(UPDATE, June 17, 2015) – Since we’ve seen a plethora of similar news stories since I originally penned the article below (for some examples, just take a peek at Robert Stacy McCain’s site), we’re re-posting this oldie from waaaay back in 2012.
I am so glad that our Media is on the job, investigating stories, connecting the dots on complex or seemingly unrelated issues so that we can see the Big Picture.
That’s why, since I haven’t heard anything to the contrary, I just know that the following stories are each completely distinct with no overarching commonalities. They’re just a series of unpleasant-yet-random incidents.
- Sixth grade teacher charged with having sex with 12-year-old boy
- Clifton High School teacher accused of having sex with student indicted
- Middle school teacher had ‘sex and pizza party with underage students where she plied them with drugs and alcohol’
- In California, a Livingston High School teacher faces felony sex charges over ‘relationship’ with 15 year-old student
And there’s more; a LOT more:
- Brooklyn English Teacher accused of having sex with student in school
- Claremore (Okl.) choir teacher arrested for rape, sodomy of victim under 16
- A former middle school teacher in Tennessee pleaded guilty to performing sex acts on 10 students, some of which occurred in the classroom
- In July of this year, a New York gym teacher was recently found guilty of molesting a girl for years, up until she was in 5th grade.
Depressingly, there are literally dozens and dozens and dozens additional such stories.
These were all just in 2012.
Now before you start waving your arms and saying something like, “Hey, JTR! Am I crazy, or do all of those stories have to do with Public School Teachers and underage students?”, let me assure you: “You’re crazy”.
Otherwise, our press would have HAD to have seen it, too, and would have been reporting on this like mad. They’re not, so obviously all those stories do not actually have anything to do with teachers, or with people who “like” kids going into the teaching profession so as to have easy access to kids. And even if that IS the case, it’s a coincidence. Just
dozens hundreds thousands of …unrelated coincidences.
‘Cause if there WAS a common element throughout these incidents, how could anyone explain something like this not actually becoming a real story:
“In the first three months of 2012, the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District received 248 complaints of sexual misconduct involving school employees, a 35 percent increase over the same period last year.”
See? There can’t be anything to hundreds of sexual misconduct complaints in one city’s school system, in a three-month period, this year. You’d have heard about that. Right?
For some more background as to why this is so obviously “not” a horrific, wide-spread problem that is being actively and aggressively swept under a rug the size of Argentina, here’s a CBS story from 2009:
“…Consider the statistics: In accordance with a requirement of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, in 2002 the Department of Education carried out a study of sexual abuse in the school system.
Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.
“[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”
So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a “Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up” and by asking “Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?”
No, they didn’t. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether.
As the National Catholic Register’s reporter Wayne Laugesen points out, the federal report said 422,000 California public-school students would be victims before graduation — a number that dwarfs the state’s entire Catholic-school enrollment of 143,000.
Yet, during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools…”
Someone not so sanguine as me might have a different take on all this, of course. THAT person might be tempted to question the media. THAT person might doubt the integrity of people who love to remind us that they exist to ask the ‘tough’ questions, and that they have no agenda, and just go “where the story leads them”.
THAT person might ask why, when the evidence should lead them to realizing that there seems to be a lot of, umm, “extra-curricular activity” going on between teachers and the children entrusted to their care, we get …nothing.
On what planet is this not a story? Was “have sex with student” part of these teacher’s lesson plans?
What were they studying, …’Caligula‘???
Now since that obviously is not me, all I can say is: *whew*, I’m comforted. I find tremendous solace in knowing that there isn’t a massive, corrupt, twisted problem concerning hundreds and hundreds of teachers having sex with thousands of underage students, (who also just happen to be our sons and daughters, by the way), across the country, every year. It’s wonderful to know that there’s no over-arching story to be discovered here; no connecting of the dots needed or warranted.
Gosh, is THAT a relief.
This nation is sick and it will not find the remedy until it can start facing severe problems like these, not pointing the finger at someone else, and not covering it up. Thanks for writing this!
You’re very welcome, James. This is one of my seething pet peeves.
And the media is complicit in this, due to their failure to address it.
