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Lycée leader banned at Audubon school after 2010 threat to student, records show

The acting chief executive officer of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans charter school was previously banned from another charter school’s campus for threatening a student, records show.

Gisele Schexnider was a parent of an Audubon Charter School student in January 2010 when, according to school records, she arrived at a teacher’s classroom, pointed to someone else’s child and said she would “see him after school.”

The incident prompted Audubon’s Assistant Principal Dawn Collins to write a letter to Schexnider prohibiting her from stepping foot on the campus.

“This behavior was inappropriate and is considered a threat,” Collins wrote. “Audubon does not allow parents to investigate alleged incidents by speaking with students without the presence or permission of parents.”

Collins wrote that Schexnider refused to apologize to the child or his parents during a conference at the school a few days later. “Your threatening behavior and recalcitrant attitude poses a threat to our school,” Collins wrote.

Schexnider was hired to lead Lycée, a French curriculum school, on Nov. 30, following the sudden departure of former Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Grandiere. In addition to her responsibilities leading the school on an interim basis, Schexnider was named academic director.

Schexnider did not respond to The Lens’ emailed questions or a phone call regarding the Audubon incident.

The Lens obtained the incident report from Audubon Charter as part of a public records request. It is partly redacted, Audubon principal Janice Dupuy said, to protect confidential student information. The report does not make clear exactly what Schexnider’s disagreement with the student entailed.

Some Lycée parents have complained they know little about Schexnider’s qualifications for the position, even going so far as to write state Education Superintendent John White about their concern.

Lycée board member Catherine MacPhaille called Schexnider “eminently qualified” for the academic director post. But for nearly two months since Lycée’s board president said he tapped Schexnider to lead the school, neither Schexnider nor school officials had publicly released any documentation containing her professional qualifications, despite requests by parents and The Lens.

A group of parents who petitioned the board about their school governance complaints even included the matter in its detailed list of concerns earlier this month.

On Friday, that changed.

According to a resume that an attorney for Lycée’s board sent to The Lens on Jan. 25 — more than six weeks after The Lens first formally requested it — Schexnider’s experience teaching French in the United States spans about 10 years.

She was an “interim teacher” at Norfolk Collegiate School in Virginia and a French teacher for adults until 2005, according to her resume. For nine months following Hurricane Katrina, she filled in as interim director of the Alliance Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans, where an official told The Lens she now serves on the advisory board.

In August 2005, her resume says, she taught at International School of Louisiana. And for more than three years from January 2006 to August 2009, it says, Schexnider taught at University of New Orleans as a professor and assistant professor. An official at UNO would not confirm her employment there unless The Lens provided her Social Security number.

Prior to joining Lycée in an administrative position in November, Schexnider was in her fifth year teaching French at Louise McGehee School for Girls Uptown.

Schexnider’s resume, written almost entirely in French, does not indicate she has had administrative experience in education.

Robert Rachal, attorney for a coalition of Lycée parents calling themselves the Rebuilding Trust Work Group — a group that detailed their concerns about school management in an eight-page memo to the board on Jan. 10 — said Tuesday that he hadn’t yet seen the resume. But he said his clients have long worried about Schexnider’s credentials.

“Our biggest concern is whether she has the training, knowledge, and experience to be an academic director for a school that teaches the French national curriculum,” Rachal said.

Schexnider’s resume also does not say where she was educated. It states that she received a master’s degree in linguistics in 2009, but it does not say from where. A Times-Picayune article from May 16, 2008, lists a “Gisele Goldberg Schexnider” as among a group of master of arts graduates from UNO’s College of Liberal Arts who were celebrating their degrees in a commencement ceremony that day.

Rachal said news of the Audubon incident raises questions about the level of screening Schexnider underwent prior to being hired. Critics of her appointment complained that the position wasn’t advertised before Schexnider was named to fill the seat.

