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A parent's concern

Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor,

I am a concerned parent living in the Moose Lake School District, and I want to inform our community about events that happened in our school district over the past few months.

On Monday, April 9, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m., an unlocked/unattended staff computer was breached by a Moose Lake High School student and the school’s staff password was stolen. The theft of the password was witnessed by three other students. I spoke to one of the Moose Lake School Board members who stated to me personally that this is a very serious offense. To this date, the school district has been informed on five occasions who the individual was who breached the computer, and, to my knowledge, this individual has not received any discipline for their actions.

On the very next day, a group of students and parents began to write a petition letter of protest against the school administration, and the student body was planning to hold a peaceful walkout on Wednesday, April 11. The letter of protest contained four line-items of concern: 1) Wi-Fi that could be accessible to the students; 2) Administration that was focused on education not parenting; 3) Equal treatment towards students; 4) Concerns over constant bullying inside the Moose Lake School District. This petition was disseminated to the students, but the peaceful walkout never occurred.

Because of this letter of protest, my son was removed from his Presidency of the Moose Lake Chapter of the National Honor Society. He was called in for a hearing before the faculty council they stated to him he did not honor the pledge he made to the NHS, which is to maintain and honor the high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. They said he broke his pledge because his activities encouraged student dissent. During his interrogation, the faculty council repeatedly attacked my son’s character, called him a liar, and accused him of being the sole owner of the letter of protest, and then presented him with a letter of discipline that stated he must agree to their terms to remain a member in good standing or they were going to remove him from NHS altogether. I have requested three times for an appeal hearing to refute the claims against my son and show documented proof of his truthfulness to their questions. I was told by the school’s administration that we would be granted an appeal hearing, and then the same administrator said we were not going to get the hearing after all. This school’s administration stated to me in multiple emails that my son has not violated even one school rule or policy. This being said, my question to the Moose Lake School Administration is: Why was my son called down and interrogated in the first place since he never violated a single rule or policy?

The documentation I have compiled regarding these two incidents is very lengthy so I cannot share it all with you in this letter. If you would like to have more of the facts regarding these incidents, please feel free to contact me and I will gladly share it with you.

Now that the school year is completed, I will be filing an official complaint with the Minnesota Department of Education over this administration’s handling of these incidents. If you have any similar documented incidents, situations, or stories that you would like to share, please feel free to contact me as well and I will add them to the growing pile of documents that I have already collected.

The Moose Lake School District claims to have a zero-tolerance bullying policy, but in my opinion, there are some staff and administration at the Moose Lake School guilty of bullying their own students and do not treat students equally or fairly. I would like to see changes made and problems addressed for the benefit of current and future students.

Scott Danelski

Sturgeon Lake


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