Thursday morning, November 21, 2013 and Capital Preparatory Magnet School Principal Steve Perry’s outrageous tweet is still featured on his twitter page.
“The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.”
Strap up is slang for putting on a concealed pistol and “there will be head injuries” doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination.
If a student posted that threat, they’d be arrested, suspended and probably prohibited from ever returning to public school.
If a teacher said that, they be fired and papers filed to have their certification revoked by the State Board of Education.
But Steve Perry said it…
And there has been almost complete silence.
Only John Dankosky, the host of WNPR’s public affairs program Where We Live, stepped forward and tweeted Perry…
So, you probably will think this is a bad question, but what did you mean by “Strap up, there will be head injuries,” @DrStevePerry?
@johndankosky John, does the word metaphor mean anything to you? I really and truly used to think that you were a real actual news guy.
@johndankosky by the way, you didn’t answer my question what is it about the failed system that makes you angry?
So Perry is saying the threat was just a “metaphor” and by the way, Dankosky isn’t a real journalist for asking?
The police wouldn’t let the kid off if they said – it was just a metaphor
The teacher wouldn’t keep their job by saying, I was just joking.
Later, after talking with Matt Poland, the Chairman of the Hartford Board of Education, Dankosky reported;
“Hartford School Board chair asks district for investigation after @DrStevePerry tweet about “head injuries.” Tells me he’s “appalled.”
“Poland wants to look at “what’s going on” at Capital Prep Under @DrStevePerry. Wants answers within 24 hours.”
Of course, Chairman Poland, Hartford Superintendent Kishimoto and Hartford officials were silent when, day after day, Perry’s bully, abusive tweeting and excessive absences were reported here at Wait, What?
But apparently an investigation has been called for…although Perry is still on the job…
And perhaps the most interesting point of all…
Steve Perry, a public school principal, posts a threat on the internet that he will carry a gun and there will be head injuries but other than here at Wait, What? and what John Dankosky is doing at WNPR Connecticut Public radio, there is absolutely no Connecticut media coverage at all.
Nothing in the Hartford Courant or any other newspaper or on-line media outlet.
Nothing on any Connecticut TV news broadcast.
Why the special treatment for Steve Perry when no student, teacher or administrator would be able to post a threat and say… does the word metaphor mean anything to you.
Stay tuned for developments. Dankosky’s “Where We Live Program” airs at 9am to he may have more to say on this issue.
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