Now I remember why I let my National Rifle Association (NRA) membership lapse a few years ago. I’m a gun owner. I’m a private investigator who has to deal with gun violence on a regular basis. As a long time participant in Los Angeles based United For Education Coalition and in many other civic groups that deal with education and schools, the concept of putting more guns into schools, entrusted to trained security personnel and/or teachers and school administrators, as proposed by NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre, is majorly scary to me. Let’s get down to cases.
It’s not like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is a small district that lacks resources. Not counting adult education, LAUSD has K-12 enrollment in excess of 660,000 children. Counting adults, LAUSD is educating over 900,000 people in 1,235 facilities over a wide geographical area.
In my experience though, with all of its resources, the personnel department’s staff that conduct so-called personnel investigations, the so-called Human Resources professionals, are a bunch of stark, raving, idiots. I’ve had to deal with LAUSD issues in a number of capacities. In one case initiated by a school principal against a custodian, my investigation resulted in the district Personnel Commission unanimously overturning a hearing officer’s decision to terminate the custodian. In that case I also got the district’s lawyer from the General Counsel’s office removed from the case for racism, after she and another employee were caught red-handed making fun of the thick accent of a Latino student who’d appeared to speak before the personnel commission.
When I was Human Rights Officer and First Vice President for Local 69 of The Newspaper Guild, my local represented the staff of Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union against that local’s own management and I was involved in those representation issues which gave me unique exposure to the rank and file members as well. Local 99 represents the classified employees in LAUSD, so I got to hear where a lot of the bodies are buried (that local’s president who had been persecuting her own employees that we represented was eventually jailed on federal corruption charges).
Anyway, with all those resources here are examples of three (3) employees that were formerly employed in responsible positions by LAUSD who were all gun owners and gun enthusiasts: one teacher, one assistant principal, and one school police officer.
Barry “Apeshit” Krugel
Barry Krugel was kicked out of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) repeatedly and always managed to blackmail his way back in, usually by threatening to expose his twin brother Earl Krugel and JDL head Irv Krugel’s periodic forays to Mexican whore houses. He was also the Los Angeles head of the Jewish Defense Organization (JDO), a split off from the JDL whose founder was kicked out of the JDL for refusing to bathe (according to Irv and Earl, who described his JDL moniker as “stinky”). Barry’s JDL nickname on the other hand was “Apeshit,” to distinguish him from twin brother Earl, who was known as the “Munchkin.”
“Apeshit” was descriptive of Barry’s demeanor. He had no impulse control. He taught English and Math for LAUSD. That he was allowed to teach children was beyond comprehension to anybody who knew him. Behavioral examples:
- After one of my letters to the editor was published in the Bnai Brith Messenger accusing Barry of racism and sexism he came over to my pad and began screaming at the top of his lungs in front of my home. He had no problem with my accusing him of sexism whatsoever, he was just upset that my accusation of racism might adversely affect his employment by LAUSD. I had to get a restraining order against him.
- According to Irv Rubin and his own brother Earl, they once came over to Barry’s Encino home and while he conversed with them he was marching back and forth in front of a mirror in his underwear with a rifle as though he was in a parade, watching himself, while listening to John Phillips Souza marching tunes.
- He once demonstrated in front of a Mosque waving around a children’s plastic toy sword as though he was a stereotypical whirling Dervish.
- During one lawsuit he made homophobic statements in writing about me, in a court where the judge was Stephen Lachs (the first openly Gay judge in the state) and then couldn’t understand why the judge sanctioned him $500.00.
- He was constantly provoking violence and getting involved in violence everywhere he went, but what totally sums up just how crazy he was considered, even by certifiable crazies like Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel, Irv and Earl composed a ditty to the tune of “Pretty Baby” which they distributed in an effort to discredit him:
I’d like to tell a story ’bout a most peculiar guy
Barry Krugel, Barry Krugel
The way he pinches pennies would make old Abe Lincoln cry
Barry Krugel, Barry Krugel
If you want an egg, a look is for free, but if you want to eat it, 8 cents it must be
Hoarding tons of guns and money, is his only game
Barry Krugel’s his name
Steven Thomas Rooney
On the surface, Rooney, Assistant Principal at two different LAUSD schools, sounds like just the kind of guy that the NRA would rely on to protect the students at the schools he worked at:
BACHELOR OF ARTS, LlBERAL STUDIES. HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY MAY 25,1991; MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ADMINSTRATION, PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY, JULY 25, 2003 690 HOURS POST (PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS & TRAINING) CERTIFIED BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY, COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS, 4/30/93
HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM NATIONAL GUARD, RANK OF 1ST LT ON 8/28/05; AWARDED THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE AT WEED ARMY COMMUNITY 27 HOSPITAL FROM JANUARY 5, 2005 TO JULY 31.2005; RECEIVED CERTIFICATE OF CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION FROM U S REPRESENTATIVE GRACE F NAPOLITANO ON 9/10/06 (Excerpts from his probation report)
Aside from that, he threatened the step-father of a school girl that he was shacking up with with his gun on January 1, 2007. Nobody filed criminal charges against him and all the LAUSD did was to eventually transfer him to another school (still as Assistant Principal) without bothering to warn parents, teachers, or students about him. At his new school, he wound up kidnapping, raping, and forcibly sodomizing a girl there before he was finally arrested. He also covered up a physical attack on a substitute teacher by two male students who knocked her senseless (a case in and of itself that the school district covered up).
