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Westhampton Beach Middle School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty In Riverhead Court

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Erin McKinley   Apr 29, 2013 10:00 AM
Apr 29, 2013 11:50 AM

A Westhampton Beach teacher charged with recording middle school-aged girls in a gym locker room pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Riverhead courtroom on Monday morning.

Thomas Sheppard, 27, of Speonk pleaded not guilty to all counts at the Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead, during an arraignment on one felony count of second-degree unlawful surveillance and seven misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

During the arraignment, Judge Barbara Kahn issued seven orders of protection, prohibiting Mr. Sheppard from contacting his alleged victims and witnesses. During the roughly 20 minute proceedings, James Chalifoux, the deputy chief for the major crimes bureau in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, told Judge Kahn that it was clear to the prosecution the incident was not a mistake, as some have alleged, and that Mr. Sheppard deliberately filmed 13- and 14-year-old girls by placing his cell phone in the girls locker room when they were scheduled to change clothes.

Mr. Chalifoux added that Mr. Sheppard had attempted to erase the video, but it was recovered by authorities.

"The video makes it very clear that this is not a mistake," he said. "The video clearly shows the defendant setting up the phone to record these young girls undress."

Due to the nature of the crime, Mr. Chalifoux requested that Mr. Sheppard’s bail be doubled to $50,000 cash bail, but the request was denied by the judge.

Mr. Sheppard did not speak during the arraignment and his attorney, Peter Brill of the Brill Legal Group, only briefly stated that his client was not a flight risk and has never been in trouble with the law.

He was arrested by New York State Police on March 20. Police said their investigation revealed that Mr. Sheppard, a four-year employee of the district, placed a video recording device in the girls locker room at the middle school.

Investigators have not said when the incident took place, although district officials contacted Westhampton Beach Village Police on February 26 to request an investigation. Village Police later requested that State Police take charge of the investigation.

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The DA also told the judge that the tape of the locker room was able to be recovered and it was clear that it had been intentionally placed to record. The community was well represented in court today to support the students and let the judge know of their outrage. The hope is that this child predator be removed from our schools and that he be forever registered as a sex offender
By linews (6), westhampton on Apr 29, 13 11:02 AM
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Obvious to all ,but to date unable to prove, Sheppard was so comfortable doing this that his own face appears on the tape as he was setting it up ! Parents of soon to be Westhampton Beach Middle School girls should be forever grateful to the alertness of these students and their bravery in the face of school principal and community disbelief !
By linews (6), westhampton on Apr 29, 13 12:15 PM
Very, very well said linews. God know how far this person would have gone had he not been caught. The School needs to do some serious evaluation of policy if it is true male teachers are allowed in the girls locker room at any time the students could be in there.
By realistic (254), westhampton on Apr 29, 13 12:38 PM
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"The video clearly shows the defendant setting up the phone to record these young girls undress." Now, let's hear apologies from all of those who used this forum to openly question the veracity of these young girls, who are the victims. They have suffered in more ways than just this crime for having the courage to come forward. Start posting the apologies now so I don't have to go through all the old posts.
By lucky and aware (41), Speonk on Apr 29, 13 12:46 PM
Absolutely! All of these people starting rumors that the girls stole his phone and set him up, what a "nice guy" Sheppard is, he would never do anything like that, blah blah blah....and here he is actually on the video setting up his phone to record in the girls' locker room.
By Miss K. (95), East Quogue on Apr 30, 13 9:31 AM
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It seems the story has been squared. Actually being IN the video is not only damning, but rather irrefutable.
By Mr. Z (6246), North Sea on Apr 30, 13 7:14 PM
OHH I'm sorry, I'm not sorry that's the whole purpose of a forum like this is to strongly discuss both sides. I am not stating that This teacher doesn't deserve a very long punishment in jail but how are you going to expect an apology from people voicing their opinion before any hard evidence is available? You want Tom's lawyer to apologize as well after a guilty plea comes out?
By drock1585 (1), Quogue on May 8, 13 9:34 PM
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By drock1585 (1), Quogue on May 8, 13 9:35 PM
What law enforcement says and what the evidence actually shows is not always the same thing. In fact, its often not remotely even close. I will continue to wait for a public airing of the actual evidence, as should you. Thank you.
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on Apr 29, 13 4:22 PM
Not just law enforcement, not just the DA's office, but at least 12 of the 23 Grand Jurors that did see the video evidence thought it was enough to support the charges. They all agreed with the victims. People do not wear their deviant behavior on their sleeves. There actually are wolves in sheep's clothing.
By lucky and aware (41), Speonk on Apr 29, 13 5:17 PM
If this naive statement held any truth, the criminal justice system would never work.

