School Security Guard on Video was Ill, District Says

Strongsville teachers union speculates man being helped to car was intoxicated


A security guard at a Strongsville school suffered "a serious medical issue" April 11 and remains in the hospital, Superintendent John Krupinski said Saturday night.

The statement follows a news release sent out by the Strongsville Education Association Saturday morning that says the guard was displaying "suspicious behavior" and was "possibly intoxicated."

The SEA also posted a link to the YouTube video on its Facebook page.

"A video on Youtube shows a Huffmaster employee that is possibly intoxicated while on the job at Strongsville High School," the SEA release says.

The school district released this statement:

"It has come to the attention of the Strongsville City Schools that a video has appeared on YouTube depicting a Huffmaster security guard being helped into a car by Strongsville police, according to John Krupinski, school superintendent.

“The video intimates that the guard was in a compromising situation when in fact he was facing a serious medical issue and was being driven to a local hospital,” said Krupinski. “Our thoughts are with the guard and his family.”

According to Krupinski, Strongsville City Schools will keep the identity of the guard confidential. The guard remains hospitalized at this time."

The video shows a Strongsville police officer helping a security guard walk to a car. The guard is shown walking haltingly and stopping to rest.

Another Huffmaster employee then joins the officer to help the ailing guard into a car.

Huffmaster was hired by the school district to provide security and hiring services during the teachers' strike.

The SEA represents the striking teachers. The strike is entering its seventh week.

