(GN: Jack speaks on this but he is more cryptic while I am blunt, so consider this the plain speak version of Jack’s Post)
The recent tragedy at Lowell High is sad enough but for certain School Committee people to show up at the event was uncalled for a didn’t go unnoticed.
While Bob Gignac may have thought he was being a responsible member and supporting his Superintendent by showing up, making comments to the press like “no one should have been in the pool prior to the private swim club’s practice” doesn’t help anyone or the city.
Dave Conway who wasn’t quoted should have stayed home also. Thankfully most members including the Mayor didn’t show up and said little when asked smartly waiting for a full police report.
The tragedy should not be used to get rid of HeadMaster Ed Rozmiarek either. Mr. r has never been able to escape the ghost of his predecessor and may end up not seeking renewal or may not get a new contract but those out gunning for him should have the decency to not exploit the death of a student to show him the door.
The “Boo birds” may try to use the event in partnership with the Parking Garage theft, Water dept. gas stealing and water dept. manager’s using city equipment and the issues with the janitor stealing to show that the city is out of control and the Manager has reached his shelf life and needs to move on but again that is in the poorest of taste.
Let the family and friends grieve and the school community heal while the police do their work and let the committee has a whole make or enact any recommendations or suggestions to prevent this from ever occurring again.
Don’t let the tragedy turn into a circus!