“It definitely causes concern that [the Audubon incident] wasn’t vetted and discussed when she was originally hired,” Rachal said. “That’s not a good scenario.”

Though Schexnider did not answer an email last week inquiring about the incident at Audubon, The Lens did receive a response to the email from attorney Jaimme Collins of Adams and Reese LLC. Collins did not address any of The Lens’ questions regarding Schexnider being banned from campus, but she adid say her firm would be facilitating any public records requests for Lycée.

Despite Rachal’s client’s concerns, Schexnider’s arrival at Lycée has been lauded by others in the school community. Sixty-two supporters’ names were attached to a memo that credited Schexnider for improving communication and meeting regularly with parents. And others who are involved in the school sent their own signed memos, which were also forwarded to the board.

In just its second year, the 340-student Lycée has struggled to retain leaders, enduring the sudden resignations of two principals. Just two of its original nine members remain on the board — and those two are under fire from Rachal’s clients. The board in November voted to cut $200,000 from its budget after learning of an $85,000 deficit. In December, a fired special education teacher sued the school as well as board President Jean Montes and board member Paige Saleun, alleging character defamation after the police were called and parents notified.

Amid those struggles, White, the state’s top education chief, recruited the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools to help fix Lycée’s leadership woes. The organization is contracting with EMH, a management consulting firm, to help find a permanent CEO.

Caroline Roemer Shirley, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, said she was unaware of the Audubon incident, but said it’s something Lycée’s board should look into. As to Schexnider’s qualifications, she said lack of administrative experience isn’t always a negative.

“When you look across charter schools, you’ll find that school leaders have a variety of skill sets and experiences,” she said. “Usually, if the school leader doesn’t have that skill set, someone else on the team does because it’s a critical part of the work.”

The school currently serves students in pre-kindergarten through second grade at two campuses — Uptown at Patton and State Streets and in the Broadmoor section of S. Claiborne Avenue. School leaders aspire to eventually expand the school to the 12th grade.

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Gisele Schexnider serves on the board of directors for Alliance Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans. An official there said she is on the organization’s advisory board.


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About Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.

  • in the know at ACS

    But the boy who threatened to KILL Schexnider’s daughter was not asked to apologize… oh, and his mother was BFF’s with the teacher… Go figure… and ex-Lycee board member Tom Klingler was the one who requested the request from Audubon that involves children. What is his personal issue with Gisele? Maybe he is out to hurt Montes or the school he claims to love…

    So all you mom’s out there, let us know how you would react if someone in today’s world threatened to kill your child? Maybe ask to speak with the child and parent after school?…Especially when you know the administration does nothing with bullies…

  • It seems not only does Lycee Francais have board members that bully and intimidate some parents and employees, now the new acting CEO seems to have those problems also, unfortunately with children. This is what happens when an irresponsible board makes “shoot from the hip” decisions without vetting an employee its wishes to hire.

    As some LFNO board members continue to take aim at employees, who have left their employ, with unconfirmed accusations of the employees’ shortcomings, it is apparent that once again the board is culpable for the on-going cabal at Lycee. It is the board who hired those terminated employees, treated them unprofessionally, irresponsibly, and with contempt, as noted in news stories on line, and now uses them as a convenient scapegoat for its ineptitude. The LFNO Board continues to cry foul claiming board members acted responsibly and with great integrity in regard to school business, not the terminated employees who were incompetent and created the school’s on-going maladies. Ironically, some board members have engaged parent supporters in their theory that It’s not they, but incompetent employees who have heaped disgrace upon LFNO each time another disaster rears it ugly head. Just who will the board blame for this mess? Perhaps the board can perpetuate its myth to its gullible parent supporters that it is the terminated employees’ fault.

