A Culture of Fear
Why is everyone so damned scared in this town?Updated 7/22/15
A culture of fear and distrust continues to permeate the Wayland Public Schools. On May 8th, three days after providing Superintendent Paul Stein with a “long email” detailing alleged violations, Stephen Cass, the Wayland Public Schools’ Athletic Director, learned his contract would not be renewed.
Parents (and coaches) have been reluctant to speak publicly and defend the ousted whistleblower, fearing similar reprisal from the school administration against their children. Anonymous messages have emerged that express their concern.
1. Several residents who do not currently have children in the schools have been approached by parents who do, and have been asked to speak on their behalf. The reason? They are afraid that their children will suffer the consequences if they speak out themselves.
2. During the Wayland High School graduation ceremony, someone stealthily expressed their feelings by attaching flyers to some of the cars of graduation attendees parked in the high school lot. The flyers read “Stein, Crozier, Fraud – The 3 Amigos” At the June 8th meeting of the Wayland School Committee (elapsed time 0:30:42 on WayCam), Ramah Hawley, a Wayland resident and school employee, expressed her concern and dismay about the flyer at public comment. To date, no one has claimed responsibility for the flyers and we don't know who was behind them.
3. An anonymous letter was receieved with the words "Clean up the cesspool" hand-written at the bottom of a typed page that is extremely critical of the school administration. (Click on the letter for a larger version)
4. A letter simply signed “Varsity Boys Soccer Parents, past, present and future” details allegations against the head coach. The “culture of fear and retribution” mentioned in the letter has seemingly permeated the sport enough that the parents are now seeking a confidential meeting “with members of the School Committee and/or Paul Stein.” Here’s the letter: