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High school teacher fired just because he took students to strip club
The Daily Caller ^ | 10-24-2013 | Eric Owens

Posted on 10/24/2013 8:27:33 AM PDT by markomalley

A chemistry teacher in northwest Indiana has been fired and criminally charged because he allegedly ferried a group of students to a strip club and gave them beer and hard liquor inside his home.

The sacked teacher, Travis Lechien, had taught for a decade at Hanover Central High School in the exurbs of Chicago, reports local NBC affiliate WMAQ. He was also a volleyball coach and a sponsor of many after-school activities.

Lechien, 32, had been suspended without pay since Sept. 10 before he was fired. Previously, the school board had refused to accept his attempt to resign.

“We take this seriously,” school district superintendent Tom Taylor told The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Taylor noted that he has received no complaints from parents concerning the former teacher. He also said the students will face no penalties.

“I think the issue here is with the adult involved,” he told The Times.

Lechien also faces a trio of counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Under Indiana law, the three misdemeanors carry a total maximum prison term of one year.

Locals interviewed by WMAQ sided strongly and squarely with the school district and the police.

“It’s morally reprehensible. I mean, it simply shouldn’t happen,” said one man.

“He was trusted with our children and he just should never have done it,” agreed a woman.

According to court documents, things went south for Lechien one particular night when police pulled his car over for speeding. Inside the car were some students he had taken to a strip club in Hammond, Ind. He was driving them home.

The occasion for the strip club visit was a student’s birthday.

An affidavit also alleges that a group of students frequently “hung out” at Lechien’s house, reports WMAQ. They drank hard liquor and beer. They smoked tobacco from Lechien’s hookah. They played video games.

Some of the students who spent time at the chemistry teacher’s house are 18. Others are younger.

Richard Wolter, an attorney representing Lechien, indicated that his client intends to plead not guilty to the charges.

The first court date is Nov. 19.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: doublestandard; heterophobia; heterosexualagenda; naughtyteacherslist; neoprohibition; teacher; teachers

1 posted on 10/24/2013 8:27:33 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Was that wrong?
2 posted on 10/24/2013 8:29:28 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: markomalley

If it had been a gay strip club he’d still have his job.


3 posted on 10/24/2013 8:29:35 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void

just because?

He should be in prison


4 posted on 10/24/2013 8:30:02 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: markomalley

He was just teaching chemistry. LOL.


5 posted on 10/24/2013 8:30:37 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Steely Tom

if ya hafta ask....


6 posted on 10/24/2013 8:31:17 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: GeronL

Were we in a just world, yes.


7 posted on 10/24/2013 8:31:37 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: markomalley

So, as he should be.

He’s a moron.


8 posted on 10/24/2013 8:32:53 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory ... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

hmmm....back when I was in school, in the throes of puberty, with my hormones awakening....where WERE all these male teachers who would take you to strip bars, and all these female ones who would sleep with you?

Just born too soon I guess.


9 posted on 10/24/2013 8:32:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: markomalley; mickie; flaglady47; pax_et_bonum; aculeus; dighton; hoosiermama; Chigirl 26; ...
Oh, lookah
The teach with the hookah
Is now a crook-ah
Throw at him the bookah

Leni

10 posted on 10/24/2013 8:33:17 AM PDT by MinuteGal (<p>)
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To: markomalley

I went to a strip club once. The hamburgers were very good. The buns were even better.


11 posted on 10/24/2013 8:33:25 AM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: markomalley
just because ...

It's called contributing to the delinquency of a minor and he should be in jail for it -- not just fired.

12 posted on 10/24/2013 8:34:33 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: markomalley; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
"Was that wrong?"

One way to boost school attendance among seniors.

13 posted on 10/24/2013 8:34:42 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: markomalley
He was also a volleyball coach and a sponsor of many after-school activities.

I'll bet.

14 posted on 10/24/2013 8:35:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: markomalley; GeronL
Lechien also faces a trio of counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Is that law still enforced? Lock up the heads of Planned Parenthood.

15 posted on 10/24/2013 8:35:40 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: markomalley

Doesn’t sound like any minors attended the strip joint. Strip joints around here these days don’t even offer nudity.

Possible charges are supplying beer/liquor to those under 21 and tobacco to those under 18.

He associating with students was improper but hardly the type of scandal the NEA has been good at terming “isolated incidents”.


