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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:54 am, Thu Dec 29, 2011.

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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  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:45 am on Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    To echo Gary Knackstedt's comment, I have known Jon almost 30yrs as a well respected coach, educator, practicing Christian, and devoted father & husband. He gave up coaching a water polo dynasty at Lodi High to coach his kids in their sporting activities. Most coaches egos would not allow them to do such a thing.

    There is much more to this "situation" than the majority of people know.

  • christeen Adkins posted at 7:55 pm on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

    Christyoflodi Posts: 4

    I am completely upset about the whole situation. My sons 7th grade PE teacher arrested. I moved back to Lodi for a simple life with my son. Well glad to say I am out of here in 4 months. This town has goon down. To spend my New Years inside protecting my dogs from gun shots that the Lodi PD could not attend to because they were busy attending to other gun shots is really very sad. I have to say maybe someone should look up and do something before this small, beautiful town loses more then its fellow Lodians. The violence needs to be stopped. Making an example about a teacher is not the way to go about this. Lets put some of these gang members back into jail, and get these drugs away from our children. I would love to see HEADLINE NEWS- Lodi drug ring OVER!!! Just a thought! Oh and I reported a drug lab two houses down from mine 6 months ago... can you get on that instead of arresting our teachers. Thanks

  • Betty Dean posted at 8:54 am on Fri, Dec 30, 2011.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    @ Joe, Thanks, I have got her number. Dead give away only another Principal would know some of the things that she posted as racial feelings etc and typos. You see they NOTICE stuff like that because they have Secretarys that do all of their work!!
    I know who she is and i exposed her name, she was all over these blogs as Lodian before we had to use our REAL names.
    I would like to watch her walk on water too !!! Let me know when, I will be there!

  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:28 am on Fri, Dec 30, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    JOANNE BOBIN delights in attacking posters over typos, spelling errors, syntax errors and any other grammatical mishaps rather than addressing the intent. Joanne thinks she is "perfect" and wants others to believe she is "perfect". Joanne, let's meet up at Lodi Lake so I can watch you walk across the lake on TOP of the water. Then I will believe you are as PERFECT you think you are.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:10 pm on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Misti Traylor stated...It is time that Lapachet be Reprimanded, for his on going hostility and disregard for authority...

    maybe he should be fired because he was caught frowning ... maybe students should be expelled for hostility and disregard for authority... maybe teacher's unions should be banned do to hostility toward management... the list could go on and on.

  • misti traylor posted at 11:41 am on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    sickined Posts: 2

    Lapachet has been getting away with his bad behavior for way too long, it should be time that something more than (another letter being put in his personnel file) be done!
    It is time that Lapachet be Reprimanded, for his on going hostility and disregard for authority. Rosales did the right thing, it's just to bad that the students that he has treated just as badly had not thought of having him arrested too!!

  • Gary Knackstedt posted at 11:01 am on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    Gary Knackstedt Posts: 12

    I know Jon Lapachet as a dedicated, professional coach. He always displayed a high standard of integrity with his dealing with students and adults. Something in this whole incident does not compute.

  • Betty Dean posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Go back to work cheryl. Before your naame goes on " the list".

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:58 am on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ms. Mullen wrote: "I was under the impression that administration does not comment on personal matters."

    I believe Ms. Mullen meant "personnel" matters. Hmmmm.....beginning to wonder about the quality of LUSD and its "personnel."

  • Betty Dean posted at 8:43 am on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    I totally agree with your opinion. The Admin should be reprimanded!


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