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A fourth-grade teacher in the Catasauqua Area School District has been charged with buying and possessing cocaine. Full Story
Very Concerned Nanny

Elkton, MD

#364 Oct 18, 2007
Whatever!! It just took me a while to realize you can't have an intelligent debate with two idiots..not mentioning any names!! SO, whoever replies to this is the idiot..haha!!
What a shame

Allentown, PA

#365 Oct 18, 2007
I think we got someone's granny panties in a bunch
one man

Blairstown, NJ

#366 Oct 19, 2007
I am just going to write a few thoughts and hopefully I do not get bashed too badly. This is a tricky situation. I can see why certain people are so upset and touchy because he is/was a teacher and he can and did have an impact on children's lives. By the sound of it, he was a very good teacher. I do not think this arrest has to be the end of it. "Say no to drugs" to some are just words. It saddens me to have to say that but it is true. I believe some people on this site are tremendously naive. If you only knew what kids in high school, middle school, and, yes unfortunately, elementary school are already exposed to and doing you would be truly shocked. People have to live their own lives and make their own mistakes. I truly believe you can talk until you are blue in the face for most kids and it just does not sink in. At least, that is my experience. I know kids. I have worked with them and trust me parents you would be shocked at what they already know and do. Getting back to the point though, Mr. Abraham made a mistake or many mistakes. I do not excuse him or condone it. Whatever happens with him happens. It does not matter though. He just became a joke/cautionary tale. Kids will still do whatever they want to do. That is just the way it is. If a few more stop and think about what happened to him, then this can be a positive thing. If one kid thinks, "Mr. Abraham got caught up using drugs so maybe I should not do them because his life went to hell" then good. And yes, I might seem really naive there too. I will not judge. I used to do that but I have made mistakes in my own life recently and I no longer enjoy that moral superiority that some on here seem to enjoy. I would just like to point out that while teachers are role models so we all are. Kids, as well as adults, absorb what is around them. We are all products of our environment. Are we all perfect? Have you ever swore, drank, smoked, drove too fast, etc. in front of a child? Man is fallable. Mr. Abraham proved that once again to be true. Can we just learn something from this without threatening to beat him up if he shows up or Catty again or acting all sanctimonious? Can we all just be a little more patient until all the facts come out? How about a little civility? Pray that you never make a mistake and end up with your life being ripped apart in the newspaper. Ok, I am done. I hope that made sense but I do not really care. I just wanted to say a few things. God bless.
anonymous

Whitehall, PA

#367 Oct 19, 2007
What a shame wrote:
I think we got someone's granny panties in a bunch
I thought Granny said she wasn't posting anymore...... and since I didn't reply to HER, I guess I'm not an idiot.....You would think someone her age would be able to come up with better retorts.....
Anyway, my prayers to Joe. Hope he takes care of himself after this. Whatever anyone on here has to say about him, he was a great teacher who impacted a lot of lives. He made a terrible mistake and I'm very sorry for him.

“Too soon old, too late smart..”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#368 Oct 19, 2007
one man wrote:
I am just going to write a few thoughts and hopefully I do not get bashed too badly. This is a tricky situation. I can see why certain people are so upset and touchy because he is/was a teacher and he can and did have an impact on children's lives. By the sound of it, he was a very good teacher. I do not think this arrest has to be the end of it. "Say no to drugs" to some are just words. It saddens me to have to say that but it is true. I believe some people on this site are tremendously naive. If you only knew what kids in high school, middle school, and, yes unfortunately, elementary school are already exposed to and doing you would be truly shocked. People have to live their own lives and make their own mistakes. I truly believe you can talk until you are blue in the face for most kids and it just does not sink in. At least, that is my experience. I know kids. I have worked with them and trust me parents you would be shocked at what they already know and do. Getting back to the point though, Mr. Abraham made a mistake or many mistakes. I do not excuse him or condone it. Whatever happens with him happens. It does not matter though. He just became a joke/cautionary tale. Kids will still do whatever they want to do. That is just the way it is. If a few more stop and think about what happened to him, then this can be a positive thing. If one kid thinks, "Mr. Abraham got caught up using drugs so maybe I should not do them because his life went to hell" then good. And yes, I might seem really naive there too. I will not judge. I used to do that but I have made mistakes in my own life recently and I no longer enjoy that moral superiority that some on here seem to enjoy. I would just like to point out that while teachers are role models so we all are. Kids, as well as adults, absorb what is around them. We are all products of our environment. Are we all perfect? Have you ever swore, drank, smoked, drove too fast, etc. in front of a child? Man is fallable. Mr. Abraham proved that once again to be true. Can we just learn something from this without threatening to beat him up if he shows up or Catty again or acting all sanctimonious? Can we all just be a little more patient until all the facts come out? How about a little civility? Pray that you never make a mistake and end up with your life being ripped apart in the newspaper. Ok, I am done. I hope that made sense but I do not really care. I just wanted to say a few things. God bless.
For what it is worth, I think you make a lot of sense. May He bless you also.
AParent

