Roseville school ex-counselor gets year's probation for texting student about menstrual periods

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Former Roseville high school social worker Steven Bloom was sentenced today to one year of probation for sending inappropriate text messages to a female student.
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Suburban Mom

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So could the county attorney explain to me how a plea agreement served the "better good" of the Roseville High School community in the face of such highly inappropriate behavior? It makes me wonder about the "disadvantages" youth this counselor obviously took advantage of and if he had done these same incidents to some "privileged" highly advantaged youth if the county attorney would have sold out the other victims so easily for a plea agreement?

Did the county attorney ask these girls how they felt about having these charges dismissed?
Where their parents consulted?

Also could Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Mott explain why there were not more restrictions on this individuals interactions with youth whether it be as a counselor or otherwise? Sounds to me by the ruling that this guy could work in any other profession with vulnerable high school/junior high students just so long as it is not with the title of "social worker" ...so maybe he could be a youth leader for some city youth league or coach athletics’ or work as a teacher??

I would recommend a ruling as part of his probabtion that he NOT be allowed a cell phone for the duration of his probation - to encourage him NOT to "drop the ball" as the judge so casually stated!
Citizen

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A year's probation will give him time to volunteer for the tea party.
Al Bundy

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A year's probation? Seriously?
1) County Attorney-- Are you a proud graduate of the University of Phoenix Online? Helluva job you did here.
2) The "Judge"-- Let me guess, you're waiting for the next time to REALLY throw the book at him. After all, one year's probation guarantees he'll go after someone else's child and wind up back in court.
3) Defense Attorney-- You're scum, but you're pretty good at it.
Benny

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Ok, maybe I'm out of touch but I don't think I am.

Why in the hell would any teacher be texting any student?

Since: Mar 11

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May 16, 2011
 
Benny wrote:
Ok, maybe I'm out of touch but I don't think I am.
Why in the hell would any teacher be texting any student?
Teachers are encouraged to use school e-mail to communicate with students and parents in the event of absences, clarification of assignment requirements, or information regarding school events. It's a protection for both the teacher and the student that using the school network provides a "safe" communicating medium that can be monitored, if need be or questions arise later.

NO TEACHER that I've known or worked with over the last 20 years has given a personal telephone/cell phone number to a student and encouraged them to call whenever they want. I imagine some will say text messaging is just another electronic form of communication like e-mail, but the difference is that one's personal mobile device is not school-protected.

I'm with you, Benny. Teachers and students should not be texting. This counselor behaved inappropriately in every way and I agree with Suburban Mom that he was not dealt with satisfactorily.
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He should be tried as a sex offender. Not slapped on the wrist.
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social workers are useless
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Our public schools at their finest,
Annie

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May 17, 2011
 
This story gives me the heebie jeebies.
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Ya think its time the Big Teachers union is broke up???

what a scam on taxpayers
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I just don't see how texting a high school student about her menstrual cycle is the business of a social worker. Period. The "punishment" is a joke! Now he will think he can go to the next step of touching or raping teenage girls without meaningful punishment too. SICK!
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Frightened wrote:
I just don't see how texting a high school student about her menstrual cycle is the business of a social worker. Period. The "punishment" is a joke! SICK!
Menstrual cycle? Period? Joke? Ahaha. I see what you did there.

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