weren't so stupid about it - whether or not Russo was a good principal, and I'm not saying that he wasn't or was, but regardless, people shouldn't support someone who sexually harasses his employees. In my opinion.
ssempaissempai on February 11th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
It's more than legitimate to hate someone on basis of sexual harassment, but we don't know what the allegations are. In this case, it could have been a misinterpretation of signals or someone who repeatedly sees a transgression where there is none. Considering that the language of the Board's [extremely recent] statement stressed that it was serious, ongoing, and was followed up by retaliation, this was no dismissible matter. However, merely disliking someone is no grounds to criticize their professional competence, and it cannot be denied that Russo has done phenomenal things for Charter.

I want charter to be led by a capitalist and an elitist. If this individual is a woman, then I am glad for the progressiveness.

I am also a feminist, but I believe that gender roles are the product of society and not inherent qualities of being male or female. Therefore I believe in equality, not the assertion that [all] women are better than [all] men.
ミランダ (大丈夫): emofaded_lace on February 11th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
I have no comment based on this matter about whether or not Russo was a good principal for Charter. I did not believe he was, but many people did, and I can respect that. That is about leadership and other matters, and it's even more of a shame if he was truly doing the best thing for the school that he had to do something stupid like sexually harass someone. However, I as a woman and a human being do not take sexual harassment lightly, and I feel that the fact that he was sexually harassing someone gives me perfect right to dislike him. Never did I say he was a "bad principal;" never did I even mention his ability or disability to govern the school. I have felt, from experiencing his presence first hand in the charter school for four years that he was, indeed, not doing the best things for the students at the school, but that opinion is entirely unrelated to this allegation. I believe he should be fired because he was doing something illegal, sexist, and entirely inappropriate. And, for the record, I do deny that Russo has done phenomenal things for Charter, but that matter is entirely unrelated to the matter at hand.

I'm afraid I'll be forced to disagree with you on the elitism matter. Teaching teenagers to look down their noses at those less academically inclined than themselves really seems like a poor way to educate some of the most intelligent youth in the state. I feel a principal who encourages youth to strive to accomplish all that they can, set high standards for themselves, and make intelligent decisions is a much more adequate choice for the position. After all, why do you think cheating is so rampant at Charter? Why do you think Charter students continually bully and harass and look down on Cab students? When I was at Cab, more than once was I shoved around by Charter students or else treated rudely by them, and in my experience at Charter, I have been encouraged by teachers to look down on them and make fun of them. When I was at Cab, I was more forgetful than I am now and left my purse in classrooms multiple times, never to have anything taken from me. At Charter, I did so twice, and twice my belongings were stolen. Obviously, moral standards are lacking to say the least at Charter, and, if not directly, I definitely thing some of the reasoning can be attributed to the tone which the leader of the school set for its students. "You are the best, expect the best, everyone else is beneath you" is hardly a way to raise students to be considerate, morally developed, mature individuals.

I agree with that entirely. I'm sorry that my joke which I share with a few friends seems to have been taken in the wrong light and entirely out of hand. I hope you will note that many men make the same sort of joke about women being beneath them and are left unchastised even when they are the ones who, throughout history, have been oppressing women. Please accept my apology in that I was never serious in my supposed "hatred of all men." I entirely believe in gender equality as well, and I hope, in the future, that that is clear. That does not, however, chance my stance on Charter. I believe and will continue to believe that Russo deserved to be fired and if you believe otherwise, I can respect that, and I certainly hope that we can continue to be friends despite our disagreements. I think we agree on the things that are important, and I hope future misunderstandings can be avoided due to this.
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ミランダ (大丈夫)faded_lace on February 13th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
:D I'm glad the class was interesting!

And I respect your view, I only made comments in light of the fact that he was indeed fired. My opinions were never meant to offend anyone, and I didn't really mean to go into depth about them until people started leaving me rather accusative comments. My post about the subject was anything but serious, as were, really, my comments on Sarah's page. I hope that you weren't offended and I'm not offended by any other opinion either. Thanks for sharing yours, though ^^; I'm glad we can be civil...