Report: #740741

Complaint Review: Cleveland Municipal Court

  • Submitted: Tue, June 14, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, June 14, 2011
  • Reported By: Bullied — Cleveland Ohio U.S.A.
  • Cleveland Municipal Court
    1200 Ontario Street
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States of America

Cleveland Municipal Court Justice Center Filing of false telecommunications harassment charges for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) against students sending emails while a registered student, or within grade dispute time limits; for course Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland Municipal Court has recently decided to be the email police for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C Cleveland) - not for 'inappropriate' or threatening emails that might be city business - but for emails that the administration does not want sent about the BULLYING of a white adult student by a black instructor, and other students, in a Tri-C class situation (half black & minority or diversity).  They were emails about Tri-C problems, not city business - not drugs, prostitution, alcohol or domestic violence - just classroom verbal abuse & threats.  And this isn't something that you can file a police report on until you have a BRUISE. 

Neither the black instructor, nor ANY of the other students, wanted this woman student in the class as she 'irked' them ALL (as one of the black students so kindly put it, she didn't talk like them, or eat the right chips, or give up her class notes when requested - whatever).  These were Tri-C system emails about problems in the Surgical Technology Program classes in the Fall 2010 semester - at Tri-C Main Campus - where the classroom situation degenerated into making fun of the one white student in classes at least twice/week - very 'bad dynamics' as Dean Karen Miller put it in October 2010. 

This happened almost immediately after the first class - it just wasn't a 'fit' for the woman student - who happened to be white and caught in a spectrum of classroom diversity issues.  So when she went to the administration, black vs white was invoked - she was just 'prejudiced' was the verdict by Dean Karen Miller.  Everything is 'prejudice' for Dean Karen Miller.  

During the semester this woman student was placed on probation literally TWICE for 'prejudice' instead of someone helping with the BULLYING.  Bullying that Cleveland Municipal Court is now saying was ok to go on - just that the woman student was 'criminal' for trying to email about it when it got worse.  

The non-existent bullying policies of Tri-C didn't get invoked.  There doesn't seem to be any bullying policy at Tri-C if black instructors/students are involved in doing it to a white student as Tri-C is historically a Black City College - whites don't belong or are secondary students - even in the East/West side campuses.  One black instructor, who met with this woman student in Dean Karen Miller's office, told her to her face that it would be best if she didn't SAY ONE WORD IN CLASS lest she monopolize from the black students - can't have that at Tri-C.   

Instead of getting HELP, the woman student was placed on probation, and told not to email the problems - basically it was to be 'understood' that they couldn't have a black instructor being criticized openly in Tri-C emails = abuse of emails.  It had to be hushed up, no email trail. 

The student was supposed to PHONE or FAX the class problems & questions - which is pretty difficult late at night, or when the Program Director leaves town for 2 weeks, and when no one directly picks up their phone at Tri-C in any office.  Everything is manned by part-time students - who have a class schedule.  And further it's not a way that you can go to any school at the present time; restricting email is tantamount to flunking the student out - the idea here.  Email is part of the college curriculum now.

This woman student, now criminally charged in CMC, met with the Program Director (Beth Stokes), and Dean of Student Affairs (Karen Miller), for lengthy amounts of time in October 2011 - that the class situation was bad, and was there another way to finish the course for the Fall as the monies were already paid - and nothing comes back at Tri-C?  Just inquiring and trying to say that this classroom situation, ugly as it was in October, was not going to work out - she was blamed as 'disruptive' and causing the other students to insult, harass & bully her. 

Multiple (~10) certified mailings were sent to her PO BOX detailing all sorts of insults about her.  All that she got, from the meetings & letters, were more threats of sanctions if she emailed.  When she did finally phone a secretary in Karen Miller's office she was told that she should KNOW that THIS WAS BEING DONE TO HER AS SHE DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY DROP THE COURSE.  Tri-C Catch-22; drop or you'll be charged with criminal telecommunications harassment even though you were a registered student for the course = accepted in a letter to take the course.

The way to get a student to drop at Tri-C is to bully and threaten dismissal for emails, double sanction for 'prejudice,' and then collect the emails to file criminal charges in Cleveland Municipal Court.  It's not about doing the coursework or getting an education; it's about street smarts in the Dean of Student Affair's Office. 

Certain white students don't belong in classes at Tri-C; certainly not if they challenge the other students to behave and perform better. 

However, THIS STUDENT wasn't threatened that the emails would land her in CRIMINAL court, with criminal charges, if she continued to email when the the situation deteriorated further - she was just trying to leave a record & defend herself.  There was just no other choice of what to do; phone calls, lengthy meetings, and faxes went nowhere with Dean Karen Miller. 

On December 2, there was an evening class at Tri-C Main Campus, where the other students were going to 'b***h-slap' her if she answered a question, not any '10 points for Gryffindor,' and the instructor went along with this sad Millionaire game for about 40 minutes.  No one realized that this was hurtful, and scary, as it went on too long in an evening class.  She emailed and that email went to Cleveland Municipal Court - even after she'd been dismissed for emailing.  

But THIS IS NOT 2010 or 2011 OHIO LAW - college/university emails about courses, instructors, class problems, grades & grade disputes are not the purview of the city or state in Ohio.  But a black Prosecutor got ahold of this case, and the letter to file was signed by President Jerry Sue Thornton - who is not using course monies to improve courses and hire better instructors - but hoping to find a white scapegoat for the problems at Tri-C. 

