Also caught on the videotape is Indianapolis Star reporting Andy Gammill who is seen whispering to Ms. Bewley who then immediately storms off after the videotapers. According to Ms. Bewley's comment she was kicking out the EAG members because they were being "disingenuous" by not telling them in advance who they were and why they were videotaping.
It is astonishing to me that Bewley, who is communication director for the largest school district in the state, doesn't even know that videotaping a public meeting like that is protected by Indiana's Open Meetings law. Further those audio or videotaping a meeting do not have to identify who they are or provide an explanation why they are taping, contrary to what Bewley suggests.
Gammill's performance, on the other hand is disgraceful. He actively participated in turning in someone in for videotaping, apparently clueless that the videotaping is protected by law. That a Indianapolis Star reporter would be taking a position contrary to Indiana's Open Meetings law, which law is critical to protecting the right of reporters to cover meetings and the public's right to know, is bad enough. What is worse is that Gammill shot his objectivity to pieces by his eagerness to assist the IPS administration in targeting an education reform group. Gammill should be fired. As this story filters out, he will no credibility in this town when it comes to reporting on IPS and education reform issues.