While Glenfield parents in attendance at yesterday’s Parent-Moderated Meeting supported Principal Charles Miller and were angry with the Superintendent it seems the teachers and staff at Glenfield feel differently. Barista Kids anonymously received a letter dated April 28, 2013 purported to be from Montclair Education Association (MEA) president Gayl Shepard to Superintendent Dr. Penny MacCormack providing a chronology of the Glenfield Middle School BB Gun incident, saying that “Mr. Miller’s judgement is seriously in question,” and asking for a meeting with the staff, Superintendent, Mr. Miller, School Action Team and Glenfield PTA.
In the timeline, Shepard lists what she states was relayed to her by Glenfield staff. Some of the charges are:
- This incident occurred on Wednesday , April 24, 2013 at approximately 7:45a.m. Mr. Miller did not communicate with the Glenfield staff until Thursday , April 25, 2013 at approximately 2:15p.m. (far more than 24 hours had elapsed at this point). At which time, he reassured the Glenfield staff that he was in communication with Central Office on Wednesday morning every 15 minutes.
- On Wednesday , April 24 , 2013 , Glenfield Middle School was not placed into “lockdown” mode and the Montclair Police Department was not notified. How are Mr. Miller’s actions in keeping with the advice and counsel of the Stonegate Associates with whom we contract for the safety of our buildings and in accordance with , but not limited to, the New Jersey Administrative Code (“N.J.A.C.”) sections 6A:16- 1 et seq. ; N.J.A.C. 6A:16- 5.5 et seq. ; and N.J.A.C. 6A:16- 6.3 et seq.
- There were three (3) students involved in this incident. One of the students offered to conceal the BB gun for his friend and return it to him at the end of the school day so his friend “would not get into trouble.” We understand that the security personnel found this student and retrieved the BB gun from him. Initially this student was commended by Mr. Miller for his actions . Also , the student did not face disciplinary action .
- The student who brought the BB gun to school claims that he brought the BB gun to school in response to alleged bullying at the hands of the third student involved. Initially there was no HIB report made.
- In addition, we understand that the alleged bully was allowed to attend a field trip on Thursday , April 25 , 2013 and that his consequence is merely suspension from riding the bus for 15 days , rather than initializing procedures pursuant to the Intimidation , harassment and bullying as indicated in N.J.A.C . 6A:16 -7.9.
- We have received reports that Mr. Miller discharged the BB gun in his office twice. School personnel was present on both occasions and one of those occasions involved a student.
- We have also learned that Mr. Miller returned the BB gun to the parent and advised her to “get rid’ of the BB gun.
- We have learned that Mr. Miller advised the House teachers of the student who brought the BB gun to school , not to discuss this incident with anyone, which includes Glenfield staff members.
When asked for confirmation that she did indeed write and send the letter on April 28, Gayl Shepard, replied, “I have no comment at this time. Thank you.”
On Thursday, May 2, Dr. MacCormack sent out an email announcing Mr. Miller’s resignation.
On Friday, May 3, Dr. MacCormack announced two Parent-Moderated Meetings to discuss the incident.
On Monday, May 6, Dr. MacCormack read a statement of events at the Parent-Moderated meeting describing, in as much detail as she said was legally allowed, a timeline of the incident.