When the LAPD raided Rooney’s home with a search warrant they found adult sex devices, six (6) photos of underage high school girls including one of the aforementioned step-daughter of the man he’d threatened with his gun, adult movie video tapes, and two handguns (one .38 caliber and one .40 caliber) along with ammunition.
Jeffrey Stenroos, LAUSD Cop
A March 26, 2012 story by Andrew Blankstein in the Los Angeles Times sums up the story of Jeffrey Stenroos well. Here’re some excerpts:
Stenroos, 31, was convicted in September of planting false evidence, insurance fraud and other crimes. The sentence came after Stenroos underwent a 90-day psychological evaluation to assess whether he should go to prison or receive probation….
The Jan. 19, 2011, hoax triggered a massive and costly hunt for a fictitious assailant, and it brought a swath of the Valley to a standstill for hours.
Stenroos, a seven-year veteran of the school police, was found by a passerby in apparent pain on the sidewalk near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Stenroos told authorities that he had been following up on a report of a car burglar in the area when a man with a ponytail and bomber-style jacket shot him in the chest and fled. Stenroos’ bulletproof vest had apparently saved him from serious injury or death.
Believing that there was a gunman in the area, more than 550 police officers combed the quiet neighborhoods near the school, conducting door-to-door searches and keeping an eight-square-mile area locked down for 10 hours.
Who Else do we Trust with Guns and Badges?
The LAPD through media propaganda has always claimed to have the most thorough and painstaking background investigations on the planet. If that claim is true, then the public should be very scared about who gets to carry guns and wear a badge.
I had a criminal defense case for an LAPD officer. He got caught with cocaine and while out on bail, got caught again snorting cocaine in public on the table at a Denny’s restaurant in North Hollywood in plain view. Not the sharpest stick in the shed. He eventually jumped bail and then his wealthy father, who was paying the bill for my investigation, stiffed me on the remainder of my bill.
I sued the father and needed to have him served with the lawsuit in Massachusetts in an exclusive suburb of Boston. The constable I had serve him, as a precaution, ran the father’s rap sheet and it turned out he was a ranking figure in the Mafia Patriarca Crime Family of New England, based in Boston and Rhode Island. Did the LAPD know? If they didn’t, why not? If they did, why did they let the son in?
If you can’t trust the LAPD to keep out the coke snorting son of a Mafioso, why would you trust the average school district?
The Los Angeles Police Department some years ago put out to bid its contract for polygraph (lie detector) services for pre-employment screening. The bid requirements were so complicated that only one bid was received, from a Virginia based firm which promptly sub-contracted the services out to independent Los Angeles polygraphers. The test protocols were, according to my sources, absolutely incompetent and in violation of American Polygraph Association standards and ethics. In both government and private contracting and job recruitment, if you want to rig the process while making it look fair, just write up bid requirements for a specific vendor or applicant where you know that only they can comply with the specifications. On the surface everything looks fair.
I worked criminal defense on a purported domestic violence case for a City of Los Angeles Animal Control Officer who was accused of violence by his girlfriend, a fellow Animal Control Officer. During the course of my investigation of the accusers background, I learned that this was not her first brush with violence. Employed previously as a security guard, she got into an altercation with the wife of a fellow guard that she was having an affair with, but the most startling fact was not what Los Angeles City personnel had not found out about. What was most startling was what they knew and what they ignored.
In her personnel file were the results of an MMPI (Minnesota Multi Phasic Inventory) examination she had taken. After all, you wouldn’t want to hand over a badge, a gun, and the authority to arrest people without some kind of psychological screening would you?
Well, apparently the results of the test were irrelevant to Los Angeles human resources officials. My best guess is that like the LAPD, somebody gave out a contract to their buddy to do testing but didn’t really care whether people passed, failed, or were obviously incompetent based upon the results. They hired her even though her “L” score, euphemistically called the “lie” score, was 76. For the record, this is not a 1-100 scoring system. The highest level of “deception” starts at 70. Here is a very basic description of the “L” scale from http://www.mmpi-info.com/mmpi-2/mmpidict1.html:
L Lie Scale (Hathaway and McKinley, 1951) (15 items). High: (> Raw 5). Tendency to create a favorable impression as a response bias, conventional, rigid, moralistic, repression, denial, and insightless. A high L can mean anything from a very well mannered normal wanting to give a good impression, to a compensated paranoid. A high L will submerge scales of obvious psychopathology, and inflate scales of healthy functioning such as the Ego Strength scale. Interview the person to see if they can truly walk on water. Low: (< Raw 3). Admitting to minor faults and shortcomings, independent, self-reliant.
In spite of her 76 L scale reading, not only was she hired, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office considered her credible enough to prosecute my client. Go figure.
I don’t trust existing authorities to make sound judgments about who they entrust weapons, power, and authority to in the first place. Why does the NRA think that rapidly expanding gun possession in schools will create a better environment for children?