In writing this blog I have been careful to distinguish between rumor, speculation and fact.
One of my blog colleagues is now accusing me of perpetuating a rumor.
As it was put,
“If we have enough credible evidence to put people on leave, let's get it over with, tell the people what happened (and treat us all like grown-ups and tell us the truth), and move on. That would put one conspiracy theory in the local blogosphere to rest...that being, that the principal was put on leave for a pocket knife incident. Nothing could be further from the full truth (although, I'm sure that didn't help). Apparently I'm guilty of being a psychic.”
Now, as I read this, I am being accused of spreading the rumor that “the principal was put on leave for a pocket knife incident.” It is merely a rumor because, “Nothing could be further from the full truth….”
How that is a conspiracy theory is not clear.
Nevertheless I will state categorically that the written notice given to Ms. Perreault cited her handling of this incident as the sole reason for which she was being put on administrative leave. I am not postulating this as rumor, speculation or a partial truth. I am stating it as a fact.
If there is the intimation of a conspiracy I presume it would be in saying that the blogger who reported that her suspension would be forthcoming knew in advance what the reason would be (that would be one hell of a conspiracy).
I did not say that nor am I saying it now.
All that I have said was that the certainty of knowing that she would be put on leave indicated that a decision had been made. Clearly the blogger in question was told that this decision had been made before the event cited as the reason for it had occurred. It now appears that acting on that decision was only awaiting a defensible cause for that action. Any other reasons, real or imagined, were not given as cause for the action.
If one wants to interpret that as a conspiracy, so be it.
We are told that one only had to overhear the conversations at the local donut shop to know that this was going to happen and why. Well, that is rumor and speculation. (It also belies the observation in his original article where he said, “Tomorrow, or early next week, you will hear some rather shocking news that few people I've spoken with saw coming.”)
When it comes to labor law in these cases one must rely upon something slightly more substantial than donut shop gossip. I am in no position to judge the validity of the charge leveled in the letter given to the principal by the temporary acting superintendent. I can merely state, as a fact, that this was the only reason given and further action will be adjudicated on the basis of that charge.
This is what I have reported, and I stand by it.