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A Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences (1830 Shore Boulevard) teacher was arrested by police yesterday for bringing an air rifle and a toy handgun into the building, but others say that she had the school’s permission and was busted for bumping heads with the school’s administration.

Latalladi (via LinkedIn)

Latalladi (via LinkedIn)

English teacher Vilma Latalladi, 53, walked into the school lobby carrying the rifle, a replica Red Ryder made famous in the film A Christmas Story, in her hands. A source tells Sheepshead Bites she approached the security desk and Assistant Principal Michael Weinstein to clear the items for a class demonstration. She was given the green-light, and headed to the elevator with two other teachers.

The phony firearms were intended to be used in a lesson plan. Her husband, Rick Luisi, told the Daily News that they’ve got the documentation to prove that she had clearance.

“She was gonna do a lesson a plan — something about talking about violence with the kids,” husband Rick Luisi said Thursday at their family home in the Rockaways. “My wife could take a staple and make it into a lesson plan.”

… “She cleared it with security, she had already gone through security and was in the classroom when they started to make a big deal about it,” Luisi said. “There’s documentation to prove it.”

After police put the teacher in handcuffs, they brought her to Coney Island Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and charged her with Prohibited Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds, according to the NYPD.

But a teacher at the school told Sheepshead Bites that it’s a whole lot of hullabaloo, and an example of mismanagement by the school’s administrator.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, the long-time teacher at the school told Sheepshead Bites that Latalladi not only had permission, but was also the one to call the cops.

After heading to the classroom with security’s permission, the guard and assistant principal decided to pay Latalladi a visit.

“She called the police because she thought they were harassing her, and they called because they had to,” the source said.

At least 40 police officers arrived on the scene although the school never went into lockdown, the source said. The NYPD would not confirm whether they received the initial call from Latalladi.

The source said the conflict had deep roots in the relationship between Latalladi and the school’s administration.

“They’ve been butting heads for a while,” the source said. “It’s been an ongoing power struggle between the [Latalladi and Weinstein] where she was observed by the AP a few weeks ago and she wrote a letter to the superintendent saying they were harassing her.”

The source said the problems extend far beyond the one teacher, and that the administration has a record of heavy-handed reprisals.

“This administration is like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. If she was allowed to go upstairs and that was acceptable, then why was she was arrested?” the source said. “My feeling about the administration is that it’s generally heavy-handed. If any teacher did something they didn’t like, they can get her arrested? And he ordered a psychiatric evaluation, which I’m not even sure is legal.”

The teacher also griped about how the administration handled the affair afterwards. They sent a letter home to parents describing the incident, but little else.

“There was no meeting called for the staff [yesterday] afternoon, which would have been the right thing to do. You don’t have to give us the dirty details, but basically say we did A, B and C,” the source said. “My concern is that they did not, in my estimation, follow a protocol that was taking everybody’s safety into account.”

Even the source noted, however, that bringing any form of gun into school was not the wisest decision.

“Why would she bring a gun into school? I can’t even imagine what she was thinking,” said the source. “If a kid makes a threatening gesture like pretending his hand is a gun, he can be suspended from school.”

A call to the school’s principal was not returned by publication. We will update this post if we receive a response.

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If you are a reader of the New York Daily News, you might have noticed a peculiar trend emerging in their regular coverage: an unending fascination with sex and high schools.

Just last month, we covered such a story, more out of an obsessive tendency towards providing sweeping coverage of all things Sheepshead Bay than for the sort of sensationalism the Daily News is aiming for.

Today, we have a similar story from the News to report, and as it concerns Leon M. Goldstein High School, we still feel obliged to give you a heads up, despite the questionable ethics in such tawdry reportage on display.

The story revolves around a 35-year-old male security guard for Kingsborough Community College who started a relationship with a female student from Leon M. Goldstein High School, which shares the same campus grounds as the college, at 2001 Oriental Boulevard. The guard has since been fired from his post once the mother of the student complained to school officials.

Despite poor judgement on the part of the guard, both parties were of consenting age, and nothing illegal or grossly immoral took place. The guard was an employee of the college, not the high school, and he was not the girl’s teacher or supervisor.

The guard’s firing was based solely on the premise of his behavior being a “bad idea,” and not representative of expected conduct for a school employee.

The Daily News then goes on to tie this story with the one we previously mentioned, concerning  a reassigned Goldstein assistant principal who was accused of having an inappropriately close (albiet non-sexual) friendship with a student.