The district attorney publicly presenting the evidence DISCOVERED in the case, in a public courtroom, is a public reading of the evidence. The DA, cannot make false statements in a courtroom without being criminally held accountable. The evidence speaks for itself.
By Hollywood (34), Westhampton Beach on Apr 29, 13 5:27 PM
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Grand juries are confidential proceedings normally attended only by the state and its representatives. Only one side of the story is told, and the standard for the indictment is probable cause, no greater than the standard for the arrest itself. You have no idea what went on behind the closed doors of the grand jury room, no idea what evidence was shown to the grand jury, and no idea why an indictment was handed down. Regardless, it is not a hefty burden. It is hardly surprising that the DA acquired ...more
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on Apr 29, 13 6:02 PM
@Hollywood. I'm not saying the DA is making false statements. In fact, your statement simply shows that you don't understand how the criminal justice system works. The DA did not present evidence or make factual statements that form the evidentiary record. Rather, the DA made legal argument regarding the state's interpretation of the evidence that will purportedly be introduced at trial. They argue and state what they believe the evidence will show without the burden of actually producing any or ...more
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on Apr 29, 13 6:10 PM
You obviously did not read the article carefully enough, the grand jury and indictment were handed down back on April 5, this morning, the Defendant was arraigned on the charges in Suffolk Cty Crim Court in front of Judge Kahn, which is a public forum in which the DA read the criminal complaint which states the the charges and specifics of the crime committed.
By Hollywood (34), Westhampton Beach on Apr 29, 13 6:17 PM
You are incorrect. The defendant always has an opportunity to testify on their own behalf at a grand jury proceeding. Whether or not it happened in this case, I don't know. But he would have had the right to do so.
By Clarity (65), Whb on Apr 30, 13 6:08 AM
Clarity, you might want to check your sources for saying the defendant always has this opportunity to testify at the grand jury level IMO. Plus, the proper term might be "accused?" Until there is a criminal proceeding, there is no "defendant."
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Apr 30, 13 6:55 AM
Ok, an arraignment is a criminal proceeding, a grand jury is a criminal proceeding and he was indicted. He is a defendant. Jeez you people are ridiculous.
By Clarity (65), Whb on Apr 30, 13 8:51 AM
The Defendant does have a right to testify at grand jury. As a practical matter it simply doesn't happen, and for good reasons. Defense counsel does not get to ask any questions or guide the testimony and the standard for indictment is low. There is limited to no chance that testifying at grand jury will change the outcome, and you risk tipping your hand to the prosecution. For that reason, it rarely ever happens and only the state's side of the story is presented.

@Hollywood: No, you simply ...more
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on Apr 30, 13 9:39 AM
Ex-pat, I get it, you are just being overly technical, I'm simply stating that the DA would not make statements to what was seen (the fact that he is seen on the video, the beginning of the video at that, angling the camera to get the right veiwing angle) that are not true, as well would not include false statements in the criminal complaint as you stated in your original statement. That would be criminal on his part and the defendant would not receive a fair trial. I understand that you believe ...more
By Hollywood (34), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 13 12:40 PM
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I'm not being remotely technical. I'm being entirely substantive. Reasonable people can differ on what evidence shows, and it is grossly unfair to convict Mr. Sheppard when the evidence itself, i.e., the video tape, not the prosecutor's interpretation, has not been aired publicly. You haven't seen the video have you? Do you have any basis to know what it shows other than what the state has claimed?

