Monday, August 30, 2010

WTF Files: 'As The World Turns' Detroit edition

Otis Mathis

I remember several months ago hearing something about a Detroit school board member who was found out to be functionally illiterate. Apparently this member wrote an email to someone and the email was filled with all sorts of grammatical errors. After that email became public the school board member, Otis Mathis, admitted that he was functionally illiterate.

Oh and did I mention that Otis Mathis was not just a school board member but the president of the school board for Detroit Public Schools!

Well apparently in Detroit being functionally illiterate does not preclude one from being the president of the school board because he kept his job.

A fellow Detroit school board member, LaMar Lemmons Jr., when talking about Mr. Mathis' emails is quoted as saying, "I told him just last week that he should have his e-mails read by somebody before he sends them out."

All of this happened early this past spring.

So you might think that after it was revealed that he was illiterate Mr. Mathis might have considered himself very lucky to have his job and would mind his P's and Q's, right? Wrong.

Former Detroit School Superintendent Teresa Gueyser

Fast forward to this past June 16th. Mr. Mathis was in a private meeting with the then Detroit Schools Superintendent Teresa Gueyser and according to a complaint she filed, Mr. Mathis, "Fondled himself" during the meeting.

From Ms. Gueyser's complaint:

"On this day, President Mathis continued to fondle his genital area for approximately 20 minutes, or the entire time I was talking. He then unzipped his pants and pulled a handkerchief from his left pocket, put the handkerchief in his right hand and put his right hand with the handkerchief in the zipper area of his pants appearing to wipe himself. He then re-zipped and unzipped his pants again; again placing the hand with the handkerchief inside the zipper area; this time moving his hand as if to be masturbating in front of me."

So this guy, Mr. Mathis, is not only illiterate but he's a perv as well.

And according to Teresa Gueyser this was not the first time he had done something like this. This apparently was the straw that broke the camel's back though because she filed the complaint right after this meeting.

But that's not the end of the story.

After Ms. Gueyser filed this complaint, Mr. Mathis resigned from his job. Only to then rescind his resignation after getting support from some school board members. One member, Reverend David Murray, seemed not only supportive but willing to make an excuse for Mr. Mathis.

Reverend Murray said, "He’s a young man; maybe he didn’t know it was offensive to her. It’s not something I would do. He’s a young man. That’s just the way it is."

By the way, Mr. Mathis was 56 years-old at the time of the incident.

Fortunately Mr. Mathis was not allowed to withdraw his resignation and had to step down from his position as president of the school board.

On August 12 Mr. Mathis was arraigned in Detroit on felony and misdemeanor charges of misconduct in office and obscene conduct charges. He faces up to five years in prison.


Detroit police Lt. Monique Patterson with former Detroit police chief Warren Evans


And if you think the foolishness of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick or the story I've outlined above is the end of the sad Detroit story, it's not. There is another text messaging scandal in Detroit. This time it's the former police chief and a very pretty police lieutenant.

I really hope someone somewhere is writing a soap opera about Detroit politicians.




13 comments:

Kingsmomma said...

i don't even believe this. Functionally illiterate? how can yuo even trust someone like that with creating academic regimens for the children?
and then fondling himself? and why is it always a reverend to excuse this type of behavior?

Desertflower said...

WTF! is right, I mean really, I would have been out that door the minute he first unzipped his pants! She sat there and watched the show??? WTF!
LOLOLOLOL!

Oh Val your post revved me up! Thanks I needed that!

Penny Wize said...

What's in the kool-aid in Detroit? I mean really, this ish is ridiculous. The people of Detroit deserve better representation, so why do they elect or re elect these people?

Citizen Ojo said...

Professional women that work for the Government in the Motor City are in high demand. Put those phones down and don't text and drive.

Francis L. Holland said...

Is the school board president elected or appointed? In other words, who put this guy in the job he held?

Why would a professional woman in a professional context sit and talk with a school official while he fondled and exposed himself over a twenty-minute period?

If he took all of this clothes off and stood dancing on his desk, would she still have continued the conversation as if nothing was happening?

I don't doubt that it happened. I just wonder what it means.

Val said...

@Kingsmomma

Him being functionally illiterate should have been enough for him to lose his job. And if he had lost his job then Detroit wouldn't have had to go through this latest foolishness.

Val said...

@Desertflower & Francis

Yeah I don't get why she sat there during this for twenty minutes. And I really don't get that she says this wasn't the first time he's done something like this.

@Francis

I'm not sure if they are appointed or elected. But if they're appointed whoever appointed him has a lot of explaining to do.

Val said...

@Penny Wize

I don't get it either. It sounds like the system in Detroit is just totally corrupt and this is how everyone does business.

Val said...

@CO

If I was a woman working for the city of Detroit I'd be very afraid.

Reggie said...

Did I ever tell you that my wife is from Detroit?!?

I wish that I could say that I am surprised by all this fuckery!!!

Val said...

@Reggie
Yeah, I remember you saying that she was on another post.

It would be really hard for Detroit to surprise me after all of this.

DETROIT DEVOID OF FUNK said...

Val I am from Detroit and these are the stories that I have to defend all the time. It is amazing to me that after all the negative press from the previous political idiots,that people are still acting like this. I know it might happen in every big city. But I wish it did not happen in Detroit!

Val said...

@DETROIT DEVOID OF FUNK

Is it something in the water? Lol It is just so amazing that, as you say, after all the negative press that people still try to get away with this craziness. Wow.

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Soldier Of Love

I've lost the use of my heart
But I'm still alive
Still looking for the life
The endless pool on the other side
It's a wild wild west
I'm doing my best

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound
(oooh oohhh)

I know that love will come (that love will come)
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love (soldier of love)
Every day and night
I'm a soldier of love
All the days of my life

I am lost
But I don't doubt (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound

I know that love will come
I know that love will come
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(4x)

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(3x)

Still waiting for love to come

Miss Keri Baby!

Tracee!

Solange!

Solange!
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un·for·get·ta·ble: Earning a permanent place in the memory; memorable: an unforgettable experience.

Alicia says...

Rest in Peace Mitrice

Rest in Peace Mitrice
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