The dots the Daily News is ostensibly trying to connect, proclaiming Leon M. Goldstein High School as a “hotspot for illicit love affairs,” is both lazy and unfair, especially considering the swift actions taken on part of the school administers in dealing with both matters.

Photo via Ditmas Park Corner

Two casualties of Hurricane Sandy were former students of Leon M. Goldstein High School at Kingsborough Community College and Edward R. Murrow High School.

The two were together, killed while walking a dog on Monday night in Ditmas Park, where they lived.

Ditmas Park Corner has the story:

Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman were killed while walking their dog during last night’s storm. A tree fell and pinned the two, who were not discovered until early this morning.

Jessie Streich-Kest grew up in Ditmas Park and attended Murrow High School. She has friends and family throughout the immediate neighborhood who are grief stricken.

“Jessie was first a student and then a friend of mine,” wrote neighbor Matt MacLean. “I can’t believe that she’s not here anymore. Her passion for animal welfare, political activism, and her new career as a high school teacher were so amazing. We talked not long ago about getting together for another coffee or drink. She could plow through all sorts of obstacles and her fortitude was a sight to behold. My heart goes out to her family. It just doesn’t seem real.”

… Jacob Vogelman was “a nice guy, very kind and always smiling” remembered Dominique Manzione, a friend of his from high school. Jacob grew up nearby and had attended Goldstein High School near Manhattan Beach. For college, he attended SUNY Buffalo.


Christian Del Re, an assistant principal at Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, is facing disciplinary charges after allegedly sending nearly 3,000 text messages to an 18-year-old female student over a 90-day period. Reports also say Del Re engaged in marathon late-night phone sessions with the student, sometimes as late as 3 a.m.

Del Re’s constant texting and late night phone calls came to light when a student tipped off school officials, reports the Daily News. The Department of Education has begun the process of terminating Del Re from the school system.

“We are moving forward with disciplinary charges against Christian Del Re and will be seeking his termination. He has been reassigned and is no longer at the school,” said Connie Pankratz, a spokeswoman for the Education Department.

Del Re has been adamant in claiming that nothing in his text messages or phone calls were sexual in nature, or inappropriate in any other way. He claims that all he was doing was providing help and guidance to the teen who was having trouble with her boyfriend, getting into college, and looking for work.

Students have also come to the defense of Del Re as well.

“We miss him. Hopefully he’ll come back,” a student told NY1. Del Re also received high marks from the popular “ratemyteacher” website, receiving praise like, “He is awesome,” and “Mr. Dee is a gee.” It’s unlikely, however, that Del Re’s status as “a gee,” will save him in light of DOE Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s proclamation last February that all staffers would face immediate dismissal regarding any proven inappropriate contact with students.


Leon Goldstein High School for the Sciences is ranked as the best high school in Brooklyn by the newly unveiled U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Goldstein’s science and math-based education, along with their healthy dose or arts and extracurricular activities not only earned them a spot as Brooklyn’s best, but they’re also New York City’s’s 11th best high school and, statewide, they rank 34th.

“Our goal is to prepare students for academic excellence in college — and to create caring and productive citizens,” principal Joseph Zaza told the New York Daily News.

Goldstein, located at 1830 Shore Boulevard, is considered an A-rated school that boasts a 96 percent graduation rate, with graduates bee-lining for Ivy League universities such as Cornell and Princeton. And, to see just how far the school’s alumni go, look no further than our masthead: Ned Berke graduated from Goldstein.

The focus on science has resulted in a high-tech computer lab on every floor and specialized labs for chemistry, biology and physics.

That’s not to say that the arts are underrated at the school. There are film, photography and many other types of humanities classes and clubs available.

Further, the 1,600 students may utilize next door neighbor Kingsborough Community College’s libraries, galleries and other facilities. They can also take classes that contribute to their college transcripts while still in high school.

“Whatever you want to do, you can do it at Goldstein,” said Miranda Young, a senior.

Nearly 100 teachers, parents and students from a slew of Southern Brooklyn schools rallied on Wednesday, November 30, to decry the continued cuts to public education in New York City.

The rally was mostly comprised of teachers and students from Leon M. Goldstein High School in Manhattan Beach, but organizers said other schools were represented, including Grady High School, New Utrecht High School, John Dewey High School and Franklin D. Roosevelt High School – as well as local middle schools and elementary schools. Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union, representing New York’s subway and bus workers, also sent a contingent, as did TWU Local 101, representing the city’s gas workers. They were joined by faculty and students from Kingsborough Community College, as well.

