this email memorandum from the school board's attorney, and after I immediately responded back to the attorney with this email (redacted), my response was copied, by our attorney, to another board member. (I'm redacting my response to shield my thoughts on how I may vote on the WFHS bus incident.)
I am astonished that our own attorney would copy another board member with my response, which included my thoughts on an incident that will surely come before the board for a vote. Was this a violation of the Sunshine Law? I'm not an attorney and I don't know for sure, but I have asked our attorney to provide a written memo on this question, post haste.
First off, the initial email that I received with the memorandum was uncalled for, I did not request her opinion, and I did not need her opinion. What she suggests in her memo I disavow and disagree with in the strongest terms. It is borderline libelous. Nobody can believe, nor has anyone I have spoken with about this disparaging memo ever heard of an attorney excoriating his/her own client in such a written memo.
No phone call, no discretion, just a chastising, chiding, inappropriate memo.
I have done no wrong, and I have violated no laws. I simply corrected an incorrect narrative that was being told in the PNJ over and over, a narrative that was completely opposite of what I had been told by multiple parents and students with firsthand knowledge of the incident in question. I have no official knowledge of this incident, I do not know, even to this minute, what these students' eventual punishment will be. I do not know who these students were. I have no official knowledge of this incident, a point I made clear in every post, blog entry, and comment I have made thus far with respect to this incident.
This memo, by our attorney to her client, was an absolute disaster and is totally baseless. The only thing I have done here is to counter an ideologically slanted, biased narrative in the press with hearsay of which I was aware that was completely opposite of what hearsay the PNJ was publishing.
With the father's own testimony on the record now, completely discrediting the PNJ and making them appear foolish, It is quite puzzling to me as to why I would now be chastised. I stood up and called BS on the slanted yellow journalism. Jefferson said it best--"Evil flourishes when good men
and women do nothing." The PNJ and their biased, slanted, inaccurate narrative and reporting on this tragic incident was evil.
But here is what is important:
Because I am a member of the school board, I am one part of the client, and our attorney's creating this written memo, badly flawed and accusatory as it is, does not set an example of "jealously advocating for and guarding one's client." Quite the opposite, this email and written public record created by sending this memo to me appears to be a move promoted from someone other than the client here.
I certainly did not request this memo, and if another person outside of the board requested it--our attorney should have deferred to her client and not created this memo.
If another board member requested her opinion of my conduct----the memo, if it were to be created at all, should have been addressed to this other board member.
This memorandum sent to me unsolicited, was unprofessional and uncalled for, at best.
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