Baumhower: The “Untouchables” of Anthony Wayne #BeThereForKaylee

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

Photo Courtesy of Anthony Wayne Schools (dot) Org

Photo Courtesy of Anthony Wayne Schools (dot) Org

After reflecting about the craziness that occurred during the Anthony Wayne School Board meeting yesterday and the lack of compassion from those who sit on it, I did a little research.

Motivated by the words spewed by AWS Board Member Doug Zimmerman, where he proudly boasted about his sleep being un-impacted by the bullying treatment of a 10 year-old girl with Progeria, nor the district’s response to her bullying; I wanted to see why there was such arrogance by those people elected to govern the local education policies.

What I found was shocking and disheartening.

According to Ballotpedia; Ohio law does not allow recalls of people elected on local school boards. * Let me repeat this fact.* In the state of Ohio, the only elected official the voters can not recall… are locally elected school board members.

If you wanted to know why no one on the AWS Board apologized, why no one showed any compassion, empathy nor sympathy; it’s really simple, they didn’t have to, they can’t be fired and recalled by the voter.

This simple exclusion from normal recall election laws is the sole reason why School Boards and Districts can treat families the way they were treated yesterday.

This law must change!

If the AWS School Board can treat a family with a progerian child, the way it did yesterday; ignore public demand for change, refuse to express any apologetic statements to the community nor the affected family and can not be recalled, then here is where the problem lies.

This is why the only elected officials in the entire state of Ohio, who are responsible for the safety and education of every child, act completely “untouchable”, because they are. They do not have to listen nor act because they can’t be recalled.

After being elected, the only way these Board Members have to answer to the Voters is when it comes to levies, which if levies are voted down/against will also punish the children of the district. They make us punish our own children if unhappy with the way the school board is governing policy and adhering change.

If you want to know why bullying continues to exist in the Anthony Wayne School District; because it can.

You can’t stop those who can stop it.

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12 comments on “Baumhower: The “Untouchables” of Anthony Wayne #BeThereForKaylee
  1. Seriously? says:

    I don’t believe in the word “can’t”. I say we figure out how we can.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. genoakid says:

    Can anyone tell me what discipline, or lack thereof, did the students involve receive?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Melissa White says:

    I think we should all find a way to keep interrupting his life. Parties on his front yard. A different way to show support for this family. Become the pest he doesn’t seem exsists. Just a thought.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lisa says:

    SHAME on you AW! I’M EMBARRASSED TO SAY I WENT THERE ALL THOSE YEARS!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Disappointed says:

    Please do better research before presenting your “opinionated” facts.

    From http://www.ohioschoolboards.org:

    How can an individual be removed from his or her position as a board member?
    The Ohio Constitution authorizes laws to be passed to provide for removal from office for misconduct.
    Pursuant to this authorization, the General Assembly has enacted RC 3.07 through 3.10 These statutes provide a process for removing public office-holders, including school board members. An official can be removed if he or she willfully and flagrantly exercises
    authority or power not authorized by law, refuses or willfully neglects to enforce the law or to perform any official duty imposed upon him or her by law, or is guilty of gross neglect of duty, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance. The procedure that must be followed is that a complaint stating specific charges must be prepared and signed by a specified number of electors of the school district. The complaint must then be
    filed with the common pleas court, which will conduct a hearing to determine whether the charges are true and whether removal is warranted.
    OSBA has a sample application boards may use to assess prospective board members. The board may customize the application for its own needs. OSBA also has a list of appropriate interview questions to ask of prospective board members. Individual boards of education may wish to delete some questions and/or add additional areas of inquiry. Copies are available from OSBA upon request.

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  6. todd longnecker says:

    was the parents of the so called bully at the board meeting? and if so what is their reaction, and what stance have they taking towards their child to correct their behavior ?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. genoakid says:

    Jeremy. Can you tell me how the two boys involved were dealt with by the AW administrators? I am not sure I have heard what that was.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. No one knows for sure because of federal privacy laws/FERPA and the desire of the AW Schools to handle these cases on a case-by-case basis and with their own discretion (read that as: based on the persons involved and how they can benefit the school district). By the way, school rules are there for at least 2 reasons: 1) Correct and address misbehavior; and 2) create a culture within the school. If they handled these cases consistently, they’d be able to say, “our policy requires a 2 day suspension” and they wouldn’t be discussing the individual case. They’d also send a strong message that bullying wouldn’t be tolerated.

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  9. Zanna says:

    THE EAGLE WAY
    Do what’s right
    Do the best you can
    Treat others as you want to be treated

    This begins in kindergarten, and is the mantra in which the students are educated at that little school called Eastwood. They will be blessed with kaylee’s presence next year. Regardless of where your children are, your role as a parent is to be their advocate for them. You go to the appropriate administration and discuss the situation reasonably, and not go in blasting and demanding things. The worst line a parent could ever utter is ” my child would never do that”….. Um news flash…. Yes they would. Get in touch with reality AW… and to the parents of the boys behind it all… Please help them. Life is good….

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  10. Jeremy,

    I love that you used The Bully Project’s “Empathize” photo! I knew it was good timing!!!

    Have a wonderful evening!

    Sincerely,
    Sara 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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