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Tryon aide admitted harassment

Tension grows between state agency, union

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An aide at Tryon Residential Center pleaded guilty in April to harassment after he was recorded on videotape striking a male resident of the state youth facility while the boy was restrained, authorities confirmed Monday. The aide, David H. Jackson, 50, of East Fulton Street, Gloversville, was suspended without pay in July pending an agency review of the case, said Edward Borges, director of communications at the state Office of Children and Family Services. Borges ...


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supportrstaff
August 12, 2008
7:41 p.m.

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I am disappointed in the coverage of the issues at Tryon by the Gazette. It's beginning to look like they are either in Carrion's pocket or on her payroll. Ask Mr. Borges if he actually saw the video, I think you will find that just like he has been making comments about staff he has never met and a facility he has never even visited, he never actually viewed the video. By twisting the facts and leaving out key parts he once again attempts to blame all the problems at Tryon on the YDA's, the low paid people on the front lines. He's a high paid robot sitting behind a desk repeating what he's been told to. The article fails to mention the actions of the resident that led to the incident, the abuse staff face on a daily basis both at the hands of the residents and the administration of OCFS. I do not condone Mr. Jackson's actions however YDA's are working 70-80 hours a week, 16 hour days, day after day with less than 8 hours to sleep in between shifts, most if not all of it mandatory overtime. Some staff are working 100 hrs a week. Worn out and exhausted these staff can no longer mentally, emotionally or physically tolerate the abuse by these residents. I respectfully request the Gazette to work less at selling papers with speculative headlines and work harder at representing the facts. Put on a set of grays and get the real story. Thank you Ms Sira for pointing out that one incident of poor judgement gets the headlines yet kids are coming to court by the bus load for assaults on staff and other residents and not a word about that.

supportrstaff
August 12, 2008
7:45 p.m.

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The resident did not stop breathing during the restraint. It was after the restraint, he was breathing and talking when responders took over.

ignoredissue
August 13, 2008
9:07 a.m.

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The resident did not stop breathing while being restrained by two staff members as reoprted in this article. He died from cardiac arrhythmia, brought on in part by his heart abnormality, an existing condition.

In September 2007, a grand jury ruled that the restraint did not contribute to the boy's death at Tryon, but made recommendations for improvements in nine areas.

ignoredissue
August 13, 2008
9:54 a.m.

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Yes Mr. Jackson made a bad decission, his actions in that incident were not acceptable or condoned by anyone and he acknowledges that and takes full responsibility for his actions.

If Edward Borges is going comment/contact/report to The Daily Gazette on this incident why didn't he include all of of the facts, including the residents actions prior and during the incident.

Mr.Borges stop making one sided statements that only place blame on staff and make the staff look bad you could at least include all the faccts there is no reason for you to be unaware of them.

ignoredissue
August 15, 2008
11:17 a.m.

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"A call to the Civil Service Employees Association union office at Tryon was not returned Monday."

Jim McGuire - CSEA Local 559 Union President Michael Geraghty does not work on Monday so you wouldn't be able to contact him as reported and this article that was printed and out Tuesday morning. How about doing a follow up contact/interview with him and getting some factual information reported or say that he wasn't available for comment due to not working that day instead of just saying a call was not returned.

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