Hudson teacher Dennis May Jr. found d...

Hudson teacher Dennis May Jr. found dead, charged with showing porn to a student

There are 17 comments on the Cleveland.com story from Feb 13, 2009, titled Hudson teacher Dennis May Jr. found dead, charged with showing porn to a student. In it, Cleveland.com reports that:

Dennis C. May of Stow, the Hudson Middle School teacher accused this week of showing pornography to a seventh-grade student, killed himself today in his home, officials suspect.

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horrified

Ashley, OH

#1 Feb 18, 2009
Why should this poor teacher be tried before convicted? I agree with all the healthy, intelligent comments posted; why question a 13 year veteran teacher over a 7th. grader? Those of you that said he probably was guilty and a pedophile are so off the mark. It is small trailer trash people like you that make this world just so wacko. The child probably got caught at home with porno films or doing some sexual something or other and decided to blame his teacher. Can you imagine what this poor teacher was going through with all the accusations and shame put upon him; justified or not. I did not know Dennis May, but my heart aches for him and his poor family. Everyone is so quick to judge others without ever looking at themselves. He allegedly showed a porn video to a 7th grader. And if you would read any of the other reports, this film was possibly going to be viewed by all the students, with the consent of the Hudson Middle School.
Mar

United States

#2 Feb 18, 2009
Horrified ~~
It was reported that after his computer was seized he confessed to detectives that he was guilty of what the boy accused him of.
westsider65

Akron, OH

#3 Feb 18, 2009
horrified wrote:
Why should this poor teacher be tried before convicted? I agree with all the healthy, intelligent comments posted; why question a 13 year veteran teacher over a 7th. grader? Those of you that said he probably was guilty and a pedophile are so off the mark. It is small trailer trash people like you that make this world just so wacko. The child probably got caught at home with porno films or doing some sexual something or other and decided to blame his teacher. Can you imagine what this poor teacher was going through with all the accusations and shame put upon him; justified or not. I did not know Dennis May, but my heart aches for him and his poor family. Everyone is so quick to judge others without ever looking at themselves. He allegedly showed a porn video to a 7th grader. And if you would read any of the other reports, this film was possibly going to be viewed by all the students, with the consent of the Hudson Middle School.
You are a moron!!!! May was investigated and all the stories between the boy, his parents, and the school counselor were consistent. If you read all the accounts, May did not deny his actions.
BlindLeadingtheB lind

Hudson, OH

#4 Feb 18, 2009
Westsider's only vocabulary repertoire seems to include "moron" in every post, and sites hearsay as a scholarly news source. Enough said about his lack of class and obsession with destroying someone's rep anonymously from his keyboard.
westsider65

Akron, OH

#5 Feb 18, 2009
BlindLeadingtheBlind wrote:
Westsider's only vocabulary repertoire seems to include "moron" in every post, and sites hearsay as a scholarly news source. Enough said about his lack of class and obsession with destroying someone's rep anonymously from his keyboard.
Everything that I stated has been said in the news papers and confirmed by the police. While it was tragic that he killed himself, he was guilty and had confessed to the police.

Since: Oct 08

Cleveland, OH

#6 Feb 18, 2009
I question the suicide of an innocent man. I would fight like hell to clear my name!! Showing this student something inappropriate was selfish. Killing yourself and traumatizing the entire school district is even more selfish. He could not have thought that much of his students to leave them with horrific memories. Keep in mind this student was a new born baby when he started his teaching career. He was not a rookie. So sad for all!
Hudson Mom

Elyria, OH

#7 Feb 20, 2009
In this country, you are correct innocent before proven guilty. This is a very sad and disturbing story. A young boy is being bullied because he came forward with this information. The police were investigating, but Mr. May decided to take his own life. Reasonable people do not take their own life and leave their students behind to deal with the pain and confusion. If he cared so much for his "students"--why then would he take his own life?

Lastly, why don't we think something wasn't right? If my 7th grade child came home and told me a story to which he stated he felt uncomfortable with a teacher or far worse I would report that information to the school.

I can't belive a teacher, who took his own life and confessed to showing this boy pornography is being portrayed as the "victim."
Mitchell

Dillon, CO

#8 Mar 11, 2009
This is so sad. I knew Mr. May, he was my Choir teacher for three years until I moved, I just heard about this today. I can't believe he would do this, he was such a nice guy. I don't know what to say. He was one of my favorite teachers.
Mitchell

Dillon, CO

#9 Mar 11, 2009
Besides, they didn't even have any [email protected] evidence! They couldn't find any tapes!
Against Hudson Mom

Mcdonough, GA

#10 Oct 7, 2009
I've known Mr. May since I was in fourth grade and although I no longer live in Hudson I think it's sad that people like Hudson Mom choose to judge other people based on information that they hear from their neighbors gossip circle. First of all, in case you didn't know, and it appears that you didn't, the child did not come and tell his mom like you say, he confessed to a school counselor. Mr. May cared about all of his students like no other teacher and I would like to put you in his shoes for a minute. Imagine that your child confessed to an adult that you had showed him pornography simply because he was mad at you. You are then under extreme scrutinization by the authorities, you lose all respect of your friends, and the people who you have loved, and cared about for 13 years now all hate you. Just imagine that, and rethink your rash post on this subject that you really have no place commenting on.
-You were just tooled by a 16 year old boy who is going places in the world. You should probably get an education before attempting to seem smart.
Mr Flintstone

Akron, OH

#11 Apr 19, 2012
Mr. May was a GREAT teacher no matter what really happened. I had him and I know that he was a good person. It has taken me this long to get the nerve to look up his phone call and all of this so please, try to be respectful and not a grudge match to see whos right.
man

New York, NY

#12 May 30, 2012
whack
Mike

Warren, OH

#13 Jun 2, 2012
Well if he wasn't guilty why did he off himself then ? Sick pervert
Anon

Hudson, OH

#14 Aug 18, 2012
Mike. People like you make me sick. I had mr. May. I was in his class the day before te ordeal came up. Was I devastated that my favorite teacher, who treated me like a son, supposedly did such a thing? yes. But do I want other people thinking of him as a twisted man and think of him with hate instead of pity? no! I want my teacher remembered as a hardworking, enjoyable teacher. It's been 3 years, and I still keep the music he gave me, and I take some time to sing them when I think of him. he deserved better than suicide.
Steve

Stow, OH

#15 Aug 19, 2012
and people like you make me sick feeling bad for this sexual pervert, Anon. Sure he was nice to you, I mean he wasn't showing you porn and reaching in his pants around you now was he ? Some people in Akron thought Glenn Benner was a nice guy even after they knew he was a killer. Like you they are ignorant. And May like Benner was a twisted person.
Sam t

Stow, OH

#16 Aug 22, 2012
To Mike, Anon and Steve :

Due to Mr. May killing himself we will never really get to hear his defense or admission of guilt. Those on one side will say BS the evidence was found on his computer and another side will say hey he was never proven guilty. In the end still we are left with no answers. However its not outrageous that Mr. May's alleged behavior was being investigated because it is a serious and severe legal and moral transgression. I'm sure everyone can find common ground in that.

I hear the kid who brought these allegations is being bullied and called teacher killer. That was totally uncalled for and hopefully Hudson school officials put an end to it.
anon

Hudson, OH

#17 Sep 27, 2012
I knew him since I was in fourth grade.. He always gave me a weird feeling but I never knew why. My locker in middle school was across from his choir room and I didn't like it at all. People saying that the boy, whom I know, is lying, need to shut up because they don't know the trauma this kid went through

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