It is a rare day when I write about anything that doesn’t have to do with politics or economics. I leave social issues to others, which isn’t to mean that I’m not interested in social issues. I am. But, I don’t care how the Left twist and distorts the English language, sexual abuse of children is not a life style choice. It is the most vile and disgusting of criminal acts. And, it is even more vile and disgusting when it done by someone in whom we intrust our children for hours at a time; such as, a teacher.
Maybe this story caught my attention because it happen in my home state of Michigan. This article at The Blaze back in August of this year tells us that a male teacher at the Rose City Middle School was found guilty of molesting an eigth grade boy over a period of three years. The community and the boy’s father were rightly outraged by this hideous act. They were even more outraged when six other teachers protested when their colleague, Neal Erickson, was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. These six teachers even sat with Erickson’s family during the trial and, at least, one of them wrote a letter to the judge pleading for a light sentence for their friend:
“Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” Harriet Coe reportedly wrote. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends…”
The boy’s father and many in the community were distraught by these teachers defending a child abuser. The father has called fro these teachers to be fired.
“Do you want somebody who says 15-30 years for raping a child, an 8th grader, is a little harsh? Do you want them teaching your child?”
“Since when do we put a price on a child? Since when? It is wrong. How many teachers are going to turn a blind eye? These teachers cannot be trusted, they cannot be trusted.”
The pedophile defenders were not happy with the father speaking out in defense of his son:
“At one thirty in the morning on a Saturday, I was awoken to a bomb sound going off,” Janczewski said, choking back emotion. “I went to the window to find my garage was on fire and engulfed in flames, my camper and the side of my house…
The family also had the letters “YWP” and “ITY” spray painted on the side of their house, which Janczewski thinks mean “you will pay” and “I told you.”
Fortunately for the boy and his family, the judge in the case was not pleased by these happenings:
Circuit Judge Michael Baumgartner said during the sentencing that he was “appalled and ashamed” at the community’s support for Erickson, saying: “What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher.”
So, now it is December and this sad story has not ended. Fox News reports:
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.
In recapping the original story, the Fox News reporter wrote:
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.”
Excuse me! “A mutual friendship??? Do these people have any concept of right and wrong? I knew or worked with several self-proclaimed atheist in my time. Only one was a jerk about it. The others respected people of faith and they had the same concepts of right and wrong as I. But today? I do not understand these people. I want to go on a long rant to explain the rage I feel about those who abuse children. But, frankly, after a long while sitting here before my keyboard, I find I don’t have the words to adequately describe my feelings. These teachers clearly think they are on the moral high ground. Can somebody explain that to me? How is defending people who rape children a moral high ground? How is attacking the family of the victim a moral high ground? And, the teacher’s union wants to make sure the pedophile gets his severance pay? Is that a moral high ground?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?