Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Side effects from medical treatment lead to brush with the Lebanon legal system

It is unclear if Madeline Carlock, the new assistant principal at Elm Hill and Union Street, will be joining the school district next year after she failed to disclose that she was arrested last October when she punctured her mother’s tires and kicked a police officer.

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  1. Sounds like a perfect candidate for Springfield.

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  2. Philip Caron5/22/18, 11:52 AM

    This does seem to be a reasonable explanation of things. Recent diagnosis of an inherited joint and skin illness, new med, adverse reaction - it happens. Illness now understood/controlled, plus mental health program underway. She's apparently also a caregiver. If that incident is the only negative history on her, I'd give her a chance.

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    1. I understand your compassion given the circumstances, however, given her health issues and potential adverse reactions in the future, I think they should pass on this applicant. I totally get that there are some medications -- such as prednisone -- that could have severe and adverse mental health effects. I just think this is a troublesome case.

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  3. Where do you read that she is a caregiver? Court documents (dated 10/23/17) state that she (Madeline) has a medical condition that requires her (again, Madeline) not to live alone. Her mother attends Dr appts and treatments with her as well.

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    1. Philip Caron5/22/18, 2:56 PM

      On rereading, I believe I originally misinterpreted a statement by Madeline's mother to have been by Madeline herself. I apologize for my slipshod read.

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  4. It is common for employers to fire applicants who fail to disclose requested information -- especially those related to arrests. I am all for giving people second chances, but not when they are in charge of children (or any other vulnerable population such as elderly, etc). Shame on the applicant for not only her non-disclosure, but because of the behavior that resulted in her arrest to begin with. Also, shame on the district for not doing an adequate background. Arrest/court records are easily accessible to the public.

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    1. I'm wondering why this hasn't been reported to the board of education! Maybe it should be!

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    2. Maybe...it has been.

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  5. Shame on Springfield for not firing her immediately. Who missed this in the background check???? She outright lied on her application if she did not disclose! Not disclosing abuse of an elder is a serous issue. There is usual a good reason other districts pass over candidates. We should have done the same. What are we teaching our children in Springfield if we hire her?! Its ok to blame medical issues for bad behavior?! Or maybe now its ok for the mentally ill to abuse others? Springfield voters really need to think this one through! What a joke this district is becoming! This is an example of why cant we get professional upper class families to settle in Springfield! Nothing to move to Springfield for except subpar education and a lot of low income developments filled with drug abusers and unemployed families. The education and staffing at the Springfield District is worse than it has ever been! Great job Springfield School board and superintendent, you are running the district into the ground!

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  6. Even though her bad behavior can be blamed on medication, the fact still remains that she behaved badly. Given that her medical condition is permanent, and she will be taking the drug indefinitely, one can reasonably conclude that there will be problems in the future. Most states have laws prohibiting those with felony or domestic violence convictions from working with children. As she is likely to be convicted of at least one of the multiple charges against her, I'd say her employment by the school is unacceptable, and possibly illegal.

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  7. One thing that has not been addressed and should be is this. The school budget barely passed in March and this position was requested. What has occurred since? Union Street principal was pressured to resign and told that she wouldn’t be coming back. She had been in the school system many years, and was chosen to be principal at Union over many other candidates 2 years ago. Then all of a sudden this happens. No explaination on why. The superintendent on a power trip. Now he hired a person, and he admitted he knew about her past criminal issues. I cannot wrap my head around this. The problem isn’t the candidates, yes they aren’t qualified and shouldn’t be hired. The problem is the superintendent and the school board. I voted against the budget, even though I have a student in school at Springfield, I have seen zero improvements and if anything it has gotten worse than better. This town has a horrible reputation. If we want to improve and attract people to move here, the first thing many families or people looking down the road to have families look for is a good school system. This we fail miserably at. So until drastic changes are made, people aren’t going to purchase property here. Maybe businesses might open, but people will live outside of our school district and commute.

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  8. Madeline Carlock has for years been an exemplary leader—as a classroom teacher, a colleague and mentor, and an administrator and instructional coach—in the Hartford School District. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of students and teachers, helping both to feel respected and affirmed as members of a learning community. She believes passionately in the lofty potential of public education, and it pains her deeply when it fails to meet its ideals or, worse, when it fails to put its students first. Simply put, she has dedicated her adult life to enriching the lives of children through elementary education.
    How easy it is for us all to point fingers and condemn someone on the basis of a few lines from a police log. How blithely we demand additional consequences far beyond those the legal process has already mandated. How self-satisfied and invulnerable we feel joining in a public shaming. And how little we learn and grow as a result—how little self-reflection we engage in.
    People are fallible, complex, broken. Ms. Carlock made a horrible mistake, there is no question. But then she took immediate responsibility for it, accepted the appropriate legal consequences, and pursued healing and self-improvement for months, all while returning from medical leave to her job on a full-time basis. We now presume not only to dismiss those efforts but also to negate her professional achievement, her intelligence and creative capacities, and her compassion for her students fellow educators. Are we willing to recognize and celebrate someone’s gifts and positive qualities only until we have to do the harder work of reconciling them with the more complicated, messy shades of their humanity?
    Yes, in full disclosure, I’m a close personal friend of Ms. Carlock. Rather than biasing my opinion, however, that connection has informed it. Judgment requires openness and evidence, and I hope all of us can approach both friends and strangers in that spirit.

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    1. Then she should stay in Hartford. Problem solved.

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    2. Ms. Carlock is fortunate to have your friendship. Yes, people make mistakes. However, candidates who work with vulnerable segments of our society are (or, in this case should have been) held to a higher standard. People with a record -- no matter how talented -- are routinely excluded from public school positions. (FYI -- I speak from experience with a decades-long career in the field in another state.) Additionally, even if you take the arrest out of the picture completely, Ms. Carlock should be held accountable for failing to disclose this incident on her application. That alone would result in firing in a wide range of employment settings. This is not about "judging." This is about the facts and suitable requirements for the job. In fact, in my state, an arrest record would prevent someone from even serving as a volunteer in a public school. Yes, people are "fallible, complex, and broken" but there are sometimes harsh consequences. Ms. Carlock needs to face the consequences and consider a different field. The safety of students comes first. With the potential risk that Ms. Carlock may make some additional "mistakes" in the future, the safety of students may be in danger. Furthermore, as for the teachers she would be evaluating as an administrator, I am certain they would have reservations about having their evaluations/careers in the hands of someone with poor impulse control and an excessive temper. Best wishes to Ms. Carlock. May she find the help she needs.

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  10. chuck gregory5/24/18, 6:44 PM

    When my son was going through the school system, there was one principal with an unblemished record who served for years. The year after that principal moved on, I asked a newly retired teacher what he thought of the new hire. For the next twenty minutes I was hostage to a heated diatribe about just how bad the departed principal had been-- and the details were sufficiently credible to uphold the argument. And this had been a principal with a "clean" record. Given Ms. Carlock's history in other schools, it appears she is a good administrator. Having omitted the information on her application does not speak well of her, though.

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