Parents, Students React To Teacher Dr...

Parents, Students React To Teacher Drug Arrests

There are 29 comments on the WFMZ story from Jul 3, 2009, titled Parents, Students React To Teacher Drug Arrests. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Their arrests have become the talk of the town. Four teachers, among 33 people, charged yesterday in an Oxycontin drug ring bust in Warren County, New Jersey.

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Alpha Dad

East Orange, NJ

#1 Jul 3, 2009
We are praying for them and there familys.
what

Weatherly, PA

#2 Jul 3, 2009
its' their families

you must have been taught

by someone on drugs
Bernadette

Douglassville, PA

#3 Jul 3, 2009
I'm praying they get locked up if their guilty!!!!!!
lookinovershould er

North Arlington, NJ

#4 Jul 3, 2009
Now they are common crimanals. Would anybod feel bad if it was a few construction workers or bartenders who got busted
Umm

Northampton, PA

#5 Jul 3, 2009
what wrote:
its' their families
you must have been taught
by someone on drugs
You used no punctuation, no capitals, and your apostrophe was after the S in it's. So what's your excuse ?
Justice

Kutztown, PA

#6 Jul 4, 2009
if and when they are found guilty they should be beatin and whipped in front of their students !!!!
SANDRAL

Orefield, PA

#7 Jul 4, 2009
it is getting to the point that parents who can stay at home stay home and do home schooling i thought schools was a safe place for kids i guess i was wrong now who can the kids trust these days
observer

Slatington, PA

#8 Jul 4, 2009
what wrote:
its' their families
you must have been taught
by someone on drugs
What in God's name does this comment mean? Each person is responsible for his or her actions. A teacher or someone involved with children on any level should set examples, not prey on the children's inability to make adult decisions. This enforces my belief that as a parent you MUST stay informed and aware of you children's activities and who they are with. What a shame, these people made good money for a responsible job, when there are unemployed people who are honest and would anything to make an honest wage. The involved school boards better act on this one.
student

Allentown, PA

#9 Jul 4, 2009
Umm wrote:
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You used no punctuation, no capitals, and your apostrophe was after the S in it's. So what's your excuse ?
Perfect reason why Very good reasons teachers dont do drugs!
YourShtdontStink

Nutley, NJ

#10 Jul 4, 2009
Justice wrote:
if and when they are found guilty they should be beatin and whipped in front of their students !!!!
Ok Justice, I'm glad to see how concerned you are about these children--"let's teach them to be judgmental AND violent!"
Before everyone begins crucifying these teachers, we should all look in the mirror. Not a person among us can call themselves perfect. Every single one of us has problems and inner demons that we may or may not be able to control. Last time I checked, addiction is a DISEASE...same as cancer, diabetes, etc. Much like cancer, addiction is uncontrollable at times, and is VERY difficult to treat. Anyone who has experienced addiction knows what a rough obstacle it is to overcome. NO ONE is immune to this disease, whether you are an addict off the street, or President of the US. Obama struggles with an addiction to nicotine--should we take him out back and beat him?? He is just an example of an otherwise outstanding individual who is fighting a personal battle of addiction.
So before we as a society pass "our sh*t don't stink" judgement and destroy the lives of these good teachers,(who, by the way, are only human) maybe we should remember our humanity and be helpful and supportive of them during their struggle. THAT is the real lesson we should be teaching our youth.
Stephanie

Easton, PA

#11 Jul 4, 2009
Unfortunately more background checks are not going to do any good if there is no previous criminal history showing up. As a teacher, I can tell you that just to get an interview there are three formal background checks that must be completed. This is not only true for teachers, but for anybody working within the schools.

