Leave the Kids Out of This!

Each day we leave our kids at school and trust that those in charge of their care are professionals — and adults who are above ticky-tacky pettiness let alone cheap political vendettas. In most cases, that is correct. If, on the other hand, you live within the Capistrano School District, there may be a reason for the intuitive feel that your kid is a pawn — a hostage.

Today, the OC Register reports that “Capistrano Unified School District kept lists of 150 families who supported last year’s board recall campaign” including such personal information as “where their children went to school.” Why would one need to know the schools that recall supporters’ children attended if one were not contemplating some form of retaliation? I know it may sound a little paranoid but I can guarantee you the list wasn’t kept to insure that little Johnny got an extra helping of warm apple pie at lunch.

Of course no one remembers anything — except for a “disgruntled former employee” — which might have been a code word for “whistle blower” only the person in question, David Smollar, didn’t blow any whistles when he claims he first became aware of the lists in May, 2005. The lists in question were not included in the response to a public records request from the recall supporters raising the possibility that the district was in violation of the California Public Records Act.

And if that weren’t enough, there’s a good chance that the lists were prepared at taxpayer expense — and before we’ve heard the last of this, they’ll probably cost the good taxpayers of San Juan Capistrano even more money that could’ve been spent on their kids. Except, of course, for little Johnny and the other kids on the list.

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