School column shows inconsistencies

November 13, 2013

Perhaps I am out of touch with what is common knowledge among Rockfordians. However, I read this column twice (“Tolerating adult indiscretions taints leadership in Rockford schools,” Nov. 6-12 issue, by Jane Hayes), and I fail to see the author’s point. It is all platitudinous pap.

For example, Ms. Hayes wants to “return to a principled examined lifestyle where powerful bullies and scandals are revealed,” immediately followed with, “Now everything is digitally or publicly exposed.” Quite a feat of direct contradiction.

The whole column is poorly written and contains few facts, jumps from one thing to another with no segue, and even throws in a quote from Socrates. (I am sure he would be pleased.)

Richard Gribbins

Polo, Ill.

From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue


  1. Elizabeth

    November 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Yes, you are out of touch. There is not a contradiction when it is known that is written as opinion. The district tries to hide the poor behavior and scandals, but because of the digital age, the public tends to out the administration. Rockford has had several recent scandals. Staff and students have been subjected to questionable sexual scandals in the district: including a reported three-some with lead staff and students were very aware, a man working for the district as a substitute charged with child molestation at Rivedahl and the information was not relayed to the all of the parents by the school district, DUI’s, teachers and staff being bullied by verbal directives, photos of coach of girls and boys wearing inappropriate patches referencing women as a Bitc$ and degrading comments about women’s chests and another photo of him within a school dangling handcuffs like it’s a game. No contradiction, sir, it’s inside working knowledge of the school district.

  2. Almost Retired

    November 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Elizabeth, if there are poor behavior and scandals in the administration of the Rockford School District, I would like you to address who, what, when, where, etc. Otherwise, it is just gossip.
    I WANT to know what is going on. I am a concerned citizen and would like this “information” outed so the rest of the District knows who is doing what to whom!!
    DUIs, bullying, inappropriate clothing, degrading comments, TELL us the facts and bring this to the light of day!! These people are entrusted with our children!!

  3. Robert S

    November 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm


    Go to Facebook page: watchthecorruption. There you will see the pictures and some names. The people who know the facts, are working for RPS and are afraid of downtown bullies.

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