Sunday, December 23, 2012

Which Came First…?



Tammy Perreault
On Friday , December 21st, we learned that Southbridge Middle/High School Principal Tammy Perreault had been put on administrative leave.

This fulfilled a prediction made by Dennis Martinek on his blog Speak Out Southbridge. On December 13th he wrote in an article titled “As if things in Southbridge couldn’t get any worse”, “Tomorrow, or early next week, you will hear some rather shocking news that few people I’ve spoken with saw coming.”

In a follow up article published in the same blog today, “Another one bites the dust in Southbridge”, he confirmed that it was Ms. Perreault’s suspension to which he was referring. In response to one commenter on the article he wrote, “This is half of the big news that I was telling you was coming.” To another he wrote, “…I have to say, I knew, but decided to hold-off until something could be verified,..” 

This chronology of events raises a troubling issue.

You see, the reason that Ms. Perreault was put on administrative leave, according to a written statement she received from temporary acting Superintendent Terry Wiggin, was her alleged failure to properly report to him the incident regarding a student being on the SMHS campus with a pocket knife who also made threatening remarks.

What is troubling is that the incident cited in the letter occurred on Tuesday, December 18th.

Terry Wiggin
How was it possible for Mr. Martinek to be aware that Ms. Perreault was to be put on leave when the incident that was cited as the reason for such action did not occur until 5 days after his article was posted? Who was the source of his information?

I can only conclude that, unlike the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”, in this case we know the answer. The decision had already been made. All that was needed was a plausible reason.

Is it merely coincidental that the action was taken on what will likely be Mr. Wiggin’s last work day as acting Superintendent? By all accounts his replacement will be named this coming Wednesday.

22 comments:

  1. We, at the school, heard the week before that Ms Perreault was told that she should use here sick and vacation days before Christmas. And, then on Monday the rumor had it that she would be escorted out of the building on Thursday or Friday.

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    1. I have provided you with verifiable facts.

      You have responded anonymously, claiming to be from the school community (with no proof) and citing rumors.

      Isn't there a reasonable issue of credibility at stake here?

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    2. It's a Mayan MiracleDecember 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Lucky us. It would seem that Southbridge, remarkably, has a number of idividuals who can predict the future!!! Tell us, all knowing beings, what will happen next? When will the world end? Will we all fall off the fiscal cliff on December 31? Will Brad and Anjolina finally tie the knot in 2013? So many questions can now be answered with pinpoint accuracy!!! Talents are wasted here. These people should be working for the federal reserve, the UN, the toy industry, the NRA. The possibilities are endless. The fact that people who can predict the future with 100 percent accuracy are right here in Southbridge is just a coincidence, right? Someone could not be scamming us or pulling strings behind the bar, er... I meant scenes, right? We are too smart for that Southbridge, right?

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  2. Rumors? Let’s talk about rumors.
    The rumors were that Ely would be gone by Thanksgiving. See what Brent Abrahamson said.
    The Thanksgiving Set-up: Could it happen in Southbridge?
    http://massachusettsobserver.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-thanksgiving-set-up-could-it-happen.html
    The same people were spreading the rumor that Perreault would be gone by Christmas.
    The kids of Southbridge are being sacrificed to a bar room crowd that features a poster that says “Bring Back Bishop”. At what cost?
    Just how smart do you have to be?

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    1. I'm sorry, but I just dont know all the "in" stuff.
      Would that be the same bar that Mr Wiggins seems to like to hang out at and that drops everything to make hotdogs for Greg Leech?

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  3. Whatever the truth is was it necessary to make a spectacle of marching her out with cops and school officials in front of a bunch of students?

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  4. I thought Dennis was your friend. Now you are throwing him off the cliff. He knew what was going on and you didn’t. You’re just a jealous little piss ant.

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  5. It has got to be killing Brent to realize that while he has been playing kissy-face with Martinek, Dennis has been more of a shill for Scott than you ever were.

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  6. Stephanie DeMartinoDecember 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I don't believe Dennis is a shill for Scott. That would be a compliment to Scott. Now this is the Southbridge that I used to know. People are starting to speak out! I love it!!
    I also would like to know for a fact, did that suspended student return to the school grounds on Wednesday December 19th with a gun and was stopped by Police? That is also being circulated and us the Parents were not notified of that. We received a robo call about the pocket knife issue the next day at 10am ,same day on Wednesday Dec. 19th. That was very disrespectful to wait to notify everyone.
    And no matter what, no way no how is Scott going to bring back Bishop. He can try but it won't work. Bishop is where he belongs, behind the bar at Lazo's cafe. He can stay right there.

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    1. As best as I can determine, there is no truth to the gun rumor. If anyone has facts to the contrary I welcome their input.