Though the protest was focused on education cuts, which have left many local schools without sufficient faculty, supplies or funding for extracurriculars, the marchers expressed frustration with the city and state’s habitual slashing of public infrastructure, including mass transportation, public hospitals and social services. The cuts are a stark contrast to the government’s treatment of the wealthy, most notably in how the state is willing to allow a millionaire’s tax to expire in the midst of such slashing, protesters told Sheepshead Bites.

Faculty, students and politicians rally to fight education cuts. In this photo: Kit Wainer, UFT Chapter Leader; Jessica Kallo, student; John Liu, NYC Comptroller; Principal Joseph Zaza (Source: Kit Wainer)

New York City Comptroller John Liu joined Leon M. Goldstein High School Principal Joseph Zaza, and 125 faculty members, parents and students last Monday to protest the ongoing budget slashes of the city’s public schools.

It was the latest in a series of rallies the school, located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, has had over the past two years, since the city and state have sliced-and-diced from every nook and cranny of budgets. This rally came on the heels of the largest single-agency layoff since Mayor Bloomberg took office, in which 672 school aides, parent coordinators and family workers lost their jobs.

That meant more pain for our local schools, which are already suffering from staffing and programming cuts.

When we asked Victoria Sottile, Goldstein’s United Federation of Teachers Consultation Committee member, in a Q&A piece last year why a rally is important, she told us “the demonstration is important to raise awareness as to how seriously the budget cuts are affecting the quality of education we can provide to our students.” She told us about gaps in student schedules, the slashing of Advanced Placement programs and even basic science and math courses being eliminated because of staff shortages.

Last June, about 600 students staged an early morning walk-out in response to the budget cuts.

News12 Screenshot

About 600 students from the Leon M. Goldstein High School, located at 1830 Shore Boulevard on the Kingsborough Community College campus, rallied against proposed budget cuts to education by walking out of their classes yesterday morning.

Foreign language, art and music programs are threatened to be sent to the fiscal slaughterhouse, and students — carrying signs and chanting slogans along Shore Boulevard — let their disapproval be known, accusing the city, amongst other things, of “diverting education funding to charter schools.”

“We know it’s a little ridiculous to expect budget cuts to stop right away, but we’re trying to show that this many students care and that, as a group, the fact that we will do this and make a stand, we want the mayor to see that we are here, we do know what’s going on, and we wont stand for it,” Goldstein junior Miranda Young told News 12.

The walkout, which lasted an hour, took place after students’ first two classes.

Sheepshead Bites has brought you extensive coverage on the proposed cuts at Goldstein over the past few months, which Goldstein’s United Federation of Teachers Consultation Committee member and English and Drama teacher Victoria Sottile estimated to be approximately $500,000 as of November 2010, but as the mayor and the City Council have until June 30 to pass the budget, there is a greater sense of urgency for preventing further cuts to the school.

A sculpture in the LMG lobby. (Source:

On Monday, March 28, at 7:30 a.m. United Federation of Teachers (UFT) members and parents will protest against budget cuts at Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, located on the Kingsborough Community College campus at 1830 Shore Boulevard. The rally will be outside at the Shore Boulevard and Oriental Boulevard gates of the school.

According to Colleen Adrion, who is on a fundraising committee for the school, advanced placement classes such as American History, World History, Micro and Macro, Literature, Math, and Science may be cut as a result of budget cuts. Adrion also said that Psychology, Law, Art, Music, Science, and Math electives may be cut as well as extra curricular activities such as SING, and other talent shows and musicals.

The programs that will be cut are the ones that “enhance a student’s high school experience, and the budget cuts will impact every student’s educational experience in the NYC area,” Adrion said. “We need to inform the people of New York that educational cuts affects each and every one of us directly and indirectly!”

This isn’t the first time Leon M. Goldstein High School is facing these troubles. Back in November, we wrote about a similar rally against budget cuts and the damaging effect the budget cuts have on the school – including cutting important classes seniors need to graduate, leaving holes in their programs, and eliminating musical productions.

We know it’s at an early time, but most of us are in the neighborhood, so it’s an important issue worthy of an early morning stroll to the campus.

The MAC Playhouse at Kingsborough Community College

Leon M. Goldstein High School is putting together a performance of epic proportions: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Join them for the ride through Shakespeare’s 37 plays, performed in 97 minutes by seven actors.

Directed by English and Drama teacher Victoria Sottile, the work is open to the public and will take place on the Kingsborough campus. Here are the details:

WHAT: The Complete Works of Willliam Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
WHERE: The MAC Theatre, Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard)
WHEN: Friday, January 21, and Saturday, January 22 at 7:15 p.m.
COST: $10

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