    Some board members continue to hold court during inappropriate on campus coffee meetings with parent supporters defending their decisions, hoping that naive parents will believe their on-going hollow tales, and unfortunately, most do. No board member should be meeting with parents to discuss situations that involve terminated employees. That is grossly unprofessional and ill advised. All one has to do is read the parent comments posted on the LFNO website to know that kind of information has been shared with them. I would not be surprised if the next board’s parent supporter coffee klatch will provide fodder to shore up the parents’ defense of Madame to justify her hiring. We can be assured that the parents will be fully armed with excuses as to why the Madame acted so unprofessionally, and outrageously in relationship to a child in front of his or her peers. After all, it wasn’t their children who were the target of Madame’s intimidation.

    Although I know that sometimes anger gets the best of us when it comes to our children, it is unacceptable that an educator would stoop to such behavior in any circumstance. Educators know better. We are the adults, not the children. A school leader must have impeccable credentials in how he or she handles such difficult situations, and this instance proves that Madame does not.

    And to the 62 supporters who along with Catherine MacPhaille, LFNO Board Member, lauded the hiring of Madame, I say this is what happens when non educators do not have a clue about the hiring of an administrator, and the requisite credentials that are necessary to perform in such important positions. I have finally read Madame’s resume, and she is not qualified for either position that she currently holds. Maybe you, the group of 62, all need to apologize to the LFNO teachers whom you so harshly judged. This news story underscores their judgement and that of mine. Madame is not qualified. You, the board parent supporters do not deserve the current outstanding LFNO teachers, and you will regret your actions in their regard in the future. Shame on you.

  • kally

    Ms. Schnexneider is also not a board member of the Alliance Francaise and I am quite sure she never will be.

  • Julie

    I am looking at our invitation to the 2013 L’Alliance Francaise Gala and Gisele Schexnider is listed on the Advisory Board. The Lens is no more than a tabloid.

  • Kevin

    The implication that Ms. Schexneider might not be qualified for the position she was hired, which seems be be repeated (conspicuously) several times in this article, seems quite absurd and curious. From what i have heard the 2 people who previously held Ms. Schexneider’s position DID have administrative experience and yet they proved to be far less effective, and less competent than ms Schexeider has been so far. I’m not sure I’d want someone who is a career administrator, particularly an OPSB pre Katrina administrator. Perhaps someone who has held several positions related to the people she is supervising makes her uniquely suited for the position. Considering her real life experience which includes several years of teaching French at multiple academic institutions, including public and private, both the high school as well as college level, it seems like she would be perfectly suited for an administrative position.

    Once again I think this is a good example of a small group of people, including some bitter parents, who are once again bent on attacking certain member of this school to promote their own agenda. Sadly we have the Lens who would rather be used as a mouthpiece for this group and perhaps try to sensationalize the story to attract more readers. Anybody who really knows whats been going on at this school will know exactly what i am talking about. Perhaps a true journalistic body will emerge who will be willing to actually report this story with some integrity. Until then read these articles through your own “lens”.

  • Kevin,

    Please comment about how many other charter schools in New Orleans have had numerous negative reports on NOLA, the Lens and Uptown Messenger as Lycee Francais. Have you read NOLA lately? Perhaps you can also criticize its integrity. The Lens et al is not a mouthpiece for anyone. Because they do not agree with you does not make them such. The difference between you and them is that they investigate the facts. You simply choose to ignore them, and believe what you are board fed. I doubt that you have spoken with all parents who send their children to school at LFNO. However, that does not matter because I am wondering why you feel so threatened by parents who dare to question those who have been involved in poor decision making on the school’s behalf? Shouldn’t they be held accountable to the taxpayers? Or do you believe that it is okay to spend taxpayer funds without public board discussions and board votes?
    Perhaps you are an embittered parent who refuses to accept the reality of this situation.

    What is wrong with an OPSB pre-Katrina administrator? Without her, you silly man, the school would not be up and running today. No one, and I mean no one on the board had the skill set to get the school up and running without her. Instead of thanking her for her efforts, you choose to sully her reputation. You are an ungrateful wretch. And, I wonder where you got the information to make such statements? Could it have been board members? Did you personally evaluate her, the former CEO and the five others that were fired? How do you know what went on? Your comments are of little regard, as you do not have the chutzpah to write under your full given name.

