Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Emily Brown, Rod O'Leary and Elaine Scully Lose the Plot Again:

A Statutory Manager has been appointed now at the South End School because of the gross mismanagement and malfeasance, but that's the least of it:

I recently received information that another member of staff at the South End School was lied about, defamed and sacked in a manner very similar to the manner in which I was lied about defamed and sacked because of a slanderous false allegation.

The manner in which I received this information confirmed that the same serious breaches of privacy, and gossip and lies, are rampant at the South End School. The Board and staff involved should be sacked. I was first told about this letter by a woman in the community who's son had been given the letter in error by the school secretary Elaine Scully, and told to take it home to mum. Elaine Scully was supposed to have given the letter to Emily Brown's son - and in fact, given the gravity of the contents of the letter and the high level of confidentiality required, it should never have been handed to a young child to deliver in the first place! The recipient of the letter was shocked, and shortly thereafter, following a few other incidents at the school which also concerned her, she removed her children and enrolled them in another school, as so many other parents have done.

The Ministry of Education advised me that a Statutory Manager had been appointed and he would sort the problems out. I sent him an email:

Hello Ken,

I understand that you are the Statutory Manager appointed to the South End School, and have been asked to write to you regarding issues around the management and administration of the school.

I was recently handed correspondence between the school and [name deleted to protect privacy], regarding the termination of his employment at the school, which seems to mirror the way I was treated (attached). I've also been contacted by a number of people who have also complained about the school, including the family of a young girl who was called a "lying little bitch" - as in "You're nothing but a lying little bitch" by Elaine Scully, who is also responsible for this confidential correspondence ending up in my hands and the hands of a number of other people. Many people said that Mrs Scully, Mr O'Leary, Ms Powell and other staff and members of the Board of Trustees have been spreading rumours throughout the community that I am a child abuser, and that [second name deleted to protect privacy] is also a paedophile.

I received a letter from the Board of Trustees which is attached. Also attached is a note of thanks I received at the end of the year (2008). The last paragraph of the letter to me, and the thank you note, make a mockery of the school's current position on the matter, and of the Court proceedings brought against me by Rod O'Leary and the former groundsman Thomas Smith.

The letter sent to me says:
"The Board of Trustees were distressed to hear of you recently being charged by the police.

The vetting policy at the school is designed to reduce risk to the children at South End School. Whereas your previous Court incidents did not have this risk the present one involves a child.

This does present a risk and therefore a problem for the Board. With this charge over you the Board of Trustees requests that you stop your work in the school gardens.

Should you be found guilty of the charge the Board could not permit you to resume your work on the school garden."

The letter says clearly that "As a Board we hope that the either the charges are withdrawn or you are found not guilty as this would remove our problem. We appreciate the work and enthusiasm that you bring to the school garden and we hope that we can be in a position to resume this work in the near future.

(signed) Gavin Kennedy
Board of Trustees."

At least one local family with children at the school wrote a letter expressing their disgust at the false accusation and asking the school to reinstate me without delay. The principal, Rod O'Leary, then told that family even more lies, insisting that police had told himself and the Board of Trustees that the allegations were true, and I had a history of child abuse and criminal behaviour and mental illness - LIES, SLANDER and DEFAMATION! Bill Armstrong of Carterton will confirm that O'Leary told him this, and that O'Leary clearly told Bill Armstrong that the information had come FROM THE POLICE.

There was another incident shortly after this: Board of Trustees member Emily Brown lives two doors down from me, I had previously had a good relationship with her and her husband, although it's fair to say that after she had an affair with her husband's best friend (George Smith, a nasty little man) and an acrimonious breakup, that relationship deteriorated somewhat. I had politely requested that she arrange a meeting between the Board and I about this letter I had received containing the untrue allegation that I was a danger to the children, one day when we bumped into each other in the street.

Her visit to the Armstrong's house that day was as inappropriate as the actions of Elaine Scully in giving the letter sacking the other staff member to the wrong child to take home to mum. Emily stood in the doorway of my friend's house and told me in a loud voice that the allegations that I had been charged with child abuse by the police were true, there was going to be no meeting with the Board, and loudly accusing me of being "mad", "a convicted child abuser" and other defamatory slander, and then said ". . . and I've rung police and mental health authorities about you because the sooner you're locked up the better you mad bitch."

