We have been covering the ongoing struggle between whistle-blowers and the Miami-Dade school system. A prime example is Trevor Colestock, who did the right thing in August of 2013 by reporting test cheating at Miami Norland Senior High School. Since that time the district has created an atmosphere where teachers, like Colestock, who report cheating are harassed and treated as malcontents, and those found to have cheated, in some cases, have been returned to the classroom.
The most recent of many incidents involves citizen journalist and whistle-blowing school librarian Trevor Colestock, who refuses to back down and cower to fear and bullying by district staff.
Colestock, an ongoing and current litigant against Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has been retaliated against and harassed on and off ever since the test cheating he reported at Miami Norland Senior High School was validated by the Miami-Dade Office of Inspector General and he published it in August 2013.
Due to harassing observations and a threat of future retaliation and harassment, Colestock submitted a complaint to his principal, Sabrina Montilla.
“Like my brother, I do not give in to fear and bullying. UTD officials and fellow teachers may shrink and cower, as they have, but I will not,” said Colestock. Bullying has become the tactic to keep teachers towing the district line.
As George Orwell wrote, “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”