Google for “Teabagging” – (G.W.)

Published January 31, 2014 by justicewg

old_teabagAnother re-post from the old blog, this comes from the selection process for the superintendent in 2006. One of the finalists for the position was announced in the newspapers, supposedly vetted by the board and ready to come in for the final interviews. With only a small amount of work I found out that the candidate had some pretty horrible issues that were missed. After a few emails to the board members the offer of the super position was withdrawn for the guy.

I still think I should have received some recognition from the board for the embarrassment and potential litigation I circumvented by doing my research. Never got a word of thanks.

I’ll be doing the same work in vetting the new candidates for the superintendent as they are announced in a few months. I hope this new batch of board members will have improved their skills in using the internet, but I’m generally shocked at how poor the skill set of the average board member has been shown to be in the past.

It’s an open question how the election of Jesse Truett will effect the board’s level of comfort with scandal in the history of a super candidate. After all, if it is acceptable for a board member to have a history of resigning from their job at the school and turning in their teacher’s license because of an affair with a student, what level of bad actions in the past will disqualify a potential superintendent?

(From September 2006)

Bullies, teabagging, a superintendent who refuses to see hazing, police charges of gross sexual imposition, a lawsuit, and a victim driven out of the school as harassment is allowed to continue – this story is horrible. And it has a Grandview schools connection. This is also the latest tale of cluelessness by the school board.

Google is your friend
The search for the new superintendent at the school has cut the 30 or so applicants down to the eight who were announced in the TVN and TWG. These finalists were supposed to be researched and vetted by the board as the best of the bunch.

A competent job selection process always includes a search on Google to see what info the Internet holds on a candidate. The info may be inaccurate, but it can provide the right questions to ask any potential job candidate. It can be difficult for people who have common names, but with a little Google-fu there is a trail of info on almost everyone out there on the net.

Knowing that the Grandview board is almost completely clueless in using the net, I decided to do my own search to see what was in the backgrounds of the superintendent candidates.

Dr. Will R. Folger, superintendent at the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools, has had some rough times getting levies passed. After eight levy failures, the district cut 10 percent of its teaching staff to make ends meet, and finally passed a levy last year.

David M. Macali, superintendent.of the Green Local Schools, was a finalist in the 2004 competition for the Princeton City School District’s search for a new superintendent, he lost out to an assistant super in the last round. Tough luck.

John M. Rubesich, superintendent of the Howland Local Schools, has a standard first page of results – a few false leads, some school web pages and school docs. The second pages has an odd result – some website called “Bad Jocks” has a hit. Open the page and scroll down half way to find …

Holy. Freakin. Hell.

Teabagging?

A further search with Rubesich, teabagging, and the name of the victim and more of the story becomes clear.

Inside Hazing
Guerrilla News Network
The Vindicator (only this last link still works)

A brief summary of the story from these pages – a freshman student at the Howland HS was held down in the locker room while some nude upperclassmen rubbed their crotches in his face, apparently an act called “teabagging” (no need to ask for one lump or two at this tea party, the latter is standard). This is not just hazing, this is assault.

The parents of the victim complained to the school, and after an “investigation”, the superintendent said that he found no hazing. The school failed to punish any of the aggressors and failed to do any education to tell students that hazing acts can not be tolerated in the school. Rubesich tried to blow the incident off.

The parents rightly were outraged, and filed a police report. The police investigated and found enough evidence to charged one 18 year old student with gross sexual imposition, a fourth degree felony (a second minor was charged in family court). The charges were later bargained down to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and the offender served two days in jail.

Because the school failed to discipline anyone, the harassment of the victim continued after the initial incident. The kid finally dropped out of school. The parents filed a lawsuit for 25K against the school. According to the suit, “No representative of Howland High School took any action to prevent those or subsequent incidents alleged herein, At all times relevant hereto, Howland High School was not actively enforcing a policy against hazing.” A search of the Trumbull county court system shows that the suit was eventually dropped after mediation, with an unknown result.

A second Vindicator story ends with a quote from the prosecutor in the case. “Hicks said he was disappointed by how Howland schools handled the matter. He said there clearly was improper conduct. Hicks added that he has no jurisdiction in the school district but is disappointed that it didn’t conduct a more thorough investigation.”

Grandview board finally gets a clue
I couldn’t believe that an incident this big (it ran in major news outlets) would have been missed by the Grandview board – had Rubesich hidden this incident in the process of applying for the superintendent job? Had the board failed to do a simple net search? I put a few links to the story in an e-mail and sent it out to all of the board members. I asked them why this finalist for the superintendent position was in the running – did they have some sort of explanation from Rubesich for the actions he had taken?

Within a short time I got a curt reply from board member Ron Cameron.

Mr. Rubesich isn’t a “finalist” and will be interviewed for the first time tonight.
Ron Caneron 9/26/2006 12:24 PM

Huh. Sure looked like a finalist to me, he was front page headline news in the TWG. And they had gotten to the point of having him drive down for an interview without doing some basic research on the guy? Classic Cameron, both combative and clueless.

Ten minutes later I got the following e-mail from President Suzanne McLeod.

Mr. Rubesich has pulled out of the process, as of today.
Suzanne McLeod 9/26/2006 12:35 PM

Final thoughts
John Rubesich has some gall to try to apply for the superintendent position without telling us about the hazing incident. It would have come out eventually – did he hope to slide by and worry about explaining after he got the job?

McLeod must have either called or e-mailed Rubesich and asked about the hazing incident, and when she found it to be true she told him he was out of the running. A guy with his gall wouldn’t have voluntarily quit. Why does McLeod owe the guy the face-saving story that “he pulled out”?

And speaking of owing someone – I saved the board a big embarrassment by sleuthing out the story on Rubesich. Had I waited until later in the process, and revealed his secret – theoretically he could have been the winner – I prevented the board from getting into a major, headline scandal.

I don’t think I’ll be getting a plaque from the board.

(Re-post from September 2006)

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