16 posted on 10/24/2013 8:38:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: All
A chemistry teacher in northwest Indiana has been fired and criminally charged because he allegedly ferried a group of students to a strip club and gave them beer and hard liquor inside his home. The sacked teacher, Travis Lechien, had taught for a decade at Hanover Central High School in the exurbs of Chicago, reports local NBC affiliate WMAQ. He was also a volleyball coach and a sponsor of many after-school activities. Lechien, 32, had been suspended without pay since Sept. 10 before he was fired. Previously, the school board had refused to accept his attempt to resign.

That reminds of this story:

Students at La Salle University in Philadelphia say exotic dancers were part of a professor's extra-credit symposium on business ethics....Students say the dancers kept their clothes on. Sophomore Brad Bernardino tells WPVI-TV that one dancer gave a lap dance to assistant management professor Jack Rappaport....Students say they have a new teacher.
-- from the thread Exotic dancers perform at Roman Catholic La Salle Univ., for business ethics class

17 posted on 10/24/2013 8:38:57 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: markomalley

And if we take into account the “near legal age” argument that is used for tolerating sex with a person below the legal age, then the drinking and smoking are no big whoop.


18 posted on 10/24/2013 8:40:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Steely Tom

He doesn’t know the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord.

Not a wise move on his part to expose students to this.


19 posted on 10/24/2013 8:56:56 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Wiggins

He was just teaching chemistry. LOL.

I think he went over the line when crossed into the biology teachers realm. You have to stick to your own subjects.


20 posted on 10/24/2013 8:58:30 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

They never had field trips like that when I was in school. I would of loved to go on that one.


21 posted on 10/24/2013 9:00:25 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Steely Tom; markomalley
Nor was he familiar with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit!!

Official list of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit from the Latin Vulgate Bible. In the Douay-Rheims translation: Gal 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.”

Charity

Joy

Peace

Patience

Benignity

Goodness

Longanimity

Mildness

Faith

Modesty

Continence

Chastity

 


22 posted on 10/24/2013 9:03:44 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Wiggins

“He was just teaching chemistry. LOL.”

Right on. It just depends on ones definition of “chemistry”.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 9:12:42 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: null and void
Don't be too sure it wasn't.

When a male teacher starts encouraging young males to hang around with him and feeds them intoxicants I generally assume he is grooming them.

24 posted on 10/24/2013 9:22:05 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Wiggins

They never had field trips like that when I was in school. I would of loved to go on that one.

Don’t be so sure, if he had not been caught right after the “field” trip to the strip club he might have intended to teach some “pole” dancing back at his place. If he had not already done so in the past.


25 posted on 10/24/2013 9:27:34 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Now a days for sure.


26 posted on 10/24/2013 9:30:30 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: markomalley

He could run for Mayor of New York City...


27 posted on 10/24/2013 9:36:07 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: Alex Murphy

had been suspended without pay


Now that is the amazing part of the story.


28 posted on 10/24/2013 9:40:39 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: markomalley

This guy was fired, but Doug Gansler, Maryland’s A.G., hosted a drunken teen graduation party at his beach house in Del. He wants to be the next governor of MD.
He’s going to give a speech about it in a few minutes.


29 posted on 10/24/2013 9:50:26 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: markomalley

Some years back a female vice principal of a high school in So OR okayed and attended a girls club class of some kind that had a male stripper come in and perform for one of the girl’s birthday, on campus.

Word got out and there was an uproar from parents and people in the rural area that didn’t have any kids in school, it was a conservative area.

The district removed her as the vice principal and made her the assistant district superintendent, now that’s some real punishment. /sarc


30 posted on 10/24/2013 10:05:00 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: markomalley

The locker rooms? I mean, as perverted as teachers are being liberals anything goes with them.


31 posted on 10/24/2013 10:12:35 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: markomalley

An example of the “socialization” of which home schoolers are deprived.


32 posted on 10/24/2013 11:16:15 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: markomalley
In a related note Travis Lechien was voted teacher of the year by a vote of the students.....
33 posted on 10/24/2013 11:21:34 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: PeterPrinciple

My thought exactly.


34 posted on 10/24/2013 11:32:01 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (The issue isn't the issue-power is the issue.)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

But he’s not a moron, he’s a dog.

He can’t help himself, as a dog by any other name would still be a dog.

(Sorry, I made an A in high school French)


35 posted on 10/24/2013 12:31:54 PM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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