You kept your job in return for keeping silent.
Now that you are retired (or soon will be retired when the school year ends), you no longer have to worry that you will lose your job for telling the truth. Your TRS pension is secure, also, unless, of course, your former boss and co-workers decide to throw you under the bus to “save” themselves. Beat them to the punch – tell us what you know, first. We will help you.
Think of the corruption, dishonesty and wrongdoing that is pervasive in DCSS. It is like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. You likely are holding one or more of the pieces of this puzzle. But, because you have only a few pieces, you cannot see the big picture.
With your help, we can — and we will take it to the authorities.
This is the time to come forward with what you know. Contact us, confidentially, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only two of us have access to that e-mail — and our lips are sealed. We could provide references, but then we wouldn’t have sealed lips! There are several safe ways you can tell what you know and protect yourself:
(1) Point us in the right direction – just tell us what to ask for. We will make the necessary Open Records requests. We will never reveal your name.
(2) Take a flash drive to work this week and copy all pertinent information from your hard drive. (Even better, just move documents from your hard drive to your flash drive.) Forward all pertinent e-mails to your personal e-mail and/or to email@example.com. You will need these documents to prove coercion, if necessary. Remember, once you leave, everything in your e-mail and on your hard drive disappears into oblivion – or into the computers of the well-placed and corrupt so they can use it against you if the finger points in their direction.
(3) Let us scan any hard copy documents you have. We have a portable scanner and are willing to meet you in public at a location of your choice. Bring a flash drive and we will leave you with scans of these documents that you may keep on your computer. We will keep a copy of the scans, as well, for future use.
(4) Just tell us the whole story that you have to tell. We will keep your name confidential. Whatever you tell us makes the picture clearer and more detailed.
Think of the DCSS people who bullied and threatened you – and thought they could get away with it. You have nothing to lose by telling the truth. But the corrupt people who once bullied and threatened you because they could have everything to lose. Now that you are retired (or are retiring very soon) they have no more power over you. It’s your turn now – and karma is a bitch.
We will do what it takes to assure your confidentiality. We will tell the story and help to corral the corrupt.
PS This article was suggested by a long-time DCSS employee who knows more than can be told — until retirement.