Skip to comments.Firing upheld of Montgomery teacher who touched boys
Posted on 09/27/2012 7:42:54 AM PDT by Sopater
The firing of a Montgomery County elementary school teacher for behaving inappropriately with male students was upheld Tuesday by the Maryland school board, which questioned why the teacher was not fired sooner.
Daniel Picca was terminated from Silver Spring's Kemp Mill Elementary School in 2010, 17 years after an initial complaint at Rachel Carson Elementary School and 12 years after the county's child protective services found him responsible for child abuse.
He received at least seven written warnings over the 17 years from three principals and two superintendents. When former Superintendent Jerry Weast transferred Picca from Rockville's Luxmanor Elementary School to Kemp Mill, Weast explicitly forbade the teacher from "asking a student to raise or remove a shirt or flex his muscles for you regardless of the reason."
Picca contested his firing, claiming Kemp Mill's principal held a grudge against him. But a judge disagreed in July, and the Maryland State Board of Education upheld Picca's firing this week.
"The events chronicled in this case are shocking, not only because they happened, but because they occurred over and over again for seventeen years," the state board wrote. "[T]his teacher was transferred to different elementary schools and remained in the classroom. That should never have occurred."
Schools spokesman Dana Tofig declined to comment on why Picca was not fired sooner. "When the most recent accusation came to our attention, we acted swiftly to remove Mr. Picca from the classroom and immediately pursue his dismissal," Tofig said.
Picca was first reprimanded in 1993 by the principal of Rachel Carson for putting a fifth-grade boy on his lap while alone in a classroom. In 1994, a parent complained that Picca had formed a "Strong Boys Club," where he told boys to take off their shirts so he could feel their muscles. Three months later, a parent reported that Picca had photographed boys shirtless and asked them to slide back and forth on his lap. Although police interviewed five students who confirmed the reports, no criminal charges were filed.
The county's child protective services launched its own investigation and found that Picca's actions qualified as child abuse -- something the school system was unaware of until Picca's termination in 2010.
Former Superintendent Paul Vance transferred Picca to Luxmanor Elementary, where Picca received two formal reprimands from his principal. After a school-system investigation, Weast gave Picca a written reprimand and transferred him to Kemp Mill.
In 2010, another teacher observed Picca rubbing a young boy's shoulders in his classroom. The school system moved to fire Picca in the following weeks.
“Schools spokesman Dana Tofig declined to comment on why Picca was not fired sooner. “When the most recent accusation came to our attention, we acted swiftly to remove Mr. Picca from the classroom and immediately pursue his dismissal,” Tofig said.”
A teacher in my county was tried for taking pictures of boys without their shirts on and landed in jail for four years.
I went to see if that's the same Carson, and the school website has a link to rachelcarson.org.
I caught that, too - coming soon to a school district near you: Ralph Nader Middle School and Rev. Al Sharpton High Skool...........
“He received at least seven written warnings over the 17 years from three principals and two superintendents.”
Why 17 years to deal with a known problem?
Ask the Union, the Edumcashun Union.
They represent (defend) the teachers, not the students.
As the Education Union’s Head Goon said: “I’ll represent students when students pay dues.”
Now you know why.
What to do is easy to understand:
1. Unions are communist.
2. Communism is treason.
3. Hang commies for their treason.
...and there’s no money in it,
because the Supreme Court ruled,
the school can’t be sued.
(unlike the Catholic churches.)
massive cover-up. no accountability.
and MSM silence.
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Seventeen years. I wonder what other nastiness he was up to during those years. ANOTHER REASON TO HOME SCHOOL! And another reason to execute pedophiles, starting with the ones in high places that tolerate/condone/cover up this evil. I realize there is no evidence listed in the article that he did anything involving actual sex acts with these boys, but somehow I doubt that his off hours life was squeaky clean.
As my buddy Narses would say: “Tragedies like this would be avoided if only teachers were allowed to get married.”
Anyhoo, simple question: Why wasn’t this lump of excrement thrown in jail immediately after the first incident ?
From my reading on this topic, it is clear that many of the “elites” who make decisions that affect us hoi polloi are pedophiles/faggots.
It is so far beyond vile that the only thing I have to say is that pedophiles should be execute and not after 20 years of appeals, and homosexuals should go back into the closet (or dungeon, cesspit or other dark hidey hole of their choice).
I agree wholeheartedly.
Oh, drat! There goes my Pulitzer....Oh well....
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
If the Pulitzer depends on being PC, then it’s not worth having.
“If the Pulitzer depends on being PC, then its not worth having.”
Roger that, FRiend!
But you’re right, only lefties win the Pulitzer. Righties like James O’Keefe and the late, great Andrew Breitbart are Orwellian unpersons as far as the presenting boards go.
PS-—You have a great handle. Enforced “tolerance” is nothing more than Cultural Marxism.
Monty County was Carson’s home. I mean, we have a park and her house all preserved down there.