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Superintendent wrong to ‘scapegoat’ Lombardi

To the editor:

Shame on you, Superintendent Brian Salzer, for your character assassination of Bryan Lombardi in a Gazette article (“School chief: Pledge ruse ‘not our way of doing business,’ ” Jan. 26-27).

You should be ashamed of yourself for taking someone who has been a beacon of light for our kids and making him your scapegoat. This is a man who has been a pillar in our community, attending events and giving positive encouragement to students at Northampton High School and who has been known to bring shoes, food and other essentials to students in need.

This case was not a scenario where the school leadership had the luxury of time. As a parent of a high school student, I admire and applaud Lombardi for the courage he showed and have no doubt that his heart was always on the safety of my child.

It stated in the article that Lombardi had the support of police department detectives and the district attorney, yet you failed to mention them when pointing the finger. The tone of your interview gives the impression that Lombardi acted alone, when in fact he consulted numerous parties before deciding to take action. That’s what people in leadership positions are responsible for and expected to do.

Where were you, Mr. Salzer, when our kids needed you the most? If you had an issue with the course of action taken, you had more than enough time to speak to the school administrators at NHS and take a different path.

This article on the front page of the Gazette shows me that not only do you not support your team but you are willing to let someone else take the fall for something that is ultimately your responsibility.

Bryan Lombardi is a person of integrity and deserves the respect of school administrators and the community.

Brian Lienert

Northampton

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