REASON TO HOMESCHOOL #563,479

Friday, December 13th, 2013 | Uncategorized

What’s a little statutory rape among friends?

A teacher’s union in Michigan is fighting to get a $10,000 severance package for a convicted child molester whose case that drew outrage earlier this year when his former school colleagues pleaded with a judge to sentence him lightly.

Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to raping a young boy over the course of three years — from 2006 to 2009 — and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The prison term came over the pleas of seven of Erickson’s former fellow teachers at Rose City Middle School, including Sally Campbell, who said in a letter to the judge that “Neal made a mistake. He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more,” according to The Ogemaw County Herald.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Baumgartner, saying he was “appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around” Erickson, sentenced him to the lengthy prison term, but FoxNews.com reported earlier this year that parents were furious. The decision by the Michigan Education Association to seek severance pay, reported by the Herald and EAGnews.org, is the latest example of teachers rallying around Erickson.

“It’s completely ludicrous,” the boy’s father, John Janczewski, told EAGNews. “Are they nuts in the head? How can the union file a grievance and back a child molester? We’re very upset about it.”

In September, The Herald reported that enrollment in the West Branch-Rose City School District was unofficially down 87 students following a tumultuous summer in which angry parents blasted teachers for writing letters in support of Erickson. When the school board declined to take action against the teachers, many parents vowed to pull their kids out of the public schools, which have a total enrollment of roughly 2,000 students.

Mad props to DFisch.

18 Comments to REASON TO HOMESCHOOL #563,479

midwestnorwegian
December 14, 2013

When people ask me why I left a successful teaching career after 15 years (I never belonged to the union), I always tell them it was because of the union. I simply got sick and tired of clock-punching colleagues with seniority earning double what I was earning.

I also watched several union presidents get hired by the school district into highly paid administrator roles as soon as their term as president was over.

Cr*p like this story is the tip of the iceberg.

Katherine
December 14, 2013

What’s this about? If it’s an effort to get the severance package to support the convict’s family, the union folks would be far better to have a fundraiser to help the wife and children whom the child molester betrayed.

Allen Lewis
December 14, 2013

Just another example of why I despise what labor unions have become. They have morphed from organizations that were formed to help employees deal with rapacious industrial management into just another set of political-power wielding oligarchs. Such organizations are destroying the foundations of this country. This incident is perfect proof of that.

The biggest bullies in the school system are the administrators with their ‘Zero Tolerance’ nonsense!

A plague on all their houses! :-X

Elaine S.
December 14, 2013

“The biggest bullies in the school system are the administrators with their ‘Zero Tolerance’ nonsense”

Zero tolerance policies, as far as I can tell, are basically a one-size-fits-all way to deal with (or APPEAR to be dealing with) issues like bullying, violence and drug use without having to actually make an effort to get to know students and judge cases on their own merits. It also is an easy way to deflect charges of racism or discrimination that might ensue if, say, a black or Hispanic kid was punished for some action that a white or Asian kid was not punished for (regardless of the difference in individual circumstances). Zero tolerance = zero common sense.

JM
December 14, 2013

“Neal made a mistake.” “Mistake”??? Repeated statutory rape and child molestation over a period of three years is a “mistake”?

Calling this a mistake should itself be a felony. It certainly is a crime against the English language.

Truth unites... And divides
December 14, 2013

Catholics unhappy about the public perception of the Catholic clergy pedophile scandal often point to public school teacher pedophilia.

There was and is outrage that the senior Catholic hierarchy was doing the same thing as this teacher union is doing.

Dioceses have paid out millions in damages. If school districts were to do the same, it would harm the good teachers and the children and parents staying in the public schools.

Steve
December 14, 2013

Don’t get me started on the so-called educational system in this country. Whenever a school is in the news it’s because of some goof-ball, brain-dead decision that a teacher or a school board made.

If I were that father I’d be so furious that I wouldn’t be able to control myself.I would get back at them, parade in front of the homes of the bureaucrats that back the rapist, go to their public meetings, ask for public hearings on school safety. I would hire the nastiest lawyer in the state and sue the teacher, the teacher’s union, the school and the school department for all I could get. The response of those dolts is a prima facie case of willful neglect. (I’m going to find that father’s address and send him a letter). Depose them all in civil suits and let them squirm. Give the rapist his $10,000 and then slap a lien on all his assets. He would have to pay taxes but never see the money.

Nothing is going to get done in this country unless we do more than bitch and moan on Chris’s website (the prophet be praised). I have taken to sending postcards whenever I come across a story like the above. I had this batch of old unused cards and rather than throw them away I use express my displeasure with these neo-fascists. I use the postcard format so that more than one person can read it. Of course, I have never gotten a response but that’s OK.

I’ve been thinking of getting a stamp made up with a salutation and then a brief description of why the recipient was chosen (a blank section)I sign off by saying that watch your mails because you have been added to the pool of those who will be honored with the annual schmuck award, you could be the lucky winner. I still have to work on the wording and the name of the award.

There are so many ways that we can fight against the rise of totalitarianism in our country. I have also taken to doing drive by insults, DBIs for short. I work at Harvard, we won’t go into that, but one of my co-workers is a true believer and will put her hands over her ears when someone has a diversity of opinion. To set it up, I come in from the blind side and praised the competence, wit, and command of the facts that one sees on the British parliamentary debates, from both the Labour and Conservative sides (and that’s the truth). So when I said in disgust that we don’t have anyone in this country like that, saying that Barry was “so astoundingly incompetent” she couldn’t offer a counter-argument.

