Thursday, November 05, 2009

I Have Other Queries Out There; Let's See What the Power of the Pen Can Do for Us

-----Original Message-----
From: Governor Charlie Crist []
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 7:52 AM

To: lee de cesare

Subject: RE: help with county schools' refusal to carry out the bullyng law as it is written

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting Governor Crist about what you believe to be a violation of the Bullying Law by local school officials. I appreciate the opportunity to respond on his behalf.

To assist you, I forwarded your correspondence to the Office of Safe Schools in the Department of Education for review. The Office of Safe School is the appropriate state agency to address your complaint. If you wish to contact the Department of Education directly, you can use the information outlined below. In addition, you can call the Office of

Safe Schools at (850) 245-0416.

Florida Department of Education

Turlington Building, Room 1514

325 West Gaines Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

(850) 245-0505

Thank you for writing and do not hesitate to write again on matters of concern or interest to you.


Rex T. Newman

Office of Citizen Services

I have called the Safe Schools people and left a message with the bullying person there who is off on a conference. All in good time. lee

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 7:52 PM
Subject: From 'Write Your Representative' Website

lee decesare

15316 gulf blvd. 802

madeira beach,fl 3370-8


11/04/09 7:51 PM

To the Honorable Rick Kriseman;

Dear Representative Krisman:

I need you to find out for me what the legislative intent was of the bullying bill 669 was. I read it as covering both students and employees of the school system. The attorney for Hillsborought Countyo school board says that it covers only the students, not the employees.

I appreciate your help.

lee drury de cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802

Madeira Beach, FL 33708>

-----Original Message-----

From: lee de cesare []

Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 3:02 PM

To: Governor Charlie Crist

Subject: help with county schools' refusal to carry out the bullyng law

as it is written

Governor Crist:

Hillsborough County schools are not administering the bullying law as it is written: it covers both students and any people who draw a salary from the school system.

I filed a bullying charge against school people who bullied a teacher by putting him on involuntary leave from the classroom after the Sheriff's office had thrown out the administration's charge against him the day

the administration filed it.

This maneuver by the Professional Standards office is the standard way that the administration intimidates teachers into silence so that teachers will not complain about the mismanagement of the schools by the

board and administration. The board and administration takes away teachers' free-speech rights by threatening job loss to the teachers who speak out. The board and administration is especially eager to intimidate teachers who have blogs so that they shut them down for fear of losing their jobs.

The Public Affairs head, Steve Hegarty, wrote me my complaint against adults was "Inappropriate." This means that the Hillsborough County administration is only partially carrying out the bullying law; the board and administration refuse to carry out the law's provision to include adults who work for pay for the school system. The administration and board, in effect, are

disobeying the law.

Tell me what you will do to see that school systems like Hillsborough carry out the law as the legislature wrote it, not in the partial way it now carries out the law.

Lee Drury De Cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802

Madeira Beach, FL 33708

c: Secretary of Education Smith


John__D said...

(a) “Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical
hurt or psychological distress on one or more students and may involve: ...

(b) “Harassment” means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing
gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical
conduct directed against a student or school employee that: ...

It covers the students for bullying, and it covers the students and employees for harassment.

Anonymous said...

John D. is summarizing what Tom Gonzalez said in response to Candy Olson's request at the school board. I think they had this scene planned, because they read your blog and knew you were going to complain that the bullying law applies to adults as well. So Candy and Tom did a little hocus pocus (summarized by John D.) to basically say, "See there! We're right, and you are wrong, Lee!"

So all you have to do is stop asking them to punish the bullies of Steve Kemp and instead file a complaint that these bullies HARASSED Steve Kemp instead of bullying him. They want to play semantics games. Apparently Candy Olson doesn't care if employees are bullied.

Vox Populi said...

anonymous, no she doesn't. NONE of them do. In Pinellas county a teacher was leering at another, brushing by her in the parking lot, following her into work (both women) and then bumping off her in the hallway ... plus smiling at her as she said very unpleasant things when there was no close witness. The teacher had a hard time getting help. The bullying "teacher" made up some crap much like the idiots you discuss to make it seem as if her victim were crazy.
Gee, does that sound familiar or WHAT?