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It’s National Constitution Day And Ambridge School District Is Threatening To Sue Us!

Below find an email we received last night from the Ambridge Area School District threatening to file legal action against us if we do not delete the above photograph.

Below that, find the email sent today in response by BeaverCountian.com founder John Paul.

(Without peeking, can you guess what his reaction was?)

Happy National Constitution Day everyone!


from: Shari Berg (SBerg@ambridge.k12.pa.us)
to: (webmaster@beavercountian.com)
subject: Unauthorized Ambridge Logo Usage

Dear Mr. Paul,

It has been brought to our attention that your online publication, The Beaver Countian, is using the Ambridge Area School District logo as a graphic to accompany a story about the Ambridge Police tasering a juvenile Friday evening (see attached).

On behalf of the Superintendent of the Ambridge Area School District, I am requesting that you immediately remove the AASD logo in conjunction with any article on this incident, as it gives the false impression that the Ambridge Area School District was involved in this incident. The events did not occur on School District property, nor did they involve any of our School Resource Officers. By using the AASD logo with your articles, your publication is misrepresenting the District’s involvement in this incident.

Your use of the AASD logo, without written permission from the District, is in violation of Policy 920: Use of District Name, Color, Insignia or Logos. Policy 920 limits the use or reproduction of the AASD formal insignia by any groups or individuals within or outside of the District without specific prior School Board approval, which you did not obtain. It also designates the AASD formal logo/insignia as intellectual property. Failure to remove our logo from your article will result in the District taking all necessary steps to protect its property, including legal action, if necessary.

Regards,

Shari Berg
Public Relations Consultant


from: John Paul (JP@BeaverCountian.com)
to: Shari Berg (SBerg@ambridge.k12.pa.us)
subject: WTF?

Greetings:

Did a “public relations consultant” for the Ambridge Area School District seriously just threaten to file a lawsuit against us for violating one of its policies?

For the sake of the young people your district is charged with educating, I hope this is a bad joke.

In case it is not, here is our formal response:

We published, as part of a news report, a photograph we took of a wall in a public building emblazoned with the district’s insignia. We have published it before and we will publish it again, including when we publish your email today.

Unlike others your district has attempted to bully, I think you will find we are well educated about our legal rights, including the Supreme Court’s adoption of a fair use doctrine in protection of the First Amendment, as applicable in this instance.

Yes, I am well aware of the Ambridge Area School District’s shameful history of outrageous threats against citizens of the county, having reported on them in the past:

Ambridge Superintendent Dr. Zurchin Accused Of Retaliating Against Taxpayers Who Criticize Her

Apparently your new superintendent intends to pick up where your prior superintendent left off?

I note this is not the first time we have been lectured this year with nonsense from a school district who uses the law firm of Weiss, Burkardt and Kramer as its solicitors. I direct your attention to the asinine antics from May when Blackhawk insisted we needed prior school board approval to publish a video we recorded of a public meeting:

Blackhawk School Board Tells BeaverCountian.com It Can’t Publish Meetings Without Permission (Surprise! We Did It Anyway!)

This is all just embarrassing coming from educators, totally and completely embarrassing.

Unfortunately for the totalitarian regime you are serving as propagandist of, we are not intimidated by public officials’ officiousness. If your superintendent wants to file a lawsuit against us citing a violation of “District Policy 920,” or a copyright violation, or trademark violation, or whatever other absurdities you all come up with, be our guest. We would be more than happy to use a court of law as a classroom to provide your district and the public with a valuable education about Constitutional rights in this country.  

As for your claim that the incident at subject of our article had absolutely nothing to do with the district:

Law enforcement has, and continues to, publicly frame this incident in context of the Ambridge football game. According to police, the incident in question occurred following the school event (at which Ambridge police provided security) and most in the group of approximately 30 individuals at issue were on their way home from it when calls of a fight/disturbance came into 911. We have spoken to witnesses (including parents of students in your district who were among the group) that have provided information substantiating what we were told by law enforcement.

That all being said, I will point out we had already changed the image associated with the story in an editorial decision made shortly after its publication Sunday afternoon. We determined the article may become the first of a series of pieces stemming from the incident, which could involve additional issues not directly related to happenings following the high school football game that night (See the article as it currently appears on our site, which includes stock imagery of a police badge).

The screenshot you attached to your email is of our Facebook page. As a technical matter, Facebook does not permit a page administrator to alter the preview image of a link after it has been posted. This is why you are still seeing the photo of the sacred district icon. Yes, we could theoretically delete the post, but we are not going to do that.

Finally, in case you were unaware, I would like to point out that today is National Constitution Day. On this day, federal law urges all publicly funded educational institutions and federal agencies to offer educational programming about our nation’s Constitution.

With your email, the Ambridge Area School District has done a most excellent job of that (even if it was unintended).

I am looking forward to meeting you all in court. I look awesome in a tie.

Yours on this National Constitution Day,

– John Paul
Founder, BeaverCountian.com

Following is the photograph we took of the Ambridge Area School District’s insignia, which we are publishing a few more times without asking permission from anyone in the government. Feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

Ambridge School District seal displayed in the high school / photo by John Paul

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FF84
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FF84

Lol, looks like the educated needs a lot more education, someone was a sleep in history class!!!! Let’s spend more money, so the tax payers can get a lesson on how to bully and keep that chip on there shoulder at any cost! 🤔

FF84
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FF84

O by the way “ Happy Constitution Day”
Let’s spend that money for bullshit, and tell the students no money for supplies this year, have a point to make in a lawsuit

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

Can I get a mic drop, anyone?

I would like to know how a PUBLIC institution thinks that taxpayers are held accountable to their internal policies. How dumb are they? We’re not accountable to you, YOU are accountable to us. How about instead of wasting what little resources you have on a frivolous lawsuit that you will undoubtedly lose, you instead keep your focus on what you’re tasked to do: educate children.

PeteSanchez
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PeteSanchez

This is why i subscribe. Capslock FUCKING AWESOME.

Thanks for the highly entertaining (and educational!) read, JP.

Alan Surowiec
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Alan Surowiec

Your use of NEEDLESS Profanity displays the mentality of the The Beavercountians Readers. But then again. ..you use profanity because you are Legally Rightful to do so regladless if it makes you look like an ignorant buffoon.

Amendment Number Uno
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Amendment Number Uno

Hey Alan, kiss my fucking ass.

Don’t like that profanity? Well then go fuck yourself.

gringo
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gringo

Alan, Your assertion regarding profanity and intelligence was debunked by Scientific America a few years back. In addition, A 2016 study published in Language Sciences found that using swear words is positively associated with overall verbal fluency. This means that individuals who use more curse words may have a better vocabulary, a trait associated with intelligence. So in keeping with my superior intelligence and verbal fluency, and to hold true to science…GO FUCK YOURSELF. To quote PeteSanchez “Capslock FUCKING AWESOME.”

Sardonicus
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Sardonicus

I’m laughing so hard. Oh, the irony, the incongruity, the manifest need to educate the educators. And on Constitution Day, no less. I’m loving evey second of it.

Raven
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Raven

My cheap shot of the day — this can happen when you hire online-educated “Easy D’s” and not campus-educated Ph.D.’s.

FF84
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FF84

Is funny how the old police chief and the Ambridge school district work in Harmony, nothing but embarrassing issues that keep coming up and just won’t stop! A Clean house is needed, so the people of Ambridge can move forward and not be embarrassed to say they are from that town! I feel bad that the people that control that town loves drama and spends money like it’s water, it’s time to fix all of its issues!!!! 🤑

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