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Well, now we know at least some of what purportedly was seen.

From The Associated Press:

Blake Robbins told KYW-TV on Friday that a school official described him in his room and mistook a piece of candy for a pill.

"She described what I was doing," he said. "She said she thought I had pills and said she thought that I was selling drugs."

Robbins said he was holding a Mike and Ike candy, not pills.

Holly Robbins said a school official told her that she had a picture of Blake holding up what she thought were pills.

"It was an invasion of privacy; it was like we had a Peeping Tom in our house," Holly Robbins told WPVI-TV. "I send my son to school to learn, not to be spied on."

Of course, even if it was a drug (I'm not sure I'm buying the Mike n Ike story), let's think about this:

1. If you suspect illegal activity, you should notify the police so they can investigate, right? If this principal thought the kid was selling drugs, the best way to handle that to ensure consequence is through legal means. By using an illegal method - wiretapping - she allows the case to be compromised and consequence avoided.

2. Assuming it's a drug, how do they know it's illegal? Could it be a prescribed drug, or even, say, a Tylenol? Is this vice principal a pharmacist or expert on visually identifying illegal drugs? Is the webcam picture good enough to even identify what the pill is?

3. How is this any of the business of educators? It's one thing to sell or take illegal drugs on school property. In the person's private home? Not the business of the school, sorry. Has nothing to do with their role in educating our children.

You could stretch by saying they want to remove a dealer from the population who puts students at risk. Not the way to go about this though. Illegal + illegal does not make legal. It allows illegal to escape true consequence.

I don't for one minute think this has anything to do with "safety". I think that this District wanted to find a way to expel this kid because they believe he's a 'bad apple' and used this technology as a means to 'catch' him so they could do just that. Not saying the kid is good or bad, I don't know him. For all I know he really *is* the biggest dealer in Harriton. By obtaining 'evidence' illegally, the school pretty well guaranteed that the dealer would never face charges, because no court would touch a case with illegally wiretapped evidence. Also, isn't that what Narc's are for - to infiltrate and catch the dealers in schools? We had them 30 years ago and while we kids could spot some of them I know for a fact we didn't spot all of them.

Is this a rogue use, though, or is it something endorsed by, condoned by, or even embraced by, folks in the Administration?

Reminding yet again: These are my thoughts, not representative of any organization I am a member of in any capacity. They're mine alone, like 'em or not.

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The mystery is going to end, but perhaps not with the clarity you would like any time soon.

The FBI is investigating. Presumably, they will bring in a forensic computer expert who will examine the school's records to determine how much monitoring was done. From what the school district says, 42 times they used the technology. That will be 42 violations of federal and state wiretapping law. 28 of those instances successfully led to recovered laptops. The latter group are still violations, however, the "victims" (who had the recovered the laptops) may agree not to prosecute or there are no victims (activated it and it is found on a school bus, locker room etc..). Or perhaps the authorities will view each violation as a violation regardless of where the laptop was when activated (although if some were activated in school, I doubt highly the school district can be prosecuted for tapping into its own laptops through its own wires). Presumably, if the FBI confirms this story, they will ask the US Attorney for the Eastern District (currently Interim US Attorney Mike Levy, a long time apolitical prosecutor) and a very quick criminal settlement will be reached which will include fines and a permanent injunction. A similar process will be followed by the Montgomery County DA on state charges. The FBI has extensive experience wire tapping and forensic computer experts so as between the two authorites, my bet is on the FBI to get quicker charges and/or settlements. Invariably the settlement will resolve all charges, but the FBI will insist on leading with the DA making a lot of political noise but accomplishing little.

With respect to the plaintiff, his civil offense will also probably settle quickly unless he continues to want publicity. It is hard to imagine what his money damages may be and, as noted above, the underlying conduct will probably be dealt with in the criminal case of which he will have zero say. The other 41 (or more likely 14) "victims" can join the class, but I imagine a very quick settlement of each will also be possible. If the school district was unable to find the 14 it may be difficult to figure out whose wires were tapped or who is the vicitim in those situations. I am not sure how big a class must be to satisfy the numerosity requirement for certification of federal class actions (the basic requirements are commonality, typicality, numerosity and adequate representation). Is 42 enough? Probably. Is 14 (excluding those that led to a recovery of a laptop), not sure. Also unclear if this plaintiff has anything in common with the other plaintiffs, i.e. he was "targeted" for his behavior, but if all the others were in fact pure security measures he may fail as a class representatives. His damages are more severe, potentially, but the cause of action for a purposeful violation for non-security purposes may be very different from the garden "lap top is stolen lets find it". I predict, he will take the money and run, claiming to be the hero of the school district. Without a class representatives, someone else will surely volunteer-- but first they need to find out that their webcam was activated. Some parents, like me, would not do it simply because we do not want this to cost the school disrict any more more money than necessary. The putative class gets smaller still. Invariably there will be more class actions, but one virtue of a definitive settlement with the authorities it will establish a record and define the universe.

