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Salzer threw safey and Lombardi ‘under the bus’

To the editor:

I am a parent of three children in the Northampton public schools and I was disgusted to see Superintendent Brian Salzer bow to the pressure of a small few who felt their civil liberties were violated. He threw their public safety and his assistant principal under the bus. The reason why these few are here to even have civil liberties is because of Assistant Principal Bryan Lombardi kept them safe in the face of an imminent threat.

I have known Lombardi for 13-plus years now and can personally attest to his character, his integrity and his acumen, the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions.

Salzer’s comments — “Occasionally, one of us makes a mistake. It’s important to be honest and acknowledge when mistakes are made” — is a cowardly statement. Salzer’s self-concern overrode what was considered the right thing to do to protect our children.

Lastly, Salzer’s blog entry — “now, and in the future, we will gather more people and perspectives around the situation, respect the trusting relationship we have with our students and families, and we will work to resolve future crises in a proper and respectful manner” — is such a political response. It has no meat to it and just makes people feel good. My kids’ safety trumps their civil liberties any day of the week.

There is no person I would entrust my children with more than Assistant Principal Bryan Lombardi. I think a public apology to Lombardi is in order.

Greg Howard


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