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John Wells April 14, 2013 at 08:57 PM
If this was really a life threatening medical emergency, why didn't the police officer call for the fire dept paramedics. He's got a radio and they're 2 minutes away. I don't think a police officer would just help someone into a car if it was that serious. I won't pretend to have any inside info but of course the BOE to tell the truth. Or maybe not.........
lyn April 14, 2013 at 08:58 PM
They should fire every teacher who has made any racial comment to intimidate people during this negotiation process - and that includes to discourage people from seeking employment here. There should be zero tolerance for this behavior. By not taking this type of action, the district is condoning these actions and should be held liable as well.
Rene Sance April 14, 2013 at 09:00 PM
No no, I think they are ready for prime time...c'mon, Honey Boo Boo (whatever it's called) made it; there can be SEAReality Show. It will put Strongsville on the map and fix the financial struggle for the schools. Problem solved...now, who knows Andy Cohen???
Mom in the ville April 14, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I don't condone vicious comments whether they're anonymous or not, but I have to ask: who started this? It pales in comparison to the mob gauntlet at city hall, wall of shame, terrorizing children of board members, stripping the classrooms and hallways bare, bullying of subs and crossing teachers and the latest outrage - insinuating a security guard is drunk when he was really ill!
lyn April 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Some teachers and students need to watch "42" about Jackie Robinson and see all he had to hear. It was much more than what is happening here, but this is 2013 - and is despicable to think people in our schools are behaving like this. Has anyone even considered the hurt that some racial remarks might cause to others? Again - look who I am asking. People who do not care about anyone but themselves. If it works to get what they want, so be it, right?
lyn April 14, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Well, I see John Wells has joined us suddenly on here - just 5 minutes after I posted the comment with his name. And he hasn't posted since that racial comment 3 days ago.
lyn April 14, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Elsie- Time for a "red light, green light" video. But, those always seemed to bring out more comments just after - but only within certain circles, as they looked for play on words on everything that was said for days later. But, that might apply to the names of some posters on here as well.
lyn April 14, 2013 at 09:22 PM
It will be amusing if she gives the SEA as the source.
Dave April 14, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Interesting post below found on the Chick-fil-A FB page from Nick Draganic. It appears that Nick not only loves to see tax payers pay more for teachers, but he loves to get freebies from the private sector. He's what I would call a Citizen Double Dipper!!! He was also probably the first one in line to protest Chick-fil-A's social positions!!!! Nick Draganicposted toChick-fil-A Strongsville January 29. A HUGE thank you to the staff at Strongsville ChickFilA for thier hard work tonight hosting 10 volleyball players. We REALLY appreciate your awesome food and terrific service.
Huffmaster Plant April 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM
You're linking an 11 year old article? From a guy who now writes for the Village Voice?
Holly Lamovsky April 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I know it's just The Scene, but I personally can't stand when journalists write something so snarky and then expect to be taken seriously. The article is largely opinion, but I do think there is one point in there somewhere...the point I think he tries to make is that sometimes we don't have our priorities in the right place. If we are living so beyond our means that we have to vote by our wallets rather than our conscience, that is not good. Education is important. More important than a big house or a nice car.
Denny April 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Not just dated (2002), but also a poor example of journalism with a conclusion that has since been proven false. There is perhaps a lesson in that we can achieve great results without throwing unneeded amounts of excess funding at the problem (take a hint SEA!). After a series of sensationalist references, the author concludes "Residents here will spend money -- lots of money -- on themselves. They just won't spend it on others. Not even to better their children" The SEA tells me that they have made our schools great and we have an "excellence with distinction" rating. So, despite being "cheap", we managed to get results without throwing huge sums of money at the problem. How about that!
Huffmaster Plant April 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM
This was set up by a child and extremely slanted. It's easy to cherry pick the comments to make one side appear bad. Could easily be done the other way too.
Otaddy April 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM
The SEA now has zero credibility and its time for the teachers to cross the line and accept the LBO. I have believed that there were some reasonable teachers out there and now is the time to break away from the fools running the union and stop being pawns in their political game.
Denny April 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM
So the 100% funded teacher pensions have nothing to do with no technology, no text books, leaky ceilings, missing light bulb, and smelly hallways? Teacher compensation makes up the majority percentage (high 80's) of the schools costs. The root cause of the problem is excessive teacher compensation and that is now being addressed by the LBO.
David April 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Holly - I spoke with the security guard at Dairy Queen. I did not ask him to elaborate on the "racist comments" that he's been hearing. Based on the tone of things, I believed he was speaking the truth.
SvilleRes April 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM
They never took the picture and comments down from their initial Rally Day of the African American sub applicant wearing a knit hat with a buckeye leaf on it, claiming it was a marijuana leaf. Why would they take this down?!
Emmett April 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Denny, Salaries for the entire district is 85%, not just teachers. That 85% includes teachers, administrators (Super, A. Super, building principals, building assistant principals, treasurer, supervisors---all who got raises), secretaries, clerks, hall monitors, SH monitors, teacher aides, bus drivers, mechanics, custodians, maintenance workers, and numerous others. In spite of all of that money, if the SCS was funded properly they would be able to pay staff, have books, technology, and a surplus of money.
