A new Project Veritas video revealed a New Jersey teacher’s union president admitting a cover up to protect a teacher who allegedly had sex with a student.
The video, released on Wednesday, is part of a series of undercover videos of teachers unions from around the country that will reportedly be released by Project Veritas in the coming weeks. The new release comes in the wake of the suspension of Hamilton Township Education Association President Dr. David Perry who was caught on video saying he would cover up physical abuse of a student by a teacher.
Union City Education Association President, Kathleen Valencia, appeared in the March 27th 2018 video recorded at the Union City Education Association office, as she explained why there would be no reprimand for a teacher who bruised a student in school.
“Did the kid’s parent come in? No? Nothing happened… There’s no video? Nothing happened… [The teacher] is fine,” she said.
“I’m going to get your brother a lawyer. Your brother’s not going to admit anything happened. The only witness is the scumbag kid… he’s got a record,” Valenica told the undercover Veritas journalist who was posing as the family member of a fictitious teacher.
When asked if other incidents have occurred that have had to be covered to protect the teachers, Valencia pointed to a file on her desk.
“This file right here is from a teacher who had sex with a student,” she said. “You know what this whole file is about? It’s about whether or not the teacher gets to keep their pension. Sex with a teenage girl. Is he going to jail? No. How come? Because the child’s not pressing charges. They have no proof there was sex.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe called for the Union City Education Association to reveal the identity of the teacher it is protecting instead of protecting children.
The first video in the series involved a man identified as HTEA President David R. Perry telling the undercover Veritas journalist how he would “bend the truth” about an incident involving a teacher hurting a student. The incident was fabricated but Perry said the teacher should come to him and tell him “the truth” adding that he could change the date of any records and play down the incident.
“I need to know the truth, so that we can bend the truth,” he said in the video. “If nobody brings it up from (the) school, I don’t say boo.
“I’m here to defend even the worst people,” he added.
O’Keefe personally confronted Perry about the undercover video.
“I said, what we do is we help people,” Perry said in the second video. “And what they do wrong, they deserve their punishment.”
Perry was suspended as a result of the video, NJ.com reported.
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“The true beliefs and values of this school district are not represented in this video and are not aligned with who we are as faculty, staff, administration, and community,” Hamilton Township Superintendent Scott Rocco said in a statement Wednesday.
Michelle Malkin praised O’Keefe and his organization for lifting “the rug so we can se how the cockroaches operate,” during a radio segment on the Sean Hannity Show on Wednesday. O’Keefe noted the problem is “systemic” and more videos would be coming.
“Any and all parents should be paying attention. This union would rather protect their teachers than their students,” he said.
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