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I am not posting on the AJC blogs under the name "Newton County Parent." Whomever is doing this, please stop. While I don't have the name trademarked, you must know that people will think we are the same person. I can't imagine why you would use the moniker unless you want people to think this.
She is SO going to sue you for that statement, UGAFan!
Mr. Meadors, I thank you for your public service and I thank you for responding here on this thread where so many employees are forced to go to voice their concerns. They feel they can't go to the board office because the principal is married to the deputy superintendent. Parents are also forced to post on this website because they feel their concerns fall on deaf ears at the school. I think we are very lucky to have you as our board representative. You have been a lone voice in this whole mess, speaking out against corruption and bad practices within our school system. You are not afraid to stand up for our children and our schools. Thank goodness! Please, take those emails and documents to Dr. Mathews. Be a voice for those teachers, parents, and students who have no way of talking for themselves in this situation.
Amp72, if memory serves, Dr. D. Carpenter was turned down for three other positions. Those happened well before any of the comments listed in the lawsuit were made. They were written about in both our local newspapers. I also watched a news clip about the unhappiness of th Jackson BOE with no native Mississippians being represented in the final cut on candidates. Here's the thing- if someone has been turned down for three other jobs, how likely are our comments to be the cause of his being turned down for a fourth?
It's just absurd to accuse anyone of libel. It's like trying to make a spectacle over here, so we won't continue to look over there where the mess really is. Dr. L. Carpenter can name me in lawsuits all the live long day, but my eyes are still trained on AHS. As troublesome as that will prove for my family, I'm prepared to see this thing through a court date. I can't imagine a judge saying this lawsuit merits time in court, but I don't know how all of that works. If Dr. L. Carpenter wants to waste our time, money, and energy doing this, there is nothing we can do but indulge her. Obviously, the complaints of parents and employees as well as data about the school's performance mean less than this infantile lawsuit.
And finally, fifth, people of Newton County, see this lawsuit for what it is- a waste of our money, time, and resources; a pathetic attempt to deflect blame instead of doing one's job; and a last ditch effort to get Stephanie Lindsey elected and the Carpenters a job in Mississippi. We deserve high performing schools. Dr. Carpenter is failing us in her capacity as a principal at AHS. Despite the repercussions that will engulf my family once my identity is revealed, I'll make these statements again with my name in print for all to read. Why? Because this is the truth and we all know it.
First, fellow "defendants," congratulations! We must have really struck a nerve with our comments if, from among the hundreds posted, ours were selected as "defamatory." Had I known I was going to be quoted in a lawsuit, I would have paid closer attention to grammar and spelling. Also, I'd like to apologize for what feels like a very lame pseudonym compared to yours. Again, had I known I was going to be named in court and the press, I would have gone for something with more panache like amp72 and satan69. Well played, fellow defendants. Well played.
Second, Newton Citizen, I wonder if you will continue to protect the identities of "LaQuanda's Eleven" who felt secure in making comments in this forum because of the level of anonymity we are granted. What role does your moderator play in this last ditch effort to help land one person a judgeship and another a high paying job out of state? This will be very interesting to watch unfold.
Third, every fiber of my being wants to come forward, Dr. Carpenter, because I don't have it in me to remain anonymous. However, you should have to work for it, for something at least. If you won't or are unable to work in the capacity as a high school principal for which my tax dollars pay and which opens you to the criticism of your peers and public, then at least you can work to uncover the identity of the 11 people you have accused of defaming your name. And I have to ask- is this why you've been off campus so much this week? You've been filing a laughable lawsuit? That's certainly one way to prove your worth as a principal. Can you seriously wonder why the public takes to a forum to express displeasure with your job performance when you are rarely seen on campus and have now further impugned your name with what amounts to tattling?
Fourth, the burden of proof is on you here and, goodness knows, I'm no lawyer, BUT I'm confident I can prove that my statements are true. I called you unqualified and I stated that you mismanaged AHS. In my opinion (I still get to have those, yes?), you are unqualified. You have no experience in running a high school and it shows. The person who hired you may have deemed you qualified, but I do not. And I get to think that. And I get to share that with others here and elsewhere without fear of persecution because free speech. I also stated that you mismanaged the school. Under your "leadership," AHS has dropped to the lowest graduation rate in the county. That's just a fact.
Jeff Meadors, is a school board member with a gift for making even the most convoluted and complicated education issues clear for our community members and he is under fire for going above and beyond his elected duties while exercising freedom of speech by writing a column for this newspaper. The school board tried to strong arm him into giving up his column in an illegal closed meeting. Now, Mr. Meadors writes about many issues, but I think it's no coincidence that the school board had nothing to say about Mr. Meadors' column when it appeared in the Covington News. The Newton Citizen has been honestly reporting the shortcomings of the school system as evidenced by the out of control shenanigans going on at Alcovy High School. I think the blip above about the hiring of friends and family sure did make someone mad at central office- Dennis Carpenter, whose unqualified wife is running what should be the best high school in the county (AHS) into the ground. None of us should be surprised that the same school board that would sit back and allow Dr. L. Carpenter to mismanage AHS would also hold an illegal meeting to try to silence one of its members.
Do something, fellow community members. Hold your school board representatives accountable for this illegal meeting. Support Jeff Meadors and his column here at the Newton Citizen. Demand the resignation of the Carpenters.
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