Closing Time: Early for Some, Too Late for Others
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 21st January 2017

January 6, 2016 2:02 pm ET

Letter from local lawmakers asked for closure of troubled school that wreaked havoc on local communities

Source: Closing Time: Early for Some, Too Late for Others

A loony judge along with an assistant state’s attorney said juveniles did this and I say, no, thugs did. Who’s right?

It looks like City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton took heed to a letter he received from the Republican delegation that represents Dundalk, as Thornton chose to close the troubled Baltimore Community High School a year earlier than the announced 2017 date.

In case you missed in, a Sun article dated May 19, 2015 stated the following: “The letter was signed by Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell, state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, Del. Robin Grammer, Del. Bob Long and Del. Ric Metzgar, who are all Republicans representing Dundalk.”

I have to admit that I had written a doozy of a blog about the Sun and its one line news story on the BCHS closing, as the original gave the vanilla (and totally PC) reason of “poor performance” for shutting down the school. Luckily for me, before publishing that blog, I checked again and found an entirely different take on the story in the Sun.

To put it mildly, I was shocked to see the 180-degree turnaround from the Sun’s first entry. Simply putting “poor performance” as the reasoning—and nothing more—was a shame.

Apparently, the reporter—Erica Green—must have received some sort of a rude awakening to the real reasons the nightmare of BCHS was finally put to rest, along with all the community nightmares that went with it. Those finer details dealt with large groups of unruly students terrorizing the local community for years.

The issue came to a violent culmination when a crowd of BCHS students attacked 61-year-old Dundalk resident Richard Fletcher, violently beating him nearly to death. To add insult to injury in this insidious act, at least one student took video of the vicious assault.

To make matters worse, three of the accused teens—who were first tried as adults—have been reassigned to juvenile court by a bleeding heart liberal judge by the name of Judith C. Ensor.

I spoke to Mr. Fletcher at length, and he is beyond upset that he will not get his day in court so that justice may prevail. What he will get is a chance to see so-calledchildren receive the same type of treatment as other “misguided youths.”

I don’t know about you, but it sickens my stomach to hear such nonsense.

Mr. Fletcher spoke about leaving his home of 47 years—a house that belonged to his parents—because of this whole mess. That is a travesty.

In spite of all his physical issues, Mr. Fletcher was looking forward to achieving some sort of justice, which could provide some much needed closure. That closure, and that chance for true justice, will elude Mr. Fletcher—especially this Thursday, when two of the teens face their juvenile court hearings.

Speaking of Mr. Fletcher’s justifiable right for his day in court—a right that has been denied, I asked him what he thinks would happen in the city if State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby offered a plea deal to any one of the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case.

I can’t repeat Mr. Fletcher’s answer to that question.

However, I can say that Mr. Fletcher is not happy with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Again, I cannot repeat what was said in that part of the conversation.

Those wishing to support Mr. Fletcher can appear at the hearing, which will be held at the Towson courthouse at 401 Bosley Ave., Room 12 on the 3rd floor, at 9:00 am.

Trust me when I say that Mr. Fletcher greatly appreciates your support.

Mr. Fletcher also stated that his medical issues continue to mount, along with other issues usually attributed to such a near-fatal beating by these thugs.

That’s right, I used the word “thugs,” regardless of the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office calling the perpetrators “children.” In fact, the State’s Attorney’s Office agreed with Judge Ensor regarding her decision to remand one of those children back to Juvenile Court.

Much of the credit for the community’s effort to deal with the BCHS issue goes to Georgia Bartrum, President of the Harbor View Community Association. Her tireless efforts have focused on not only helping Mr. Fletcher, but facilitating the fight to close the school.

Lastly, I would strongly advise Mr. Shellenberger not to play anymore “let’s make a deal” games because Mr. Fletcher has suffered enough and deserves his day in court, regardless of his lack of faith in the State’s Attorney’s Office, whose job it is to see that justice is done.

Like the Freddie Gray case, Mr. Fletcher’s ordeal is one of the most highly profiled cases in recent memory concerning Baltimore County. Despite the nightmare that the city’s justice system has become, nobody would dare offer a plea deal in the Gray case.

Let justice be served swiftly, just like it was for BCHS.

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