Sunday, April 05, 2015
Jennifer Martucci: I will not be intimidated or bullied by C. J. Huff
Sometimes it's his staff. But when things really get rough, he invariably says his family is being attacked. That's what he did this morning after he was swamped with his criticism for his Saturday night Facebook posting attacking board candidate Jennifer Martucci.
Martucci responded a short while later to Huff's latest posting. Her response is printed below:
Dr. Huff has misrepresented who my email was sent to. The email of 2/7/13 was addressed and sent solely to Dr. Huff, not any member of the School Board. A picture of the header to that email, which I also saved, can be seen at Jennifer Martucci for Joplin School Jennifer Martucci For Joplin School Board since I cannot post it here.
Dr. Huff then chose to forward the email to the School Board. Because it was a private email sent directly from a concerned parent to the superintendent of schools, Dr. Huff is mistaken that the email falls under the Sunshine law. The Sunshine Law applies only to “public meetings” and “public records” -- not private emails. Private emails fall under FERPA, particularly where, as here, they contain personal identifiable information about a child. A private email does not become a public record simply because a superintendent decides to forward it on to board members. Dr. Huff has even gone further by placing the email in the school mail box of teachers without removing my children’s names and schools of attendance.
Our exchange on this topic ends with this reply. I will not go back and forth with Dr. Huff as I do not believe it promotes the welfare of our School District. If elected to the School Board, I am willing to work with Dr. Huff in a respectful and professional manner to promote the best interests of our children and teachers. Our School District deserves nothing less. At the same time, I will not be intimidated or bullied. I felt I needed to reply to Dr. Huff’s comments because I have told the public that I will stand up when others sit down. This means that I will stand up for what is right for our School District, all parents and kids in the District, and all the teachers and staff. If no one will stand up then it will not stop, and no one is safe.
Lastly, I have never spoken to Dr. Huff’s children. The last communication I had with his wife was 3 years ago when she asked me to make a donation to the Lafayette House fundraiser, which I was happy to do.
I will continue to take the high road about this or any other topic any member of the public wishes to discuss. I regret that this exchange has distracted attention from the important issues our District faces and that we will have to decide in the April 7th election. I welcome any citizen to contact me to find out where I truly stand and feel. Here is my number: 417-483-8104 and my email address is email@example.com.