I sent this to Tom Gonzalez and the school-board members. I don't know if it will pierce their invincible ignorance. The state should not pay this guy $275,000 a year if he cannot interpret a plainly stated law.
Voters should replace the three board members Olson, Griffith, and Falliero up for election if they put up with this vicious incompetence. Candy Olson is the one who prompted Gonzalez to make this erroneous call.
One would think the legislative delegation would be concerned when a board attorney nullifies the law made in Tallahassee. lee
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The following is located on the Hillsborough Count... The following is located on the Hillsborough County Public Schools Web site online at http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/bullyprevention/. Further, it is stated as official policy online at http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/bullyprevention/PDFs/Policy5517.01English.pdf.
I do not understand why there is a controversy. Thomas Gonzalez, attorney for the School Board of Hillsborough is incorrect if he claims the law (at the State level) and the policy (at the District level) does not protect school employees. As for General McCollum, why is there a reason to issue an opinion on the matter when the law and policy state the provision clearly on its face? What am I missing here?
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF STUDENTS
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
Policy Against Bullying and Harassment
It is the policy of Hillsborough County Public Schools that all of its students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The district will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any type. Conduct that constitutes bullying or harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.
“Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students, employees, or visitors.
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