SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Heroin in Fallsburg NY?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Heroin in Fallsburg NY?

Let's get one thing out of the way first.

In no way does this blog, myself, nor The Crack Team condone or excuse any drug use by staff members in or near our schools. If a teacher is caught on drugs, having drugs on their person, in their personal space in the school, they should be dealt with accordingly. 

With that being said, we can now move on.

On February 18, the Times Herald Record of Middletown NY reported that heroin and needles were found in a bathroom at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg NY on February 11, 2014. This was not the first time such paraphernalia was found. Back in December, heroin and needles were found in the bathroom at the same school. Surveillance cameras were set up and eight people, including a contract employee providing occupational therapy were identified as the possible culprits.

All were asked to submit to urine tests. The contract employee immediately agreed and gave a sample. The teachers at first agreed, but then balked at the advice of their union. Since then it seems that all hell has broken lose and there are those that are speaking without facts, such as our friends at Education Action Network, and the chief of police in Fallsburg NY. But more on EAG a little later.

The chief of police for Fallsburg, Simmie Williams, was quoted in the Times Herald Record as saying;
"If you got nothing to hide, give me some urine,"
Fine. But as we have seen in this country time after time once you acquiesce, once you give up or yield on any of your constitutional rights, more will be asked for you to give up in the future.

Then there is something known as the 4th Amendment to the Constitution which says;
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
The police seem to ignore this when it is convienent and so do Right Wing Tea Baggers when it doesn't jibe with their version of reality.

If Chief Williams truly wants to find out who left the heroin in the bathroom he should have immediately went to court and gotten a warrant. If what he says is true that there was a cameras monitoring the bathroom, then it seems he has probable cause for the warrant. Go get one. They seem to have enough for PC.
"Police used camera footage to identify eight people who used the bathroom before Monday's discovery,"
No where has this video been made public. Does it truly exist? 

All the union and teachers are doing is exercising their rights. Why does anyone have a problem with this, least of all Education Action Group, a Tea Bagger group, and what was "written" by one of their reporters this past Friday, February 21?

The "reporter" Victor Skinner, is a shrewd one. He puts in the dateline that he is reporting from Fallsburg NY, but in reality it's probably his parents basement. The rest of the "story" just regurgitates the Times Herald Record story and he throws in some editorializing as well. But the whiff of false attribution permeates all around.

So does the whiff of lies and exaggerations from "Reporter" Skinner.

Skinner blabbers; It also ensures a druggie school employee remains on the district’s payroll

Again, prove that a teacher was involved. Prove that a teacher is a druggie. You are forgetting that there was an outside contractor. Just because he passed the urine test does not mean he is innocent.

The union’s interjection, and the educators’ refusal to provide urine samples, is a blatant slap in the face to the taxpayers and parents.

No it is not. Yes, as a parent I do not want my child to be taught by teachers that are high on drugs, but as much as any person that commits a crime in which children are around, I can't put aside for once the ideals of this country that you are innocent till proven guilty and that you have the right to the full faith of the United States Constitution. 

And Skinner last bit of hyperbolic malarkey; Parents could also help facilitate the investigation by publicly demanding drug tests for all of the school’s employees, and the termination of those who fail or refuse.

OK, "Reporter" Skinner, under what law will any of these teachers that refuse the drug test be fired? Shall they be fired by decree without any due process? Without ever having a hearing or a trial?

The irony of all this is that the guy who runs EAG, Kyle Olson, is a regularly seen on Glenn Beck. Is it not Glen Beck who keeps on warning us of Obama's intent to subvert the United States Constitution? I guess the Constitution is only convenient for the Tea Baggers, the Olson, and the Skinners of the world when they can use it only for them. Otherwise, too bad for others who disagree with them.

One last thing, and this goes to all involved. No, not really. We can give the cops and the DA a break. They were doing their jobs. The parents, yes we can understand, they are concerned and rightfully so. The Times Herald Record? Doing their job, reporting the facts. "Reporter" Skinner? No, he needed to editorialize the facts and turn it into his reality.

Heroin detection through a urine sample will only show up within 2-4 days of after ingestion. The heroin was found in the bathroom on February 11, which was a Tuesday as the Times Herald Record claims. But then it goes on to say that;
Police used camera footage to identify eight people who used the bathroom before Monday's discovery
Notice it says now Monday it was discovered?  So let's say it was Monday in which the discovery was made. Chances are someone shot up on Friday and by the time it was announced it was Tuesday. Which begs several questions.

When were the urine tests requested?  When did the actual discovery take place? Does the occupational therapist in question have his own keys to the teacher's bathroom or did he have to be let in? Why hasn't the OC been named? Is the OC being as vigorously investigated as the teachers are?

And lastly. Is it possible that the OC is the one who possessed the heroin and was able to avoid detection? Yet, where is "Reporter" Skinner when looking for the facts?

Here's another fact. Heroin addiction is the same high as Oxycontin, and other pain pills, addiction. One gets the same exact high. Both are treated with Methadone! Yet, one is legal. Well, apparently legal. Just because you can get a prescription for Oxycontin does not make it right. So should we drug test teachers that are addicted to pain pills? Should we fire teachers who are hooked on pain killers?

Again, before you forget;

In no way does this blog, myself, nor The Crack Team condone or excuse any drug use by staff members in or near our schools. If a teacher is caught on drugs, having drugs on their person, in their personal space in the school, they should be dealt with accordingly.

Again, we live in a country of laws and rights.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We can't pick and choose which rights people may have. 

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