Roseland School Board's Demand for Videos to be Removed Denied by YouTube; Incumbents up for Re-Election Tuesday
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
ROSELAND, NJ - On June 1, Noecker School Principal Laura DaCosta was dismissed from her position, after a lengthy appeal hearing before the Roseland School Board, led by Superintendent Lisa Gross. West Essex Now was live at the meeting and recorded the proceedings both on Facebook and on video which was later uploaded to the news site's YouTube channel.
During the meeting, DaCosta spoke before a room packed with parents supportive to her cause. Following DaCosta's comments, Board Member Julie DiGiacomo then spoke out against continuing DaCosta's contract. Many of the items DiGiacomo addressed in her remarks had already been explained by DaCosta in detail just an hour before to the seeming satisfaction of all of the parents who were gathered.
On Aug. 17, both DiGiacomo and Superintendent Gross contacted West Essex Now asking that the YouTube videos be removed. DiGiacomo stated that she never gave permission for the videos to be taken, and that "when searching my name, it comes up. This infringes on my rights."
That same day, West Essex Now was contacted by the YouTube legal department stating that they had received a privacy complaint regarding the videos, and that the videos may be removed within 48 hours if they were deemed to be infringing on YouTube's privacy rights.
West Essex Now responded to YouTube, alerting them to the fact that the news site is accredited with the New Jersey Press Association and has every right to film, and upload the videos. Furthermore, the legal team was advised that the videos in question were taken at a public Board of Education Meeting in Roseland, NJ, and that DiGiacomo is a public official by being a member of the Roseland Board of Education. West Essex Now expressed that the videos would remain uploaded, intact, as they violated no standards of YouTube whatsoever.
On Aug. 19, YouTube responded that their legal team had reviewed the complaint and determined that the uploaded content does not violate their policies and will remain on their site.
Two board members who are up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Board President Paul Mastrangelo and Antoinette Parkinson, are also seen in the video.
Challenging the incumbents are two parents, Scott Gorman and Jean Perrotti, who are seeking to ensure that the concerned families who rallied around Principal DaCosta will now have a voice on the Board.