Teachers and Coaches Become ‘Mobile Molesters’

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Mar 27, 2013
 
‘Passing the Trash’ Deals Allow Bad Teachers and Coaches to Become ‘Mobile Molestors’

The public is learning that fear, ignorance and a culture of silence have allowed educators to sexually abuse children for years, and the use of modern communication devices may be increasing the frequency of abuse.

That’s bad enough.

But now it’s becoming obvious many school administrators and teacher union officials have known about countless instances of abuse and conspired to cover them up. That allowed an untold number of molesting teachers to quietly leave one school district to repeat their crimes in another.

Dozens of lawsuits filed by parents of children who were targeted by “mobile molesters”– as they’re nicknamed – are pending against school districts across the country, because administrators failed to warn other districts about hiring known predators.

To add insult to injury, the nation’s most powerful teacher unions, which hold considerable political sway, have used their power to kill legislative efforts in several states to address educator sexual abuse of students.

School administrators have several motives for quietly sweeping child abuse cases under the rug.

Many are obviously afraid of tarnishing their professional reputations, and the reputations of their schools and teachers, by acknowledging the presence of sexual predators.

They’re also pressured by practical considerations.

In many states it can take several years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, to fire tenured teachers, even known sexual offenders. That’s due to protections stipulated in union contracts and state tenure laws.

Most schools have been struggling to cover basic operational expenses in recent years, and don’t want to waste scarce tax dollars paying attorneys, suspended teachers and substitutes to cover for those teachers.

And teacher union officials appear to have been willing on many occasions to work with administrators to cover up sexual abuse. They sometimes arrange secret deals that allow districts to obtain resignations from abusive teachers in exchange for letters of recommendation for further employment in the education field.

“I think there are a lot of superintendents who don’t have the courage to stand up to the unions and (instead) negotiate these ‘pass the trash’ deals. They take the easy way out, instead of doing the right thing,” Indiana University Northwest professor Charles Hobson, author of a new book “Passing the Trash: A Parent’s Guide to Combat Sexual Abuse/Harassment of Their Children in School,” told EAGnews.

“The teachers union in most cases is the first posse that runs to the defense of the predator,” according to Terri Miller, executive director of Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (S.E.S.A.M.E.)– an organization dedicated to fighting educator sexual misconduct.“Essentially, it’s administrators and teachers unions who are usually the people … aiding and abetting child molesters in our schools.”

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The Matthew Lang case is a perfect example.

Lang was a high school band director at O’Fallon High School in Illinois who engaged in illegal sexual contact with a student. He resigned from O’Fallon in 2007 in a union-negotiated arrangement that allowed him to regain employment at nearby Alton High School, where he was later convicted of molesting another girl and sentenced to six years in prison, according to a 2010 report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The mother of the victim at Alton High School sued Lang, the O’Fallon school district and the teachers union for failing to warn Alton officials about Lang’s behavior, and eventually settled out of court. But the ugly facts of the case illustrate how union officials allegedly conspired to hide the misdeeds.

A memo from the local union president to the O’Fallon school board, obtained by EAGnews through a public information request, illustrated how the secret deal was arranged:

“Matt Lang is currently seeking employment in other districts. In light of this information, we are asking that all information concerning the request for his resignation not be placed in his file. School districts may contact (O’Fallon) for recommendation on the performance of Matt Lang. The (union) would like the administration to provide a favorable recommendation on his behalf.”

And that’s exactly what administrators did.

“It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Matthew Lang,” O’Fallon High School Principal Stephen Dirnbeck wrote.“Matt is an outstanding instructor of instrumental music. I wholeheartedly recommend him for any position he may seek in the music education field.”

Another example is former Illinois teacher Jon White, who was sentenced to 48 years in prison in 2008 after he abused girls in the Urbana school district, the News-Gazette in central Illinois reported.

White previously worked for the McLean County Unit District No. 5, where he was twice suspended for inappropriate sexual conduct – once for viewing pornography on a school computer and another time for making sexually suggestive comments to a fifth-grader. There is no record of White being fired, but he left the McLean district to join the Urbana district in 2005.

When White applied for the job in Urbana, he provided a positive letter of recommendation from McLean County that made no mention of prior transgressions, despite clear evidence that McLean officials understood the risk he posed to students.

A McLean assistant principal sent the following email to a local union official, following White’s arrest at Urbana:

“I don’t know the specific charges, but it appears to be much worse than the issues he faced here. I’m glad we took the steps we did to get him out of the district. I believe it was you who said that he was on the path to further problems.”

