Mr. Hargus wants the parents of Schiller Park School District 81 to believe as he proclaims on Facebook that he filed a FOIA on January 24, 2014, and paid a fee of $97.00 (actually it was $97.95) to “do with assisting in establishment of a pattern of what is in my opinion harassment of the staff of this district”. See the earlier article that I wrote about this adventure of Mr. Hargus http://royfmc.com/2014/06/13/so-how-much-trouble-did-mr-jeremy-hargus-cause-schiller-park-school-district-81-with-his-foia/
So who appointed and made Mr. Hargus responsible to establish a pattern of the harassment of the staff of this district ?
What was Mr. Hargus proposing to do to another family who had two children with special needs if he “established the pattern” ?
Clearly, the Superintendent and the other administrators are responsible for the operation of Schiller Park School District 81 NOT Mr. Hargus.
So let’s look at the facts:
FACT: Mr. Hargus’ request required 41.5 hours of Schiller Park School District 81 staff time to fulfill; which severely imposed on Principals and special education staff to assemble the information.
FACT: Mr. Hargus paid Schiller Park School District 81 $97.95 to receive the documents.
FACT: Mr. Hargus received 703 pages of documents concerning my family and their health and education issues.
FACT: Mr. Hargus asked for documents related to very specific dates. (How did he know to ask for those dates ?)
FACT: One of our two children have been outplaced by the District to a therapeutic day school and do not attend the District schools. Thus no contact with District special education staff.
FACT: My other son who is at the District does not receive an physical therapy services or occupational therapy services. Thus very limited contact with special education staff.
FACT: When the therapuetic day school became aware of Mr. Hargus’ conduct they called the Chicago Police to make a police report and increase security for the safety of our child at the school
FACT: This situation disrupted an IEP meeting for our son for almost an hour at the therapeutic day school while the CPD sorted out the matter.
FACT: Our family received over 500 emails from the District which resulted in our need to respond………….a point missed in this Mr. Hargus’s statement BUT noted in a prior article http://royfmc.com/2014/08/07/so-mr-jeremy-hargus-you-got-it-all-wrong-but-thanks-for-making-this-public-district-81-sent-over-500-emails-to-the-mccampbells-to-which-they-had-to-respond-not-the-other-way-around/
FACT: Special Education law clearly prohibits dilution of services to one child because of the needs of other special education children in the District, so therefore Mr. Hargus’ assertion is not reality.
FACT: Mr. Hargus vigilante actions cost Schiller Park School District almost $10,000.00 in legal fees
FACT: After an investigation by the Illinois State Board of Education, ISBE found that the District was not properly protecting and regulating access to special education records. In fact the District has to now keep logs on who accesses the records and the staff had to undergo training in how to manage the special education records.
FACT: Mr. Hargus did not reach any of his conclusions on his own, because to reach those conclusions that he was alleging such as that the “McCampbell family was harassing staff ( which is not true) through email he would have needed “insider information” .
FACT: Mr. Hargus files a FOIA in January, causing the Administration to embargo ALL COMMUNICATION by staff with the McCampbell family virtually preventing any communication between parent and staff, and then Mr. Hargus concludes that this leads to resignations by special education staff in May. What an unfortunate conclusion Mr. Hargus.
Here is my hypothesis Mr. Hargus : Is it not possible that your conduct and the resulting disruption of the McCampbell’s relationship with the dedicated special education staff was so revolting to that staff they resigned in disgust ?
A Persisting Question: Who with a private agenda to attack the McCampbell family convinced Mr. Hargus that he needed to attempt to “establish a pattern” or was this a private delusional determination by Mr. Hargus ?
Under either theory who violated the “right to privacy of the McCampbell family” by making untruthful, inappropriate and improper disclosures to Mr. Hargus ?
Was it special education staff ?
Was it a Principal(s) ?
Was it Dr. Kim Boryszewski ?
Mr. Hargus your conduct has been that of a vigilante ( one who is self-appointed citizen in the community who undertakes actions to right a perceived wrong without legal authority).
What should be quite concerning to every parent in District 81 is what family or parent will be the next target of Mr. Hargus’ self righteous vigilante conduct ?
Mr. Jeremy Hargus’ conduct should terrify every parent in the community, as well as raise concerns by the staff.
Mr. Hargus is now on the District 81 Facility Committee, what “vigilante conduct” will Mr. Hargus pursue with the information he gleans from his participation in these meetings ?
Mr. Hargus participates in the ABC Parents group, who will be a target of Mr. Hargus’ vigilante activities in that group ?
The ABC Parent group should repudiate your vigilante activities and clearly take a stand opposing such tactics being used against a fellow parent. Clearly, your conduct Mr. Hargus is neither child friendly or parent friendly. Every member of that organization should be repulsed by your vigilante conduct which you have admitted to in social media.
Mr. Hargus, your vigilante activities have “all to do with our children”, and for you to state otherwise is self serving and you are deluding yourself and those who believe you.
NOW, the Schiller Park School District 81 Board of Education, needs to step up and take steps to protect all of the children and the families of the District from your vigilante activities. It is not just what Mr. Hargus asked for or got, but more importantly how my family and children were targeted by Mr. Hargus, it is the Administration leak itself that should be of serious concern.
The Board of Education needs to determine who violated the law and provided you with misinformation. They need to determine the specific intentions of the parties that feed you this information. After they make their determination they need to implement the proper discipline including but not limited to termination. This should be pursued to the highest level of the Administration, even if it includes the Superintendent.
NO FAMILY OF SCHILLER PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT 81 SHOULD HAVE THEIR CHILDREN’S PRIVACY VIOLATED BY SOMEONE IN ADMINISTRATION LEAKING TRUTHFUL OR UNTRUTHFUL INFORMATION.
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO EACH AND EVERY CHILD AND FAMILY OF THE DISTRICT TO PROTECT THEIR PRIVACY.