As a parent with one of these laptops in my house, I am relieved the school disrict is coming clean. I do not share the glee that many SAC bloggers seem to have at this situation. Using the webcam for security is stupid, illegal, and criminal. I am relieved it is not more than 42 people and will take it on faith that the school district is right about that, until it is proven otherwise. But the school district must educate our children and I would like a quick resolution so that as little money as possible is spent on this matter and more on education. Finally, as an attorney, I would suggest people stop suggesting kids tamper with these laptops. They are school district property and repairing laptops will also cost the school district, and ultimately us more money. The FBI is now involved, lets let it do its job.

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I do not share the glee that many SAC bloggers seem to have at this situation.

I am a parent too, and an Alumni. I would not characterize what I read here as "glee". For me, it's sickening sadness. I do not want to open up the Inquirer and read that the school I went to, that I loved so much I brought my family back here from more comfortable climates and lifestyle so my child could have the same benefit that I had of these amazing schools, that school is being subpoenaed by the Feds. No, that is not glee. It's horror. That my school be known as 'that school that spies on it's kids.'

I'll tell you though, in many respects this is not the same District as when I was a child, and not for the better. There is a culture of arrogance, indifference, and rigidity that has formed from this administration. Do you wonder why there are so many lawsuits? Not because people are sue-happy. In pretty much every case - Doe vs LMSD, LMSD vs. Doe (don't know that case, you should...), Blunt vs. LMSD, LMSD vs. Narberth Boro, all of them there is a single common thread: In every case there were many attempts to cooperate, compromise, cajole, work with and persuade the District that what they were doing was not right. They were all rebuffed and I would not be at all surprised that similar actions didn't occur here too.

This is not about the teachers, or the kids. This is about a Board that I have never seen demand accountability of the District it monitors - they never say "No". This is about Board meetings where District staff may talk endlessly but parents and others are tightly controlled to 3 minutes no matter how many speakers there are, and whom the Board does not even answer questions made by the public. You get up there, ask them and they do not answer, except very rarely. You bring a concern to them and you are ignored or rebuffed. But the Administration? Yessir!

This is about an administration who believes they *are* the law, that they know best, and that they are not accountable to anyone. They do not respond to anything, frankly, but being sued, and then they use every dirty underhanded trick in the book to smear, discredit, and outspend anyone who dares disagree with them. This isn't a 'small group of disgruntled fringe nutjobs who are spoiled and entitled'. This is a cancer eating away at our schools.

This is about a law firm who clearly did not check a simple user agreement and policy to be sure it disclosed properly and was legal. How easy is that? And a Board, full of mostly lawyers, who also failed to ensure that this policy was sound, comprehensive and legal. 8 of those Board members still serve. Instead, they just bobble-headed yes as usual. They are not watch dogs, they are lap dogs and they act like they are a part of this Administration instead of an outside elected body entrusted with the responsiblity to monitor and hold them accountable.

We did not get here by accident. This has been brewing for some time. Six times sanctioned by the PHRC. So many Due Process hearings (that they often lose) that the Judges get tired of seeing LMSD. Three active Federal actions, the US Department of Education actively investigating them, reportedly now the FBI, a Grand Jury Subpoena, and at least one State action (because LMSD believes you can have a 'school' operating with no teachers, children or classrooms and therefore they can take Narberth's *owned* school for bus parking and administrative offices).

I am sick with grief. Because, well, true or not, who's going to send their kid to the school that spies on it's kids? That's what people will remember. Were it not for this District's sheer arrogance in Administration (and I'm not talking about Dr. McGinley here), and a *grain* of common sense and a sense of accountability, this would not be.

Because I care, and because I have seen this District behave far better, I stay, and I speak. But glee? Not a chance.