    By the way, I am glad that you like Madame, but I hold educators to a higher standard than you. It is interesting that you criticize former administrators, but excuse the behavior of the current one. Educators know that we are required to act as professionals even in trying circumstances. There is no excuse for a teacher to enter another’s classroom, and make threatening comments to another’s child, even if her child is involved. That puts Madame’s leadership judgement into question. If that had been your child she was intimidating, you would be whistling a different tune today.

    I realize that you have a right to your opinion. However, when you impugn other’s integrity then I cannot sit idly by. Madame made a significant judgement error. Yes, she is human, but such an error cannot be ignored when children are involved, as she is now the chief administrator of a school.

  • Audubon Mom

    journalism 101: check your sources. The story here is why Audubon didn’t expel a child who threatened to kill another child. It’s inexcusable. The threatening boy remains because his mother is friends with the administration. If this had happened to my daughter, I doubt I would have shown the restraint that Mrs. Schexnider did. This is one of many issues with bullying prevalent at Audubon. This is the real story. The Lens is extraordinarily irresponsible in it’s “reporting.” And it completely missed the boat on this one.

  • Matti

    Kevin: Don’t insult The Lens for doing their job. This school has a few hundred angry parents, not simply a “few bitter” ones. Not all of them act by speaking up, but they’ll act by pulling their kids out next year. “The few” are actually the ones who follow those crazy board members that have no respect for ethics or laws. It’s quite apparent you’re one of those.

  • J’aime Lycée

    Lycée is a wonderful school and it is so sad that a group of disgruntled, fired, incompetent people have made it their cause to try to bring it down. If they can’t leech off of the Lycée, they prefer to try to destroy it. I read the recent audit report that reveals the goings on under Jill Otis…a real eye-opener! There’s a link on No financial control, no budgets, money disappearing, the school managed outside the charter parameters, a board member knowingly allowed to charge the school for a personal cell phone. And, after all this mismanagement under her watch, Jill Otis arranged to receive nearly $30,000 in unauthorized payments…after she resigned! Otis may have played an important role in writing the charter and getting the school started, but that was not why she was pressured to resign. She and her staff (including the financial manager and the school director who supposedly had so much “experience”) grossly mismanaged the school to the point of malfeasance. It’s all there in black and white in the audit report. And Joyous VB writes to support Otis, Klingler (the board member who tried to steal from the school), and the staff members who nearly drove the school off a cliff???? You’re kidding!

  • J’aime Lycée

    Matti: I strongly suggest you read the audit report. The unethical people are Jill Otis, Tom Klingler, David Bedell, and others who helped them all take advantage of the school. The board actually SAVED the school from the incompetent team under Jill Otis. It’s a fact and all laid out in the independent audit report. Please read it.

  • Julie

    Thanks Audubon mom. Maybe the Lens will look into the bullying that goes on at Audubon and other schools in New Orleans but I doubt it. It’s just not as sensational.

  • J’aime Lycée

    Matti: Also, the school truly does have only a handful of disgruntled, but vocal, parents. Unfortunately, they have been fed a line of baloney by Jill Otis, who is bitter about having been forced out. The vast majority of parents love the school. They are happy there although confused and weary of the commotion created by Otis and her compatriots as part of their vengeful effort to “get back” at the board for firing them. Please don’t misrepresent the level of dissatisfaction. The vast majority of parents have indicated that their children will be back in September, and that is the biggest vote of confidence.

  • It would seem that some of you who work at Lycee and board members are open for slander and libel aside from ethics violations for discussing alleged personnel infractions. And yet you claim executive session when you purport to be is cussing personnel issues?

    The Lens is no more a “tabloid” than the Picayune is a source of unbiased informed journalism. The Lens puts its researched stories out there to be held accountable and open to public scrutiny while the TP suppresses and waters down any facts presented to them that constitute a reality that doesn’t suit their agenda.