Denny April 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Funded properly, that sounds like "code" for taking more money out of the taxpayers pockets. The teachers rank as some of the highest compensated in the state. I say it is about allocating the money they have more efficently .. less for teachers and more for student needs. How can you justify asking for more money.
SvilleRes April 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM
THIS, is comical. The teachers yelling in adult subs' faces, texting students without parental consent, pounding on doors, picketing homes of Board Members and worse yet their places of employment, publicly accusing an African American sub of wearing a marijuana leaf on his hat and then never removing the picture or comments when more than one person corrected them that it was an Ohio State Buckeye hat, blocking people from getting into the schools, blowing whistles to try and disrupt students' ability to learn, making a racist comment about Rosa Parks to another sub, wiping out the classrooms from all supplies (not just theirs), not teaching the week before, threatening athletes that they won't get letters of recommendation for college if they play during the strike, right down to the videotape of the guard and adolescent comments made during the filming. The list is endless and I could go in forever! But it's rather cute, this video of the teachers asking anonymous posters on the Internet to be positive and take the high road. And I especially love all the commentary by the maker of the video, about their concerns about these posters being parents. Ha! Hysterical coming from a Strongsville teacher!
jw93 April 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM
The poster was not a teacher, but bleeding heart Emmanuel Bagirov, who, like most kids his age these days, seems to think very highly of himself and wants to be famous. Just be careful what you post, or you could be starring in his next lame attempt at drawing attention to himself. I love the response from Frazee. Really put him in his place. Too bad Manny's too full of himself to realize it.
SvilleRes April 15, 2013 at 12:23 AM
SSS, lyn has explained it to you in the simplest of terms, on multiple occasions. Let me see if I can dumb it down for you. She reads various blogs on occasion, but will only cite to credible external sources, NOT blogs, when trying to make a point or educate herself on an issue. She, and most of the free world, recognizes that the SEA website is nothing more than propaganda trash filled with overt lies, that doesn't even bother to correct itself when it posts misinformation (ex: the ill guard video is still up, the African American with the Buckeye leaf hat pic and accusations that it is a marijuana leaf is still there). These examples prove the point. It is no more credible than the National Enquirer. Therefore, lyn has deemed it a waste of time to peruse the site and thus refuses to visit it. Is that clear enough for you? If you still don't get it, then, well, I hope you aren't a teacher, responsible for educating or future. If you still keep making your stupid posts about this issue, it only shows that you too are only interested in spreading propaganda and thus have no credibility.
SvilleRes April 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Ah, didn't catch that. Should have known better! Thanks for clarifying.
Kenn Rush April 15, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Can we drop the Huffmasters topic, once and for all? First, let's hope this guy is okay. Second....even if he was drunk, what does the SEA expect to happen? Let me see if I get the train of thought: 1.) We walk out, so a security firm has to be hired; 2.) We don't like the security firm, and one of their employees was drunk 3.) Because of #2, money falls from the sky and the Board caves on their LBO. Beating up on a security firm is a waste of your time. Spend more time trying to justify your awful behavior and terrible negotiating skills.
StrongDad April 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Never proven Jenny. You have no idea why he resigned.
StrongDad April 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Jenny, I got your number, I need to make you mine. Jenny, don't change your number, 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9) 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9) Jenny, Jenny, you're the girl for me. You don't know me but you make me so happy. I tried to call you before but I lost my nerve. I tried my imagination, but I was disturbed.
StrongDad April 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM
SSS you are boring
Affluent Citizen April 15, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Couldn't agree more Kenn. I've spent half my life in a boardroom. I feel like I'm watching a tee-ball game when I read these updates on the teacher's union's next "big power play move." This clown they have running things for SEA would be comparable to the kid they stick out in right-right field, picking dandelions, but somehow, she's being tolerated by her fellow union members for her absolute mishandling of this entire strike. School board called their bluff and now they're out of ideas, unless you count blocking driveways, stalking people's homes and spreading false information "ideas."
Strongsville School Mom April 15, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Those numbers should be posted just like the BOE's numbers so we can get a hold of them. The only time we see Tracy is on the news. I think we should inquiry of them about this video and also about racial remarks being said. I also talked to a couple of the guards at Burger King on the weekend and they were really nice in keeping their comments on the "nice side" when I asked about the striking teachers. They did not elaborate either but yes things have been said that any left-wing reporter would just love to get a hold of. They just don't want to get in the middle of all this.
SvilleRes April 15, 2013 at 06:29 PM
So, now the word is that this poor man suffered a stroke and yet, the video of him still remains on youtube for the world to see. The person or people that have control of having the video up and anyone condoning it are the lowest form of species on the planet. This could be your grandfather, father, uncle, brother or son. It has been reported that he is still in the hospital, so all may not be well. People can end up paralyzed, blind, unable to speak, or incapacitated from a stroke, or heaven forbid, dead! Grow up, have an ounce of friggin' dignity and show the man and his family some friggin' respect! Get rid of the videotaped footage of his misfortune! Always remember, karma is a b#*tch! How do you sleep at night, knowing you filmed this man and put it on youtube, and worse yet, still have it up?


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