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March 10, 2006

Great Moments in WEA History

From KIRO:

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- A Lynnwood High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student were reported.

According to a letter sent to parents from Lynnwood High School principal, David Golden, on Feb. 17 an administrator was notified of the alleged relationship and the Edmonds School District immediately contacted the Lynnwood police department and began an investigation.

The teacher was immediately placed on administrative leave and has not been on school grounds since.

On March 9 Lynnwood police arrested the teacher on four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree.

By the way, apparently the sexual acts were performed in the Alderwood Mall parking lot.

March 23, 2006

Great Moments in WVEA History

The current education system fails because it treats all teachers as equals, when they aren't. Just like in the business world, some teachers do a really great job. But some teachers are awful. Like this one from West Virginia.

Thirty-eight-year-old Toni Woods, a former 6th grade teacher in Braxton County, received 4 to 20 years in prison.

Woods was arrested last March after telling police she had sex with four boys--all under the age of 16.

The former teacher said nothing outside court as a wedge of family and friends tried to hide her from photographers.

Inside the courtroom, Woods said: "I was the monster these families think I am."

Seriously. Speaking of poor teaching, here's our second Typo of the Day.

She tried tp convince the court her bizarre behavior was linked to taking Prozac and diet pills and that she was a candidate for probation or home confinement.

I can't imagine nobody caught this woman's bizarre behavior before, but what can you do?

April 2, 2006

Great Moments in MEA-MFT History

From KPAX (not the movie, but rather a CBS station from Missoula.)

The Sentinel High School teacher suspended for giving a student a hickey officially resigned. Missoula County Public Schools confirms Dan Kucera submitted his resignation several weeks ago.
Dan Kucera has not taught at Sentinel since January, after being charged with misdemeanor assault by Missoula police. Speaking for the first time about the situation, Kucera said today by phone he resigned for personal and professional reasons, but only after being abandoned by the district and teachers union. Kucera taught business at Sentinel high school.

"Excuse me teacher, can I call you a sick pervert for giving me a hickey?"

"Don't you mean MAY I call you a sick pervert for giving me a hickey?"


One of these days my mom and sister are probably going to disown me as they are teachers, but unlike these teachers they aren't sick perverts (well, not that I know of) yet they recieve receive the same treatment and pay. Ridiculous... and disgusting.

April 4, 2006

Great Moments in DSEA History!

From the Smoking Gun:

Meet Rachel Holt. The 34-year-old Delaware teacher is facing rape charges for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student 28 times during a one-week period last month. Holt, a science teacher at Claymont Elementary School, allegedly had sex with the boy, a student in her class, at her Wilmington home.... Last night, in an interview at New Castle County police headquarters, Holt admitted she had intercourse with the boy 27 times and performed oral sex once during the last week of March. She also revealed that another student, 12, had watched her having sex with the boy and that she had provided both boys with beer.

Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick.

April 6, 2006

Man Gets 2 Million Hits to Assure Slow Destruction of His Relationship

This guy's girlfriend bet that he couldn't make a webpage and get two million unique hits. The bet? If he won, they'd have a menage-a-trois... two girls and one guy.

Needless to say, the online community rallied behind him, despite the fact that it's probably a scam to get people to sign up with, and he's gotten 2.5 million hits since his site got noticed in the last 24 hours.

Now his girlfriend has accepted that she lost the bet, and told him to go find a willing girl to join them.

She admitted she lost the bet!!! I think if it was closer to two million she may have wanted to count all the hanging chads, but since I clearly surpassed my goal she conceded. Then, she actually said these exact magical words, which I can still hear as if it were being said over and over: "Well, I guess a bet's a bet... go on and find your girl." After that she left - she said she was going shopping. Since she left so quickly I didn't have time to take a picture of her "I lost" face, but I'll try to get one later. I'm hoping she's out shopping for some sexy costume, but that seems unlikely.

Yes, because these things ALWAYS work out well in the end. Making your girlfriend so sad that she gives you her "I lost" face and then runs off to go shopping is a sure sign of things to come.

Relationship Rule #45: Have your three-ways BEFORE you get into a committed relationship.

May 10, 2007

Great Moments in Public Education V: Federal Way Teacher Accused of Fondling 11 Year Old

From the Seattle Times:

(A) 52-year-old man was arrested Wednesday at Twin Lakes Elementary School after an 11-year-old girl told her mother that she had been molested during band practice on April 16.