    White will not address the qualifications issue because he himself is not qualified to even hold the position of principal in a public school. He knows that qualified certified educators are not likely to put up with his fraudulent attempts at reform unless they are desperate to protect their jobs or have been made an offer they can’t refuse.

    Lycee is an extreme example of the problem with autonomous, unregulated charters.

  • Prefer not to say

    Audubon Mom, unless you are the parent of the other child in question, you have no idea of the consequences or interventions that took place. Please note, FERPA law does not allow schools to disclose this information to anyone.

  • kally

    I am sure that getting banned from a public school is not an everyday occurance, nor one that a public school takes lightly. The behavior had to be documented and a meeting called. In the newest lens article, the Lycee director is quoted as saying that this was not the first disagreement she had had with the administration. This sounds to me like Audubon WAS doing its job , there was a consistent pattern of wrong doing,and what other choice does the school have. I don’t think it is easy to be banned from a public school and I am sure that the Audubon adminstration does not like to do it.

  • Former Audubon Parent

    Kally: There were many issues that many parents had with Audubon, including repeated bullying. Parents who refused to put up with cronyism in the administration, poor physical plant, unresponsive leadership,questionable pedagogic decisions, mismanagement, and bullying all had multiple “disagreements” with the administration. And, they voted with their feet by placing their children at the Lycee. I’ve never looked back and am so grateful to the people who had the conviction to start their own school instead of putting up with the ridiculousness of Audubon.

    I ask you Kally, if a parent doesn’t stand up for his/her child, who will?

  • J’aime Lycee

    Lee: I’d like to be clear. I am a parent. I am not a member of the administration nor the board. In my comments above, I refer to the audit report which is publicly available on the site under “About Lycee.” It is also available on the Dept of Education site. It is a public document and the mismanagement under Jill Otis’ leadership is documented there, along with the remedies that were put in place by the new board and administration to address the deficiencies caused by her and her staff. It’s right there in black and white.

  • Spencer

    “It’s right there in black and white.” Hahahahahahahahaha

    J’aime Lycée, who do you suppose supplied the auditor with the information he used for his audit?

  • Matti

    Agreed Spencer. I don’t trust that audit at all. They can only audit based on what they’re given. And who gives them the info? Yeah, right. Not hard to do the math. $80k is lost, and just a month earlier they gave nearly that amount in a contract to some mommies who want to pretend they are development experts (they, like Gisele, have none of the qualifications either).

    If Audubon really sucks that much then it’s a shame because Lycee is not a good place to run to. I am skeptical of these accusations of ACS though. The parents at Audubon could easily unload any ethics or legal complaints on the state ed dept or news organizations, but they don’t have anything concrete! Unlike Lycee which has a history of documented bad behavior. I don’t recall any other charter schools firing a teacher for a made-up reason and then calling nopd to pull her out crying with her child in front of everyone at dismissal time. No amount of propaganda newsletters or intimidating “coffee talks” is going to help them live that one down.

  • Audubon parent

    I can tell you from personal experience, that Audubon does not handle bullying incidents properly. It is all about trying to sweep it under the rug and pretending everything is fine. I am not going to rehash the details of it here, but I did go through all the proper channels with the school (ACS) and in the end it only made me wish I would have gone directly to the child’s parents. It was an awful experience!

  • Valerie

    Joyous don’t be so ignorant. The reason there are so many stories about Lycee is because all of these blogs ARE FEED THE STORIES FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT THE SCHOOL TO FAIL!!!! If it was real reporting they would be looking for the other side BUT that would take there time to find the truth. But don’t you worry Joyous, I am submitting my own Public Records Letter this morning to find out who is behind this. I know a name was thrown out there but I was told the editor went to get this. I highly doubt the editor did. I will bet anything it is one of your group Joyous. But within five days I will have who asked for this record and then I will go to that person and ask why and who told the person about it. Then I will submit it to The Lens. Do you think they will tell the truth behind all this??? Well we will find out in FIVE days.

