OH, I so feel your pain.
There is nothing worse than incompetence with stage technical stuff because it is so unfair to children (and any performer) who works hard to practice.
And it is impossible to prove intent--
So good luck with Useless. I bet he stood up and took his stage bow right there along with you!
Thanks, Balletmom. It is hard when he keeps sharing credit for the musical, which he does, and, technically, he did pretty much what he always does, and he's always gotten all the credit before. He seems pretty mad, though, that people keep talking about what a wonderful job Deb1000faces did, and NOT mentioning him. He hasn't spoken to me at all today- I think the faculty party yesterday clued him into some things (several congratulatory speeches directed at me and omitting him completely. Hee hee.)
(Mr. Useless had an allegation of molestation against him six years ago and that didn't work, either.)
wow how did that not get him fired? In my school district even an allegation will get you fired, it's a zero tolerace policy brought on by a hefty lawsuit. It's kind of twisted that they would still let him around children.
Mondrian, to be honest I don't know. The details I know are this: he was alone with a small female child for a fairly long time period (he says he didn't realize she was in his room, because she was just silently sitting in the corner...I don't really buy that, but he is pretty clueless...) and that child made the allegation after she had gone home and talked to her mother. He was suspended with pay while the investigation took place, and I think in the end they just couldn't get enough evidence to stick. The police said there was evidence to show that the mother could have planted the idea, so they wouldn't file charges. I heard this information directly from him...no one else has mentioned it, and he told me as an illustration of how unsupportive our principal is. He felt she should have just known he couldn't have done something like that, even though it was her first year as his principal. He's a peach, I tell you!
The teacher's unions in our area are pretty powerful, and there have been several cases locally in which the allegations were proved to be not only false, but maliciously made in order to get the teacher fired. Each allegation is thoroughly investigated, but there is no "zero tolerance" on allegations. Frankly, I'm surprised that any such policies still exist, since they seem to be a bit on the unconstitutional side (denied due process, and all that...) but I certainly understand the desire to safeguard all children.