The Superintendent of Schools in Franklin, MA needs some remedial media training.
According to Fox 25 TV in Boston, there is an ongoing investigation of a male teacher accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a female student.
When the station asked about the matter, Superintendent Maureen Sablonski issued a written statement saying:
It’s a pity and we’ve all felt very sick and devastated. It’s a breach of trust. Parents send their children to us and, if an adult makes a bad choice or blurs the lines, it impacts us all as educators…”
We’d give that a C+ grade. It is good that she expressed concern — but she should have thrown in at least one “If true” — just to avoid convicting the teacher before a trial.
But our real heartburn came with what happened next. Apparently, Sablonski held a news conference but instructed the media not to take video of her face. Amazingly, they complied and only showed the back of her head.
|Sablonski When She WAS Showing Her Face|
The Sup’s explanation for the bizarre order was that the story was not about her — and therefore her face was unneeded.
Her inexplicable action resulted in Fox 25 doing a five minute segment asking what she had to hide, whether she had some sort of phobia, and questioning her judgment. Note: five minutes is an eternity in TV. The segment ran twice as long as the original story about the accused creepy teacher. Take a look
Public officials are paid to stand up, face the public and (when necessary) the cameras to explain their institutions. Sablonski acted like a Mafioso entering the witness protection program rather than an official charged with the proper management of a school system.
For ducking the cameras — she earned an “F”