  • D. Bagh

    In the know:

    As a matter of fact, the that was “obviously not one that stands up for her child” came forth because of the berating of other parents on that same thread, and because of complaints issued at a PTO meeting. A constant stream of negative comments, almost all insultory in nature, forced that parent to finally stand up and face the antry mog. The general furor was caused by a small group of parents, who later claimed concern that Audubon would never be a great school, only a mediocre one. In fact, the leader of this group led the charge to separate the Montessori and French programs. The primary shit-stirrer in these events? Paige Saleun.

  • D. Bagh


    Good luck with that. I can’t wait to see what you produce.

  • creole65

    Be careful folks at the tingsy sa on this blog about certain people that are not true and you don’t no the truth. You should not have to ask for a public reguest to get info on someone working with your children.If you wish to check credentials of old board members, just goole their name.

  • creole65

    I need a new keyboard so please excuse mistakes in previous message. Should read ” things you say on this blog” google

  • Valerie,

    I appreciate all the attention that you have showered upon me in your comments, but it is you who needs to wake up. I know that we live in a state whose governor disregards the Constitution and state law, and due to the aforementioned, his education legislation has been overturned, and will get a hearing in the LA Supreme Court, however, I have a healthy regard and respect for the law. I understand that you, and others do not. Too bad. That is what’s wrong in this state, and our country. No matter what you uncover, you will never convince me that it is lawful and right to disregard and break state law as the LFNO Board has done. To not place legitimate items on a board agenda for a public hearing and board vote such as contract issues, etc. violates the board’s public trust and state law.

    The board is required to follow the law, know the laws under which it operates, and adhere to education policy. Ignorance is no excuse. The LFNO board is the steward of taxpayer monies. That is the point, Valerie. You alone are not supporting this school through your taxes, hundreds of thousands are. Now, if you do not care about holding a governing board responsible for taxpayer money, then shame on you, but I would assume others do.

    I know you and your supporters enjoy sending your children to a free, public/private elitist uptown school, but Lycee Francais was created to offer all children, including at-risk children, an opportunity for a quality education. LFNO should have an at-risk population of 67%, reflecting the city’s at-risk population, but it does not. The 50% LFNO quote is far from accurate. It is about 19%. – 23%. We created this charter to demonstrate that French Education would be the key to educating at-risk children. Now there are few to legitimize that claim. Although a board member has claimed that I am responsible for the debacle with First Steps, I hold her responsible. The partnership with First Steps was removed from the founding principle’s jurisdiction when the board hired a consulting company in October 2011 and required them to do outreach. Well, we see how that went. I had stepped down from the board well before the school was open and running. Why? Because the same board member that so easily points fingers at others, to cover up her inadequacies, was out of control. I could no longer as a board member be a party to someone who caused chaos when the board engaged in decision making, who repeatedly created problems with other sister charter schools and so much more. I, unlike her, will not air her dirty linen on this blog, and it is quite extensive. So you see, you cannot believe all that you hear. That partnership with First Steps was a key reason the school got chartered. I have a legitimate axe to grind. I, unlike the SDE and the La Charter School Association do care about why charter schools were created, and I am holding them accountable to fulfill the clap trap I had to endure during legislative hearings about how great they would be, and how they, unlike traditional public schools, would make a difference with at-risk children. That might have been a noble pursuit then, but that goal has been muddied by SDE officials that choose to hide significant facts about the on-goings of charter schools in hopes of keeping the public believing that charter schools are the best thing since sliced bread. However, Uptown Messenger, the Lens, Nola, and now the Advocate have decided to determine what is going on behind the closed doors of charter schools, and it is about time. If local school boards engaged in the same behaviors as the LFNO board, the SDE, BESE, and John White would tar and feather them. I say investigative journalism has played a major role in uncovering some of the ugly truths about charter schools, and the public has the right to know. There is much more work to be done.

