Skip to comments.Student exodus in Michigan school district where teachers defended child molester
Posted on 09/12/2013 5:52:25 PM PDT by jazusamo
Enrollment appears to be nosediving in a Michigan school district where several teachers publicly supported a former colleague who admitted having sex with a middle school student.
The student body count in the West Branch-Rose City district, in northeast Michigan is down unofficially some 87 students following a tumultuous summer in which angry parents blasted seven teachers for writing letters in support of former teacher Neal Erickson. The letters urged a judge to be lenient in sentencing Erickson, who admitted to sexual misconduct with an underage, male student from 2006 to 2009. When the school board declined to take action against the teachers, many parents vowed to pull their kids out of the public schools, which have a total enrollment of just over 2,000.
I cant speculate as to why the students have left, but there were certainly parents who vocalized that they were pulling their children out of school because of the teachers support, West Branch-Rose City School Superintendent Daniel Cwayna told FoxNews.com. We addressed the issue as best we could without infringing upon the teachers first amendment rights. Theres only so much we can do.
Lower enrollment will cost the district under the state's funding formula. And it could get even worse, if other parents simply opt to keep their kids home on Sept. 25, when the official headcount is carried out. The school district stands to lose as much as $600,000 in state funding.
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The really sad thing here is that none of the people defending the Pedophile will lose their jobs.
Some of the enabling teachers could lose their jobs if enough parents can/will remove their kids from the school.
It looks like the $600K figure includes the loss of those students whose parents choose to just keep them home on Sept 25, the day that determines federal funding for the school year.
It’s really, really important to schools to have their highest possible attendance that day. They might not care so much about other days.
Superintendent is a moron. First amendment rights of teachers doesn’t mean they have a guaranteed job for life. Fire them and they can speak out all they want.
I would definitely yank my kid out
Agreed, any teacher supporting this should be gone for good and credential pulled.
Absolutely, Daniel Cwayna should be looking for a new line of work also.
If I had any kids, there is no way in heaven or hell that I would send them off to public schools.
Isn’t it odd how school leadership and teachers decide who has freedom of speech and who doesn’t?
Teacher Harriet Coe weighed in with her letter.
Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator (How does she know he isn't a predator? She didn't know he was doing it, or was she complicit in his crime?), teacher Harriett Coe wrote. This was an isolated incident (Once again, how does she know? She didn't know what was going on under her nose, how does she know what he was doing outside her view?). He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends.
No doubt that she’s a flaming “feel good” leftist that thinks ‘Neal’ is a great guy and closes her eyes to the fact he’s a pervert.
I saw an article recently that said something like 60% of Detroit teacher moonlight as prostitutes.
It was shocking
People like that rarely get caught the first time they do this. Odds are very good this has happened before.
The behavior of these other teachers is sickening. No doubt these are the same “teachers” that won’t let a student use the word “God” or take a non-liberal point of view in the classroom. Gotta all be smug liberal bigots.
Well,..Let My Students Go!
not exactly an exodus of Biblical Proportions.
there is NO DEFENSE for pedophilia, and anyone trying to defend a pedophile is as guilty as they are
Then we are told the seven teachers are "exercising their First Amendment rights," so we all need to understand they are entitled to their opinions. I'm surprised that there are 87 students left in that school, let alone only 87 quit!
What's with parents today, teachers having homosexual sex with underage students, seven other teachers write letters to the judge begging for liency for the pervert and you want degenerates like these "teaching" your children?
One criminal offense? He repeated that “one offense” from 2006-2009.
Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals. This term appears in U.S. immigration law beginning in the 19th century.
The concept of "moral turpitude" might escape precise definition, but it has been described as an "act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.
Yep, it’s hard to fathom that people accept this behavior. A century or probably less than a century ago a teacher caught performing these acts on a student may have well been hung from the highest tree and made an example of.
When I was in grade school (back in the dark ages), a teacher caught going into a bar, would lose their job, much less had sex with a student and the student of the same sex would have been unimaginable!
Fifty-sixty years ago, they would've "disappeared"...into an unmarked grave in somebody's wheat field.
It’s all due to the fact that teachers aren’t paid enough!
Those parents need to unelect that school board for one thing, then fire those teachers for another
Get your kid out
Unelect the school board
The fire those teachers
Let us declare Sept 25 a federal Republican Skip School Holiday then
Firing them does not violate their freedom of speech, they can extoll the virtue of pedophilia all they want in the unemployment office.
It should be considered a capitol crime
“...none of the people defending the Pedophile will lose their jobs.”
If enough students depart, so will their jobs.
So many public employees seem to have forgotten THEY WORK FOR US.
They need some big reminders. I hope this is one of them.
I was commenting to the fact that students have been muzzled by schools and teachers while the teachers and administrators get to say whatever they want with no restrictions. I agree these people supporting this pedophile should be prohibited from ever working with children again.
Another Reason to Homeschool
I have no idea how this will play out. Will enough parents keep their kids out of school to force the governor to intervene? Will parents be forced by the state to send their kids to be taught by the pedophile defenders? Will the teachers be fired, and sue the school district into bankruptcy?
They should have a recall election for that school board, the new board can fire the perv teachers
It sounds like the board needs financial cover for firing the teachers. I think the state governor should provide that financial cover.
those so called teachers keep referring to this pedophile as having mad “a” mistake....like raping a kid over 3 yrs is “a” mistake....you know, like forgetting to put your turn signal on....
Gotta say it's encouraging that the parents are actually reacting. This needs to happen more.
All of you embedded questions can probably be answered by determining if Harriet Coe is the local NEA representative.
The parents who pulled their kids probably found some other way of educating them.
No pictures, please of the other 40%.
theres something VERY VERY wrong about a people who refuse to eliminate those who prey upon children in such a manner, thus the likelihood that most perps will be released at some point to violate yet MORE innocents.
the dead dont commit crimes!
Thanks for the links.
It should be a slam dunk to recall that school board member. Hopefully the large number of parents that are outraged don’t give up on the teachers that not only supported this pervert but set a horrendously bad example for all the students in this district regarding the rule of law.
It blows my mind that they want leniency for this pedophile because “his” family is suffering. It would be nice to believe he’ll spend the full 30 years in prison but that probably won’t be the case.
If the Governor can legally get involved with this due to the loss of funding for this district he should do so, IMO. These teachers supporting this jerk should not be teaching anywhere.
Yep. Sending children to public schools is prima facie child abuse.
In Montana some guy got 30 days and another case elsewhere someone was released on probation or something.
This is getting bad.
Yes..I barely survived it in so. Ca. after a couple of years of drug addiction all starting at Milliken jr. High in Sherman Oaks.