This is overly long but I would welcome any suggestions on the postcard complaint stamp. In the meantime, buy your own postcards and send them to the enemies of free speech and liberty. Pick you own victims, maybe you think that that grocery store should have a Merry Christmas sign in the window. Send them a card and ask it they are anti-Christian. The possibilities are endless, politicians, priests and ministers, schools, governmental agencies. Ask that they supply you with information why they do or don’t do a thing and what is their written policy. Just make the postcard writing large and legible. I guarantee it that you will get a kick out of it

Bill (not IB)
December 14, 2013

One wonders if the same level of support would have been offered if it was male teacher – female student…….

TU&D,

Your comment brings to mind one of Mark Shea’s frequent tag lines when reporting on “excused” cases of man-boy sex, “if only ABC could get married”. In this case, “ABC” would be teachers, of course.

FW Ken
December 14, 2013

Sex offenders being my day job, this one caught my eye. I have a lot of thoughts about it, most of which I will spare you good folks. But first: I don’t begrudge the $10,000, if it goes to the wife. Moreover, if it goes to the guy and he gives it to the wife, that says something about him. If he puts it in his prison commissary trust fund, that tells something else, and confirms my suspicion that he is the real predator I think he is. Goes without saying, you say, but not really. Lots of sex offenders have one victim. I won’t use the wicked euphemism “mistake”, but they aren’t real predators. It’s possible this guy got over his head emotionally and got a relationship going with the boy, eventually broke it off, though remained friends for 7 more years, going to the guys high school graduation. It’s also likely that the boy got too old for the perp and lost interest.

We have two missing pieces of information: the boy’s age and whether there are other victims. It looks like the boy was pre-pubescent during the abuse, which says the perp is a real pedophile. In that case, I guarantee he has more victims. Actually, my real reason for thinking he’s a true predator is what a really great guy he is! His co-workers love him. Sociopaths tend to be likeable.

One last thing: the school board probably couldn’t fire those teachers legally, since they, and the union, would yell about the first amendment (freedom of speech). The smart money, however, would ease them out. In Texas, you don’t renew contracts. Time will tell on that issue.

Read the county paper’s article and the comments underneath. It’s full of information and the effects of this case on a small community.

Katherine
December 14, 2013

Thanks for those details about the case, FW Ken. I had wondered about the victim’s age. As you tell it, he was 8-11 at the time the abuse was underway. There’s no excuse for that, and you’re right, a man who has an affair with a pre-pubescent boy probably has had an interest in more than one. And you’re right about how sociopaths get people to think they’re wonderful.

The idea that a teacher should get severance pay after being fired because he was exposed for sexual abuse of a student is really offensive. The teachers union members would be compassionate if they took up a collection for the man’s wife and children.

Elaine S.
December 14, 2013

Steve, I get your general point but to label a store owner an “enemy of free speech and liberty” merely because he or she doesn’t have a “Merry Christmas” sign in the window is a bit over the top IMO. Maybe the store owner is Jewish or in a heavily Jewish neighborhood. Maybe the store owner is too busy keeping up the holiday inventory to worry about whether the sign says Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or just Have a Nice Day. Maybe the store owner just lost a loved one, got diagnosed with some serious illness, or is on the verge of going bankrupt and doesn’t really feel like it is a Merry Christmas?

I celebrate CHRIST-mas as enthusiastically as anyone and I love to hear people say Merry Christmas, but the season does include multiple holidays (Thanksgiving, Hannukkah, New Year’s, Epiphany) so I have no beef with Happy Holidays either.

Paula Loughlin
December 15, 2013

So the rape of an underage child to whom you are an authority figure is now considered a “serious error in judgment”? These people are taking a page from the gay rights playbook by implying that such a relationship involves consent and therefore should not be subject to criminal punishment or civil sanctions. The rape itself was not wrong in their eyes just the act of being in a relationship that the community at large does not understand.

Oh and the females that supported this guy need to be tarred and feathered.

Paula Loughlin
December 15, 2013

There is a reason most of the letters are written by women. I’ll insult my own sex by telling you why I believe this is so. I believe this is so because for many women a person’s emotional conduct must hold pride of place over any evidence that contradicts their own personal experience with Erickson. He was likable. He was supportive. He was involved. He was caring. He was in a misunderstood relationship.

In other words, “All of those behaviors are the same as the behaviors of the male hero in the romance novels we read. We feel like Neal really understood us. He is just like one of the girls.” That these females can not grasp that the sexual abuse puts a major cabosh on the whole “He is the bestest guy evah” argument just goes to show emotion and feeling trumps facts for these and too many women.

Katherine
December 15, 2013

Paula, I am frequently embarrassed by the behavior of some of our sex. Only think of how polls say the majority of women vote. Aack.

Paula Loughlin
December 15, 2013

Due to the age of the victim I doubt this was classified as statutory rape.

FW Ken
December 15, 2013

An interesting question. Texas doesn’t have “statutory rape” as an offense. Depending on the specific acts, it’s Indecency with a Child or Sexual Assault of a Child (“Aggravated” if physical force is involved or the child is younger than 14. My suspicion is that “rape” is the wrong word. You don’t repeatedly physically hurt a child for three years. That’s more evidence of Erickson’s predatory character.

FW Ken
December 15, 2013

Paula,

You are right about this: men are more likely to beat the crap out of a guy like this. More likely, but not for certain, obviously.

LaVallette
December 16, 2013

@ Paula and Katherine:

“I think [women] should be armed but should not vote. No, they all have to give up their vote, not just, you know, the lady clapping and me. The problem with women voting — and your Communists will back me up on this — is that, you know, women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it. And when they take these polls, it’s always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care.” Ann Coulter in her continuing campaign to convince women to rely on their reason and intellect rather than their feelings when it comes to assessing and coming to a decision, and consequently voting on social, economic and moral issues.

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