In S.C. county, 2 white teachers accu...

In S.C. county, 2 white teachers accused of sex with black boys...

There are 27 comments on the The Associated Press story from Mar 28, 2007, titled In S.C. county, 2 white teachers accused of sex with black boys.... In it, The Associated Press reports that:

The arrest of two women teachers on charges of having sex with their male students has brought cries of lingering racism in one of South Carolina's most conservative counties and evoked some of the South's ...

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Michael

Athens, GA

#1 Mar 28, 2007
Race doesn't need to be an issue here. Punish the woman for having relations with an eleven year old student (among other students). Give the victims counseling and compensation. No need to bring this bullshi* about race into the mix.

“... From America's Dairy Aire”

Since: Feb 07

HooHoo, WV

#2 Mar 28, 2007
Wendie Schweikert, a 37-year-old married woman who had been teaching elementary school in Laurens for more than a decade, was arrested last year after the mother of an 11-year-old boy accused her of having sex with the boy at school at least twice. Authorities said they found evidence bearing his DNA in her classroom. She is also accused of having sex with him in her car near a miniature golf course and arcade in Greenville, about 40 miles away.
Preemtive: Did he "score" a hole in one?
Allenna Ward, a 24-year-old minister's daughter in her second year of teaching, was fired Feb. 28 after she was charged with having sex with at least five boys. Some of the alleged victims, 14 and 15 years old, were students at the middle school in Clinton where Ward taught. Police say Ward, who is married, had sex with the boys at the school, at a motel, in a park and behind a restaurant.
Just where didn't this dingbat have sex with underage students?

As far as racism, while the "average" black citizen may feel an inequality in the manner the law was applied thus far; be assured that those black leaders with any type of agenda will play the race card in any manner they may view as leverage to make a very bad situation, worse.(IMO)

Other races and cultures seem prone to do the same if given enough press, facetime and rhetoric. Playing the martyr is not relegated to those of Eastern religions.

Lived there, viewed that ...
Ohio

Newport, KY

#3 Mar 28, 2007
The city should provide counseling and compensation for the victims. I would say the students should be given scholarships for college.

As for the teachers, they are suppose to be professionals and adults.It is very disturbing to see that some teachers are predators to our students. They have affected these children emotionally for the rest of their lives. It is now time for this community to deal with this child sex abuse and not hide under the carpet. The teachers need to be incarcerated and obtain rehabilitation. Don't be like the county in Georgia where a judge allowed a man to be on 10 years probation for child molestation of 2 boys in separate incidents over 8 years ago. Now this man, his family and friend are involved with the murder of a 6 year old boy. The world is watching Clinton, North Carolina.
John

Denver, CO

#4 Mar 28, 2007
I am sick and tired of hearing about the poor african american's in society. They want to teach equality and love for one another and stop racism, but when something of this nature comes to light, the african american's (Not All) jump on the band wagon and scream racism if it does not go their way. Slavery is gone and I believe that it time that we all come to realize this. I believe these two teachers should be severely punished for what they have done, regardless of race... Get over yourselve and stop making excuses for your race!

Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#5 Mar 29, 2007
Ohio wrote:
The city should provide counseling and compensation for the victims. I would say the students should be given scholarships for college.
As for the teachers, they are suppose to be professionals and adults.It is very disturbing to see that some teachers are predators to our students. They have affected these children emotionally for the rest of their lives. It is now time for this community to deal with this child sex abuse and not hide under the carpet. The teachers need to be incarcerated and obtain rehabilitation. Don't be like the county in Georgia where a judge allowed a man to be on 10 years probation for child molestation of 2 boys in separate incidents over 8 years ago. Now this man, his family and friend are involved with the murder of a 6 year old boy. The world is watching Clinton, North Carolina.
Counselling and scholarships,that is all you liberals can ever come up with today. If this is true these teachers should be publicly flogged and thrown in jail for 25 yeras. That is counselling enough. No wonder our schools are in such bad shape with the "Peanut Butter Legs" on these teachers.
Ohio

Newport, KY

#6 Mar 29, 2007
To wake up America,

It's most unfortunate that you would want to take this child sex abuse case to polarize it with a political agenda of liberalism vs conservatism. There are some Americans who quietly suffer because some adult took advantage of them when they were a child. Of those, they may have relationship, trust issues and other problems that manifests itself over time. Counseling can help reduce many social and financial costs.Which over time may reduce medical cost.
Also there are American who pay for counseling through private means and not through our tax base. I would hope you don't see counseling not valuable for our soldiers and others-such as those who were sexually abused. We all may benefit from counseling at some point in our life.
Hold the Phone

