To the Editor:
I am one of the attorneys for life long Hyde Park resident Lincoln Brown. I, too, am a life long resident of Hyde Park. The Herald’s article in “School News” (4/8/15) on Mr. Brown’s case was incomplete in a number of respects.
The Federal Court stated (at page 13 of its opinion): “Brown was not verbally abusing anyone or causing disruptive behavior in the classroom — he was attempting to diffuse a disruptive situation. In return, he was written up …” The Court went on to say: “That Brown may have been innocent of the charges does not mean that the charges were unconstitutionally vague.” The Court suggested that “the Board may have been “unwise” (p.15) and its conduct included “sloppiness” (p.14).
Along with my co-counsel, longtime Hyde Park resident Bill Spielberger, our appeal’s focus will be that the Board’s lack of wisdom and sloppiness, and Mr. Brown’s innocence — all as found by the Federal Court — are violations of constitutional dimension and unconstitutionally vague. It seems to me that the public’s focus should be on their city’s school system that appears to punish first-rate teaching. To properly inform that public, the Herald’s article would have benefited from even a cursory review of the opinion.
Terence E. Flynn