    I wish I were ignorant about the facts that I have had to face in regard to the LFNO Board. The saddest part is the parent board supporters are threatened by parents who are asking tough questions of this board. I believe in asking tough questions to try to elicit the answers that can lead to resolving problems. Too many LFNO parents are willing to accept hollow answers to tough questions, and sweep the LFNO mess under a carpet and get on with it. I, unlike them, care about the employees whose lives were ruined by punitive innuendos that have assassinated their characters and good names by some board members and parents. I am grateful that I had good parents who taught me about character and what my responsibilities are in regard to others. I fall way short at times, and I am sad that I do, but I will fight to protect the good names of others until they have the ability to defend themselves. I am so sad about the mean spirited board members and parents that I have met while dealing with this cabal at LFNO. i have never seen the like in all my years in education.

    To all of you, who hide behind fictitious names, and continue to attack others’ character and professional employment ethic, who worked tirelessly at LFNO on behalf of your children, I say to you, check your sources, and determine if those sources have the character and qualities that you would want to emulate. See if they are good people who strive to do what it right. I know that I do not want to be in their number. In my comments in regard to Madame, I will be the first to say i do not know her, and hear that she is doing a good job. I part ways with her as an educator because we are required to act professionally in how we deal with others’ children. She made a mistake, but that mistake places her judgement in question as a leader. To those of you who say that you would do the same, just think how you would feel if your child was the bully, and a parent came after your child. Do not fool yourselves, all children bully, in most cases not realizing what they are doing, and most times, not severely as some, but that is a characteristic that children have until they fully mature, and develop sensitivity. Should schools keep that in check, yes? Should administrators and parents sit down to develop a non bullying policy, yes? However, bullying will continue no matter what we do. I experienced it, and I think that most have to one degree or another. It’s destructive in some cases, and certainly unacceptable. Parents have an awesome responsibility to continuously sit down with their child or children to talk about it so that their children become more sensitized to what bullying actually is. Most children do not understand the concept. Home is where character is taught. It is the parents’ responsibility, not the school’s. Actually, I am sick that people think schools should raise children, and in some cases, teachers do.

    In closing,

  • kally


    Thank you. I agree.

  • in the know at ACS

    Kally, I love how you call Joyous by the name Joy, are ya’ll good friends or somethin’? How do you know she goes by the name Joy? Maybe you are JHK or CL?

  • To All You Parents Who Would Do the Same as Madame if your child was bullied, I suggest you do not speak until it happens because you do not know what you would do in a similar situation. My son attended Isidore Newman. He was bullied, and the bullier took it one step further, and punched him. An administrator drove him to the hospital, as he had cuts to his face. I was informed by the school, and left my teaching post for the hospital. The next day I met with the principal, and was told that the bully’s family was notified. We did not receive an apology from the bully’s parents, but were satisfied with school’s resolution. Luckily my son remembered what he was taught. He did not throw a punch back. I was a teacher after all, and I knew what ensues in such situations. If he had, he would have lost privileges, and had probably had to face punishment at school. I never thought of going to the school, and seeking that boy out. I trusted the system. Had the school not responded with a reasonable solution, I do to this day not know what I would have done, but I know that as a professional there were expectations I had to meet.

  • kally

    Funny, in the know at ACS, Most people just call me Kally. I don’t need an alias like you.

  • in the know at ACS

    Really, I recall you being an ACS parent and there is no results for Kally listed on the Rarebird group. And as vocal as you are, I would think you might have responded to at least 1 post on that group.

  • Budd

    It is factually incorrect that she was a professor or assistant professor. She does not hold a terminal degree in her field and it is against policy at UNO or almost any other college to be entitled assistant professor without such. This is blatant misrepresentation.

  • kally

    in the know ACS,

    My husband is listed on rarebird sweetie.