Emily's mother and brother committed suicide, her behaviour concerns many people in the community, and it disgusts many that she is going around to homes like the Armstrongs, spreading her nasty spiteful UNTRUE rumours, and causing hatred and division in the community. It's like a witch hunt. She claimed to be representing the Board on this visit, which disgusted us even more. She should resign from the Board immediately, her adultery and malicious lies disgusts decent people in the community.

I request that the school write immediately to [name deleted to protect privacy] and apologise to him for distributing his correspondence and breaching his privacy. He deserves the job as groundsman for all his voluntary work for the school! The way the Board treats volunteers is disgraceful!

I request that you inform me immediately:
(1) specifically what was the information (referred to in the correspondence) the school received about me that led them to believe I was (or "could have been") a danger to the children, and
(2) from whom specifically the Board (or O'Leary) received this information. Dallas Powell confirmed that he Board received the information from the police directly, I want to know which officers told them that.

The correspondence to the Armstrong's is outrageous, the two letters to them clearly contain allegations that I am a danger to the kids, O'Leary knows perfectly well that I never told him any such thing, and that there was no meeting until AFTER I received the letter sacking me, ex Deputy Principal Dallas Powell knows this too. They know perfectly well that the local corrupt police officer told him the lies about me being charged, not me, as he is not dishonestly inferring! The visit to the Armstrong's by Emily Brown was equally outrageous and she should resign immediately because of that alone - how dare she go around the community breaching my privacy and spreading lies like this!!!? How unprofessional! I requested a meeting with the Board to discuss this matter in an appropriate and discreet manner - how dare she come to the Armstrong's and shout her defamatory slanderous lies for all to hear!

I request an immediate meeting with the Board to discuss the letter which I received from Gavin Kennedy! The last paragraph promises me my job back if I am "acquitted of the charges withdrawn" - there never were any charges in the first place - as everyone knows - as I told Dallas Powell BEFORE I even received the letter, as I told Rod O'Leary as soon as I got the letter, and I want my job back without further delay please! And access to our plants and equipment and gardens!

I understand you were appointed on 1 October 2010. How is it then that [name deleted to protect privacy, the subject of the letter given to the wrong child by Elaine Sculy] was hired and fired by Rod O'Leary and the Board? If you were Statutory Manager, did the Board have the authority to sack him? This is outrageous - I request a meeting with you as soon as possible please!

I look forward to your urgent response.
Kate Raue
Transparency in New Zealand
Friends of Caring Communities
I then received THIS!:

Hi Ken
We have had the attached email in from Kate.

I spoke with Emily yesterday to try and ascertain how she got the attached letters. Emily is sure she has stolen them from her letterbox. Unfortunately for us, Emily has admitted that she often doesn’t clear her letterbox (which is on the main street) for days at a time.

I have not responsible for this info getting into Kate’s hands as she states. I phone Emily or leave a message on her answerphone every time I drop mail into her letterbox. The only other way I give her board info is to hand it to her son Zac and ask him to take it home (this is usually non important info).

We have phoned the Police and asked them to come down to track this for us.

Any advice? Do you want me to inform all the board members about what is happening? Ray [Ray Craig, another local bully, who replaced Gavin Kennedy on the Board of Trustees when it became known in the community that the allegation against me in the letter that Kennedy signed was untrue] was in the office this morning so I have informed him.

Sent this morning, 3 March 2011, after I read this outrageous rubbish:

How dare you accuse me of theft on top of being a child abuser? I don't steal anything and I've never been charged with an offence involving a child in my life. And I have witnesses lined up to give evidence this time too, witnesses who received the letters because YOU gave them to their children.

I'm sick of these lies and accusations, I request an immediate apology for each one of them, and a proper inquiry into these matters without delay.

Ken, get rid of Elaine Scully and Emily Brown right now, like I said, I've got witnesses lined up, these people should not be in charge of other people's children - we have an epidemic of youth suicide in the Wairarapa and the kids deserve better than this!
Katherine Raue

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