Strongsville Teachers Shout at Subs as they Apply to Replace Them

More than 100 SEA members hassle potential substitute teachers


A large group of Strongsville teachers jeered potential substitutes as they applied for jobs at City Council chambers Sunday morning.

Shouting "scab" and "this is our house," the teachers lined the sidewalks in front of the Strongsville Police Station during an open application session.

Superintendent John Krupinski said at least 100 potential substitutes applied for positions in Strongsville schools starting Monday, when teachers are expected to begin a strike.

"They are being fingerprinted and undergoing a background check," Krupinski said. "No one goes anywhere unless they pass it."

Meghan Paris of Cleveland, who has been a substitute teacher for four years, said she was hassled when she walked in to fill out an application.

"This lady was screaming in my face, calling me every name in the book," Paris said. "They said I was taking their job. But you're striking -- I'm not taking your job."

The Strongsville Education Association, which represents the teachers, is expected to meet at 5 p.m. today to take a strike vote. 

SEA President Tracy Linscott said the members were there Sunday morning to show the replacement teachers they were not welcome and show the community that the subs cannot fill existing teachers' shoes.

Linscott predicted that next week, "Strongsville City Schools is going to be a shell of what it once was.

-- See attached video for more from Linscott -- 

Police Chief James Kobak said there were no incidents of violence reported. 

"It's very vocal," Kobak said. "But they are complying with our orders."

Also, reports of a substitute bringing a gun were false. Kobak said a resident went to the police station to turn in an old, unwanted handgun Sunday morning.

"It had nothing to do with the strike," he said. "It was just bad timing."

The SEA and school district failed to reach an agreement after an eight-hour bargaining session on Saturday. 

The school district posted both sides' proposals on its website Saturday evening. 

Krupinski said the district's proposal, which seeks to convert a 9.3 percent pension pickup into salary, raise teacher contributions to health insurance 5 percent and eliminate yearly step increases, "reflects the economic realities."

"A district is mandated to operate with a balanced budget," he said. 

Linscott, who said the School Board failed to negotiate in good faith during Saturday's session by leaving the bargaining table while a proposal was being drafted, said making the proposals public is illegal and the SEA will likely file a complaint.

Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 01:37 PM
@laura, if you are so concerned why dont you do it?
John March 04, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Suck it up!!!!!!!!!
Mancuso March 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
How embarrassing! Our children would be in trouble if they acted like that in school. Are these the same people we trust to teach our children? What a shame!
Beverly March 04, 2013 at 01:57 PM
For all of you who think you know it all-I'm not bitter,but you are damn right I'm angry. Angry at having to pay out to support those who have alot better employment situation than most these days & yet sit and complain (or should I say stand & shout profanities & act unprofessionally). For those of you students commenting on here,you just don't have the life experience & haven't had your hard earned $ taken away from you time & time again. I voted for my last levy several years ago when the "black hole" began & will NEVER again vote for another. Everyone I know is fed up with the school situation & the teachers are playing the part so well by behaving in a manner that makes it easy to not feel bad for them. I agree w/a poster on here who appealed to the teachers to think about their behavior now because most likely they will be back in the classroom & @ conferences and all the parents & students will remember is how they behaved-their character & reputations forever tarnished. I did not grow up w/social media & I feel sorry for these teachers because their behavior has been documented & shared all over the world and any future employer could easily see why they wouldn't want to hire someone who can't conduct themselves in a manner befitting the "profession". I hope the state government is watching this,with the knowledge of an illegally funded state school system & it moves Gov.Kasich to make some changes because it is definitely true that NO ONE wins in this situation
Natalie March 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM
What kind of example are you showing are kids by acting like bullies ? I say fire any bully (teacher) harassing any sub !!
Roland March 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
What I see happening here only fortifies the reason unions are failing. The teachers are not concerned about teaching our children but only concerned about what they can squeeze from us taxpayers. Students and their parents will not forget. You need to rethink what you are doing.
Terri March 04, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Cory - if Burger King is supporting these "Educators", I will be boycotting Burger King. And, please tell me how The Board and The Taxpayers are behaving badly - is it because we (The Taxpayers) are fed up with their (The Union & "Educators)immature, selfish, insulting behavior. And, we have the audacity to call them on it?
SvilleRes March 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Although I have no knowledge about the Art teacher or whether she sent a text, it is a fireable offense for many reasons for any teacher to do so in my opinion. As you point out, it was an inappropriate environment for ELEMENTARY school children. I recently saw Zero Dark Thirty. It was Rated R for Adult Language. Rated R means not admitted under 17 WITHOUT A PARENT. The language involved was the "F" word. At least some of those teachers were reportedly using the "F" word at that mob scene, shouting it at the sub applicants. Also, in any other context surely it would be immediate disciplinary action if a teacher is texting a student without parental approval or knowledge, especially an elementary student. In the day and age of sex offenders, I would assume the school district would have zero tolerance for any such behavior, even if simply from a potential liability standpoint. Let us not forget babygate. Sneakily texting a student without parental involvement is a violation of the teacher-student relationship in my opinon. Any communication outside of school needs to go through the parent.
Jim March 04, 2013 at 02:47 PM
My wife has the same credentials - undergrad in elementary and masters in both special education and literacy. She subs for her $85/day when she can and is treated as an inferior by teachers who are less-qualified than she. She doesn't cross picket lines, but she also carries herself like the professional she is at all times.
Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
@Terri - Just delivered coffee to them and will continue to do so. And "Burger King" is not supporting them I am. So save what would be a non effective boycott for another time.
Jim March 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
There aren't enough chairs. Can they teach us correctly? Seems that they couldn't do much worse.
Terri March 04, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Hi Lyn - Funny, I thought The House was owned by The Citizens. Silly me! What ever happened to "of, by, and for The People? I hope the "Educator" making that comment doesn't teach Social Studies, or American History!!
Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Actions of a few are a poor reflection of the whole. These "thugs" as you call them are caring loving individuals, yes of course there are bad teachers but there are bad employees in every company.
Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 02:54 PM
All caps, really?
Terri March 04, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Beverly - You & I both know that many students have been indoctrinated by the School System. But, they are young and open to influence. If we can teach them with facts and kindness, perhaps they will grow up to be thoughtful and kind adults. I understand that the situation is frustrating to ALL of us, but, please treat the children, the same way you would want someone else to treat yours.
Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Thank you Shelly. We moved to Strongsville in 2003 because of the excellent schools. Excellent schools = levies passed, we've voted Yes for every one of them.
Cory Williams March 04, 2013 at 03:13 PM
@nick I agree with you @sville really, subs, quality ... quit drinking the koolaid @tom of course not, that was despicable
Laura March 04, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Hey Cory, I accidently deleted my reply to you so in case it did not go through, my two young kids are in the beginning stages of their school years. As I dropped one off, I made sure to voice my opinion to please be respectful. I was told to not believe everything you hear, and the cursing at subs, jumping on cars are lies. Really now?
Jim March 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
They wouldn't protest scabs if they actually believed that replacement teachers can't replace them.
Olmsted Falls resident March 04, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I agree Tom. Mob mentality, name calling, bullying people who want to work? Unqualified? They call in subs when teachers go on medical leave, etc. So they're saying the subs aren't qualified then either? These are the people teaching your children? Glad I live in Olmsted Falls
