Getting the message out
By Kathleen Svenson
June 02, 2008
Expatriate Tony Hatano-Worrell, writing from half a world away,
appears to have more information and to know more about the Kanayama
Board deliberations leading up to the ejection of the student
who had participated in all fundraising and educational activities
than the student's own family knows! Is Hatano-Worrell a Kanayama
Board member too? It's unclear exactly who the Kanayama Board
members are; it's a kind of secret society. Apparent board members
are: Ginny Clay, Jim Alguire, Gail Alguire, Ole Sullivan, Pat
Perrier, Eileen Truitt, Carrie Allen, Christa Bruce, and who
knows who else. Hatano-Worrell it appears. With a board that
refuses to share its by-laws and which has no due process, nor
policies and procedures for Ketchikan students, anything is possible
It's interesting the board's focus is now on the safety of the
student. They are backing off the original reasons of the student's
"not fitting in," "not being a popular girl"
and "not being a team player," for obvious reasons.
It makes them look stupid. Nevertheless, the fact remains all
the original reasons were stated to the student, her parents,
and witnesses by board members on Ketchikan Gateway Borough School
As Agnes Moran stated in her letter of May 29, we have a choice
as donors, business or personal, where to put our donations.
Many people have told me they will never give to the Kanayama
Student Exchange, Inc. in any way, shape, or form because this
group is without policies & procedures, due process and for
how they favor some students and ruthlessly sideline others because
of things they "might" do.
The task now is to get the message out so that what happened
to this girl will not happen to any other student again. And
Hatano-Worrell (borrowing from the Forrest Gump quote, "And
that's all I have to say about that,") is helping the supporters
of this child do just that.
Received May 31, 2008 - Published
June 02, 2008
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