Here’s a fascinating account of how Gina Bellamy, a school nurse with the Prince William County School system, lied to her employer about being ill in order to lend her presence to the underwhelming audience that greeted Barack Obama at Nissan Pavillion last month. When you’re playing hooky from school, it’s best not to go mouthing off to Washington Post reporters. That might especially be the case when your job is to ensure the health and safety of school students, who presumably were left without without a school nurse that day.
Gina Bellamy, 46, told her boss that she felt sick and needed to take the rest of the day off. Bellamy, a school nurse in Prince William County, planned to leave work at noon, but when she heard reports that as many as 50,000 people were expected at the rally, she didn’t want to chance it. So she left about 11 a.m.
“I even pulled my baby out of school, and I never do that,” said Bellamy, referring to her 14-year-old daughter, Stephanie. “But she told her teachers the truth and said that she was going to see Obama.”
“She doesn’t get it, but one day, she is going to tell her kids about how her crazy mama dragged her to see Obama. I didn’t just want her to watch it on TV. I wanted her to see this,” said Bellamy.
What would have happened had a school employee told a reporter that they skipped work with a fake illness in order to see a Republican candidate? Oh, I’m just sure the coverage of that would have been exactly similar, just as I’m certain that the high school teachers would have been as equally eager to see a student miss half of a school day in order to attend a Republican political rally.
So far, the alert BVBL reader who noticed this hasn’t gotten any response from the school system after asking some pointed questions. He and the rest of Prince William County’s taxpayers effectively paid for Ms. Bellamy to attend this rally, and we deserve some answers here. It’s not like the schools are supposedly so overstaffed that we have nothing for school employees to do other than display their faulty ethics to newspaper reporters at political rallies for liberals like Barack Obama.
It is somehow rather fitting that attending the political activities of Barack Obama necessitate lies. Go figure.
UPDATE: A source of mine in the school system told me this evening that they did take action against this employee pretty quickly, as a lot of folks called soon after this article was published. I’m not sure what was done, as this is a personnel matter and school personnel are pretty tight-lipped about those. At least now we know that as long as the behavior is documented in the Washington Post, the school system will actually do something. Perhaps “Math Investigations” and the Multi-Cultural Department could benefit from an embedded reporter…
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