Letter: Felmly's Forum obscures real issue

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Please allow me to respond to Peter C. Felmly’s Forecaster Forum regarding unfair treatment of Maine public school officials.

First, we need to start with his failure to disclose to the reader that he is the attorney legally representing the very same schools that appeared in The Forecaster’s articles. His job and responsibility is to protect the interest and image of those schools, regardless of any wrongs committed by the school staff. As such, he has a conflict of interest and his opinion is nothing more then propaganda in an attempt to cover up and protect his clients’ treatment of students.

The Forecaster editor has asked a very fair question: “What Are Maine Schools Hiding?”; how is this unfairly treating school officials? His Forum suggests that The Forecaster has somehow inappropriately asked for individual student records. This is not true and at best, very misleading. The Forecaster has only asked to see records of holds and restraints conducted by school employees’ on students.

Robert Baizley