The Niagara County Sheriff's Office was asked by Albany police on Friday to investigate a perceived threatening comment made on social media by a teacher at George Southard Elementary School.An Albany detective who contacted the sheriff's office said the teacher had posted "can't wait for Sept. 24th, dead man walking."Deputies were sent to the school Friday to interview the teacher who stated he made the comment in regard to the commissioner of education's reception at an educational meeting in Poughkeepsie.
The teacher said the comment was make in poor judgment and he had no intention, nor the means, to harm the commissioner.Albany police were contacted and video of the interview with the teacher was provided.
In Baltimore, they arrested a man for making derogatory statements about the Common Core at a town hall meeting.
Here in NY State, they try and intimidate a teacher for making what is clearly a hyperbolic comment about Commissioner King's tenure at SED on Facebook.
It is interesting to note that the complaint over the Facebook comment came from Albany but the teacher works in Niagara County.
Just who put the complaint into Albany police about the comment made by the Niagara County teacher?
The New York State Education Department is located in Albany.
Was the complaint made by someone at SED?
And if so, just why is this bureaucrat being paid to monitor social media for education reform heretics.
We know the USDOE had paid trolls monitoring critics like Diane Ravitch.
We know this because one of the trolls who was tasked with that job, Peter Cunningham, told us so in a Huffington Post piece attacking Ravitch.
My "Hmmm..." meter goes off at this story of Albany police contacting Niagara County police over a comment posted by a Niagara County teacher on Facebook about NYSED Commissioner King.
Is somebody at SED monitoring and trolling social media and the blogosphere looking to retaliate against reform heretics?
Does the NYSED have an Internet troll division just the way the USDOE does?
The trajectory of this complaint, coming from somebody in Albany about a teacher in Niagara County, certainly suggests this is so.
In any case, you know the Common Core/corporate education deform movement has jumped the shark when they have to use the state security forces to clamp down on dissent, criticism and opposition to their agenda.
This will work in some instances, but overall, it will just fan the flames of the fury many parents and teachers are feeling over the SED reform agenda, the Common Core, and the state's battery of tests and bring the deform movement closer to its very deserved demise.