PARSIPPANY -- Top school officials will huddle privately this morning to discuss a classroom
war crimes "trial"of President Bush at Parsippany High School that suddenly is drawing national attention.
The school board's president, Robert Perlett, said the 8:30 a.m. meeting was called by mutual agreement on Thursday as
the uproar surrounding the mock tribunal escalated on the Internet and talk radio.
Perlett said no decision had been made to halt the trial, which is to enter a fourth day today after classes were canceled
Thursday due to the snowstorm.
"There is no curtailment of what is going on at the school, at present,"Perlett said.
Perlett said that the high school's principal, Anthony Sciaino, would attend the meeting. Sciaino, who did not return a phone
call Thursday, said on Wednesday evening that he approved the senior advanced placement government class project in advance.
Interim Superintendent James Dwyer, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Kathleen Sleezer and board Vice President Alan
Gordon will also attend, Perlett said.
Teacher not invited
Joseph Kyle, whose class is trying Bush for alleged "crimes against civilian populations"and "inhumane treatment of prisoners,"
was not invited, Perlett said.
"It's going to be very interesting. We might as well wait and see if a shoe drops or not," said teachers union President
Capsouras spoke to Kyle by telephone on Thursday evening about the controversy stemming from the trial, in which students
are playing the roles of prosecutors, defense lawyers and witnesses and a five-teacher "international court of justice"is
sitting in judgment.
"Joe is fine. He's a good man, and he's fine," Capsouras said of Kyle, who is the union's vice president and chief negotiator.
Capsouras said Kyle, an eight-year teacher at the high school, was in good spirits despite some crank calls. He said that
Kyle, in terms of his job, should be in the clear unless "somebody decides they didn't give him permission" for the project.
Catherine Galdun, one of four student prosecutors, said she would be upset if the trial -- which Kyle, on Wednesday, likened
to a hearing -- is halted.
"I would say that we're doing this in a fair and balanced way," said Galdun, 18.
"We're looking at both sides of it. If they don't believe that's right to do in a classroom -- to debate both sides of
an issue -- I don't agree with that," Galdun said.
A chorus of criticism ensued after a Daily Record story about the project was linked to the Drudge Report on the Internet
and discussed on various news programs on Thursday, with e-mails from across the nation calling Kyle a disgrace, a traitor
"If my child came home from school and told me this was going on, I would have someone's head. This is akin to treason,"
wrote Karen LaBauve of Roswell, N.M., in an e-mail to the Daily Record.
A smaller number praised Kyle....