Unions go the extra mile to protect abusers

Experts generally acknowledge that teacher unions have played a key role in keeping an alarming number of sexual abusers in the classroom.

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Mar 27, 2013
 
“Because of the political action committees of unions and the power they wield, I think in a lot of instances the prosecutors are hesitant” to file criminal charges against an accused teacher, Hobson said.“I think a lot of times it has to do with prosecutors being unwilling to take that step, and the public not being aware of these issues and not putting pressure on the prosecutor to take the next step.”

In some states unions use the arbitration process to defend teachers accused of sexual abuse, even when administrators are willing to fire them. The United Federation of Teachers, which represents K-12 teachers in New York City, is among the most effective at helping these teachers skirt the system.

The New York Daily News last year tracked 16 teachers who were accused of sexually abusing students. City education officials tried to fire them, but UFT officials insisted on taking their cases to arbitration.

Fourteen of the teachers were reinstated to the classroom. Two others were assigned “desk duty.” None were fired.

One of those cases involved high school teacher Norman Siegel, who was accused of pressing his genitalia against a female student’s leg. An arbitrator ruled the charge likely was true, but only issued Siegel a 45-day unpaid suspension.

Then there’s the case of gym and health teacher Willie Laraque, who was accused of bending a male student over a desk, leaning in to him and saying,“I’ll show you what is gay.” Laraque is reportedly back in the classroom after paying a $10,000 fine.

How does this type of thing happen? Under terms of collective bargaining, arbitrators are jointly named by city education officials and union officials and answer to each side. Union officials clearly expect to see their share of victories, regardless of the details.

Kansas City Federation of Teachers President Andrea Flinders recently wrote that 34 of 34 complaints of sexual abuse by district educators were deemed “unsubstantiated,” thanks to the union’s work.

Flinders “considers that a victory for teachers,” KSHB.com reported.

If teachers are accused of misdeeds,“We will send a legal representative with the teacher so they are not alone during the interview,” Flinders said.“We are here to protect the rights of our teachers.”

“The bottom line unfortunately for our children is the system is designed to protect the predators over our students,” according to S.E.S.A.M.E. executive director Miller.

In California, Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla introduced legislation last year to make it easier to fire teachers who commit sexual, physical or drug-related acts with students.

LA Weekly pointed out that the Los Angeles school district paid Mark Berndt – an elementary teacher accused of lewd actions with dozens of his students –$40,000 to quit, and why a more expedited termination process is necessary.

The $40,000 “was far less money than LAUSD would have shelled out for attorneys and Berndt’s ongoing salary (while suspended)– only to perhaps see him reinstated by California’s unusually powerful, three-person Commission on Professional Competence, controlled by two teachers-union appointees who are increasingly criticized for not acting on behalf of students.”

Despite the obvious need for the legislation, Padilla’s bill never made it out of the state Assembly Education Committee, because numerous lawmakers beholden to the California Teachers Association prevented it from moving forward.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/27/pa...

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"The mother of the victim at Alton High School sued Lang, the O’Fallon school district and the teachers union for failing to warn Alton officials about Lang’s behavior, and eventually settled out of court."

Well, well, well...where are Douche and Che to claim that only the Church does this?
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Yeah Paco, you must be right. I must have missed the sections of those thousands of stories about the Catholic Church that mentioned the priests' union leadership and employment contracts.

Also missed the parts that said the Bishops were writing letters of recommendation to other religious organizations and just closing their investigations as a means of washing their hands.

You're right Paco.

You're always right.

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Duke for Mayor wrote:
Yeah Paco, you must be right. I must have missed the sections of those thousands of stories about the Catholic Church that mentioned the priests' union leadership and employment contracts.
Also missed the parts that said the Bishops were writing letters of recommendation to other religious organizations and just closing their investigations as a means of washing their hands.
You're right Paco.
You're always right.
woof
I'm certain right in this case. Just grow up and admit you have no problem with molesters unless they're Catholic priests.
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Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>I'm certain right in this case. Just grow up and admit you have no problem with molesters unless they're Catholic priests.
You're not right, Paco.

You've got those blinders on again.

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Duke for Mayor wrote:
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You're not right, Paco.
You've got those blinders on again.
woof
On the contrary...you have exposed yourself as a champion of child molesting coverups unless the perpetrator is the Catholic Church.

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