Pine City, MN

#7 Mar 29, 2007
How about if we let justice take it's course and find out if the women are guilty? Or would that be un-American?
Reba R

Conway, SC

#8 Mar 29, 2007
I am a parent who has had a child recently assaulted by a female in Clinton, Laurens County...The rapist was white and my son is white and a minor also....My victim's assailant got less restrictions than the two school teachers who have been charged...I don't see a race issue here and I think it is ludicrous to see their court appointed restrictions as a race issue...My son and I have not prodded around drawing attention to the devastating act that was commited on him and we wish to remain anonymous...We are letting justice take it's course and have full faith in the system...Honestly, it has come to the point if a black person breaks a nail, they think it has to be published as a horendous act perpetrated or protected by a white person. I have to give credit to the court system for prosecuting these two women for what they have done...It is wrong no matter what the color of the children were...Do they think that because the boys were black that they deserve more restrictions on the assailants than my white son's assailant?...These people need to stop their belly aching because it makes them sound ridiculous and it is bringing more reminders and attention to these poor innocent children...It's like when the boy cried wolf to many times...To much is too much....

Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#9 Mar 29, 2007
Ohio wrote:
To wake up America,
It's most unfortunate that you would want to take this child sex abuse case to polarize it with a political agenda of liberalism vs conservatism. There are some Americans who quietly suffer because some adult took advantage of them when they were a child. Of those, they may have relationship, trust issues and other problems that manifests itself over time. Counseling can help reduce many social and financial costs.Which over time may reduce medical cost.
Also there are American who pay for counseling through private means and not through our tax base. I would hope you don't see counseling not valuable for our soldiers and others-such as those who were sexually abused. We all may benefit from counseling at some point in our life.
That is the trouble too much counselling. It is time to take action on these people and that would reduce the problem and lessen the need for counselors. That is the problem,all of your type think talk will solve everything. If there is no punishment then there is no fear of being a sexual pervert.
Reba

Conway, SC

#10 Mar 29, 2007
Try South Carolina Dear...lol...and counseling is provided to those that request it by the state...Just for your information...
Ohio wrote:
The city should provide counseling and compensation for the victims. I would say the students should be given scholarships for college.
As for the teachers, they are suppose to be professionals and adults.It is very disturbing to see that some teachers are predators to our students. They have affected these children emotionally for the rest of their lives. It is now time for this community to deal with this child sex abuse and not hide under the carpet. The teachers need to be incarcerated and obtain rehabilitation. Don't be like the county in Georgia where a judge allowed a man to be on 10 years probation for child molestation of 2 boys in separate incidents over 8 years ago. Now this man, his family and friend are involved with the murder of a 6 year old boy. The world is watching Clinton, North Carolina.
GROWING UP 2 FAST

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 Mar 29, 2007
Todays society is so repressed. I am not condoning what the teachers did in any way shape or form. But when is society going to wake up! Our kids today are not from the 40's or 50's when we sheltered them from everything. When you look around and see 11, 12 y/o getting pregnat. Smoking dope and doing all the premiscouis things that teenagers never even thought about doing at theat age back then. I blame the parents for a lot of this. It is so ignorant to think that you send a child to school and that school is supposed to teach them everything about life. I blame parents for not teaching their children the fundementals of good manners, and whats right and wrong. Mabye if parents took a little more blame for the way their children acted then less of all these situations would occur. Buck up parents! don't be afraid to take responsibilty for your childs actions, get more involved with them. just a thought
UNCLE BILL

Ridgeway, SC

#13 Mar 29, 2007
AT LEAST THE TEACHERS DID NOT SHOW ANY HATRID TOWARDS BLACK BOYS.(PLEASE EXCUSE THE TERM BOYS)

Since: Mar 07

East Greenwich, RI

#14 Mar 29, 2007
I didn't even read this article but the name is just horrendous!!! 2 WHITE teachers accused of sex with BLACK boys. who the heck cares about the race. white teachers have raped white kids and it's not like OMG a white raping a white. so who cares!!!!!!!!!!
Peter

