Teachers union would rather cover up abuse than protect our kidsSee LINK for the video.
"‘It’s always the union’s fault,” said Patricia Puleo, the president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. Truer words have never been spoken by a union leader.
Gonzo journalist James O’Keefe has done it again, stinging YFT officials into helping a “teacher” who admitted he hit a student, used a racial epithet and fled to Mexico.
His hidden cameras caught Puleo and another union official advising fraud and violations of workplace rules to a man they thought was a teacher who’d hit a student.
O’Keefe’s video confirmed what many already know — and the late United Federation of Teachers leader Al Shanker acknowledged, “I don’t represent children. I represent teachers.”
Unaware they’re being filmed, Puleo and her deputy Paul Diamond look utterly unconcerned about harm to the student as they focus on helping the “teacher” keep his job.
Not once in the 17-minute video does Puleo or Diamond talk of notifying authorities about the child abuse. They, instead, pretend to discuss a theoretical situation — plainly, to protect themselves from officially learning damning details — and suggest scenarios where the “teacher” can come out OK.
But there’s nothing theoretical in their reflexive response to protect a teacher at the expense of a student. Puleo even suggests concocting a story about the teacher’s relatives being kidnapped by Mexican drug dealers — so he can file a (false) family- leave request to cover his absence."