Week 5: Right Under Our Own Noses – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week 5: Right Under Our Own Noses

Two charged with embezzling from Detroit school program, sadly the two charge with embezzling from a Detroit Public School Program are in our own home. In the news we often tend to hear of breaking stories in which people of an organization are directly charged with some sort of crime all the while they are in administrative positions at the company. In many cases the general public simply brushes it off and continues with their daily lives, although they tend to make note of the events, which ultimately causes them to loose their trust in these bigger corporations. I would often also hear of many stories in Detroit of many elected official committing fraud and other criminal activities. Just like with any other scenario we often think, along with myself, that this will never really happen in our own social bubble of people. However, as this article explains nothing is never too far away from you, just like the fact that you are never more than 10 feet away from a spider.

Either way, this article simply talks about a principals and non-profits relationship, and how this relationship turned a little sour, not only for them, but the students of my own high school. Rodolfo Diaz was in fact the Principal pf my high school. Throughout most of my high school education he was in fact that person that was involved in running this school. As a person of authority you quickly begin to respect them and have compete trust in them for the betterment of the school. I would in a thousand years expect that the principal of my own school alongside a member of a non-profit working in our building and with our students to quickly take advantage of our trust and just throw it out the window. It is really something that you do not see coming, and when it does come it floors you with complete surprise.

However. even if they are people who I came to know walk hall of our school, I am happy overall that they are getting what they deserve. In an effort to not only teach them a lesson, but also in an effort to help those kids which were more affect by the betrayal. The non-profit looked to help students with poverty issues and household issues. The fact that these two individuals did what they did does not affect me, but it still affects many other that now have no outlet to vent or help with their situations, and in the long run that is the saddest part not the fact that they broke our trust, but the many students who now have nothing to go to.

1 thought on “Week 5: Right Under Our Own Noses”

  1. This story is unfortunate. My husband grew up in southwest Detroit and we know people who went to that school as well. It’s infuriating when people are trying to make a better way of life for themselves and someone else comes along to take advantage. That was resources for the students. That could have been scholarships or funding for instruments. There are so many organizations that are hurting for funding, but still do amazing things with what they have. People like Amelia Durand of Garage Cultural Center deserve to have $100,000 and more because of their commitment to their community. I hope this doesn’t ruin future endeavors to enrich and uplift the community.

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