Apparently the PROSECUTOR NEVER CHECKED WITH THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ABOUT OHIO LAW.  Checking with a State legislative office, that checked with the State Attorney's office in Ohio in January 2011 - college email policies are not policed by the city or state IN OHIO - BUT SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL THE PROSECUTOR & JUDGE THIS - who are a bit racially blinded in this situation. This black judge is defending the 'right' of black students to b***h-slap a white student out of classes at Tri-C - with CRIMINAL CHARGES of the white student for not just taking it and saying nothing.   

In Ohio the state apparently gives colleges, and universities, wide latitude about even arbitrarily restricting individual student emails - even by race as in this case.  But the way the college/university has to handle this is to discipline, dismiss, or cancel the student out of the email system ie block the student as they do after each semester if the student doesn't return (you are off BLACKBOARD).  The only reason this woman continued to email was that the meetings and promises didn't work, she continued to be threatened and harassed out of the class, and her emails were accepted and put through - the receiver did not block the emails - and one of the recipients wasn't in town for two weeks and didn't put any auto-reply notice on her email system.   

But the emails - about all this bullying - were sent to Cleveland Municipal Court in January - when the student emailed about filing a grade dispute.  The justification: she couldn't email about the grade dispute even though she never finished the course tests, couldn't attend the last week of classes, and couldn't get her test results without filing this grade dispute.  She quickly changed to phoning, and filed the grade dispute via US Mail - but not before Dean Miller & President Thornton filed telecommunications harassment charges in Cleveland Municipal Court - so that the student couldn't participate in the grade dispute in any effective way.  The grade dispute process is the administratively approved way of handling these type of problems - but President Jerry Sue Thornton didn't trust the process to work without tweaking.  Once these charges were filed and accepted, the defendant student was not allowed to contact Tri-C - making the grade dispute kind of a joke, and obstructing any discrimination filing.  Judge E took care of Tri-C = the 'victim.'

This woman student was called names, including 'b***h,' threatened that she would get phone calls yelling at her at night by students who had dropped the course, told by the black RN that she didn't have the civil 'right' to ask a question in classes at Cleveland Clinic, and insulted about everything - that she was 'horrible' person, etc.  

Most of this was jealousy because the course materials and teaching were so poor; all of the course videos and teaching CDs seemed from the last century.  The other students wanted her notes, free tutoring (which she did for two of the black students for a coffee), and they all wanted her to drop the course so that all the grades would go up a letter - all of which they expressed by bullying.  President Jerry Sue Thornton takes a lot of money off the top that never 'trickles' down to the basic course levels at Tri-C; for marketing and political consulting fees - it's on the Internet and she had a faculty vote of 'no confidence' in 2010.  But someone needs to tell Judge E this; that President Thornton has to stop the 'b***h' in classes at Tri-C. 

The students felt that the one woman student knew things - and that they were NOT getting a chance - so they thought that instead of studying, or saying something, they should just harass this woman into withdrawing.  It worked, but the information wasn't given to the student to withdraw in time as the Program Director Beth Stokes left town for two weeks during the final withdraw period of Tri-C.  To withdraw you need to know a few things from the Program Director - she has to be in town, on the job, or within phone reach.  Beth Stokes vanished ? walking the Appalachian Trail.  

The black RN at Cleveland Clinic just developed a hatred for the one woman student day #1, as happens sometimes.  But when the woman student went to Beth Stokes & Karen Miller about the situation, and dropping, or completing the course in another way - she was place on probation for 'prejudice.'  Yet black instructors sometimes don't work out for all the same reasons that plague Indian, Chinese, and white instructors - it's how people learn - not every situation or instructor works for all students.     

Dean Karen Miller handles emails that deal with these instructor, class & course problems by (1) restricting the emails of the white student arbitrarily, (2) putting the white student on probation for 'prejudice,' ie that she didn't like being called names including 'b***h,' and (3) threatening dismissal of the white student unless he/she stops bringing the problem to the administration and deals with it. 

But what Dean Karen Miller has done in one case from Fall 2010, is have the City of Cleveland file telecommunications harassment CRIMINAL charges against this woman student - who continued to email after promised 'improvements' in the 'very bad dynamics' in the classroom did not materialize.  It was a very bad situation that needed the President to be on the job; needed the bullying policy people ie Board of Trustees.

This is not a CRIMINAL CASE.  Could someone check the law at Cleveland Municipal Court Criminal Division?  Call the State Attorney's Office?  The defendant was threatened, bullied continuously, and finally had to flunk out of the course to stop the harassments, which included having her move heavy furniture around the Cleveland Clinic ORs for a lab practial. 

Afterwards, the woman student fell and fractured her arm - probably stressed from having to move 300lb OR beds around the Cleveland Clinic OR hallways for the amusement of the black RN instructor - it was pretty funny I guess.  Her bone density wasn't medically ok for this type of harassment.  The scope of practice for this course was that a student should be able to lift 25lb at most - but the student was white and she 'irked' the black instructor. 

President Thornton allows black instructors & students huge leeways in expression, in testing options, and in conducting of the courses at Tri-C.  Dean Karen Miller doesn't admit that 'bullying' goes on at Tri-C.  But this is not a CITY CRIMINAL CASE, except for a white student.
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