This is how the justice systems works. Parties will say the evidence shows very different ...more
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on May 7, 13 3:47 PM
Once again, female victims victimized twice. Once by the perpetrator and second by the community. These girls are being tormented in school and the town, leave them alone. If the evidence is as they state enough already plead out to something lesser and be done. Don’t victimize the girls again. This is something that WHB will take a long time to recover from, the accused (guilty or not) and accusers will never be the same.
By Qguy (18), quogue on Apr 29, 13 4:51 PM
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By Eender (1), Wainscotting on Apr 30, 13 7:14 AM
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By Eender (1), Wainscotting on Apr 30, 13 7:29 AM
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Ex-pat=HIS FACE IS ON THE VIDEO. I can't believe your spending so much energy on technicalities. THIS MAN VIDEO TAPED LITTLE GIRLS!!!!! And for who knows how long. I can't believe while I read these comments he has so many defenders. It's very scary.
By Lizfoley17 (3), Whb on Apr 30, 13 11:21 AM
Have you yourself seen the video? I assume not, so see above. There is nothing technical about what I am saying. Its an adversarial system in which only one side has aired an interpretation of any evidence. You accept that at face value. I prefer to wait until he's had his day in court and the evidence is provided to a jury, for their interpretation.
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on May 7, 13 3:49 PM
Guilt or Innocence is not determined until the accused has due process. Most of what I read here are people finding him guilty without a trial. If the court of public opinion was used to try people then we would be having more Salem Witch trials and kangaroo courts and innocent people would be penalized. Let the proceedings continue as per our American judiciary rites then make the fair determination of guilt or innosence after ALL of the Prosecution and Defense evidence has been seen.
By jkp720 (5), Westhampton on Apr 30, 13 11:22 AM
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I agree with you Lizfoley. It is unbelievable that this man has so many defenders when there is evidence his face was on the actual video, setting it up. I have heard people around town - mainly OTHER TEACHERS, defend this man to the hilt. They will not hear of his possible guilt. That, more than anything, disturbs me. How far does the teaching community go to defending its own?
By Alice (7), Westhampton on Apr 30, 13 12:03 PM
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They stick together more than you would like to believe.
By Miss K. (95), East Quogue on May 1, 13 9:39 AM
Please quote the passage in the article where the word "face" was referenced.
By jkp720 (5), Westhampton on Apr 30, 13 12:16 PM
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By Hollywood (34), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 13 12:53 PM
27East, can you verify that Mr. Sheppard is still suspended with pay? Because in light of the cuts that WHB just had to make to hopefully pass their budget, I'd love to know why they're still paying a teacher accused of crimes against young girls, but cutting programs and good teachers that benefit our kids.
By Eliza (29), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 13 1:36 PM
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With regards to the other teachers...if the community truly knew the horrible and negligent way the middle school principal handled this from the beginning (in my opinion) people would be people pickiting the school demanding her resignation. The depth of injustice and disregard these little girls faced first from the school and then from the community is abhorrent. Please remember these children saw something wrong and did exactly as they should and reported it to their principal. And to the sick ...more
By speonkmomof4 (4), speonk on Apr 30, 13 1:47 PM
couldn't agree more!
By Eliza (29), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 13 2:09 PM
Because you all of have seen this video right? Stop jumping to conclusions and let the legal process do its course, whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? You all should be ashamed of yourselves.
By xxhardknockxx14 (2), eastmoriches on Apr 30, 13 3:28 PM
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So in other words, the DA who has seen the video as well as the State Police Investigators, the people of the grand jury, are all misrepresenting the truth they are all part of the conpiracy that these 7 13yoa have conspired to do. The DA states that "Shep" is seen on the video setting up the phone angling it to get the right shot and leaving the camera running and videotaping the girls and he's not representing the truth, come on people seriously don't be so naive.
By Hollywood (34), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 13 3:48 PM
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Have you seen this video? No you have not, how would you feel if you were in his position and you're found not guilty? His life is already ruined no matter what happens. The girls have been victimized but so has Shep.
By xxhardknockxx14 (2), eastmoriches on Apr 30, 13 4:12 PM
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By Remsen (53), Southampton on Apr 30, 13 4:35 PM
So in other words everybody is lying, scary thought that all these people that we put our public trust in lie like this. You sound like the sister of the marathon bombers " show me the evidence", the fact that her brothers were shooting and throwing bombs at the police is not enough, another govt conspiracy, or even better " if the glove doesn't fit you must acquit" And OJ was innocent, right? So if he plea bargains his case, does that make him innocent or guilty to you?
By Hollywood (34), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 13 4:54 PM
Because the police and the state always have truth on their side. Seriously, God help you or your family members if they ever run into an overzealous police officer or prosecutor.
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on May 7, 13 3:54 PM
