Email hacking wrong regardless of motive
A pparently, someone has a personal vendetta against the Kenmore Tonawanda school superintendent — or a perverted sense of humor.
Monday morning, Mark Mondanaro reported that someone had hacked his personal email account. As a result, the media, along with district employees and School Board members, received at least a dozen emails that included personal information about the superintendent’s family.
The emails were sent as though the superintendent himself was corresponding with family and School Board members; however, in a statement issued by the school district, Mondanaro claimed he had never contacted some of those individuals listed in the email and/or he never wrote what was in some of the emails. We feel that someone intentionally hacked his account and sought out specific messages to send to Mondanaro’s correspondents. They were dated from a time period between May and September 2011 (the budget vote and School Board election time, and just after Mondanaro’s contract was extended) and contained extremely personal information, and we are upset that the superintendent’s family life was put on display for so many to see. We are unsure why anyone would do such a thing because the superintendent’s personal life is just that: personal.
Nothing in the emails discredits Mondanaro’s ability to do his job as superintendent, which is why The Bee hasn’t disclosed details of the emails.
This was a disgusting crime against Mondanaro, who appears to have done nothing but try to create a school district that offers students a quality education.
To the hacker: if you have a problem with the superintendent, you should confront him face to face or call and speak to him. This act of hacking Mondanaro’s personal email account was a cowardly one.
To those who received the emails: We hope you will not share the information in the emails with others. As mentioned, Mondanaro did nothing wrong as it relates to his job.
To the public: In the event that you happen to hear of the contents of the emails, don’t pass judgment on the superintendent based on that information. His performance as a superintendent should be your only concern.