Pictured at left giving his support at a rally of Mexicans Without Borders is Manes Pierre, the Goofy Party candidate for the Neabsco school board seat. He’s the subject of a Washington Post article in today’s metro section entitled “Fired Teacher Wants To Join School Board“. Kudos to the Post for delving in a bit on this otherwise neglected downballot race and digging out that someone who has been fired as a teacher is trying to get a seat on the school board. I wish they could have dug even deeper into this story, but because personnel records of school system employees are confidential, we still don’t know why Manes Pierre was moved not from one school, but two, before being escorted from a local middle school by police officers and had his computer confiscated as potential evidence.
He’s quite the candidate.
Manes Pierre, it’s well past time you authorized the school system to release your employment records so we can learn exactly what the circumstances of your dismissal as a teacher are. It’s time to clear up this controversy right now, and you have the power to do so. Every day you continue to hide the facts regarding your past employment with the school system, the harder it is to take your strange rantings seriously.
Although Manes Pierre’s current employment is as an “English professor” at the on-line University of Phoenix (although it seems he could benefit from some remedial language arts instruction himself), his most recent employment is with Prince William County Schools. He’s worked at Freedom, Marsteller and Stonewall during his short period of employment, which is terribly unusual. How voters are supposed to evaluate his suitability as a member of the school board, given that he got the shuffle-him-around treatment usually reserved for problematic employees under probation, and then was fired under what seems to have been rather unusual and disturbing circumstances hasn’t been adequately explained.
The Washington Post article raises other concerns as well:
As a teacher in Prince William for fewer than three years, Pierre had a probationary contract, the sources said, which meant he could be let go without cause and without the possibility of lengthy, closed-door personnel hearings. Some teachers felt “threatened” by him, one source added: “He was one of those people who constantly wanted to create problems.”
Questions about Pierre’s relationship with the school system began percolating in public last month on a Virginia politics blog, Black Velvet Bruce Li.
This story just keeps on getting better and better. I can’t imagine anyone taking this nutball seriously.
UPDATE: Riley weighs in with his take on this in “This guy must be from bizarro world“. Nice name for a post. It fits.
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