Allentown, PA

#370 Oct 19, 2007
one man wrote:
I am just going to write a few thoughts and hopefully I do not get bashed too badly. This is a tricky situation. I can see why certain people are so upset and touchy because he is/was a teacher and he can and did have an impact on children's lives. By the sound of it, he was a very good teacher. I do not think this arrest has to be the end of it. "Say no to drugs" to some are just words. It saddens me to have to say that but it is true. I believe some people on this site are tremendously naive. If you only knew what kids in high school, middle school, and, yes unfortunately, elementary school are already exposed to and doing you would be truly shocked. People have to live their own lives and make their own mistakes. I truly believe you can talk until you are blue in the face for most kids and it just does not sink in. At least, that is my experience. I know kids. I have worked with them and trust me parents you would be shocked at what they already know and do. Getting back to the point though, Mr. Abraham made a mistake or many mistakes. I do not excuse him or condone it. Whatever happens with him happens. It does not matter though. He just became a joke/cautionary tale. Kids will still do whatever they want to do. That is just the way it is. If a few more stop and think about what happened to him, then this can be a positive thing. If one kid thinks, "Mr. Abraham got caught up using drugs so maybe I should not do them because his life went to hell" then good. And yes, I might seem really naive there too. I will not judge. I used to do that but I have made mistakes in my own life recently and I no longer enjoy that moral superiority that some on here seem to enjoy. I would just like to point out that while teachers are role models so we all are. Kids, as well as adults, absorb what is around them. We are all products of our environment. Are we all perfect? Have you ever swore, drank, smoked, drove too fast, etc. in front of a child? Man is fallable. Mr. Abraham proved that once again to be true. Can we just learn something from this without threatening to beat him up if he shows up or Catty again or acting all sanctimonious? Can we all just be a little more patient until all the facts come out? How about a little civility? Pray that you never make a mistake and end up with your life being ripped apart in the newspaper. Ok, I am done. I hope that made sense but I do not really care. I just wanted to say a few things. God bless.
Very well said. God Bless You and all the other nonjudgemental people in this world.
JUSTICE

Andover, NJ

#373 Oct 19, 2007
catasauqua kids wrote:
its ok everyone needs a little yayo now and then.. im gonna grow up just like you mr. a
That's some role model...
AParent

