When Hardy Black wrote in his letter to the editor, "Never be bullied into silence." I felt I had to respond. For two years I was bullied by Robert Kirk, Hardy Black and Ella Lee Rogers (no relation).


Now Hardy Black claims to be bullied by Chris Bentley. It may be interesting to Mr. Black to learn that at one of our board meetings during a break, I walked around and visited with many of those in attendance. Upon approaching a mother I knew who attended with her son, the young boy asked, "Mrs. Rogers why do the other board members treat you so bad? You aren't mean to them." To which I replied, "If you think they are mean to me here, I wish you could see how they treat me in closed session."


At one closed session I became so upset with what was going on I walked out. Those who had previously been expelled from the meeting could see that I was extremely upset and asked if they could help. This included the superintendent, several assistant superintendents, and some secretaries. Or course, as all board members know I would have broken the Brown Act by letting them know of the harassment I had just endured.


If I could share with those interested parents and teachers of our great students in Hesperia of the insults and absolute ignoring I put up with in closed session I would. But since the three majority board members knew I couldn't, I was without any support after Bruce Minton left due to illness.


Mr. Black, do you recall telling me in open session that I should not have had knee replacement surgery and missed a board meeting? In the bylaws by missing a board meeting you missed a portion of the pay, $495 per month, unless you were ill or in the hospital. You claimed the surgery was elective and so I had a choice. It doesn't take much of an education to determine knee replacement surgery is definitely NOT elective.


When I read your letter to the editor I came across this statement describing Chris Bentley in these words: "He will do whatever it takes to cajole, intimidate, harass, bully, beat down, destroy or annihilate anyone who gets in his way." The statement brought to mind exactly how I and many administrators, teachers, support staff, and students were treated by you, Robert Kirk, and Ella Lee Rogers. Mr. Black, please explain to me why you consider Chris Bentley's bullying any different than your own?


You listed several people bullied by Chris Bentley. Let me name a few I personally know left the district because of you, Robert Kirk, and Ella Lee Rogers. The list includes but is not limited to the following: Hank Richardson, George Landon, Bill Fagan, Richard Bray, David Long, Arlene Gluck, and Cara Bergen.


Yes, I agree, at one time Chris Bently did bully me. But compared to the bullying I put up with from you, I consider his bullying only minor. Perhaps in the future you might attempt to practice what you preach.