An Ohio State University School of Music leader supports fired marching band director Jonathan Waters.
New court documents released in Jonathan Waters’ federal lawsuit against Ohio State University includes a handwritten letter from Richard Blatti, the Director of OSU’s School of Music. The letter written by Blatti was sent to John and Peggie Waters, the fired marching band director’s father and step-mother. Blatti indicates he chose to handwrite a letter because his “actions and words have been heavily scrutinized.” In fact Blatti writes, “at one point, my laptop was removed from my office and its contents studied….”
The letter continues through a serious of paragraphs. Blatti acknowledges his belief in the university is shaken and disappointment in the OSU Board of Trustees. Blatti continues, “How is it possible we could have gone from the healthiest and most vibrant band program this university has ever experienced (largely due to the work of your son) to the current circumstances, feelings of abandonment, despair, and wrongful accusation…in just a matter of days?”
Blatti explains the decision to Jonathan Waters was not his and he was never consulted about the decision. The investigation led by Ohio State’s Office of Compliance and Integrity is riddled with errors and omissions according to nearly half of the witnesses interviewed by investigators. Blatti also acknowledges the investigation’s errors. He claims Jonathan Waters was fired “without any other information than a report we all know now is filled with errors, omissions, even rumors. To say I am appalled is a gross understatement and does not describe my feelings of frustration, helplessness, and anger.”
Finally, the School of Music directors explains he threatened to resign over the way Ohio State University administration handled the firing of Jonathan Waters before apologizing to his family. Blatti offers a parting thought saying, the current state of Ohio State University is “not the precepts in which the academy was founded and many of us struggle with what the future holds.”