Kudos to whoever had the good sense and the guts for putting a Ripoff Report on this website concerning a New Jersey private school "teacher" from the Pingry School called Carolyn Dow Gibson.
I had the misfortune as a child to be subjected to the grotesque unprofessionalism of Mrs. Gibson. I am writing this now as a fully grown woman and I can say definitively that Mrs. Gibson was the worst, most
vicious, most two-faced, hypocritical, passive-aggressive freak I have ever known anywhere. Gibson was sociopathic. To be subjected to her in a school setting was beyond unconscionable on the part of the school I attended, another private prep school called Vail-Deane, which went bankrupt (and deserved to). Gibson absolutely thrived when it came to targeting certain children to use as depositories for her verbal abuse and total obnoxiousness, and she even told enormous, ludicrous lies about those she did not personally likein the hopes that she could get us thrown out of school. In my case she lied about me on the one hand, then would laugh in my face about it when no adults from the teaching staff or the administration happened to be around on the other. How convenient. At one point I was even threatened by her outside against the brick wall of the school building.
It was disgusting.
There I was, a private school kid whose parents were paying a lot of money for me to attend Vail-Deane, being threatened up against a brick wall. Literally. By Gibson.
I remember her mocking kids in front of other kids, too. Her worst comment was about a shy little girl named Missy. Gibson was sitting there and sneering, "Missy - SHE'S the one with buck teeth, braces and glasses," and then laughing uproariously about that, as though it was funny. What kind of a sicko would sit there, as a TEACHER, and say such a thing, which only served to encourage kids to be cruel to a child who was totally harmless but just physically plain, like Missy was? At the time of that incident, Missy was eight (8) years old! And Carolyn Gibson was about 35. Watching Gibson was like watching a case of arrested development in action. How many people in their 30's need to mock kids the way that schoolyard bullies in grammar school do?
But there was a major flaw in Carolyn Gibson's little game plan: she did not seem to realize that, bully certain children though she might, the day eventually dawns when those children grow up. Some of us even grow up and have no problem whatsoever with blowing the whistle on people like her. And then what happens to Mrs. Gibson's little house of cards? Like the fabled walls of Jericho, it comes a-tumblin' down!
Carolyn Dow Gibson is a complete disgrace to teaching and to humanity. I think she works exclusively in private schools because she knows on some level that the public schools would never tolerate her emotional problems; she would not be able to fly under the radar as easily in a public school with an active PTA looking out for the children's interests. The Pingry School must be run by people who are either too cheap to pay teachers of a higher caliber than Gibson or too stupid to see what kind of a "woman" is standing before them when they look at her, because there's no other explanation as to why anybody in their right mind would hire Carolyn Dow Gibson.
I caution parents against sending their children to Pingry or to any other school that would hire this strange and deeply sick woman. To paraphrase an old Vietnam era anti-war poster, "Carolyn Gibson is not healthy to children and other living things."
Elizabeth, New Jersey