'I will never be the same'

'I will never be the same'

There are 57 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 11, 2008, titled 'I will never be the same'. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A former teacher who took months to ''brainwash'' a student to make her a sexual tool was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Friday by a Northampton County judge who said it was the worst case of abuse she's ...

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savymama

Montclair, NJ

#25 Oct 11, 2008
Porky Chopy wrote:
This girl Is 12 yrs old she knows right from wrong sounds to me she liked Muff diving from the carpet munching teacher
are you crazy?? this child was tied up and blindfolded, was NOT a willing participant. she feared for her safety and the lives of others. learn about child molestation. children rarely tell (only 30% ever tell!). they are scared to death, and that is what brekne did to this girl for TWO years before she touched her. she was manipulated and brainwashed, and was, unfortunately, an innocent and protected girl, not one who was worldly and would have ever thought a teacher could harm her.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#26 Oct 11, 2008
LIBERAL LESBIANS wrote:
<quoted text>a lot of underage girls don't want to date UNDERAGE BOYS.
this underage skank probably had the hots for an OLDER...person; can imagine this little skank thinking she was so adult herself.
i bet the underage skank liked joking to the teacher how the boys her age were so immature.
even in 1940s, shirly temple and cary grant in a movie about a girl having hots for a teacher, though in those times it was more innocent.
She wasn't looking to date anyone, let alone an adult woman! don't you see she was raped? she was not a willing participant! And gender is not the issue. This was child molestation. I would feel no differently if the child or teacher had been a different gender. Stop calling this child a derogatory name. When you do that, you come across as totally ungrounded and your opinions are laughable. Have some compassion for others.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#27 Oct 11, 2008
educated wrote:
She is a sorry excuse for a teacher
And, thank goodness, she will NEVER be a teacher again!!!!! She spat upon a great profession.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#28 Oct 11, 2008
Don Schenk wrote:
Gee, just imagine the fun posters would be having if this was a story about a homosexual Catholic priest, and not a lesbian teacher, who "groomed" a 12-year-old student...

I would hope there would be plenty of us just as outraged by that crime as by this one. I would hope no one would blame the little boys who were abused, and yet that is what bloggers are doing here, to this young girl.
Whitehall PA

Marcus Hook, PA

#29 Oct 11, 2008
savymama wrote:
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The phone was hidden!!!!! They were always aware and concerned for their child's whereabout. You need to study up on brainwashing, read the transcripts of the hearings and not judge the parents, who could not work for months, as they had to watch their daughter 24/7 when the case first broke. They feared for her life! And they have had to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on a security system for their home (Brekne was out on bail for months and they all feared she would abduct one of their children!), plus there are so many out of pocket expenses for doctors, therapists, lawyers, etc. They are generous, upstanding members of this community, not people looking to make money on their child's suffering. I can only hope you are speaking from ingorance and are not as mean as you sound. Unless you know the facts, attended the hearings, have access to the reports submitted to the court, please do not question the motivation of the family.
Are you a member of their family? Did you attend all the hearings? Did you read all the transcripts? You seem to be taking everything that people are saying way to personal. We are in America and have the right to our opinions. Just like you. I'm not ignorant nor and I a mean person I just have no patience irresponsible parents then when something happens they want the world to stop and kiss their ass and feel bad for them.
Lucky Me

Bethlehem, PA

#30 Oct 11, 2008
"I will never be the same"
of course not, now the stupid twit can shop at Neiman Marcus.
Christian

Madison, WI

#31 Oct 11, 2008
I'm a journalism student, and this article hugs the gray line of bias pretty closely. I know it's natural to demonize the sex offender, especially after she's been prosecuted, but quoting "brainwash" and not explaining it immediately after in detail is dangerous.
Also, saying "her parents painted Brekne as a cold, manipulative woman who used her position at a Warren County, N.J., middle school to win the girl's trust, ensnare her, isolate her" seems way too presumptive of the prosecution's point of view.
You could have used more quotes in your article in order to distance yourself from it. Sorry for the negative opinion, but I feel like it's warranted.
[email protected]
Helloooooo

Allentown, PA

#33 Oct 11, 2008
o.k., definitely wrong and teacher deserves her punishment but also, what about the parents. Where were they in all of this, didn't they know their daughter was out until 4 am on a school night or any night for that matter. Now they want to sue for money, are you kidding me.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#35 Oct 11, 2008
Whitehall PA wrote:
<quoted text>Are you a member of their family? Did you attend all the hearings? Did you read all the transcripts? You seem to be taking everything that people are saying way to personal. We are in America and have the right to our opinions. Just like you. I'm not ignorant nor and I a mean person I just have no patience irresponsible parents then when something happens they want the world to stop and kiss their **** and feel bad for them.
Yes, I was in the courtroom. Yes, I do know the family. Yes I was privy to prior records and testimony. And it kills me to read the cruel and untrue statements people are making, people who know nothing about this family. They are not, and never have been, people for whom money rules their lives. They enjoy simply being at home with their kids. Their daughter was raped, for god's sake, and people are talking as if this was a ploy to gain money to shop at neiman marcus (as one blogger so cruelly wrote!). Have you seen grown men sob? Have you seen siblings want to die in pain for the suffering of their sister? Have you stood by on suicide watch fearing that the child victim is so distraught that she wants to die? I hope you never see or experience these things. But the family here has suffered through this and far more.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#36 Oct 11, 2008
Christian wrote:
I'm a journalism student, and this article hugs the gray line of bias pretty closely. I know it's natural to demonize the sex offender, especially after she's been prosecuted, but quoting "brainwash" and not explaining it immediately after in detail is dangerous.
Also, saying "her parents painted Brekne as a cold, manipulative woman who used her position at a Warren County, N.J., middle school to win the girl's trust, ensnare her, isolate her" seems way too presumptive of the prosecution's point of view.
You could have used more quotes in your article in order to distance yourself from it. Sorry for the negative opinion, but I feel like it's warranted.
[email protected]
Psychiatrists for the defendant (court appointed) and the plaintiff filed statements that this was THE worst case of brainwashing and that the defendant is not the least sorry. The judge stated that the defendant is in denial when she says she is not a predator, simply got carried away with her feelings for the victim. The defendant can't be rehabilitated because she doesn't see herself for what she is, a child rapist. The articles you read were truthful. The words that were quoted or summarized were spoken, and with due cause.
oh boy