I personally know these innocent girls that found their teacher's cellphone taping them When their teacher's face appeared on the recording after they stopped it they freaked AND LEFT THE PHONE on the table. They didnt set him up they freaked out that a teacher they liked was obviously recording them changing!What a horrible community we live in for not supporting our girls first.Do you have a daughter in Westhampton?Well maybe he did or would have taped her for his enjoyment.These girls faced their ...more
By linews (6), westhampton on Apr 30, 13 5:29 PM
wow, so now evidence is being leaked by the victims to folks like you and you feel it is appropriate to write about it here? amazing. last i heard we live in the united states where people have the right to a trial before they are judged.
By treehugger (9), whb on May 3, 13 9:18 PM
The DA has the smoking gun! He will be found guilty the next couple of months will be procedure . The Boston bomber has a right to a trail but he will be guilty also . So please stop supporting him he is a pervert . I will paint a picture on how this will end his fiancé will leave him if she didn't already , he will be found guilty , he will profess on how sorry he is at his sentencing and there will still be people who believe he was set up . I hope the people still sticking up for him are ...more
By Remsen (53), Southampton on Apr 30, 13 7:54 PM
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anybody remember the story about the rape case at Duke University. That DA is sitting in jail for lying and the accused are trying to recover from having their good names dragged through the mud.
By bettynuggs (1), westhampton on Apr 30, 13 8:34 PM
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How about Towana Brawly...
By LI native (64), east moriches on Apr 30, 13 8:58 PM
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"Towana told the truth", Spike Lee
By Qguy (18), quogue on Apr 30, 13 10:25 PM
He is a sick man who used his authority and “good standing” in the community to prey on those that were entrusted to him. He is a pedophile and has probably been doing this for years. We should rally against this man because what he did was so very wrong.
But the depth of wrongs goes so much deeper than that. It has been eye opening, and ultimately incredible disheartening, to see how the authority figures at the school and ultimately the community has responded to children simply ...more
By speonkmomof4 (4), speonk on Apr 30, 13 9:40 PM
I can't believe there aren't more calls for her to step down, I was nearly sick when I heard (earlier when the story first came out) that she supposedly took it upon herself to put these girls in a room with the accused, to essentially "work it out". Disgraceful!! Wake up Radday, Wake up school board, make some changes!
By Eliza (29), Westhampton Beach on May 1, 13 1:31 PM
She also called some of the girls parents and told them to disreagard anything their daughters came home saying about this " misunderstanding" and that "she had handeled it" thus tampering with evidence. Yet other parents of girls involved knew nothing, so they didn't even know to ask their girls about the situation. The incident happened in the am and by 4 pm the police still hadn't been called. But she knew something was wrong enough that lawyers for the school were called. Way to protect our ...more
By speonkmomof4 (4), speonk on May 1, 13 3:21 PM
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I dont know who the students are. Get their parents in agreement put the word out with petitions and you will get the support.
By realistic (254), westhampton on May 1, 13 4:15 PM
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rather than vent here, go to a board meeting and do something about it. otherwise you're just talking smack
By treehugger (9), whb on May 3, 13 9:13 PM
You are correct. Its amazing to me the way in which this School system handled this from day one. You would think they would be trained in these matters and have to follow some type of State protocol when these things come up. As far as any personal relationship with the accused this School system is riddled with personal relationships and an apparent policy of hiring from "within" or graduates of the school system where the best canidate is not always choosen because a graduate of the school system ...more
By realistic (254), westhampton on May 1, 13 8:01 AM
Spot on, Realistic.
By Miss K. (95), East Quogue on May 1, 13 9:48 AM
Thank you Speok mother !!! Your comment brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for so clearly explaining to tragic consequences of this crime. All parents of little ones should be thankful for the bravery of these girls. Their school failed them, their teachers silenced and betrayed them, their friends and neighbors abused them , everyone had their own personal agenda. No one gave our "little ones" and their only power, their words, protection.
By linews (6), westhampton on May 1, 13 8:54 AM
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Guilty or not, how gross that parents and older students are picking on middle school age children. People need to think about how they would feel or what they would do if their child was in this situation. This is truly disheartening to think that parents, students, teachers, and anyone else turned their back on these girls. It takes a lot of courage to come out and say they were exploited. Ladies, KEEP YOUR HEADS UP! YOU DID THE RIGHT THING! NEVER EVER ALLOW SOMEONE MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DON'T ...more
By NorthRd90 (7), Southampton on May 1, 13 9:24 AM
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It's ironic that we want to spend millions for security outside our school. But ironically students have as much danger from within the school. These superintendants should be more worried about hiring the best, and brightest rather than handing out favors to friends for teacher positions. Sending your kids to school is supposed to be a place where they are safe not a haven for weirdos parading around as teachers.
By chief1 (1327), southampton on May 1, 13 11:12 AM
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By SampsonSimpson (6), on May 1, 13 11:33 AM
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By SampsonSimpson (6), on May 1, 13 11:33 AM
According to the print edition of the story Mr. Sheppard continues to draw his 80K salary because he is suspended with pay.

