Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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February 27th, 2014

Heroin Tension Hits a High

Amidst revelations that heroin and other drug paraphernalia was found at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg two security guards have been assigned from Briger Security Guard Services to patrol the school on weekdays.

As the police investigation proceeds – tension at the elementary school is at an all time high with a lot of questions that need answering.

Informed sources told me that faculty members who were seen on the surveillance camera entering the bathroom agreed to give hair follicle samples. Heroin, like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

There are many side effects to heroin, and it is puzzling how no one noticed them on anyone.

 There are questions as to whether those surveillance cameras were operational 24 hours a day, as others could have used the bathroom after school hours. The bathrooms were never locked.

 People are also wondering if those who found the heroin and paraphernalia are also suspects. We do know that two different people are involved in the December and February discovery.

There is also concern over Fallsburg Schools Superintendent Ivan Katz’s handling of the shocking drug revelations. Insiders say he refuses to take any responsibility and are fearful that he will pass the buck to the school’s principal if there is a need for any administrative blame.

Many are criticizing Katz for his interview and comments on Alan Berman’s podcast last week.

Meanwhile – We tend to overlook what this heroin discovery is doing to all teachers.

Teachers at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School are under such scrutiny that they need to get a key from administrators just to use bathrooms.

So how are they coping?

Has anyone offered teachers support while they are being bashed? Why hasn’t Katz addressed the faculty as a whole to see if they are ok? 

The Benjamin Cosor Elementary School is not the “HELLHOLE” as one would think. The school’s dedicated teachers work day in and day out to provide students with an education.

 Teachers at The Benjamin Cosor Elementary School even fund a program that sends food home to families in need every weekend. They provide students with shoes, coats, hats, and gloves who can’t afford them, and purchase and delivers Christmas gifts to several families. 

 I am told that teachers themselves are distraught and frightened over the fact that someone brought heroin into their building.

 Teachers have dedicated their lives to working in our community and deserve to be acknowledged and appreciated.  They must be commended for being able to continue to go to work each day with a smile on their face even though I am told the hearts of many are broken inside.

 Everyone wants answers, and I am certain that we will get them as the police investigation concludes. But no one knows how long that will take.

 No matter what the outcome, drug testing of teachers is something that must be considered throughout New York State. Unions should not dictate procedure when it comes to protecting the safety of our children.

 It will be interesting to see how the upcoming school board elections play into all this

 I am glad that despite concerns, student attendance has not changed. This incident has brought the topic of illegal drug use and abuse front and center, and that might be a positive end result. Sullivan County has an illegal drug epidemic and it must be addressed.

 It is mind blowing that so many people in our county have no fears or concerns with injecting themselves with a needle to reach a high. We must all work together put an end to this.

As I said last week – No matter how the police investigation concludes, we all know that there is someone associated with the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School that needs some major help.

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself on National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the “MOUTH THAT ROARS” Column in THE SULLIVAN COUNTY POST.



3 comments to Heroin Tension Hits a High

  • Terri

    I can vouch for the integrity and dedication of each and every BCES staff member!

  • jennifer nunez

    Yes we can all agree that the teachers should be acknowledged and appreciated but that is only one our kids saftey is not at risk. Especially not when the teachers have brought this upon themselves by refusing a simple drug test.

  • kathy

    How do u even know it was a teacher? INNOCENT until proven GUILTY..Could have been anyone…..