Clarkstown Principal Files Police Report Over End of Year Silly String Celebration
NEW CITY, NY – Around two weeks ago, we were contacted by a parent from New City Elementary describing an upsetting situation that occurred during an end of year graduation celebration. On Wednesday, June 26th the New City Elementary School 5th grade class held their annual end of year celebrations.
The graduates would walk-out (titled a “Clap Out”) the front entrance of school to be greeted by their parents and siblings. The ceremony is the final time the students will walk out of elementary school before they move on to Felix Festa Middle School next year.
As is the case in many elementary schools, parents coordinate with the school administration on end of year celebrations. During these discussions, parents discussed the idea of spraying their children with silly string along with a “2019” ballon arch. Multiple sources and texts message indicate that both requests were initially approved by New City Elementary Principal Deb Forman. According to Principal Forman (police report), she alleges that she informed the parents that “silly string” was prohibited. While we can’t confirm or deny these statements, what happens next is completely unexpected.
As the students begin to exit, Principal Forman can be heard saying “no silly string” to the parents assembled in parallel lines. You can visibly see slightly before and after her instructions, parents start spraying silly string. As this unfolds, the Principal can be seen walking in the direction of the students, and is visibly sprayed along with many others students by parents. Ms. Forman, is immediately visibly upset, and exits from the celebration. As the video proceeds, you see parents continuing to spray smiling kids as they walk out.
On Thursday, June 27 at 11 am, New City Elementary Principal Deb Forman went to the Clarkstown Police Department to file a police report regarding the silly string incident. (read full report below) She alleges that all parents were advised not to bring “silly string” to school, and that there have been some ongoing issues with some of the parents. Furthermore, she singles out one parent, Laurie Santulli, who she alleges sprayed silly string that ended up on Principal Forman. Santulli, an educator, is also a Rockland County Legislator who represents Congers and parts of New City. Principal Forman requested that the incident be documented and no further action was taken on behalf of the Clarkstown Police Department.
We were able to obtain video of the event. Below, we have slowed down the 10 seconds when the incident occurs.
“On what was one of the most memorable days of my life, seeing my youngest child with a big smile on his face walk out of elementary school for last time would soon turn to confusion. What is clear is that many parents were confused by Mrs. Forman’s last minute decision. I was shocked to discover that Mrs. Forman would single me out in a police report. The video as well as many other parent videos show she was severely mistaken.” said Legislator Laurie Santulli
In the video above, you can visibly see that the scene was somewhat chaotic. It is pretty obvious that Principal Forman was sprayed along with the students. It is our view, the Principal was accidentally sprayed by a parent who was directly across from her wearing a black shirt.
Come watch the NYPD Vs. FDNY at Clover Stadium
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 with first pitch set for 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clover Stadium, home of the Frontier League’s New York Boulders.
Who: NYPD vs. FDNY
For the 4th straight year, the annual Never Forget Heroes Classic baseball game between the New York Police Department Finest (NYPD) and the Fire Department of New York Bravest (FDNY).
The game between the NYPD and FDNY is held each year in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice after responding to the World Trade Center area on Sept. 11, 2001.
Tickets, priced at $15 (plus applicable taxes and fees), are on sale now and can be purchased by online NYBoulders.com. As in the past, the Widows and Children’s Fund and the Stephen Siller Foundation will also benefit from the game.
“We are honored and privileged to host this game once again,” said Boulders’ President Shawn Reilly. “The Boulders’ organization is very supportive of the Police and Fire departments – as well as all first responders, and our ability to play host to this important event is just one way in which we can show our support to those individuals.”
“New York Finest (NYPD) is delighted to return to Clover Stadium for our annual Heroes Baseball Classic against FDNY,” said Jose Vasquez, President of the New York Finest Baseball Club. “We really appreciate the support and hospitality that the NY Boulders give us in hosting this event.”
FDNY Finest Team President and Head Coach Scott Miller echoed those sentiments. “FDNY Baseball is excited to return to Clover Stadium to play the NYPD for what is now the fourth consecutive year (wow)! We always look forward to this game because it usually marks the end of our summer season and what better way to close out the summer then a stadium game in front of our family, friends and fans. Can’t wait!”
Information regarding season tickets and packages for the Boulders’ 2023 season is available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.
Stop and Shops Career Fair
When: Saturday, February 25th from 11a.m. – 5p.m.
Where: Stop and Shop Stores across New York including Nanuet and Westchester
If you are interested in applying for a position at Stop and Shop you can visit any of the New York Stop and Shops for an on the sport interview. You can also apply online in advance at https://stopandshop.com/our-careers/.
Positions are Part-time/ Full-time employment
Roles are for: bakery, deli, grocery, seafood, and produce departments. There are also openings on overnight crews, as well as for cashiers, porters, baggers, home shoppers, pharmacy, and asset protection.
“Stop & Shop associates have benefits that matter, like competitive pay, paid training, flexible schedules, a company discount on groceries, paid time off and more. Many of our associates have opportunities for career growth, including management, field support, or in the Corporate support office. Cashiers, baggers, produce, bakery, floral and grocery clerks must be at least 16 years old; all other positions require applicants to be 18 years of age or older. “
“At Stop & Shop, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive workplace. We believe that the voices of our associates should reflect a diverse set of ideas, experiences, and backgrounds. Many members of Stop & Shop’s leadership team started as store associates. The roles we offer at Stop & Shop are more than jobs, they are growth opportunities.” said Julie Pinard, Director of Human Resources for Stop & Shop. “We hope that anyone who is interested in starting a career in an exciting work environment, focused on helping their community, will join us on Saturday, February 25.”