Sacred Heart Teacher Accused of Rapin...

Sacred Heart Teacher Accused of Raping Student

There are 360 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Oct 27, 2007, titled Sacred Heart Teacher Accused of Raping Student. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

Amherst Police arrested 42-year-old James Van Vankinburgh Friday for seven counts of rape in the third degree.

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Kevin

Fredonia, NY

#1 Oct 27, 2007
Give me 5 minutes alone with that man.... then call the meat wagon.
SHA STUDENT

AOL

#5 Oct 27, 2007
How could this of happened? Mr. V wasn't that type..........
James

United States

#6 Oct 27, 2007
Funny how in a Catholic school he gets fired and in a public school her would be on paid leave. Your tax dollars at work.
James

United States

#8 Oct 27, 2007
A Catholic school teacher has sex with a student and gets fired. A public school teacher has sex with a student and gets a paid vacation. Your tax dollars at work.
Chelles3lilguys

AOL

#10 Oct 27, 2007
That is terrible. Hoe absolutely disgusting. What a scum..
Linda in Depew

AOL

#13 Oct 27, 2007
Kevin give me 2 minutes with this scum bag. Lets put it this way the guy would no longer have his manhood hanging there . And James I hope you did your family proud because Im sure they are not standing by you now.. Why the hell would you take the time to go to college teach for how many years and then do this??? Makes me wonder if there are other kids you did this too.. And Im wondering if his phone number and address are in the phone book,.... and if so how many calls hes had so far. Dont worry Jimmy I wont call you I just want to see you face to face for two minutes
former SHA student

Lockport, NY

#14 Oct 27, 2007
Mr. V...Some of the things he would say were vaguely inappropriate or a bit jerk-y and he was never my favorite teacher, but I never would have thought he would do something like this. Nearly 1000 girls trusted him over the decade he worked there...I can't believe he did this. SHA is a wonderful school with a wonderful faculty, both male and female. This is never something I expected to see.

Dave, you are vile. The girls without question deserve to attend school in a safe environment, regardless of whether they are wearing a uniform or not. That is the most perversely stupid statement I have ever encountered and it is grossly insulting to all the fantastic male teachers at SHA and other all girls schools who did not and will not violate their students. Perhaps you should join Mr. V in that jail cell.
Annonymous

United States

#15 Oct 27, 2007
Sure, Mr. V wasn't that type...
I trusted him. He was and awesome teacher.
But he deceived us all.
...I just can't stop crying...
A SHA Father of 3 Grads

Lockport, NY

#17 Oct 27, 2007
I have known this man for 7 years and have considered him a friend. I am as shocked and disappointed as anyone else. I am also angry that he would do this. My 3 daughters all had him for Social Studies and he was also their coach. They also worked with him in the annual school musicals. They always spoke highly of him, as did I.
I am enormously disappointed in my friend and I hope God can forgive him. He has hurt so many with his actions...many more than he will ever realize. As teachers, we accept a huge responsibility to maintain our dignity and honor. He violated this to the highest degree...I can only hope that this was his only target. God help them both! I must now help pick up the pieces with my daughters and their friends.
gml BFLO - NY

Buffalo, NY

#18 Oct 27, 2007
Bob wrote:
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First he instruct her in sex.She must of enjoy herself.She lead him on and He took the bait.
He is an authority figure, a teacher; she is a student, a child; personalized sex education is not part of the curriculum. How can an "adult" take "bait" from a minor? Only a Pedophile can find a reason for what they do.
Another former student

Lockport, NY

#19 Oct 27, 2007
Joey T....there is something gravely wrong with you.
All the girls

Lockport, NY

#20 Oct 27, 2007
Joey Tromeboner wrote:
All the girls fault. Always is
Joey, if that's really your name (doubtful!)....with an attitude like that, we can all see that you have obviously been jammed up with the same kind of problem. Don't worry, you idiot, none of us will ever want to have anything to do with you. You are a loser in life because of your attitudes. Maybe you'll turn out all right by the time you're 50, then again, you might be a level 3 offender by then, if you aren't already.
Kimberly Pattee

