Sources within in the school said XXXX is going on leave to take care of an ill family member. School officials could not confirm this, out of respect for XXXX privacy.
 
“She will be back,” school spokesman Mychael Dickerson said. “She’s still the principal of the school.”

Larissa Santos will be acting principal of Dundalk High until XXXX return.


What is a bit odd about Mr. Dickerson’s statement is that, at least according to the Eagle, the source “could not confirm this.”

This column changed the narrative, even though the Post did not name the principal in our article.  The narrative also changed concerning our coverage, as this comment indicates:

David Ray
David Ray 11:02am May 13
Okay. I Googled you and the words “paranoid” and “delusional” came up. Oh wait, also “crackpot.”

The comments by Mr. Ray became more accusatory, eventually alleging that I had committed criminal conduct as publisher of the Post. However, before I could respond to Mr. Ray’s accusations, the comment was deleted.

Just so everyone understands the gravity of this operation, The Baltimore Post is a media corporation, as indicated in our LLC filing.  All anyone had to do before challenging our credibility was read this link on our site.  My background, in addition to being a writer and journalist, include 39 years as a Baltimore County Police Officer.

We also publish our readership numbers as this graph shows.

Right before publishing this column, I was told that Mr. David Ray may be a pseudonym based on the writing style and extreme vitriolic comments.  We reached out to Mr. Ray, or whatever his name is, but he did not respond.

There is a legal difference between public discourse and defamation.

Here is the definition of defamation:

“To win a defamation case, a plaintiff must show four things: 1) a false statement purporting to be fact; 2) publication or communication of that statement to a third person; 3) fault amounting to at least negligence; and 4) damages, or some harm caused to the person or entity who is the subject of the statement.”

The Post believes that this type of comment, and another that appeared shortly thereafter, is harmful to all those involved and should not be tolerated, no matter what one’s opinion may be.

A reader called with this quote: “As the young people say these days, “Haters gonna hate…”

In an effort to reveal the truth, the Post will file a PIA to BCPS seeking information, not on personal matters, but rather any documents related to the ongoing issues involving DHS and Dundalk Elementary, where the last incident took place.

Before I close this column, if the actions of the BCPS hold true, as with the last PIA , the place at the bottom of eternity will freeze over.

Despite all of the negativity sent our way, in the end, the truth will be told.


This is precisely the problem that BCPS is facing in dealing not only with this scandal but a host of other issues as well. As we will show future articles, BCPS complete lack of transparency in leadership has one the 23rd largest school system in the nation refusing to acknowledge the serious nature of the problems impacting the safety and well-being of our children.

If what Mr. Dickerson did was to avoid the truth then we believe he needs to be replaced someone who can provide transparency needed to restore the trust in the educational system of the BCPS.