I really don't think these people would have been hired if their previous background checks weren't clean. Unfortunately, you take a chance in hiring anyone, and you are never guaranteed that the person won't commit a crime in the future. Perhaps now Phillipsburg will hire back some of the teachers that they got rid of this year during budget cuts.
Umm

Northampton, PA

#12 Jul 4, 2009
student wrote:
<quoted text>Perfect reason why Very good reasons teachers dont do drugs!
What ???
pburg fan

Califon, NJ

#13 Jul 4, 2009
i cant believe that kevin kane would do this to himself, the team and his family. he was a great guy. and i think this is just disappointing to everyone not just people that know him.
wow

Allentown, PA

#14 Jul 4, 2009
Stephanie wrote:
Unfortunately more background checks are not going to do any good if there is no previous criminal history showing up. As a teacher, I can tell you that just to get an interview there are three formal background checks that must be completed. This is not only true for teachers, but for anybody working within the schools.
I really don't think these people would have been hired if their previous background checks weren't clean. Unfortunately, you take a chance in hiring anyone, and you are never guaranteed that the person won't commit a crime in the future. Perhaps now Phillipsburg will hire back some of the teachers that they got rid of this year during budget cuts.
How 'bout random screenings then?
wow

Allentown, PA

#15 Jul 4, 2009
student wrote:
<quoted text>Perfect reason why Very good reasons teachers dont do drugs!


We can't make heads or tails of your comment. Study up, work on your writing skills, and then come back and post. Thanks.
Unknown

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jul 5, 2009
wow wrote:
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We can't make heads or tails of your comment. Study up, work on your writing skills, and then come back and post. Thanks.
Maybe you should be an editor for the Morning Call. They could use one!
Lance Lewis

Allentown, PA

#18 Jul 5, 2009
I had Kevin Kane as a teacher in 2000. Up until about a week ago I would have said he was one of my favorite teachers. Now Id have to say he is one of the biggest disgraces the town of Phillipsburg has ever seen. I feel badly for his family.
KLG84

Whitehall, PA

#19 Jul 6, 2009
YourShtdontStink wrote:
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Ok Justice, I'm glad to see how concerned you are about these children--"let's teach them to be judgmental AND violent!"
Before everyone begins crucifying these teachers, we should all look in the mirror. Not a person among us can call themselves perfect. Every single one of us has problems and inner demons that we may or may not be able to control. Last time I checked, addiction is a DISEASE...same as cancer, diabetes, etc. Much like cancer, addiction is uncontrollable at times, and is VERY difficult to treat. Anyone who has experienced addiction knows what a rough obstacle it is to overcome. NO ONE is immune to this disease, whether you are an addict off the street, or President of the US. Obama struggles with an addiction to nicotine--should we take him out back and beat him?? He is just an example of an otherwise outstanding individual who is fighting a personal battle of addiction.
So before we as a society pass "our **** don't stink" judgement and destroy the lives of these good teachers,(who, by the way, are only human) maybe we should remember our humanity and be helpful and supportive of them during their struggle. THAT is the real lesson we should be teaching our youth.
YourShtdontStink- I couldn't have said it better!! I know a few of the people involved in this and I don't think anyone can sit here and put these people down until you know exactly what happened. Everyone makes mistakes, and these people and their families are already suffering from the spotlight the media has put on them. I agree that they should be setting an example for these children but they are only human and who are we to judge them?? There were also over 30 people involved in this drug bust but all of the attention and negative feedback is only being directed towards the teachers and there were people far more involved in this than just the teachers. I am sure everyone commenting about this has some type of addiction in their life but no one is throwing stones at you for it so give these people a fair chance to prove their innocense.
Reanie525i

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Jul 6, 2009
My biggest concern is the affect this will have in the students. We teach them to just say NO to drugs - then the same people who tell them this and are supposed to set a good example go ahead and sell drugs. Now kids think - Well if a teacher does drugs then it is OK if we do them as well. I hope they offer the students counseling and also think like children in school the teachers should have random drug testing as well.
KIDSRUS

Duluth, GA

#21 Jul 6, 2009
If, and until proven guilty it is all a big if, these folks did what was alledged, then the book should be thrown at them.

Yes people make mistakes, but selling drugs illegally and maybe to kids, is more than a mistake. It is about greed.

Don't want to hear about a disease because based on the info reported it appears some of the sellers were not drug addicts.

Don't want to hear about the drug being legal because if obtained w/o a prescription that makes the sale and purchase illegal.

Don't want to hear about the drug
being a pain killer because a lot of folks get high on the drug

I often wonder how people of middle-class backgrounds can live in big houses and drive fancy cars. Well, this may explain some of that.

No excuses for anyone if found guilty no matter how "nice" a person he or she may be!

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