The dismissal of Anthony Mikulastik, a case manager at the Marlin Orientation and Assessment Unit, came just days after he publicly accused his onetime bosses of ignoring reports of sex abuse three years ago at the West Texas State School — a full year before they had claimed they first knew.Anthony's case shows why punishing people who had nothing to do with any scandal or allegations of wrongdoing makes little sense. There are enough real problems at TYC without creating scapegoats. The Dallas News had a good article yesterday, "A breakdown of authority," that outlined the structural problems and culture of denial TYC needs to be addressing instead. But you worsen those cultural problems by firing whistleblowers, whatever the pretext.
"Without a doubt, it's retaliation," he said in a phone interview. "I haven't had so much as a speeding ticket in years, since that conviction for burglary in 1972. I was 19 then. I'm 56 now."
Not only do such firings cost the agency experienced people at a time when TYC staff is reeling, but it's unnecessary and looks like a coverup. TYC conservator Jay Kimbrough and his goon squad who instigated this firing binge don't have a single reason to think Mikulastik poses any danger to TYC youth - these terminations are just grandstanding for the media with no public policy benefit or improvement in safety of students.
In fact, when he starts firing the small handful of folks who stood up to wrongdoing and reported abuse when others ignored it, Kimbrough's mass firing of ex-felons probably makes TYC kids less safe.
TYC employees need a better union - this is BS. Good luck, Anthony, and give 'em hell at your administrative hearing.