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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Why is JHS 226 Principal Rushell White Still in Her Position Despite Documented Wrong-Doing?

JHS 226 in South Ozone Park 

In November I posted the article published in the New York Post about JHS 226 Assistant Principal David Possner, who is, he says, being harassed by Principal Rushell White (see re-posting, below). He filed a Complaint in Federal Court.

In his Complaint, Mr. Possner says:

"Despite his hard work and dedication, however, Mr. Possner was disgustingly subjected to blatant discrimination spearheaded by his fellow administrators at the Middle School. Indeed, the Principal of the Middle School, Defendant Rushell White, purposefully and callously targeted Mr. Possner, a
Jewish male, on the basis of his religion, race, and gender, with the clear intent to purge Mr. Possner from the Middle School. To that end, Defendant White (1) subjected Plaintiff to blatant verbal abuse; (2) permitted the Middle School's staff to torment Plaintiff who called Mr.Possner a "bad Jew" and told him he was on the "wrong side of God;" (3) subjected Plaintiff to physical abuse; and (4) went so far as to falsely report Mr. Possner for misconduct. Adding insult to injury, when Mr. Possner stood up for his civil rights, Defendants blatantly retaliated against him and have systematically turned Mr. Possner's world into one of torment. "

Currently, Ms. White has at least three of her teachers in 3020-a termination hearings at the same time, all for incompetency.  Two more are waiting for their hearings to begin. In addition to David's Federal case there is another teacher suing in Federal Court at this time (see below).

I believe that any Arbitrator that believes Rushell or her "friends" in her administration, namely AP Jennifer Shirley, are credible, is biased and should be cited as such in any Appeal. Rushell White sees in her observations only what is "bad" teaching in order to terminate the targeted educators. This much power needs accountability and there is none. Allow David Possner and the teachers cited as "incompetent" to leave a school environment that is toxic....allow senior transfers!!!!!

The public wants to know why a Principal who allows so much internal disorder and chaos should be allowed to stay in her position. How come, Carmen? Is Rushell White as connected to disgraced politician Ruben Wills as the rumor mill says she is?

Rushell White

MS 226 Principal Rushell White Calls Assistant Principal David Possner a "Bad Jew"
It would be my opinion that Rushell White and/or the CSA (David's Union) could have, or should have, quickly transferred David out of MS 226 before the case had to be filed in Federal Court with an Order To Show Cause. Waiting on this and harassing David Possner is not a solution, Principal White.

Give David Possner a chance to work without the bullying and transfer him!

Betsy Combier,
Editor, NYC Rubber Room Reporter
Editor, New York Court Corruption
Editor, National Public Voice

School worker files lawsuit alleging principal taunted him as ‘bad Jew’

MS 226

A Jewish school administrator claims in a federal lawsuit that he was “tormented” by his principal who considered him “on the wrong side of God.”
David Possner, an assistant principal at MS 226 in South Ozone Park, Queens, claims in the Manhattan suit that colleagues texted him about a work assignment during Yom Kippur.
Because he used his phone to read the text and reply — which goes against Orthodox custom on High Holy Days — they called him a “bad Jew.”
When he alerted Principal Rushell White, a Christian, to the harassment, she allegedly replied, “Maybe you are a bad Jew,” according to court papers.
White also allegedly “callously targeted” Possner, who is demanding a transfer out of the school.
She once ordered him to pick up a half-eaten plum off the floor in view of school custodians, who then teased him and texted that he should “pick up fruit stuck in their butts,” according to court papers.
When a student set off third-floor fire extinguishers during the 2012-13 school year, White accused Possner, although he’d been supervising kids on the first floor, he charges.
White said she had “one Jew too many” in the school, Possner claims.
The Department of Education declined to comment.
and then there is:

Rushell White and 

DOE Investigating Claims of Abuse at JHS 226: Report


The city Department of Education this week acknowledged that it is looking into whistleblower claims of physical and emotional abuse of students at the hands of administrators at a South Ozone Park junior high school.

According to a New York Post report, three assistant principals at JHS 226 allegedly roughed up and verbally berated children. In one incident, a special-education student was called “stupid”; three months after that, a witness said they observed a different assistant principal strike the same student and drag him through the Rockaway Boulevard school’s cafeteria, all while yelling, “I’m taking what is mine!” and “What are you going to do about it?!”

DOE spokesman Jason Fink said, “We take these allegations very seriously, and we are investigating the matter.”

This isn’t the first time 226 has garnered negative attention.

In 2012, the state Education Department investigated Principal Rushell White for allegedly ordering teachers to help students cheat on promotional English exams, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Four teachers interviewed by the News said that White allegedly instructed educators to give students the test questions beforehand, and to let them have extra time to answer them.

In recent years, 226 has been co-located with a special-education school, Hawtree Creek Middle School and EPIC High School South. A 2013 Inside Schools review said, “JHS 226 is an unusually large middle school with uneven performance that has a history of issues with safety despite surveillance cameras, security guards and a reward program for positive behavior… The school has appeared on a list of ‘persistently dangerous’ schools in recent years and in 2012 a child accidentally shot pepper spray in the cafeteria, affecting about 30 students. Over half the students report physical fights are a common occurrence at the school on the Learning Environment Survey.”

 "EXCLUSIVE:  gangs of unruly teens ransacking South Ozone Park shops" from PIX11

"Fights at MS 226" from YOUTUBE

"ICEUFT BLOG" - scroll down to comments

 "REDFIN Junior High School 226 Virgil I Grisson? anonymous quotes

"Junior High Students Pepper-Sprayed"

 "Ms226 Joseph and Jordan Fight

"Officials Investigate Video of Kids Acting Wild at Queens School"

"Queens school being investigated for alleged abuse against students"

 "Queens school eyed for cheating on state exams"

"Rampaging teens caught on camera AGAIN flooding Queens neighborhood after school"

 "Rushell White, Principal" 

 "Sideman v. City of New York et al"

 Statistics - J.H.S. Virgil I. Grissom New York City Department"

 Ruben Wills


Unknown said...

Here we are May 2016 and this evil excuse for a leader is still in her position. All f the above infractions have been swept under the rug as she continues to destroy lives with her blatant lies and trumped up charges against her staff. When will she be properly investigated without calling in her political cronies to squash her horrific actions against staff. How many will be burned and destroyed before she is mandated to leave.

Unknown said...

Despite claims of investigations by the DOE, in reality, there are none. She somehow blocked Channel 11 filming from airing my own interview with them.