Iowa boy and family fear retribution for resisting LGBT indoctrination at school

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, October 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — An Iowa boy and his parents are fearful of retaliation by teachers and school officials after the stepfather objected to seeing his stepson subjected to LGBT propaganda sponsored by a local junior high school.

Judd Saul, a local Christian activist and documentary film director, told LifeSiteNews that Robert Michael is worried about the repercussions of his encounter with a state senator, a former teacher, and a junior high school principal on September 23. That morning, Michael’s stepson sent a text to his mother asking to be taken home. It read: “Can I leave school today? Everyone is in gay flags and the gays are taking over.” It went on to say, “They are handing out gay stickers and donuts. You should let me leave.”

The text was accompanied by a photo that showed that rainbows and pro-LGBT messages and paraphernalia were being distributed to kids at the public Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls. When Michael arrived at the school with his wife, they found that the event had ended and that organizers were preparing to leave. According to Saul, members of the school’s gay/straight alliance slapped rainbow stickers on students as they arrived or handed rainbow flags. Colorful doughnuts were also made available.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/iowa-boy-and-family-fear-retribution-for-resisting-lgbt-propaganda-at-school

Parents Sue After Second Grade Biology Denying Teacher Tries To Convince 8-Year-Old Boy He Was A Girl

WOODBURN, OR (KPTV) – Parents in Woodburn said their 8-year-old son was held back from recess multiple times for one-on-one conversations about his gender identity – and they had no idea.

The mother and father in Woodburn are now suing a school district for nearly a million dollars after they say a second-grade teacher singled out their son by asking him if he was transgender. The parents say the teacher had inappropriate conversations with the child at school without their permission.

To protect their son’s privacy, the parents are not sharing their identity.

“He feels different now, he feels confused. To hear your son say that…on a couch talking to a therapist, holding back tears – it’s very heartbreaking,” said the mother.

The parents say they want to shine a light on secret lessons they claim were taking place at Nellie Muir Elementary School.

“She should have notified us if that was the case, if he did say he felt like a girl,” said the boy’s father.

The parents said the teacher asked their son if he thought he was a girl multiple times. They say the teacher held the boy back from recess several times to watch videos and read books about being transgender. The parents say the teacher got those materials from one of her transgender friends. The parents say they had no idea these conversations were taking place in April of 2018.

The mother says she found out when her son brought home one of the books from school.

“He came home Friday with the books in his backpack,” the mother said.

The parents say this all started when their son started using the staff restroom because of a stomach problem. They say their son was uncomfortable using the boy’s bathroom because of his medical condition. However, they believe the teacher assumed their son was uncomfortable because he was transgender.

“Still today, a year later, if he plays with my niece, he’s a girl in that moment… if he plays with my nephew, he’s a boy,” said the mother.

The mother says her son was left confused and hurt after being singled out. Now, a year later, the 9-year-old is taking anxiety medication and going to therapy, according to his parents. The family says the boy’s confusion and emotional distress has also affected the entire family. The father says he’s suffering from panic attacks and the mother says she’s now on medical leave, suffering from anxiety and depression, and staying home from work.

“He can be whatever he wants, I don’t care what he is. I just want him to be my happy son and I feel like she messed that up. It frustrates me that my son can be influenced that drastically, and nothing be done about it they just wanted to sweep it under the rug,” said the father.

The parents say the teacher still works at the school.

In May of 2018, the school sent out a letter. In part, it states that evidence was found that the teacher did pull the student from regular school activities, shared potentially controversial materials with the student and discussed gender identity without parents’ notification.

The lawsuit filed by the parents accuses the school district of negligence, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The Woodburn School District said it cannot comment about the lawsuit at this time.

https://www.kptv.com/news/woodburn-parents-sue-school-district-for-m-allege-teacher-asked/article_19bf6cda-721e-11e9-8a5b-8327c915e2bb.html


WALSH: We Have Turned Childhood Into A Mental Disorder. And It’s Ruining Our Kids.

According to a report, there has been a dramatic rise in children misusing and overdosing on ADHD medications. I happened to see that report a day after I read another study revealing an increased risk for obesity and diabetes in kids who take ADHD meds. This is not to be confused with the recent research showing that ADHD drugs could be linked to brittle bones. These must all be added, of course, to the cacophony of already known side effects, including insomnia, irritability, decreased appetite, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Maybe this is why a majority of kids diagnosed with ADHD wind up developing other mental illnesses as they grow older. Pharmaceutical companies cite that latter detail as proof of the biological basis of ADHD. I think it is much easier to see it as proof of the pharmacological basis for the mysterious rise in mental illnesses across America. Drug companies and the psychiatric industry have so far gotten almost 20 percent of the country onto psychiatric drugs. Many of these drugs cause suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression. Meanwhile, a lot of Americans are having suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression. One need not be a detective to notice a potential causal relationship here.

