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Lodi principal should have used proper channels

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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:00 am

I read the article "Admin places teacher under arrest," Dec. 24, with disbelief.

I was employed by the Lodi Unified School District as a teacher for 20 years. I was under the impression that administration does not comment on personal matters.

Consequently, when I read that the principal of Lodi Middle School compared the action of the vice principal to Rosa Parks' historic stand against injustice, I was perplexed and then — well, horrified!

She then goes on to say that the students understand it is a private situation, yet the incident is described, with details, in the newspaper! Middle school students are able to read a newspaper.

I need to disclose that two of my children had Mr. Jon Lapachet for a teacher and coach. In their opinion he was a favorite teacher and inspirational coach. He always acted with integrity and humor, and used meaningful and effective instructional strategies.

The article generated a lively discussion before our Christmas Eve dinner. My take-away from my family's thoughts was that the comments made by the principal were inappropriate and the spurious action taken by the vice principal was unwarranted.

To think that Lodi's hard-working and understaffed police force had to respond to a situation that should have been handled through proper LUSD administrative and personal channels, is beyond my comprehension.

Nancy Mullen


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