As always, these are my thoughts alone, and not representative of any organization I am a member of in any capacity. They're mine alone, like 'em or not.
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Thank you for your reply.

As for you many allegations against the school district that have nothing to do with the web cam issue, I do not share these views, but to each his/her own. I have three kids in the school district who are getting an excellent education. I went to a local private school and the education my kids rivals the education I received, if it does not exceed it. The web cam situation has been badly handled, but I feel better now that the FBI is involved. Many people have diverging issues about bussing, redistricting, etc. But all can probably agree the web cam situation was mishandled. I am very unsure about how many people's privacy rights were really violated. That worries me a great deal.

Perhaps "glee" was a poor choice of words. But you, and others, see the webcam as symptomatic of bigger problems in the school district. You are willing, if not, content, to use it as part of a broader campaign. You strike me as very sincere but obviously this situation is useful to those who would like a new school board. Others, who have no children, are happy to use this situation as a source for lampoon and humor to opine about the role of laptops which are REQUIRED for high school students to complete their work (so we cannot just give them back). Still others want to get on Good Morning America, further their political agendas, get their five minutes of fame. All are entitled to their view. But the vast majority of the high school parents I have talked to are much more worried about this single issue that affect our children.

But you and I have one thing in common-- I don't think this is funny, at all.

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Curious,

"Glee" was a poor choice of words but utterly predictable from you.

Others, who have no children, are happy to use this situation as a source for lampoon and humor to opine about the role of laptops which are REQUIRED for high school students to complete their work (so we cannot just give them back).

You seem to have a limited capacity for things different from your personal norm and so it can be understood : a lampoon is often used to find something to keep people smiling while they wade their way through something unpleasant (and I am about to post satire that comes from some folks in the township who don't generally do things like that but need a little stress relief and humor). You don't have to like the lampoons, politicians and school district people don't have to like lampoons, but others do. Do you say the same thing about political cartoons and lampoons that say run in major papers and on JibJab or the New Yorker?

Life is not so black and white, and just so we can settle you obnoxiousness towards me with the "who have no children" crack -- here you go: I can't have children. It is medically impossible and has been for years. So how dare you pull that totally typical crap. I wish I had been able to have kids, but quite frankly given what I am seeing my friends go through who have kids in Lower Merion's public schools, some days I am glad I do not because watching them go through this stuff as a friend is hard enough.

However, "curious", just because I am unable to produce offspring, it doesn't mean I live in a child free world, have no interaction with kids, or should not have an opinion on the lap tops issue (and I have not said that much, truth be told because I am simply still astounded and horrified and the Orwellian aspect of it all).

And if you don't like what we are saying up here, don't read the site "curious" -- no one is forcing you to. But don't you dare get up here and make cracks about me because I don't have kids, or make nasty cracks about my friends and other bloggers who have courageously decided to fight for their kids rights in this school district. Parents speaking on the CBS Morning Show or Good Morning America or on whatever program are not furthering political agendas, nor are they doing it for five minutes of fame. They are doing it because they believe there are great wrongs that need to be put right and so do I. I applaud every parent and kid who speaks out, because we all know in generally vindictive Lower Merion it will come at a personal cost.

In conclusion, don't bother coming back with some quackery about not being able to diasgree with me, because that isn't the case here. The case is once again you roll up with your agenda. And you are definitely someone we have all decided has one.

Freedom of expression and opinion is still allowed in this country, even if like privacy, it is apparently seriously underrated in Lower Merion.

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L'homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers/Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains.–Jean Jacques Rosseau. The Social Contract, 1762

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Ad hominem. Why am I not permitted to disagree?

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Life is not so black and white, and just so we can settle you obnoxiousness towards me with the "who have no children" crack -- here you go: I can't have children. It is medically impossible and has been for years. So how dare you pull that totally typical crap. I wish I had been able to have kids, but quite frankly given what I am seeing my friends go through who have kids in Lower Merion's public schools, some days I am glad I do not because watching them go through this stuff as a friend is hard enough.

However, "curious", just because I am unable to produce offspring, it doesn't mean I live in a child free world, have no interaction with kids, or should not have an opinion on the lap tops issue (and I have not said that much, truth be told because I am simply still astounded and horrified and the Orwellian aspect of it all).

Carla,

Not only is it unnecessary, and in my opinion demeaning, for you to defend yourself as you have against this character's accusations, he has it arse barkwards.

