Good morning, Deaf America! Finally, after such a busy week working on projects, I am back at my desk, sitting in my chair with a cup of hot coffee. Ahh, refreshening smell of coffee! Mmm...
Now, readers, I'd like you to first read my exchange of replies to the posters below. Second, I would like to share with you the links to two different sides of the story on the bus incident. This is especially for those out in the public who were behind in blogs and news. The critic of the Gallaudet protests, Mike McConnell, questioned the tactics of some protestors according to reports he read. One report he blogged on had to do with the allegation of protestors banging on the sides of the buses as they came in. Here is a link to his blog:
However, the allegation was denied by a father of a son who rode on the bus in the incident. His story was published on Mishka Zena's blogsite at this following link,
Also, read comments by posters on the story in this other link,
There are still questions over what exactly happened in the events leading up to the arrests on "Black Friday." Elizabeth Maynardie's statement was vague, too. I have emailed the FSSA coalition yesterday and asked for their statement in rebuttal to Elizabeth Maynardie's statement in regards to the allegation of school buses being blocked. I will post their statement here as soon as I receive it.
But for the time being, speaking as a MSSD alumnus I have some thoughts. In sympathy with those MSSD alumni who were arrested on "Black Friday," I think it would be wise to defer this inquiry to a later time after JKF is successfully evicted and the presidential search process is reopened. I think we should call for an independent commission, to be made up of neutral-minded MSSD alumni, MSSD or KDES faculty and staff, and any other community leader who was not present at the events, to lead an investigation of several allegations regarding the handling of the bus incidents on Gallaudet's side and the tactics of certain protestors. I won't be on this commission, as neither should be the bloggers or anyone from the FSSA or the Administration. It must be filled with unbiased people, so that they can study and vertify which information is accurate. Is this understood? Do anyone support this idea of an independent commission?
I would like to add that the purpose of the independent commission should be just to vertify facts, not to mete out judgements or punishment. I do not support reprisals for all the protestors, even if some of them were found to be guilty of breaking certain laws. I do not support expulsion of any one, period.