Allentown, PA

#374 Oct 19, 2007
one man wrote:
I am just going to write a few thoughts and hopefully I do not get bashed too badly. This is a tricky situation. I can see why certain people are so upset and touchy because he is/was a teacher and he can and did have an impact on children's lives. By the sound of it, he was a very good teacher. I do not think this arrest has to be the end of it. "Say no to drugs" to some are just words. It saddens me to have to say that but it is true. I believe some people on this site are tremendously naive. If you only knew what kids in high school, middle school, and, yes unfortunately, elementary school are already exposed to and doing you would be truly shocked. People have to live their own lives and make their own mistakes. I truly believe you can talk until you are blue in the face for most kids and it just does not sink in. At least, that is my experience. I know kids. I have worked with them and trust me parents you would be shocked at what they already know and do. Getting back to the point though, Mr. Abraham made a mistake or many mistakes. I do not excuse him or condone it. Whatever happens with him happens. It does not matter though. He just became a joke/cautionary tale. Kids will still do whatever they want to do. That is just the way it is. If a few more stop and think about what happened to him, then this can be a positive thing. If one kid thinks, "Mr. Abraham got caught up using drugs so maybe I should not do them because his life went to hell" then good. And yes, I might seem really naive there too. I will not judge. I used to do that but I have made mistakes in my own life recently and I no longer enjoy that moral superiority that some on here seem to enjoy. I would just like to point out that while teachers are role models so we all are. Kids, as well as adults, absorb what is around them. We are all products of our environment. Are we all perfect? Have you ever swore, drank, smoked, drove too fast, etc. in front of a child? Man is fallable. Mr. Abraham proved that once again to be true. Can we just learn something from this without threatening to beat him up if he shows up or Catty again or acting all sanctimonious? Can we all just be a little more patient until all the facts come out? How about a little civility? Pray that you never make a mistake and end up with your life being ripped apart in the newspaper. Ok, I am done. I hope that made sense but I do not really care. I just wanted to say a few things. God bless.
Yes, he did for others before he did for himself his whole life. He made sure students had meals at school when their own parents did not even feed them, he donated jackets for kids who had none, along with all of the many, many positive comments from his students and parents. Stay strong Mr. A., those of us who know you and all you have done for others your whole life are here for you now and in the days ahead. God Bless You.
AProudCattyParen t

Allentown, PA

#375 Oct 19, 2007
I just want to tell Mr. A that my family and I wish him the best. I, too, have seen his many acts of kindness. Everyone has faults. Everyone makes mistakes. He will have to live with this the rest of his life, and knowing Mr. A., I know he will never forgive himself for putting his family, friends and students through this whole mess. He needs help, and he will get it. Stay strong, Mr. A. And know there are many people out here praying for you. Hope to see you soon. And we'll miss you at the Sheckler Parade next Friday--we always looked forward to seeing what you would wear each Halloween! God Bless You Mr. A!
so sad

University Park, PA

#377 Oct 24, 2007
I know Mr.A for the longest time and went to sheckler. I also helped him out in the class. He is a great teacher, someone you would love to have your kids in class with. he treated all of them as equals and as his own. If you were not in the class with him dont run your mouth. It was a mistake he cant take back but its done and over we all are not perfect. There must have been a reason for this and hopefully it will get worked out and be back in the class like he deserves too. Any child would love to have him and any parent should be happy to have there child in his class. The kids love him and he should be forgiven!!! you only find few teachers as great as him, one mistake shouldnt change things. Mr.A we support you all the way and love you!!
1 block away

Bethlehem, PA

#378 Oct 24, 2007
WHAT wrote:
What a person does in their private life is nobody's business. This bizarre world where EVERYTHING is a headline is SICK...If he is a GREAT teacher...he should teach again. He is not a child molester. He did an illegal drug. Maybe it was the first time, maybe not. I am glad to see some people sticking up for the guy. I think it is B.S. that people are drug tested at their jobs...UNLESS they are doing it on the job...and you don't need a test to figure that out...MYOFB.
Many people do it on the job and no one knows till someone gets hurt. A lawyer walking through a court house had a joint in his glove, he dropped it, the Trooper behind him picked it up. What if the teachers stash was found by a small child and ingested, doesn't mean he used it a work but it could cause a problem. What about the helicopter mechanic who goes to work everyday with alcohol in his coffee cup(true story) do you want to ride in that helicopter or be under it?
Liz Brandt

Philadelphia, PA

#379 Oct 25, 2007
Mr. Abraham is an amazing teacher. Dittos on all the positives mentioned. He didn't play favorites or have any personality impediments which would isolate children or cause them to feel left out. What a gift it was when he took extra time to help you or offered his signature encouragement. Mr. Abraham's energy and style is very unique. He is in our family's prayers at this time. Every school has teachers with issues. His were kept private, I assure you. Unfortunately, there were others in Catty who passed their problems on to their students.
jatty