Public education is funded in this country through a confiscatory property tax system. We pay for the schools simply as a condition of property ownership irrespective of whether or not we have kids in the schools and thus derive a direct benefit. So I daresay that in light of that, the childless have an even greater concern with how their forfeited tax dollars are being spent than someone such as "curious" who, in essence, gets a free ride for his kids at a personal savings of tens of thousands of dollars per year. As he himself points out, his kids are getting a private school-equivalent education (and this without any appreciable outlay on his part over what any other property owner pays).

Such a savings, which adds up to hundreds of thousands over the course of a child's education, represents quite an incentive to look the other way when school authorities overstep their bounds and violate the civil liberties of the students and their families. It comes down to a cost/benefit analysis.

As taxpayers, we have no incentive to look the other way. Quite the opposite. And since the lion's share of our property taxes go to the schools, quite naturally, the School District should receive the greatest scrutiny. We have every right to demand that our tax dollars are being spent, and spent prudently, by people who are honest, competant, and sincere. This spycam issue will leave all three of those attibutes gravely in doubt until all the facts are exposed. I do not consider a 'settlement' a desirable outcome even though it would save money on legal fees. If the School District has acted dishonestly, incompetantly, and insincerely, then these facts must be exposed to the light of day and not permitted to be covered up with any sort of 'confidentiality agreement' as part of a settlement.

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Curious:

"Glee" is certainly not the word for what I feel, and thank you for retracting it.

I count myself among the watchers of the school district. I feel that what is familiar about the allegations in the spying laptops case is a pervading arrogance within the culture of the school district. Zero is the number of chances to ask and receive answers from school board members. The administration only answers the questions it wants to from members of the public. From the decisions to build the new high schools in they way they did, to the crazy and harmful redistricting process and result, to secret plans for parking buses and for seizing property, and more, the school district feels it can do whatever it wants, without pesky public scrutiny. And to boot, they feel they can always aggressively litigate to get themselves off the hook of facing the music.

Sorry for all the mixed metaphors.

In fact, what I most am concerned about is that the laptop spying issue is about to obscure the many other ways in which school district decisions are harming our kids, our neighborhoods, and our environment. Hopefully this will be temporary.

On the positive side: Maybe about now they wouldn't so much mind answering some questions about redistricting. Smiling

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I seriously represent no one else's views when I write. I am not a mouthpiece. I am sincere and I am not political. I really hate politics.

So, since you brought it up, let me share then what I do see that I think could be changed:

1. This School Board needs to start thinking critically like the outside elected body they are. They need to show leadership. There are some good folks on that Board, whom I think are just fine to stay. Take Jerry Novick. Jerry's done a great job as Legistative liaison, was right on top of the Keystone Exam issue and kept everyone informed. He's also more budget minded. I think he and I were both slightly shocked that we agreed on that. It was a funny moment for the 6 people in the audience that day.

2. They should time *everyone* who presents, not just the citizen speakers. Also, I think it would be really great if, when a citizen comes in with a well researched and potentially relavent issue to the District, that the Board invite them back for a longer presentation, and give thought to it. For instance, one parent came in *with props* for three meetings in a row, using her 3 minutes to talk about astounding levels of food waste in the cafeterias due to a change in the meal delivery process. Now, why not give her 20 minutes to expound on that and offer some suggestions, perhaps with the Food Service Director there too to dialogue. Instead? They thanked her, asked a couple of half-hearted questions, District said they'd make a note of it, no follow up, and thud. Nothing changes. She stopped coming because, well, why bother? It cuts off dialogue, and does not allow for different points of view when they run the meetings as they do.

3. I think the School Board should be representative of all the villages it serves. The current system is fraught with political cronyism and self-serving protectionism.

To the extent that this Board can rise to the challenge, I'm all for them. If they don't, then yes I think we should find people who will. I am rather disappointed that we have to date not seen one word from our duly elected Board of Directors on this webcam issue. It's like the Administration speaks for them, which they should not.

What I do think is that those who have created this culture should be held accountable and there are some folks who need to be moved on. Like I said, we didn't get here in the last year. This has been percolating for some time. We have permanent Administration staff who believe they are in charge, and are completely uninterested in any view that is not their own. They are the root cause here. Boards come and go, so do Superintendants. Not unlike in Washington DC, the 'permanent Government' here controls and dictates a lot more than those held out front. We need to hold THEM accountable.

