For the first time, the public got to sit in on the misconduct hearing for Hamburg School Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci Wednesday night.
Hamburg, NY - For the first time, the public got to sit in on the misconduct hearing for Hamburg School Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci Wednesday night.
Forcucci is accused of official misconduct and could lose her seat on the board. One of the people making those accusations is Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.
A judge ordered the hearing to be opened, and Wednesday Forcucci's attorney cross examined Jetter. She questioned him about his testimony where he alleges Forcucci bullied and intimidated him on several occasions. Those alleged instances of intimidation happened both at school board meetings and at the Superintendent's office.
Here are some of the exchanges from Wednesday's hearing:
"Your feelings is going to control whether or not she's guilty of official misconduct?" asked Forcucci's attorney, Margaret Murphy.
"Do you see the sign behind you? It says there's no room for bullying in our school. I felt bullied by Catherine Schrauth Forcucci. It's as simple as that," replied Jetter.
"I get a sense that you do not particularly like Catherine. Is that true?" Murphy later asked.
"I don't like people getting into my face, bullying me, and intimidating me no matter who is it," said Jetter.
"Do you like Catherine?" asked Murphy.
"I hate her actions," said Jetter more than once.
"Your testimony today that you felt her spit on your face," said Murphy.
"She didn't actively spit, but being that close to me, I felt her breath and saliva on my face," said Jetter.
"And, saliva on your, all right, well, I do recall and I think it's pretty obvious that you did say that you felt her breath on your face, but I don't remember any moisture coming onto your face, but you're saying today that you felt her saliva on your face as well?" asked Murphy.
"There was moisture," said Jetter.
"When you said 'Here's Johnny' I don't know what you mean. Heeeere's Johnny," said Murphy.
"Hi, Dr. Jetter, is it okay if we meet right now?" said Jetter.
"Okay, and who is that, who are you imitating?" asked Murphy.
"Catherine," said Jetter.
"Okay, but when you say 'Here's Johnny' that's a reference a popular, you're talking about the only two people I have ever hear use the phrase 'Here's Johnny' is Ed McMahon introducing Johnny Carson or Jack Nicholson in The Shining when he said, Heeeere's Johnny. He was carrying an ax at the time," said Murphy.
"Yeah, Ed McMahon is not spooky to me," said Jeter.
The transcript of the three hearings we were not allowed into is almost five-hundred pages long.
As of 11:00 Wednesday night, the attorneys for both sides had not yet agreed on a date to continue the hearing.