NEW MILFORD -- A lawyer's inquiry into allegations that two Schaghticoke Middle School students expelled last November for a Facebook threat were targets of abuse prior to their discipline suggests those claims are unfounded. Hired by Schools Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote in December, Middletown attorney Ann Bird gave her summary to the Board of Education during an executive session April 12. Her review cost nearly $2,700. Although the summary was not made public, the parents released the information with letters and reports related to the case. The News-Times has not identified the parents to protect the identities of the students. The mothers of the eighth-grade friends -- a boy and a girl -- are outraged by the findings, suggesting the six-month investigation into their complaints was "disgraceful." The mothers are pursuing their case with a state agency. In late March, the women alerted the district that they are reserving their rights to pursue future litigation. "They're trying to shut us up," the girl's mother said. Both women vowed to fight the case until justice is done. The boy's mother said she continually complained before the Facebook incident that Assistant Principal Gerald Robinson harassed and bullied her son, a boy tagged as a troublemaker because he had been previously disciplined for being disruptive in class. On Sept. 30, the day Robinson was notified by another parent the boy wrote on Facebook he planned to "kill" Robinson, the mother said she called Paddyfote about Robinson's unpleasant interactions with both her and the boy. The mother of the girl said she is angry school officials ignored her daughter's complaints about a male classmate the girl said not only was constantly making snide remarks, but threatened to stab her with a knife. When her daughter told Robinson about the knife threat Oct. 4 -- a week after her Facebook post suggesting she and her friend "bomb" the school -- the girl said she did not wish to be a "snitch," the mother said. Robinson then remarked that "snitches get stitches and end up in ditches," the girl said. Such a remark was interpreted by the girl as a threat to stay silent, the mother said. Bird's report said Robinson admitted making the remark but it was not a threat. Rather, Bird wrote, Robinson said it in the context of appreciating "peer pressure against tattling on classmates." The report further states Bird and school officials were unable to corroborate the girl's claim that a male classmate had threatened to stab her with a knife. They determined it was the girl who had threatened the male classmate. Just before she was punished for the Facebook threat, the girl was suspended for three days for attacking the boy after she said he called her a name. Schaghticoke Principal Dana Ford's internal investigation states the mother's complaints in early October -- after the Facebook threat posted on the night of Sept. 30 -- were taken seriously. But no school officials were alerted to a problem between the girl and her male classmate until Oct. 4, the same day she attacked him after class and several days after she made the Facebook bomb threat officials discovered Oct. 4, Ford said. The parents' dissatisfaction with the investigations prompted the boy's mother to write a letter to Board of Education Chairman Wendy Faulenbach. Board policy does not provide for such parental appeals. "I find your blatant disregard for the welfare of my child, and your disrespect towards my family to be unprofessional as an elected official, and rude as a human being," the boy's mother wrote. School board attorney Roseann Padula said these allegations were a "grave concern" to the school administration when they were made and "extensive time and resources were allocated toward reviewing their concern." "The school is satisfied it acted appropriately, and that has been confirmed by an outside review," Padula said. Paddyfote said she believes the matter is now settled. "These types of complaints are very important to us and we take them all very seriously," Paddyfote said. "These parents were given the same consideration as any parent would be in a similar situation." Contact Nanci Hutson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860- 354-2274.