Allentown, PA

#37 Oct 11, 2008
STOPBLAMING EVERYONEELSE wrote:
It's a tragedy what's happened to this girl, but now the parents want to blame the school district. THESE PARENTS ARE MORONS! How about we, as a society, start taking responsibility for our own actions (or inactions in this parent's case) and STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE. If the school district gets sued, they should counter-sue the parents for being noncomplacent torwards their daughter and allowing her to get into this mess in the first place. It's sickening to me that no one wants to take responsibility for anything anymore and instead are always looking to blame someone else.
Thank you for the post you hit the nail on the head. Why does everyone else have to suffer from this bullsh-t. Sue the parents my kid would not be out past 10.00pm with anyone.
Sen John Edwards

Northampton, PA

#38 Oct 11, 2008
This is such a hot story.
Check it out

Easton, PA

#39 Oct 11, 2008
Wait...maybe I am wrong...but when did money cure the inability to move forward in ones life after months or years of sexual abuse.
Someone please explain this to me, I just can't quite figure this out???

“I Can't Believe U People!”

Since: Mar 07

Somewhere in the Valley

#40 Oct 11, 2008
There is no excuse for what happened to this child. None!

Please don't put this lesbian behind bars with "women." Put her behind bars with the MEN!!!!
Catherine

Zionhill, PA

#41 Oct 11, 2008
Something that she will never forget...that is true not to mention the years of therapy and self hatred..not trusting anyone and so forth...the teacher should be quartered and strung up...I feel for you girl...you have a tough road a head of you, make so good of this and speak out against this type of violence
ho my god

United States

#42 Oct 12, 2008
Check it out wrote:
Wait...maybe I am wrong...but when did money cure the inability to move forward in ones life after months or years of sexual abuse.
Someone please explain this to me, I just can't quite figure this out???
Ask savymama she knows the family
Amy B

Weatherly, PA

#43 Oct 12, 2008
Helloooooo wrote:
o.k., definitely wrong and teacher deserves her punishment but also, what about the parents. Where were they in all of this, didn't they know their daughter was out until 4 am on a school night or any night for that matter. Now they want to sue for money, are you kidding me.
Mental control is horrible. growing up, my 2 sisters and 2 brothers went thru this but we told no one. Toay there r options, Lots BUT if this woman really had control over this "girl", she may not have had it in her (so to speak) to seek help. The Parents: poor excuses ! How can u not know yr child comes home at 4am?
That she isnt in bed when you go to bed?
Some ppl dont deserve to breed.
Amy B

Weatherly, PA

#44 Oct 12, 2008
meant Today not toay

“I Can't Believe U People!”

Since: Mar 07

Somewhere in the Valley

#46 Oct 12, 2008
Amy B wrote:
<quoted text>
Mental control is horrible. growing up, my 2 sisters and 2 brothers went thru this but we told no one. Toay there r options, Lots BUT if this woman really had control over this "girl", she may not have had it in her (so to speak) to seek help. The Parents: poor excuses ! How can u not know yr child comes home at 4am?
That she isnt in bed when you go to bed?
Some ppl dont deserve to breed.
Amy B...it really doesn't matter if you're trying to correct..."toay"
Your post makes no sense!
Go back to sleep!
Whitehall PA

Allentown, PA

#47 Oct 12, 2008
savymama wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, I was in the courtroom. Yes, I do know the family. Yes I was privy to prior records and testimony. And it kills me to read the cruel and untrue statements people are making, people who know nothing about this family. They are not, and never have been, people for whom money rules their lives. They enjoy simply being at home with their kids. Their daughter was raped, for god's sake, and people are talking as if this was a ploy to gain money to shop at neiman marcus (as one blogger so cruelly wrote!). Have you seen grown men sob? Have you seen siblings want to die in pain for the suffering of their sister? Have you stood by on suicide watch fearing that the child victim is so distraught that she wants to die? I hope you never see or experience these things. But the family here has suffered through this and far more.
Ok so you are close with the family, then why didn’t you see the signs of abuse? Again there is NO REASON for a 12 year old to be out until 4am with anyone! If this girl was so disturbed why didn't the parents see this? I'm 29 years old and I can call my mother and she can just tell by the tone in my voice something is wrong. Why weren't they searching her room maybe they would have found the cell phone? I hear the parents were in the process of a divorce; how funny they’re all one big happy family when there is a law suit now! It's seems like money can bring family's back together look at the Jackson’s. So how much are you going to benefit from this lawsuit? Are you writing the book?(The untold story by the clueless friend) Who is going to play you in the movie?(Glen Close) Again I do feel bad for this poor girl, I just have no sympathy for the parents. Again this comes back to "Parenting" or lack there of. If her parents were so good and involved with her life they would have seen this happening. Yes I have been there my niece was molested and all of us knew right away just by her change in attitude and actions.

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