Virus and Conspiracies of Silence

Aug 25, 2020 by

Jon Miller. the deputy superintendent of a school district in Georgia, explicitly ordered all staff who tested positive for the coronavirus to affirmatively suppress that information for the purpose of preventing members of the school community from learning that they might be at heightened risk of contagion.

A thinly-veiled tone of threat suggested that there was to be no opting out of the conspiracy .

This execrable policy decision should be illegal and punishable by a stiff fine and the permanent loss of professional credentials as well as a lifetime ban on future employment in the education field.  If a manager’s directive does not neatly fit into any classification within the criminal code, then one needs to be devised.  Perhaps “Aggravated Willful Negligence to Public Health.”

Although this incident, which was reported in the New York Times, occurred in Georgia, there is right here in New York City a history of pernicious official secrecy in the upper echelons of bureaucracy and school-based chains of command.

Conspiracies of silence can be deadly.  Any  such enabler, especially  if in a school leadership capacity, should receive an expedited due process hearing and if the charge is substantiated, an even more expedited boot.  Whistleblowers who reported them should be rewarded and any administrators guilty of retaliation should lose their pension.

Rank may have its privileges.  But luring subordinates into infamy is not among them.

Ron Isaac

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