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JTR, you’re just missing the obvious here…..(Sarcasm)
The reason that the MSM was all over the incidents involving the abuse cases by SOME in the clergy is simple: It was clearly an INSTITUTIONAL problem. Yep, the acts of an incredibly small percentage of a group NATURALLY indict the entire group. Plus, the MSM loathes religion (except Muslim), Christians, and especially the Catholic Church.
Now, with the “incidents” at the public schools, these are clearly just random issues of workplace sexual misconduct, and nothing more. EVERY rational thinking person would see it as that and not look to some greater problem……right?
It’s probably due to “something else”…..hmmmmmmm, what could it be?
Wait…here it is: “New Study by NEA shows that underpaid teachers are more likely to commit sexual misconduct and demands more money”.
Dead on, Pgh.
Fair warning, though: If I ever see that headline, you’ll hear my scream from your house…..
………perhaps, if all the accused teachers were Catholic, then the reporting would be more aggressive…..oh, but wait, then it would be a Catholic thing………
Very true, 8kids.
The Church has taken tremendous strides to address their issue, and have done so effectively. Would be nice to see other groups take their even worse problem HALF as seriously.
Yes, they have JTR, and hopefully, have learned their lesson about how to deal with these types of individuals by bringing them to justice and not engaging in cover ups, transfers, etc. Get them help. Provide justice for the victims. But, GET THEM OUT of their roles in those positions.
Sexual deviants and predators aren’t restricted to any ONE profession, rather, they SEEK those professions that give them access to their “preferred” victims. No group is immune.
It’s about time that the public schools, and especially the NEA, realize that having a Teaching degree doesn’t eliminate the potential for someone being a predator.
There are only two options, Pgh: they don’t acknowledge there IS a problem, or they don’t care.
Neither is acceptable ….
What a timely post.
Just this past week, a teacher at a middle school my granddaughter attended, was arrested for sex with a student (maybe more than one). Our granddaughter did not attend that school until a year after the guy left.
Another teacher at the high school this same granddaughter currently attends was arrested for having sex with a student, and 2 more teachers from the same high school were arrested for drug dealing, within the vicinity of a school no less.
A couple of other teachers in other area schools were arrested for sex with a student.
All of this happened just this past week.
It’s craziness, Phoebes.
We just had two here locally which I didn’t include, as well.
It’s daily, based on the national numbers. Many times daily.
But until we force everyone to look at the cause (some people shouldn’t be in a power relationship with kids), and take the necessary steps to prevent it, nothing will change.
Hope I wasn’t TOO sarcastic with this post, but I was so disgusted, I just couldn’t help myself….
Oh I see, it takes thousands of public school abuse cases to equal one abuse case connected with the Catholic church.
So until this ratio is reached there is no reason to report it.
Maybe this is that ‘New Math’ I’ve heard so much about?
Seems like the math currently being taught to the 3rd and 4th graders in the Chicago Public School system, which explains a LOT.
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Thanks for sending me this link. The media’s lack of interest in this story is stunning. You have done a wonderful job of revealing the breadth of the problem. I’m curious: what are the main reasons you home school? I can probably guess them (starting with the info above), but I am fascinated and encouraged by what I see happening in the home schooling movement. What are your primary motivations?
Thank you for the kind words, Tom.
This particular topic really gets me going…
There is no reason for our children to be subjected to abuse from ANY group. And for the Public Schools, paid for by my tax dollars, to be in effect preying on our kids, makes me so mad I could spit.
For our situation, my boys were actually attending Catholic school, which was better than our local Public School system, easily. Both of them are fairly bright, but they weren’t being held to the standards of performance that my wife and I expected.
WE were holding them accountable, but their teachers weren’t.
So, we figured if we were working with them as much as we were, plus paying a small fortune for them to attend a private school, we might as well save the money and home school them.
It’s a ton of work (my wife is a stay-at-home mom), but it’s been worth it, so far.
So glad you found the post useful.
If there’s anything that you ever find over here that you think you can use, please feel free.
We just need to get the word out…
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The line of morality got moved again while you slept…
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