I agree with you, there are folks who are making all kinds of hay off of this situation. That is what we call a 'consequence' of the action itself. That this District could not see this coming tells me there's some serious both communication issues and world-view strategic skills lacking here. In my professional role, I am trained to not only look at the specific issue in front of me, but also to thougtfully examine all the outcomes of each decision possiblity for that issue. It's called 'critical thinking' and I learned it at Lower Merion.

It's kinda like the 9,000,000,000th politician who has an affair and steals money then acts all surprised that people would take advantage of him getting caught at this for their own gain. No. Really. As many say "you do the crime, you do the time." Nobody owns this debacle and all the related hay-making but the District. They are not immune to criticism, though they act like they should be.

I also feel somewhat better that the FBI is involved because I think they have no bias. I have trouble with the folks who made the problem chairing the committee to examine root causes and remediation anywhere, not just here. It is too tempting to not look at things honestly and to attempt to minimize and obfuscate. I would like the Board instead to form a completely indpendent outside council made up of skilled professionals with no skin in the game to come in and fully audit without delay. Doubt it will happen but it's the best way to go.

Not to make light of the situation, but I am part Irish and we Irish believe laughter at a wake is a powerful healing force. Think this should be our new school song?

No, I could not resist. Sorry.

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One more thing: I think the District should get new lawyers. They bombed so badly the first motion in Does vs. LMSD that the Judge openly admonished them and the District went with (very expensive) outside counsel.

They clearly did not craft or sign off on aa legal and comprehensive user agreement and policy for this whole 1:1 computer initiative.

Because of their known combativeness, LMSD ends up in Due Process hearings far more often than Districts not represented by them (why is that?).

Is this doing a 'good job' for the Taxpayers? I wonder...

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Of all the postings I have ever read on this site, I can't say I have ever more completely understood and agreed with anyone more. This latest situation is not an isolated situation, it is a symptom of a far greater issue with LMSD which you have very well summed up here. Putting out these fires one by one will never fully distinguish the blaze.

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This is the Robbins side of the story. It may be true, partially true or not true. Still remains to be determined. We have heard a little from Harriton/LMSD side also, but not much and we probably won't here much either. This side could be true, partially, true or not - still remains to be determined.

I'll give you a scenario that is possible, has happened before in cases like these, but is really just my own speculation(not based on any facts of information about the Robbins vs. LMSD case). It could very well be that the minor in question has a long history of troubles with the school district, in his community and that is very well know by district officials, neighbors, police. It could be that the school did everything correctly or nearly correctly (which reflects reality more) and caught this minor doing something that was indeed "bad behavior" to further a case for his removal from school. (It is the current law that a case has to be developed against children who are disruptive to their peers in class, in the district; a process which contains a multitude of steps before permanent expulsion can take place. This is to protect both the minor and the school district to make sure everything is done correctly, but the losers in this are always the other children who have to experience this problematic child/children in their class or sitting next to them while they are trying to learn. Every parent of a child in school knows of cases like this, the frustration of their child being negatively impacted by students in this way, the frustration they have with the school district at not moving faster to remove disruptive children. This slight digression is the flip side of this coin.)

It may very well be that the parents are fully aware of their child's problems, but seek merely to protect him/her, their reputations or family name in the community. Filing a case like this essentially seals the minors records for the time being. Despite the serious risk it would put this family under to criminal charges, financial ruin, the assumption being that they are rational and reasonable and know all side and outcomes or that they know the "real" truth - well, this may be a mistaken assumption on their part on on our part. And don't think cases exactly like what I've described above haven't happened before - they are all too common.

It also could be that the above is not applicable in the Robbins case in part or in whole. Time will tell. I think I'd go with the numbers on this case and bet that both side are in part, at fault for wrong doing. It is more typical of cases like this. It will all come down to whether or not the Harriton administrators violated the laws listed in the brief, in obtaining information as evidence to be used against the minor to discipline him. If they violated these laws it will trump anything the minor was caught/seen doing and we may then never know what it was(legal or otherwise). And he will remain in the school and go back to his class to join the other kids. Whether you look at this case from the perspective of the Constitution and privacy or you look at it from the perspective of this being a case of high school attempting to hold accountable/remove a disruptive child, the losers in a case like this are the rest of us in the community, our school kids. This larger message is that this is a lose/lose situation for all of us and that message was lost from day one of the filing.