lyn March 04, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Are teachers exempt from the anti-bullying policy? Or is their harassment, intimidation, and bullying acceptable because they are teachers, but the students should not follow the example that the teachers have set. This is from the Districts website - Regarding : POLICY 5517.01 BULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR "At least semi-annually, the Superintendent shall provide to the President of the Board a written summary of all reported incidents and post the summary on the District web site (if one exists). The list shall be limited to the number of verified acts of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying,whether in the classroom, on school property, to and from school, or at school-sponsored events. Allegations of criminal misconduct and suspected child abuse will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or to Child Protective Services in accordance with statute. District personnel shall cooperate with investigations by such agencies." Looks like the teachers should know this type of activity is not tolerated.
Geena March 05, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I agree Lyn! This is absolutely ridiculous. This bullying of subs should not be tolerated. How can these Strongsville teachers go back to the classroom and be effective after all this? Their students have seen and heard how they've behaved...like irrational imbeciles. Do as I say, not as I do? They have lost so much respect, from students and parents alike. And no, teachers, they are not your jobs anymore. You CHOSE to walk out on your job. You want it back? You care about the kids? Then get your ass back to class and be thankful you have a good job! ANY job for that matter! Hey, I work for the government. Ever hear of a furlough? I am on the verge of being FORCED to take one day off per pay period, maybe two, with NO pay, through September! FORCED! And you know what? I have yet to complain. EVERYONE is being asked to tighten their belts. Why should the Strongsville teachers be any different? So while I'm being forced to readjust my budget to make ends meet, I'm supposed to happily hand over more taxes so that you get bonuses for perfect attendance? WHAT? Uh, being at work is your job!~ Why should you get a bonus for that? (Oh, gosh, don't get me started.) And guess what teachers? Your legs are not chained to any chair. You are welcome to quit and go find a job in another school district that will treat you better. No one is forcing you to stay in a job with such horrible pay and benefits. Go. Please.
Myron Shibley March 05, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Have any of you been to the SEA Facebook page? Talk about RACISTS? It's unreal. I felt terrible for these people that they are putting under a microscope for simply coming to a job interview and not being "white." I love that they are supposed to be teaching children to be tolerant of others and never judge a book by its cover....but you go to the SEA FB page, and 90+% of the pictures of the "scabs" they are attempting to ridicule are minorities. How do they know these people's education levels and competency by simply looking at their skin color? I thought they were the role models that were teaching children to treat everyone as equals? And most of these folks are just normal, average looking individuals. Look, I saw the videos of the striking teachers. I don't remember anyone resembling brad pitt, even if he were stricken with a flesh eating bacteria. Now that I see how nasty these teachers really are, posting average folks pictures on their page in attempt to get others to ridicule them based on their race and appearance, I feel just fine about calling out the SEA's morbidly obese teacher population for what it is...a collection of out of shape swine that looked like they escaped from the barnyard and broke into the salvation army. I guess we should thank them for taking the photos, now admin doesn't have to do it when they send pics of the kids NEW TEACHERS home to their parents.
Carmen March 05, 2013 at 03:28 AM
It good to see a changing of the guard for Strongsville School Community..........The School system belongs to the community not to the teachers they have the privlidge to work in the system it is not the other way around......(.Quote This Is Our House Scabs) That House Belongs To Strongsville.....Keep Moving Forward Watch how it will change things.........
Theresa March 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Amy, you are so right, who would ever want their children to be in the same room as the teachers who are screaming and swearing! I have to admit to being truly shocked at their behavior. Going on strike is one thing, but their behavior is inexcusable!
Dave March 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM
A quick poll... How many of you that voted against SB 5 wish you didn't?
Elliot Ness March 16, 2013 at 08:23 PM
All the rights the unions won...a long time ago are in place..........now its all about pure GREED! All Americans that work pay towards their health care, teachers feel they shouldn't have to! You feel fine having the taxpayers pay for your health care and bloated wages for part time work! When it comes to MONEY it reduces supposedly intelligent people to nothing but pure GREED. GREEDY little pigs. Oh, but its for the children! You GREEDY little pigs need to pay 1/2 of your health care and stop getting paid just for showing up. You need to be evaluated for your teaching skills and let go if you can't cut it. After all its for THE CHILDREN! GREEDY LITTLE PIGS...OINK OINK
JD March 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM
No kidding! Non union folks have to pay health care! It's not unheard of or even frowned against to ask for more money or benefits from an employer, but if the institution you're seeking it from doesn't have it to give then you have to continue working or seek employment elsewhere. Our family moved from Cleveland to Strongsville so our kids could go to a better school; if we have to pay any more taxes, we'll have to move back to Cleveland! I did a salary search of my child's Cleveland teachers versus her Strongsville teachers; they make DOUBLE or more in the suburbs! It urks me to no end- the audacity of these teachers. They're holding our kids "hostage" and using the union as leverage.
Elliot Ness March 17, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Your right Shelly, Most UNIONIZED professions like cops and fireman are loaded with freeloaders, and thieves of every kind. The KEY word is UNIONIZED, were you basically have to kill someone to get fired. If you're a good teacher, my hats is off to you. If your one of the ones that get the same high pay for just showing up, not challenging your students, they for the more then full time pay for 9 months a year and all the days off, of course you don't want any ACCOUNTABILITY for the skills to teach our young. Sorry you don't like public scrutiny but welcome to the real world! It seems some teachers would rather just collect their fat paychecks and tell the parents and school board how things will be. Yes, this is how many of us parents see the union and the teachers they protect from public accountability!


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