Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Whistleblower...Kathy Cole

Her-Community2 met with Kathy Cole. She is considered to be a whistle blower, but quite honestly she is simply exposing corruption in New York schools. She and her husband have a family owned business that they had inherited from her father in law, who was a union carpenter. The business they own specializes in the maintenance and repair of the public schools'gym partition doors, bleachers, etc.  There have been 4  deaths involving children and motorized folding partitions and about a dozen more accidents throughout North America. The most recent tragedy occurred in May of this year in Virginia. Wesley Lipicky, nine years old was crushed and killed in the same way and with the same equipment. What Kathy is doing is exposing that many districts are not performing New York State mandated, maintenance on the safety devices for the partitions. New York state is the only state in the nation that requires by law that only "trained" personnel are allowed to operate these partitions and that safety devices are installed to stop the motion of the partition if a child is sensed in its path. The term "trained" only came into question when her concerns were brought to public attention. What Kathy discovered is that there is a massive non-compliance with these safety devices. . In 1991, in Half Hollow School district

at Sunquam elementary school, a gym teacher jammed a piece of wood against a safety button so the partition would continuously close while he went to the boys locker room. Deanna Moon, a 9 year old girl became trapped between the gym wall and the divider as she tried to pass through as the partition was closing. The safety device is designed to prevent this. The young girl died nine days later from her injuries. Kathy has been a labeled a greedy vendor by some, but to most, she is truly concerned about our children and wants the laws enacted to protect our children, to be enforced. Kathy produced a documentary in the hopes of spreading awareness regarding the national safety issue facing our children in their school gyms. Our children are mandated to participate in physical education and every school gym is a footprint of each other. It is our obligation to provide them with a safe environment. In New York state the law is funded by the legislature to enable schools to comply for the safety of our children. This law is not being monitored by any agency. Kathy   has been a hands-on vendor and has extensive documentation from her technicians that there are no safety devices  installed, lacked proper maintenance, or bypassed to give a false sense of security. Bypassing the safety device is illegal, the certificate of occupancy for the school can be withheld and a penalty of 15 days in jail can be issued. There has never been any such punishment in 17 years. Since 2009 when Kathy began blowing the whistle about non-compliance, government officials have been lied to about compliance with this law. Nine years later, Kathy is still fighting to make certain that the schools are in compliance with these devices for the partitions. As a result of her WHISTLEBLOWERS, her documentary, several Production and Media companies have been with Kathy to tell her story. In addition, Kathy recently started her own production company, WHISTLEBLOWER PRODUCTIONS,LLC giving whistleblowers a voice. For the past 10 years, Kathy and her family have endured retaliation and abuse of power for reporting this non-compliance. Together as a family, they are still strong. The picture of the flag with the Statue of Liberty was done by her daughter Molly. Between the red stripes, are articles of whistleblowers fighting for children's safety. I asked Kathy where does she see herself in 5 years? Her answer? It has been suggested by several people that she run for public office, but she sees herself behind the camera helping people tell their stories about blowing the whistle and continuing to expose corruption. Anyone interested in receiving more information in regards to Whistleblower productions LLC, you may contact:

Kathy Cole

Monday, March 2, 2020

Valva tragedy and the drama

I wrote previously regarding this particular case. Very sad indeed. A down right tragedy that could have been prevented, but that's another story and hopefully with a group of strong ladies who I have been working with, have bonded together, and are legitimately trying to get things accomplished for future children. The second tragedy to this story is the aftermath. People are coming out of the woodwork, insinuating themselves into this horrific crime. A person from out of state has even  been trying to get involved in this case, when he absolutely has nothing to do with this and the parents do not want him involved. Its sad when others are trying to get famous off this case. Five children total in that house of horrors. Now these kids need to desperately move on with guidance and love from their other parent. Now comes the rough part, therapy. Lots of therapy to help them cope with whatever these kids have witnessed and or experienced. I'm going to assume that most people have left these parents alone, but I have witnessed a strong sense of community and a gathering of people to march, donate, and above all help create a change in our broken system. Now, social media has not been kind to these parents, there have been a few Facebook groups that have formed in the best interest of the families involved, but the other ones, are merely discussion groups that create more drama and claiming to know what's going on first hand when they really know nothing. I believe these families need privacy not exploitation. Even so called advocates with criminal records are involved. Very sad. Everyone has to jump on the bandwagon right? I have been very fortunate, many parents have reached out to me, not because I have advice, but they desperately want a voice for what they are going through in a similar situation. Family court issues, custody and family drama. I have never experienced this but I do know from people I know directly. Some awesome ladies I have collaborated with along this journey who have experienced some sort of upheaval in their life and know what it is to help and know how to fight the injustice out there. They are educated, brave, and above all.....fighters for the weak. I am proud to stand behind them in our efforts. Now of course we have been trashed, envied, and downright disrespected. That's ok, as to one parent has stated " He is on his own" referring to an outsider who has tried to be involved in this gruesome tragedy. A great source if you would like to donate is to contact Marie Bouchard Gouldsbury through Facebook messenger also her email is: Mgouldsbury1@live.com She can certainly direct you in where to drop off or send a monetary donation. Let's pray for these families for peace, solitude, and to move forward together as a family. As far as for our group of powerful ladies, we will change things, we will reform the system and most of all, we will continuously support these families and their children.

Bail Reform and the "List"

CRIME :  An unlawful act punishable by a state or other type of authority.  That's great, we knew this.  Bail: Bail, in New York, is som...