Long Branch, NJ

#380 Oct 28, 2007
I've been an elementary teacher for 33 years and am proud to say I hug my students all the time. I'd say it would be a sad day for all of us if we have to be afraid to show our students we care! Mr. Abraham sounds to me like an outstanding teacher who cared deeply about his students. If in 30 years of teaching you offend one or two people, I'd say that's a pretty good record. Seems to me he inspired a lot more. Teachers, just as any other profession, are not perfect, and we do make mistakes. We are human. Please give the man the help that he needs for the mistake he has made. I'm sure the pain he's enduring right now, knowing he has let down his family and his students whom he adores, is punishment for the error he has made.
Heather

Allentown, PA

#381 Nov 2, 2007
I too had Mr A as a teacher, a long time ago, back in 1992. He was a fantastic teacher then, and honestly the single best teacher that Catasauqua ever had to boast about. I remember in the summer before 3rd grade when we all got our letters in the mail of who are teachers were going to be, I called all my friends with the triumpant news and bragged the whole year through that I got Mr A as my teacher.
It is unfortunate that at this point in his life, which most would already see as being more productive and helpful to the children of catasauqua than 90% of its residents can claim, that he has taken a turn down this shameful path.
Even if he does get ARD, which I hope he does, I honestly think putting him back in a teaching position in the Elementary School might be out of place. How about a program in the High School where he can work with High School students to educate them on the dangers of drugs, as a catty graduate I think it would be the most effective drug preventative, at a high usage school, to have kids learn the effects of drug usage, from their childhood icon who has been there. But to not let him teach again at any level, would be a waste of a mind and letting the drug culture steal another jewel.
koolaide

Allentown, PA

#384 Jan 5, 2008
thats my boy lol he was ballin i love that guy if u know wut i mean jermaine he was my favorite teacher even tho he was a drugy love ya
koolaide

Allentown, PA

#385 Jan 5, 2008
yo wutss guys just wanted to say all u can run ur mouth about him but he was a good teacher who cares if he was on drugs alot of the parents out there are on drugs to . Joe was a great teacher to every 1 if you look out in the world u see football players doing drugs but no1 cares about that do they. He was a drugy but why does every1 care cause he was a teacher there is a role model every were doing drugs try to get high but who cares Joes a 4th grade teacher for every1 who thinks he was a bad guy you all are wrong he was a nice guy who messed up once in his life and every is on his yous need to leave him alone its his life not yours so jump off
koolaide

Allentown, PA

#386 Jan 5, 2008
yo wutss guys just wanted to say all u can run ur mouth about him but he was a good teacher who cares if he was on drugs alot of the parents out there are on drugs to . Joe was a great teacher to every 1 if you look out in the world u see football players doing drugs but no1 cares about that do they. He was a drugy but why does every1 care cause he was a teacher there is a role model every were doing drugs try to get high but who cares Joes a 4th grade teacher for every1 who thinks he was a bad guy you all are wrong he was a nice guy who messed up once in his life and every one needs to get off his case and leave him alone its his life

“Allentown the all AmericanCity”

Since: Sep 07

Allentown, PA

#388 Jan 6, 2008
koolaide wrote:
yo wutss guys just wanted to say all u can run ur mouth about him but he was a good teacher who cares if he was on drugs alot of the parents out there are on drugs to . Joe was a great teacher to every 1 if you look out in the world u see football players doing drugs but no1 cares about that do they. He was a drugy but why does every1 care cause he was a teacher there is a role model every were doing drugs try to get high but who cares Joes a 4th grade teacher for every1 who thinks he was a bad guy you all are wrong he was a nice guy who messed up once in his life and every is on his yous need to leave him alone its his life not yours so jump off
The way you write you must have attended Bethlehem School system. It shows. I have a question? Did you pass his fourth grade class or did you stay his student until you were old enough to quit the school system?
hgjhjh

Whitehall, PA

#389 Dec 23, 2009
Krackerman wrote:
I'm sure the scum bag will still get full pension from Union and we will pay for it he's laughing right now
you dont know him!
hgjhjh

Whitehall, PA

#390 Dec 23, 2009
YOU DONT KNOW HIM!!!

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