The girl told police that she had been struggling with a song and the teacher stood behind her. The girl said that while she played the teacher squeezed her buttocks repeatedly, according to Federal Way police.

The P-I reports that bail was set at $50,000 for the teacher, who had served in the district for nine years.

These things make me wonder how many times these people get away with things like this because kids are too afraid to say anything.

May 12, 2007

Great Moments in Public Education V, Part II: Guess Who's Done This Kind of Thing Before

Remember the Federal Way music teacher who was arrested for fondling a student? Well, it gets better. From the TNT:

A Twin Lakes Elementary music teacher arrested on suspicion of molesting an 11-year-old student had been suspected of sexual misconduct at his previous school district in Nevada, Federal Way school officials said Thursday.

The Federal Way School District said it received an anonymous phone call in 2001 alleging that the teacher, Scott Riley, committed sexual misconduct with students while an assistant principal at Pahrump Valley High School near Las Vegas from 1993-98.

Because there was no evidence and Riley had no criminal history, the Federal Way district closed its investigation in November 2001, the letter states.

Fair enough I suppose. But either way, the district knew he was trouble. What did they do about it?

Riley began working for Federal Way Public Schools in July 1998 as assistant principal at Decatur High School, according to the letter’s summary, written by Chuck Christensen, executive director of human resources.

The district said it learned “well into” the 1998-99 school year that Riley had disclosed he dated and subsequently married a former Pahrump student.

At Decatur, he had “general performance concerns and issues” in his interactions with adults, the letter said.

Riley was assigned to other administrative duties in spring 2000 because of an angry outburst with a student. He was reassigned to teach music at elementary schools starting in fall 2000. He’s taught primarily at Twin Lakes since 2002, said district spokeswoman Turner.

Okay, so a year into his tenure at Decatur, the FWSD learns that the guy dated a student, and then married her. That doesn't set off any alarms?

After losing his temper with a child, and being deemed unable to work with adults, the teacher was reassigned to teach students at an ELEMENTARY school.

Here's what SHOULD have happened. Mr. Riley should have been fired. He should have been fired after his outburst. He SHOULD have been fired when it turned out he didn't work well in the position he was hired for. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED WHEN THEY FOUND OUT HE WAS MARRIED TO A STUDENT!!!

Instead, he was allowed to stay at the district for nearly a decade, until he finally got caught. According to the student:

... He put his hands on her back, and slid them under her buttocks above her clothing... (and) kept his hands there while she performed the entire song.

The worst part is there's no one person to blame at the Federal Way School District. This is the way the system is set up to work. Teachers get hired, and then they have to molest somebody in order to get fired. Sick.

May 14, 2007

Great Moments in Public Education VI: Teachers Fake Gunman Attack to Teach Kids a Lesson


Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip....

During the last night of the trip, staff members convinced the 69 students that there was a gunman on the loose. They were told to lie on the floor or hide underneath tables and stay quiet. A teacher, disguised in a hooded sweat shirt, even pulled on a locked door.

After the lights went out, about 20 kids started to cry, 11-year-old Shay Naylor said.

"I was like, 'Oh My God,' " she said. "At first I thought I was going to die. We flipped out."

Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action, but said the situation "involved poor judgment."

Poor judgment? My mom once had her kindergarteners hide under their desks too. They were freaked out and crying. You know why? Because they were in the middle of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake!

Every single person involved in this emotionally scarring tragedy should be fired, period. These teachers are dumber than the students they teach. They're idiots. Emergency drills are fine and good, but you let the kids know it's a drill. The idea behind a drill is that kids know what to do when cooler heads would otherwise not prevail.

May 16, 2007

Great Moments in Public Education VII: Teacher Says He Should Line Up Students and Shoot Them


A Lake Stevens high-school teacher is being investigated by the school district after students say he told them he should take anyone who was talking in class and line them up against a wall and shoot them....

It's the second incident involving the teacher, Gary McDonald, in the past three months. In February, he received a verbal reprimand when students in another class complained that he offended Christians by including a biblical account of creation in an assignment on myths the day after telling them he was an atheist.

I'm speechless. Thankfully Mr. McDonald is retiring in June, so school administrators don't have to, you know, take any responsiblity.

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