Charleston, SC

#16 Mar 29, 2007
I live in Laurens County, SC, and this article is insulting to me and the others who live here. I keep up indirectly with the Criminal Justice system in this county, and to say that differences based on skin color between treatment of defendants is absurd to any one familiar with reality! This paper owes an apology for stating such things as fact!
Reba R

Conway, SC

#17 Mar 29, 2007
Speaking as a parent of a child that was raped..Shame on you...I am a good parent and watch my child closely...however when the children go to school, they are in the school administrators hands, and when they visit relatives we expect the same care as we would give...We can not however control every woken moment of our childrens lives...I agree that parents should be more involved with their children. Obviously you are unaware that most rapists threaten to do bodily harm to their victims or their loved ones to keep them quiet...They play mind games, use drugs or what ever tool they can find...including guilt trips...What have you done in your community to promote families to be closer? And by the way my son ranked in the top 3 % on the pre sats and does not smoke, drink or do drugs and he goes to church and is active in sports. I do not like your stereo typing any more than saying blacks deserve better than other races...
GROWING UP 2 FAST wrote:
Todays society is so repressed. I am not condoning what the teachers did in any way shape or form. But when is society going to wake up! Our kids today are not from the 40's or 50's when we sheltered them from everything. When you look around and see 11, 12 y/o getting pregnat. Smoking dope and doing all the premiscouis things that teenagers never even thought about doing at theat age back then. I blame the parents for a lot of this. It is so ignorant to think that you send a child to school and that school is supposed to teach them everything about life. I blame parents for not teaching their children the fundementals of good manners, and whats right and wrong. Mabye if parents took a little more blame for the way their children acted then less of all these situations would occur. Buck up parents! don't be afraid to take responsibilty for your childs actions, get more involved with them. just a thought
J_Whizzle

Houston, TX

#18 Mar 29, 2007
Reba R wrote:
Speaking as a parent of a child that was raped..Shame on you...I am a good parent and watch my child closely...however when the children go to school, they are in the school administrators hands, and when they visit relatives we expect the same care as we would give...We can not however control every woken moment of our childrens lives...I agree that parents should be more involved with their children. Obviously you are unaware that most rapists threaten to do bodily harm to their victims or their loved ones to keep them quiet...They play mind games, use drugs or what ever tool they can find...including guilt trips...What have you done in your community to promote families to be closer? And by the way my son ranked in the top 3 % on the pre sats and does not smoke, drink or do drugs and he goes to church and is active in sports. I do not like your stereo typing any more than saying blacks deserve better than other races...<quoted text>
I am so sorry to hear about your child. Does your pain ever go away??!
Jinxy

United States

#19 Mar 29, 2007
Reba. How old was your son? How did you find about about the incident? I bet it wasn't because your son ratted the teacher out. But once the story saw the light of day I'm sure you made him feel like hell about it and the situation caught fire.

Had the story never come out I'm sure your son would not be "traumatized" by the situation and no one would have been none the wiser.

But by the time you, the police, the lawyers, and who knows who else got a hold of the situation I'm sure your son ended up feeling pretty crappy.

I should know. A 20 year old female "friend" in the neighborhood was "nice" enough to show me the ropes when I was 13. Never told a soul. Never was traumatized. And looking back I'm thinking "Damn I was one lucky son of a gun".

Unless it is a "FORCIBLE RAPE" or a serious "SEXUAL ASSAULT" (which are something different ALL together!!) then the "victims" truly become victims when all hell breaks loose about it.
KARMELLO

Great Falls, SC

#20 Mar 29, 2007
WE WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT ACT THOSE TEACHERS PERFORMED ON THE BOYS. DOES ANYBODY KNOW?
John

Arvada, CO

#21 Mar 29, 2007
Michael wrote:
Race doesn't need to be an issue here. Punish the woman for having relations with an eleven year old student (among other students). Give the victims counseling and compensation. No need to bring this bullshi* about race into the mix.
I totally agree with you Michael...ever time something happens to the blacks it's a racial thing! How about we punish the teachers and be done with it!
Also, why isn't anyone blaming the students? Seriously, how many teenage boys are going to turn down sex with an older woman?
Thomas Sanders

AOL

#22 Mar 30, 2007
Michael wrote:
Race doesn't need to be an issue here. Punish the woman for having relations with an eleven year old student (among other students). Give the victims counseling and compensation. No need to bring this bullshi* about race into the mix.


Thomas Sanders
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I know you are right, Race is always a dividing line
these were children, and the teachers found and oppertunity to have their way; regardless of race

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