Commence the 3020-a hearing now and call HIM as the first witness on the question of misconduct. He has no Fifth Amendment right in a civil proceeding; and if he decides to stand mute, that can be considered against him.

There is no reason for this suspension to pay continue without having an immediate hearing.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on May 2, 13 8:39 AM
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By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on May 2, 13 8:39 AM
And these are the same teachers who refused to take a pay freeze recently and so are forcing job cuts?
By Jess9090 (4), southampton on May 2, 13 1:22 PM
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... teacher, not teachers.
By William Rodney (232), southampton on May 3, 13 7:22 AM
I am talking about the teacherS - including principal - who have been voracious in supporting this gym teacher.
By Jess9090 (4), southampton on May 3, 13 1:41 PM
voracious- nice word usage!
By Qguy (18), quogue on May 4, 13 1:56 PM
again another pervert on the loose. please can someone stop the perverts with shots, cutting castration whatever is ne4cessary to stop this assualt on our children. My third post on perverts today just on 27East. Too many and why???
By xtiego (306), bridgehampton on May 3, 13 5:40 PM
The fact is that Mr Sheppard is still innocent until he has his day in court. Thay being said I think he has a long uphill battle on trying to prove he didn't set up his phone numerous times to videotape these girls. I think the school district has failed miserably on contacting the police right away. I think the superintendant needs to resign do to his lack of intelligence on what to do in a situation like this. I think the WHBPD has been proven to be uncapable of anything more than issuing traffic ...more
By chief1 (1327), southampton on May 7, 13 9:01 AM
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chief1, before spewing rhetoric about anyone or anything, please inform yourself as to the available facts. The Press reported in a previous article that the village police department could not investigate the incident because their Detective was absent due to injury, and to preserve the integrity of the case requested an outside agency take over. You are right to ridicule the school but keep your comments about the law enforcement side of the investigation to yourself. Nobody wants a 1st grade ...more
By wowzer12 (1), EQ on May 7, 13 2:02 PM
Chief marches to his own drum, wowzer. I know I missed the story where this happened "numerous" times. Chief caught it. He starts by stating that the man is innocent until proven guilty, then states "this idiot who likes to videotape little kids in a locker room" Speaking of idiots, there is a difference between "due" and "do" Chief. I know I did read where the Detective from WHBPD was involved in an accident and was unable to do the investigation in a timely manner. That, plus the small size of ...more
By But I'm a blank! (812), Hampton Bays on May 7, 13 3:12 PM
Blank what's the problem am I under your skin again, because I speak the truth of over paid town and village cops? Oh I made a mistake while typing on my I phone? Sorry Blank, but the facts remain you like to follow me around on 27 East because I have a strong opinion on over paid public employees. As far as Mr. Sheppard making numerous videos the tapes speak for themselves, and it will come out in the future. Yes I stated the law says innocent till proven guilty, but they allegedly have Sheppard ...more
By chief1 (1327), southampton on May 7, 13 7:47 PM
YOU under MY skin? Not in this lifetime.
Once again I called you to task for your fabrications, and in your response you make up some more. You "heard the DA's office was getting a lot of heat from parents" Really? Just where did you "hear" this?
Of course if there is a murder in Suffolk the homicide bureau shows up. If one owns property in the 5 east end towns you pay for local PD services and some to the County for specialized services such as homicide, arson, etc. In western Suffolk you ...more
By But I'm a blank! (812), Hampton Bays on May 7, 13 9:43 PM
I stand by everything that I have said. The information that I have about parents going to the DA is first hand knowledge. You on the other hand just like to disagree with whatever I say. Why wouldn't a parent go to the district attorney when the police were doing nothing and the school was trying to sweep this incident under the rug? It makes me sick that a $300,000 a year administrator couldn't figure out his first call should have been to the police department. A kindergartner would know to call ...more
By chief1 (1327), southampton on May 8, 13 5:59 PM
Gotcha! You have intimate friends in every hamlet of the town and they shared this with you.
Please tell us when "the police did nothing" and when "the $300,000 administrator tried to sweep it under a rug" And who hired friends?
While you're at it, I'm still waiting for a link to show how "Somali's invaded and took over voting in Columbus Ohio"
And the "license to vote" and "license to own a weapon"
You see when you post things, you should be able to cite a source to back you ...more
By But I'm a blank! (812), Hampton Bays on May 9, 13 10:13 AM
Where does it say I have intimate friends in every hamlet? This happened in Westhampton Beach where I do have friends. Please tell us what the WHBPD did since you think they did something. When was the phone taken from Mr Shepard? When were the police called? Do you know the answer big mouth? No you don't but others others on this board do and the procedure the school used is disturbing. Why don't you do your own research? I'm sure the press is happy you are monitoring their message boards. Your ...more
By chief1 (1327), southampton on May 9, 13 4:35 PM
By the wa where did I say Somalis invaded? I said that Somalis who spoke no English, and citizenship unknown were bused in to vote for Obama in the state of Ohio. That is a well known well documented story. The other thing I said is we should have a universal federal ID to work, vote, and buy weapons. That's my opinion so what link would you want? Go back to your cushy govt desk job, and get a life.
By chief1 (1327), southampton on May 9, 13 7:40 PM
More allegations that were never proven.
By philathome (8985), Southampton on May 9, 13 7:51 PM
Please Chief, right here, I am again asking you to show any reasonable link that shows where Somali's of unknown citizenship voted. Please. And I implore you to track that link back to see the original source.
"universal federal ID" ? Are you serious? Why don't we just replace that with a 21st century microchip?
You have gone over the edge.
And again, I do not have a government job of any type.
By But I'm a blank! (812), Hampton Bays on May 9, 13 9:43 PM
Whoa, you guys wandered into the girls' locker room.

