Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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5 Second Film Festival
Dear Editor:On behalf of our volunteers, I wish tothank you and the community for yoursupport of our 4th Annual Claremont 5Second Film Festival.This year’s event showcased filmsfrom around the world along withmovies made locally. The Back Abbeywas the perfect setting for the receptionand the Laemmle Theatre is, of course,synonymous with independent films.We are pleased that the show attractedan audience from throughout southernCalifornia along with industry profes-sionals from Hollywood.Proceeds from the show are used tohelp deserving children and their fami-lies during the holidays.We look forward to our fifth annualfestival next May. During the year, wewill provide film-related workshops andopportunities for local students to learnthe art of filmmaking.
Claremont Community College
Dear Editor:As a pastor and a teacher I have donea lot of research about, and had consid-erable experience of, child sexual abuse.An occurrence like this, between 7- and8-year-olds, is not child sexual abuse.See references below.*Though she covered the story welland otherwise sensitively, I invite the re-porter to further research the subject.Furthermore, I don’t understand whyit was the [principal’s] responsibility toreport anything to DCFS when it wasn’ta case of child sexual abuse and when ithad already been reported by the familyof one of the children.I agree his not being honest about re-porting the incident was a failure in wis-dom, but confusion about whatconstitutes child sexual abuse in this in-stance is a major part of the problem.
* American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry American Psychological Association National Center for PTSDU.S. National Library of Medicine
Judith Lane Chatfield
The health of our civic culture
Dear Editor:There is probably no more humblingand thankless job in American publiceducation than to be legally entrusted,by election, to a school board seat.Board members are “civilians” whodepend on the judgment of the profes-sionals they employ, and they bear re-sponsibility for the quality of schoolstoday and in the future. Schools, boards,peopled by unsalaried volunteers, arewhere the buck stops. Lawyers knowthat schools may be cash-poor but canbe intimidated into signing big checksto settle lawsuits.The decisions about FrankD’Emilio’s future must have been heart-breaking to make, and one suspects ourboard knows how out-of-balance thingshave become. But one needs to ask: Hasthe fear of damaging litigation beenweighted too heavily? Are we beingbullied by lawyers unconcerned aboutthe health of our local civic culture?Insights from 2 former board mem-bers, Joan Presecan and Nat Lord, areinstructive. Joan, a parent and teacher,once observed that schools need to berisk-takers. Indeed, if they don’t takerisks, the weaknesses of the past willdominate any future agenda.Nat, a parent and business executive,frequently observed that school boardswere too easily bullied by the plaintiff bar. Sometimes, he said, going to courtwith a suit is the better thing to do. Natclearly understood his duty to ourschools, but also knew that sometimesboards were better off long-term tostand up to the plaintiff bar.Absent any unknown facts that wouldunambiguously support the terminationof Frank D’Emilio’s employment, Ithink the CUSD’s decision should sidein favor of a man whose excellent char-acter is well-known. An unnecessarilyconservative, take-no-risk attitude is amistake.We have to ask ourselves a questionthat our legal counsel cannot: What arewe putting at risk to our local civic cul-ture if injustice is allowed to stand?
Board recovers thousands
Dear Editor:The CUSD board of education re-ported recovery of $150,000 from formerhighly paid, short-term Superintendent,Dr. Deceipt, who broke his contract in2011 in order to move to a more lucrativeposition.“Cozy financial deals between schoolboards and opportunistic superintend-ents are not acceptable in this district,”stated board member Ms. Concern.“This money will be used to providesorely-needed materials and incentivesto our devoted child-centered teachers,and to cover the expensive costs of get-ting another superintendent.”In other actions, the board unani-mously supported Frankly Humane, 25-year exemplary employee of the districtand principal of award-winning SumerSchool, in a so-called but largely imag-inary child-abuse issue.“I am thankful the board had thecourage to thoroughly investigate whatwas in the best interest of the childreninvolved,” stated Principal Humane.“In a sexually hysterical and fear-basedculture, the board could have made thesafer C-Y-A decision, which would havedestroyed my career and all I have stoodfor.”
: The above narratives aremake-believe.
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Wednesday, May 23
Thursday, May 24
Independence Day CommitteeHughes Center, 7 p.m.Traffic & Transportation CommissionCancelled
Monday, May 28
Memorial DayCity offices closed