Again, the above is my own speculation of one possible way of looking at the case. It is not based in fact or information and is solely speculation on my part to further community discussion about this new lawsuit.

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Spying is not okay even to locate stolen property. Violations of privacy of 4th Amendment are not permitted to government agents even when search and seizure would lead to convicting a criminal. It is, no doubt, frustrating and leads to many going free. It is a known consequence of protecting individual rights. The School District, as a government agency, has, at the very, very least, been insensitive to its Constitutional obligations.

2) Carla posts with her own name and takes responsibility for what she says and, frequently, being attacked for a position, unlike the courageously anonymous who post their opinions, apodictally, without fear of accountability. For all her sharpness, ( and no one has accused her of any factual inaccuracies as far as I know ), Carla is out in the open. That is a very good thing, in my view.

3) Satire is not glee. It is a way of making a point about a matter that may be too difficult to face if not leavened with humor. This is a very, very serious matter and, as others have pointed out, not isolated. The Board does not seem to exercise oversight on some core issues. We shall see how this plays out.

4) SAC board continues to be an avatar of citizen journalism and much of the credit has to go to Carla Zambelli and Doug Muth.

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Had the lawsuit not bee filed, we would, likely, not have known about this serious violation of Constitutional and individual rights. Thank you, Robbins Family, for taking risk of going public. Many will not applaud you. I do. You have done our community a service.

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When I post about wrongdoing by the school district or the township, there is never any "glee" in my posts. I have an ongoing disgust in regards to what has been going on for a long time with both government entities. My goal as an activist and blogger is to expose the corruption, seek accountability and to improve process.

Unfortunately, I have found the only way to do that is to play hardball. I just give the government what they give me for exercising my right to petition the government for redress.

It appears that this child and his parents also had to play hardball. The problem with the school district is that it won't work with parents. It considers them adversaries.

The problem with the township is that it won't work with citizens. It considers them adversaries.

Take the last township meeting. I only asked for an investigation regarding documented facts I provided the commissioners about two LM cops fabricating a police report while Township Manager Doug Cleland and Township Solicitor Gil High covered it up, did not forward it to the D.A., and I in turn received various intimidating letters from High and anonymous death threats and when I complained a few years ago.

At the last township meeting BOC President Bruce Reed constantly stated I had no credibility, High deflected and misrepresented and BOC VP Mark Taylor tried to intimidate me by asking High if I could be sued for defamation for telling the truth (Click Here for more on this situation).

Is there any wonder why citizens have no respect or trust in reference to the school district or the township? They treat us like dirt when we are the taxpayer-owners of this township and school district. They should be deferring to "we the people", but instead they act like petty tyrants and mini-me dictators.

I have no glee. I am ashamed of government in Lower Merion.

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Brotherhood of Thieves

~ As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

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I have always cared about my community. I did not choose to play hardball. I started out very polite, and when I kept asking for answers in a polite manner, the township started with the intimidation tactics. I'm just playing by their rules now.

I do not believe it is the government - the township or the school district that makes Lower Merion great. The People of Lower Merion make it great - the taxpayer-owners of this township.

I have lived in Lower Merion most of my life and have wonderful family and friends. Those people, and others I run across on a daily basis in Lower Merion (and on these blogs), are what make our township great.

As far as voting goes, it's not as simple as it sounds. We have local political party committees that are their own elitist social clubs who come up with their candidates. The vast majority of voters have no idea who they are voting for in Lower Merion - as long as it is a member of their party. They just pull the party lever and have no idea who their commissioner or school director is. Heck, a lot of people I have spoken to who live in Lower Merion but don't have kids in high school, while they have heard of this webcam scandal, really have no idea what it is about and it will have no affect on how they pull the party lever in whichever ward they live in going forward.

That's the way it works. I don't think you have any idea who I am, what I have been through and what I am about. Just because I chose to stand up for my rights in a polite manner and then continued to stand up for my rights when rebuffed, I ran into pure evil in the form of LM and Montco government.

I welcome dialogue, though, and I always respect other posters even though I may disagree with them and argue my views strongly.

I appreciate you posting and I did not give you a thumbs down. I very rarely ever give them.

For those new readers, once again and rather than explain myself to those who don't know me, CLICK HERE for a little history lesson about our ever so benevolent government in Lower Merion and Montgomery County.

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Brotherhood of Thieves

~ As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

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