(UPDATED) Second Update from Monclair Superintendent Regarding Glenfield School BB Gun Incident

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 5:32pm

Glenfield SchoolThis just in from Superintendent MacCormack to Glenfield School parents regarding Glenfield School BB gun incident:

Dear Glenfield Parents/Caregivers:

As we continue the investigation of the BB gun incident at Glenfield Middle School, effective immediately, I am placing Ms. Katherine Martinez, Interim Assistant Superinte

ndent of Instruction, as Acting Principal of Glenfield Middle School. Ms. Linda Mithaug, Director of Pupil Services, will be assigned as Acting Assistant Principal.

Ms. Martinez and Ms. Mithaug will provide the Glenfield community with experienced leadership during this time, which includes addressing all administrative needs of Glenfield students and staff. For school-specific questions, please feel free to call Ms. Martinez at 973-509-4172 or Ms. Mithaug at 973-509-4173.

Additional updates on the recent incident will be provided as allowed by privacy and personnel laws. If you have any concerns, please feel free to call me at 973-509-4010.


Penny E. MacCormack

The Glenfield School PTA sent out the following message:

Dear Glenfield Community,

We have met with Dr. MacCormack concerning recent events at Glenfield School. She will be issuing DAILY updates to all of us concerning her investigation of the events and next steps.

The reason there are two people serving as interim principal and assistant principal is because while the investigation is proceeding, Mr. Miller is not in the building and Cenithia Bilal is currently out sick.

We will work to set up a meeting between Glenfield families and Dr. MacCormack as soon as possible. It is our understanding the investigation will be completed shortly, and we hope to have a date for that meeting soon.

Glenfield PTA and Glenfield School Action Team


  1. POSTED BY waltermitty  |  April 30, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

    So, it looks like punishments are being meted out. Only, the board in punishing the principal for not following policy, and the little punk is probably being counseled and coddled for having been a victim of bullying.

  2. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  May 01, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    What justice has been given to the BULLY??? or is that alleged BULLY???

  3. POSTED BY agideon  |  May 01, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Can someone enlighten me regarding the nature of the investigation? Why is the Principal being held out of the school?

    “between Glenfield families”

    I hope that a somewhat wider net can be cast. We’re not a “Glenfield Family” yet, but were planning to become one next year. This clearly has an impact upon our children, though certainly for us not as immediate as for those currently in the school. One of the school’s “selling points” to us was Mr. Miller’s enthusiasm for ongoing improvements in the school.


  4. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  May 01, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Mr. Miller admitted to not following district procedure when the BB gun was found. He didn’t inform parents of the incident until the next day and he cited the wrong Board regulation code.

    That we know. There are unconfirmed rumors that he mishandled the entire incident, but neither he, nor the Superintendent will comment while the investigation is going on.

  5. POSTED BY luckygeorge  |  May 01, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    If the rumors are true, it appears to me that Mr. Miller was acting in good faith, though he did screw it up. He deserves another chance.

  6. POSTED BY agideon  |  May 01, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    “If the rumors are true”

    Speaking of which: one of the rumors I’d heard is that the entire incident was discovered – and perhaps a tragedy averted – because a couple of kids Did The Right Thing.

    Assuming that that is correct: I’m not sure what’s appropriate, whether they want to remain anonymous, etc. But I hope, to the extent possible, that that aspect of this unfortunate event is stressed. Good behavior should be encouraged.

    I also hope that the other side of this – the bullying perceived by the kid that brought this weapon into the school, as I understand it – is investigated as well. It would be unfortunate if some bully were to come out of this unscathed merely because a victim was frightened into a gross and even criminal overreaction. I don’t know that any of this is what actually occurred, but that’s the point of having the investigation.


  7. POSTED BY crankinmontclair  |  May 01, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    So hard to know how to respond without more details, but it seems a shame that citing the wrong code and what could be a cautious response regarding reporting the incident, might cost a talented principal his career. And a loss for Montclair for sure, if it falls out that way.

  8. POSTED BY truthsayer  |  May 01, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Kids not a bully I hear these two boys were teasing each other and it was never stopped by the people on the bus… if was it may not have gotten to this. This is probably tough time for everyone involved. the kid who brought the gun, the kid who has been labeled a bully and the teachers and staff of Glenfield. Seems like they are looking for the truth now… As a parent of Glenfield students I think a important point about truth needs to be made.
    Glenfield is an amazing school with talented and devoted teachers and staff.
    My kids can’t wait to get there every day and they have never flourished more Now is the time to get this behind us to heal continue to make Glenfield the best school I know…. Stay strong Glenfield… We are behind you!!!!!!

  9. POSTED BY luckygeorge  |  May 01, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Also a Glenfield parent and only 2 years in Montclair. Glad to see people have a rational perspective on this. Let’s hope everyone comes out ok, it never happpens again, and this gets chalked up to inexperience/lesson learned.

  10. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  May 01, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    I’m done with bullying being an excuse for bring weapons into school. Investigate the bully, toss him out of school if you can determine a pattern of behavior. But also throw out the kid who decided bring a BB gun to school. I went to Glenfield and while it was a great school kids are kids. Just like every office has a gossip every place is life there is a bully and the 6th grade is time enough to learn how to handle it.

  11. POSTED BY dherron  |  May 01, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    Did the principal follow the correct procedure when he was notified that there might be a gun in Glenfield? Certainly not. The procedures are clear: any suspected gun (including BB guns) on school grounds requires the school go into an immediate lockdown. It also requires calling the police- immediately, as well as Child Protective Services. Were any of these things done? Weapons in schools are unlawful and falls under New Jersey criminal code. These are guidelines established by the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. So, how is it that our administrators are unaware of these procedures?

  12. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  May 01, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Agreed hrhppg, investigate the bullying claims thoroughly. In the meantime make sure the loser that brought the gun to school never steps foot in a school again. Not worth the risk.

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