Lancaster, NY

#22 Oct 27, 2007
Jennifer wrote:
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First of all...dude your sick...The teacher has an obligation to instruct, guide, and set good examples for his students regardless of how they look, what race they are, or what religion. So he's 100% in the wrong. Thoes students are just kids!!!!
Second of all, does anyone know what he taught?
Social Studies.
Former SHA student

Lancaster, NY

#23 Oct 27, 2007
This is no surprise coming from this school.
This is the same school that in November 1987, Sister Mara tried to hide the suicide of the SHA student Molly Becker.
That never made the paper because it would ruin their "reputation." The class was never allowed to put a memorial in the yearbook as it would be glorifying suicide and Molly "went straight to Hell." That is what the administration told us.
Sister Mara resigned as principal after the class graduates that year (Sr. Edith takes her place from 1989-90), disappears for many years and then comes back as a lowly Science teacher.
The SHA legacy again lives on ruining lives of other students for generations to come.
SHA you must be so proud to be in this community!
SHA grad

El Paso, TX

#25 Oct 27, 2007
I had Mr. V as a teacher. Because of him, I got awesome grades and was accepted to some of the best schools in the country. My memories at Sacred Heart were amazing, regardless of these horrible events. And to those of u who do not know Mr. V, I can't account for what he did (nor would I condone or be proud of) but what I can say is, he was one of the best teachers I ever had. And also, please, if you don't personally know him, don't insult, do you understand there are many girls over the years, including myself that looked up to Mr. V and had faith and trust in him. Its painful for all of us to know that the teacher we loved and respected would be capable of something like this. Have respect for the many families, including his that are hurt and possibly destroyed over this. I am still in utter shock and can't tell you how hurt and upset I am. Unlike to some, he was my favorite teacher, so you can only imagine how much it hurts.
Chuck M

Buffalo, NY

#27 Oct 28, 2007
Linda in Depew wrote:
Kevin give me 2 minutes with this scum bag. Lets put it this way the guy would no longer have his manhood hanging there . And James I hope you did your family proud because Im sure they are not standing by you now.. Why the hell would you take the time to go to college teach for how many years and then do this??? Makes me wonder if there are other kids you did this too.. And Im wondering if his phone number and address are in the phone book,.... and if so how many calls hes had so far. Dont worry Jimmy I wont call you I just want to see you face to face for two minutes
I HATE TO TELL YOU THIIS, BUT YOU ARE A GIRL SO YOU ARE WEAKER THAN MEN. I THINK HE WOULD WHOOP YOUR BUTT.

Since: Oct 07

N. Tonawanda

#28 Oct 28, 2007
Linda in Depew wrote:
Kevin give me 2 minutes with this scum bag. Lets put it this way the guy would no longer have his manhood hanging there . And James I hope you did your family proud because Im sure they are not standing by you now.. Why the hell would you take the time to go to college teach for how many years and then do this??? Makes me wonder if there are other kids you did this too.. And Im wondering if his phone number and address are in the phone book,.... and if so how many calls hes had so far. Dont worry Jimmy I wont call you I just want to see you face to face for two minutes
WOW!!!!!!! You sound like maybe your a little jealous. Did you want a TEACHER to do things to you? I bet that your mad at your mother for not allowing you to go to SHA.
Teresa

Buffalo, NY

#29 Oct 28, 2007
I want to know what his wife is going to do about this situation. I could not forgive my husband if he did something like that.
Trickster

Buffalo, NY

#30 Oct 28, 2007
mattso wrote:
high stockings. short skirt. yum. you know ya'll love it
And what would you attribute the rape of a 2 year old child on? Or an 80 year old woman?
Mattso, rape has nothing to do with what a female of any age has on, or how little a female of any age has on.
grow up. And this message goes to all the other idiots on this thread who blames a rape or sexual assault victim.
thom Buffalo NY

Youngstown, NY

#31 Oct 28, 2007
This educator violated a sacred trust ... to educate our children in a safe environment. He should be prosecuted. however the prosecution and subsequent punishment should be NO MORE SEVERE than the punishment administerd to FEMALE educators who commit similar crimes. All too often Female educators receive a much lesser sentence than MALES who commit the same offense. Punishment should be EQUAL for BOTH MALE, and FEMALE.

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