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  7. The reason I don't visit here anymore are comments like that of "Cathy", who as we both know, isn't Cathy. For the record, this story about nothing, really, is inaccurate. On December 13th, I did say that something shocking was happening in the upcoming week (it did--she was placed on administrative leave). That's what I knew, and held-off on. I never said it was due to a student with a knife coming into school (the other half). When you find out what the truth really is, not knife related, I expect that somehow I'll be part of a bigger conspiracy. But how this has anything to do with being a shill for Scott (a friend of mine) is, how else can I say it: asinine. That's why after nearly five years of blogging, I changed my course. It's funny, I recently wrote something about Shaun and Amelia, even mentioning Cathy Nikolla, and stated emphatically that it wasn't a bashing session. What happened? I got a call text asking why I called one of them a "wimp". I didn't, but people imagine some things and go crazy sometimes. I don't need the nastiness that I see here to have fun and do well...but that is Ken's (sorry, Mr. O'Brien's, if I want to be as formal) prerogative, as it's his site. I'm not claiming to be the first, second or third person to know. Instead of my site fostering a tone of negativity, we've done pretty well with civility and respectful comments. This will be the first and last comment I have on this issue, but I should say thank you for bringing people back to my site, and wish you the best. Merry Christmas.

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  8. Stephanie, your still a very uninformed radical you always were! This is not about bringing Bishop back or about where you think he works,Its about Tammy and Eric Ely and what those two have done to our school system because of there CLOSE relationship. Now they can both go off to there new destination , Scott didnt have anything to do with this you give him too much credit he doesnt control the school committee anymore but your so bitter toward him you blame everything on him grow up and look in the mirror! You might throw up at what you see!!! Try talking to the ones who control things Priciepe woodruff and the new faces they did it.

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  9. Upon reflection I am amused by these and numerous other comments which, out of common decency, could not be published.

    When I published Sharon Goulet’s letter, after all the relevant details had already appeared in a Worcester Telegram article, I was subjected to a relentless barrage of criticism as well as demands to know where I had gotten it.

    Now, however, when I raise the question of how someone knew something was going to happen, when the reason officially given for it happening had not yet occurred, again all I get is insults and criticism.

    Why aren’t the same people who were demanding answers from me, which I gave, not demanding answers to the questions I raised in the post above?

    Instead, all that is made available are pious disclaimers, more rumors and a broadside of insults.

    It is apparent that people are more interested in believing salacious rumors than in attempting to get at the truth.



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  10. Blogger envy Ken?

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    1. In other words, you can't or won't answer the question either. Trying to deflect blame on to me is the same tactic everybody else is using. Try to be creative.

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  11. What an arrogant and selfish individual you are, O'Brien. Thankfully, God has blessed us with you, and only you, who has the knowledge to be all the all-knowing. Like Oz, once you pull back the curtain, you expose yourself to be the fraud that you are. You talk about people being more involved in believing salacious rumors than attempting to get at the truth--your entire site is dedicated to letting nameless/faceless people spew out salacious rumors and then attacking their anonymity. Not only are you a hypocrite, you attack your friends: Scott Lazo, Abrahamson, Steve Lazo, Martinek, and Peloquin, among others. These are hard working individuals who, despite their political differences, can and will talk with all people, and unlike you, listen to them. What do you do for a living other than this rag of a site that very few listen to? I've refreshed the page ten times, and, amazingly, it shows ten new visitors! So your numbers are highly skewed. You are jealous of any other site that gets someone before you. Your hate for Abrahamson is salacious. You attack your 'friend' Scott Lazo and then try to suck up and shill for him. As someone else said, you are a piss-ant. You are as much of a journalist as Tom Brady is. You're insulting as is your site. For a person that has a history of quitting what they start (State Rep, Town Council) you are the LAST person that should be attacking ANYONE else. The man who shats upon his friends winds up with none.

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    1. Like I say, keep believing rumors and things are true just because they are repeated. If you want to bother to check, I didn't quit as state rep, I simply announced that I would not seek reelection.

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  12. No doubt these current events will all funnel back nicely to “The Ely Investigation”.

    The phrase “Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent” comes to mind.

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  13. Stephanie DeMartinoDecember 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I know that Woodruff is not behind this but is doing her job as Chairwoman of the School committee because of a complaint brought to the school committee. You can say what you want about Scott Lazo but the facts are the facts. If he doesn't like how something is going, he will make darn sure it goes his way as was the case with the hiring of the Superintendent, as was the case with the ELT grant, as was the case of many other events happening in the history of the town of Southbridge. And I KNOW for a fact that there was not one insult in this post. Unlike your comments. Coward.

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  14. Stephanie DeMartinoDecember 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Ken, I'm sorry there are so many pitiful cowards commenting on your blog who hide behind pseudonyms. I wouldn't even allow them to comment.

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  15. I’ve heard that the same student with the knife had been caught doing this before under the old principle but that it was swept under the rug then. Does anybody know if this is true?

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    1. Anyone with information on this should take it to either the School Committee chair or the superintendent.
      I am not in the position to evaluate the validity of any responses.

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