The psychiatric industry has set out to catalog and medicalize virtually every human behavior, emotion, inclination, temptation, and personality trait. It would seem, as many leading mental health experts have warned, that soon nobody in America will be considered normal. Indeed, you wonder where the drug companies and psychiatrists get their idea for “normal” behavior, and “normal” brains, and “normal” emotions, considering they so rarely come across a behavior, brain, or emotion they consider normal.

But nowhere is this tendency to medicalize the human condition more apparent, or more dangerous, than with children. As most people know, there has been an astounding rise in ADHD diagnoses over the last several years. Somewhere around ten percent of all children in the country have been labeled with this alleged disorder, and the label is being stuck on kids at earlier and earlier ages. We are now told that kids as young as three years old can be diagnosed ADHD. New medical guidelines recommend psychiatric drugs for kids starting at four if their “symptoms” are “debilitating.” A third of kids with ADHD are diagnosed before the age of six. Doctors will assure parents that the drugs are safe and will cause no long term damage to their children, but, at best, we don’t know whether that is actually true or not. There is plenty of reason to believe that the drugs will alter your child’s brain for years to come.

And on what basis have we taken this incredible step, as a society, to drug into oblivion what used to be considered common (even charming, even crucial) childhood characteristics? After all, any experienced parent will recognize the list of “ADHD symptoms” as the most normal characteristics in the world:

-In constant motion
-Squirms and fidgets
-Makes careless mistakes
-Often loses things
-Does not seem to listen
-Easily distracted
-Does not finish tasks

Frankly, I would be more concerned about a child who doesn’t exhibit these “symptoms.” So, how can we know when normal childhood behaviors may be a manifestation of mental illness? It is quite easy to know when your liver, or kidney, or heart are malfunctioning. But, with ADHD (and so many other mental illnesses), pediatricians and psychiatrists claim to have identified a malfunction of the whole human person. It is non-controversial to look at a diseased liver and say, “A liver shouldn’t do that.” But doctors are now looking at physically healthy children and saying, “This entire person shouldn’t do that.”

How? On what basis?

Well, the National Institute of Mental Health offers a clue (emphasis mine):

People who have ADHD have combinations of these symptoms:

-Overlook or miss details, make careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activities
-Fail to not follow through on instructions, fail to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace, or start tasks but quickly lose focus and get easily sidetracked
-Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework, or for teens and older adults, preparing reports, completing forms, or reviewing lengthy papers
-Lose things necessary for tasks or activities, such as school supplies, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and cell phones

The Mayo Clinic puts it this way:

In general, a child shouldn’t receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder unless the core symptoms of ADHD start early in life — before age 12 — and create significant problems at home and at school on an ongoing basis.

According to the medical community, a child’s personality becomes diseased at the precise moment that his personality interferes with his schooling. This is odd, isn’t it? Physical diseases aren’t judged this way. If you go to the doctor because you think you have diabetes, he won’t ask: “Well, is the diabetes causing problems at home or school?” Diabetes is diabetes no matter how convenient or inconvenient it may be to you or those around you. Diabetes is diabetes at school. Diabetes is diabetes at home. Diabetes is diabetes even when you’re alone in the forest. But ADHD may not be ADHD in the forest. ADHD is only ADHD when it is a nuisance.

This diagnostic criteria is rather peculiar, especially because advocates for ADHD drugs will claim that the disorder can be located in the brain. If it can be located in the brain, why is it diagnosed with a personality survey? Has anyone ever stopped to ask that question?

Now, it may be true that you can find certain neurological similarities among certain people who have been diagnosed with ADHD. You can also find neurological similarities among people with similar dispositions like enthusiasm and altruism. You can find neurological similarities among optimists and among pessimists. But that does not prove that these similarities cause optimism, or enthusiasm, or “hyperactivity” in children. You could look at the brain scan of a man grieving for his dead wife and see his grief reflected in his brain. You could also see his happiness at the birth of a child. You could even see the calm, meditative joy he finds in prayer. But that does not prove that the chemical reactions in his brain are causing his grief, his joy, his closeness with God. We know the opposite is true. His brain is a reflection of the real cause. It is not the cause itself.

Of course, if you take an entirely materialistic view of the human person — which, catastrophically, many psychiatrists do — then you must believe that everything he feels, everything he thinks, all of his traits, his characteristics, his flaws, his sins, his desires, his goals, his love, his joy, his despair, and so on, are all just material phenomena. The mind is an illusion in that case. You are just your brain and nothing more. If, on the other hand, you factor in the soul, and free will, and the uniqueness of each human person who is created by a Divine Force, it becomes clear that the mind exists, and it drives the brain much more than the brain drives it.

But even if we put all of this aside — and I don’t see how you really can put it aside, because this chicken or egg problem lies at the very heart of the entire psychiatry industry and everything we think about mental illness — but even if you do, and even if you accept just for a moment that brain chemistry determines everything about a person, that still wouldn’t prove that any particular personality, like the ADHD personality, is disordered. It doesn’t prove, in other words, that a person isn’t supposed to be that way.

