Wikipedia describes “Psychological Projection” as “a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to other people” and goes further in saying “avoiding the discomfort of consciously admitting personal faults by keeping those feelings unconscious, and by redirecting libidinal satisfaction by attaching, or “projecting,” those same faults onto another person or object.”
After reading an article in Tuesday’s Daily Herald, I couldn’t help but think that Superintendent Ellen Correll is using this defense mechanism. Based on information included in her emails, which were part of the lawsuit filed against District 46 by Edward Towle’s lawyer, it would appear that she is trying to shift the entire blame onto the Daily Herald. The released emails show that there was communication going on prior to the firing of Mr. Towle that clearly shows that she and the Grayslake Elementary District 46 were well aware of the fact that Mr. Towle was on paid leave at Milwaukee’s Brown Deer School District.
According to the Daily Herald article Superintendent Correll and other members of District 46 met with Mr. Towle for his side of the story, once emails went back and forth regarding his ‘paid leave’. Soon after that meeting the Daily Herald filed FOIA papers in regard to Mr. Towle.
This led to a follow-up email, according to the article, from Correll to Towle stating “As I predicted, the Daily Herald has made a FOIA request regarding you, your contract, letters of recommendation, etc. I was fairly certain this would happen, as this is the pattern of the Daily Herald.” The email went on to say “This will lead to ‘character assassination’ for both you and the District. Your best direction, I feel, for future employment, would be to resign due to say, difficulty with moving or something of that nature”
Many comments on other blogs regarding the issues that continue to swirl around Superintendent Correll and charges of election irregularities include posts from many bleeding hearts decrying “Let’s move on and think about the children”. These types of activities have nothing to do with the ‘children’ but have a lot to do with ethics and accountability by those we elect to public office. It’s always interesting to read about these things as more information than was originally given out come to light and are released. Mr. Towle is still receptive to sitting down and working with District 46 which lost their choice of a replacement (David Tylavsky) who resigned in February.
Stay tuned to see how this (expensive) lawsuit plays out in court.