Here is the voter ID article:

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Southampton-Village-Surrounding-Areas/4655/Civil-Rights-Activist-Bob-Zellner-Arrested-In-North-Carolina-For-Protesting-Voting-Law

PS -- Talk about going over the edge . . .
By PBR (4365), Southampton on May 10, 13 3:47 AM
There's no such beast as a "gym" teacher. A "gym" is a place. Mr. Sheppard was a PE teacher.
Why haven't the writers on this page spoken up at a board meeting? Is it because you can no longer be anonymous?
By Rhoda D (12), Quogue on May 15, 13 4:12 PM
All the Shpptard's will be silent after the DA's office turns over evidence this month. Sheppard and his Defense Attorney will see the video's and he will make a deal. Then it will be a witch hunt to get rid of Administrator's that don't deserve to be in their position's because of their lack of professionalism in handeling this serious situation. Then I'm sure the Lawsuit's will roll in and it will be even more interesting. These kid's deserve a public apology from all of the trash that were ...more
By SampsonSimpson (6), on May 17, 13 11:45 AM
Hey, SimpleSampson, why didn't all of the Grand Jurors vote to indict, if, as it has been only speculated, that Sheppard's face was on the video. Clearly if his face was on the video then 100% of the jurors would have voted to indict. If it was up to people like you he would already be tied to the pole and burned and at the stake before the trial.
By jkp720 (5), Westhampton on May 29, 13 2:48 PM
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