Editors Note: The Mockingbird's ongoing investigation into the YSPD uncovered serious problems and possible theft of wages. This was detailed in a previous article. In addition to publishing the article, we sent copies to every member of council, the village manager and every member of the Justice System Task force seeking comment on the record. Only Judith Hempfling chose to respond with a statement about looking into the matter.
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The Mockingbird has been following the case of Angela Bussey, a former Yellow Springs school teacher bullied from her position by Principal Tim Krier, father of an accused serial child rapist Noah Krier. In response to her alleged social media post, the school system has invested massive amounts of money in the law firm Bricker and Eckland to bring suit against her for $20,000. She has counter sued.
Community Rallies as Yellow Springs attempts to fire it's last honest cop for leniency and integrity
As part of our ongoing coverage of the Yellow Springs police department, Mockingbird reporter Matt Raska wrote an article detailing a pattern of theft within the YSPD of government funds. Our team went through hundreds of pages of documents, reviewed every pay stub, cross checked every training record and found that exactly two Yellow Springs police officers are not party to this criminal activity.
Public Records searches, both by Mockingbird staff and sources (plural) that were held back fearing retaliation have revealed a third set of incidents that occurred during the 2017-2018 at YSHS/MS. The incidents, which included unwanted and inappropriate touching, groping and comments by one student to another, occurred over a four month period from August to November 2017. This was happening at the same time that the High School swept a sexual assault by Principal Tim Krier's son under the rug.
The Yellow Springs Police Department and Fraud
This writer attended Greenon High School and fondly remembers sitting in Advanced Government 101, learning about the federal, state, and local levels of government. He knew all the townships, villages, and cities of Clark County. He learned everything about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
The writer also remembers his government teacher being arrested for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars and later pleading guilty.
7 weeks ago the staff of the Mockingbird began a series of public records requests. There are over 5 outstanding requests right now. We have been met with denials, lies and obfuscation on all of our requests. The law on the matter reads “reasonable amount of time” and in my life I have never seen so much gas lighting, obfuscation and denial. The typical time is ten days.
In jiujitsu there is a concept called an arm drag. Your opponent pushes against you hard and over extends themselves. You pull their arm horizontally across their body, leaving them further off balance. This opens them to further, finishing techniques. The Yellow Springs School Board, during their dismally failed campaign to raise taxes to unseen heights, sought to intimidate and silence all potential opponents.
There is a legal tactic called SLAPP. SLAPP means Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. It is a tactic used mostly by large corporations to intimidate political groups and the public at large from opposing some injustice. On April 26th the Yellow Springs School Board stooped to this new low by bringing suit “in excess of $25,000” against a former teacher for an anonymous reply to an article by this publication on Facebook they allege that she made.