We have decided that kids aren’t supposed to be that way. We have decreed it from on high, like gods, and then set out to chemically eliminate every sort of human disposition that gets in the way of our societal goals. But this is subjective. And arbitrary. And horrific. It is not scientific. It is a philosophical judgment. A really bad philosophical judgment.

We have determined philosophically that a child shouldn’t always act like a child. Or at least he shouldn’t act too much like a child. (And who decides what qualifies as too much? What science can demonstrate the too-muchness of a certain trait? Who draws that line? On what authority?) I take the opposite view. And I have the entirety of humanity on my side, up until the last century or so. Up until everyone, including Christians, decided to adopt Freud’s radically materialist view of the human person. Up until we chose to accept as Gospel literally everything the drug companies and psychiatrists tell us about ourselves and our children.

I submit this counter suggestion: a child is supposed to be a child, and act like one. If the schools cannot handle kids without drugging millions of them, then the schools are disordered. The real illness can be found in an educational system which requires children, starting at a very young age, to sit still for seven hours a day, five days a week, nine months a year, and regurgitate often very useless information onto various forms and sheets and Scantrons. A child is not sick if he struggles in that dull, claustrophobic environment. The environment is sick. We are sick for expecting children to be robots. The child’s “ADHD” is no more the fault of brain chemistry than the grieving man’s grief is the fault of brain chemistry. It is natural to be sad when your wife dies. It is natural to be bored, fidgety, and inattentive when you’re chained to a desk doing busywork.

We are drugging our kids because they are kids. We have made childhood itself into an illness. The results of this decision has been disastrous. And it will only get worse if we don’t change.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/31864/walsh-adhd-matt-walsh

Posh school’s plan to segregate students by race draws parents’ ire

Parents are irate over a plan to segregate students by race at the celebrity-friendly Little Red School House in the West Village.

In the last month, parents at the $45,485-per-year private school — which counts David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola’s offspring among its pupils — became aware that Director Philip Kassen would place minority middle-school students in the same homerooms come fall.

They also learned that the race-based placement policy had already been in effect for the 2017-18 school year for 7th and 8th graders, and would likely be expanded to the 6th grade in September.

Each grade, which has approximately 40 students, has two homerooms. Students remain with their homeroom groups for 30 percent of the school day.

Parents revolted at the revelation.

“My daughter who is 11 was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy. They are talking about separating by color,’” one father, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post.

“And I was thinking how antiquated is this? This is backwards. It’s almost like segregation now.”

After a Post inquiry, Kassen sent a message to parents Wednesday detailing last year’s race-placement “initiative” — which multiple sources said they had never been informed of.

But parents said the school has always let race play a heavy hand in class placement. One mother said for three years all but one of the 10 non-white students in her child’s grade were assigned to the same class in lower school.

Another father, whose daughter recently graduated from the middle school, said classes have been segregated for as long as she was enrolled there and was conspicuously in effect during the 2016-17 year.

“They weren’t very transparent about it,” said the grad’s father, whose daughter was in what he referred to as the “minority class.

https://nypost.com/2018/06/30/posh-schools-plan-to-segregate-students-by-race-draws-parents-ire/

School Security Guard Who Didn’t Stop the Parkland Shooter Was Suspended for Sexually Harassing Students

Lest you thought we were finished with tales of unfathomable incompetence on the part of Broward County, Florida, authority figures, consider this: The first Marjory Stoneman Douglas security guard who spotted Nikolas Cruz on campus and took no action to detain him was previously suspended for sexually harassing students.

Due to his inaction during the shooting, Andrew Medina was initially reassigned to an administrative position elsewhere in the Broward County school system. But on Tuesday, the superintendent finally decided to terminate his employment.

Medina worked as an unarmed security guard at Stoneman Douglas. In 2017, a disciplinary panel recommended that he be fired for sexually harassing two female students. (One of those students, Meadow Pollack, was later killed in the shooting.) But school officials decided to suspend Medina for three days instead, according to CBS News.

 

 

On the day of the shooting, Medina was the first school official to spot Cruz—who was no longer welcome at the school, and known to be a threat. He did not confront Cruz, and apparently failed to realize that Cruz was armed. He took no action, other than radioing another unarmed security guard, David Taylor, to inform him that Cruz was headed his way. When the shooting started, Taylor hid in a janitor’s closet, according to The Sun Sentinel. He was initially reassigned as well, but has now been fired.

Unlike School Resource Officer Scot Peterson—who also proved to be incompetent—neither Medina nor Taylor were armed. But if Medina wasn’t aware that Cruz was armed, he should have pursued him. If he was aware, but was afraid to approach, at the very least he should have made a “code red” call. He did not.

It seems fairly clear that the school district’s first impulse was to merely transfer Medina into a different role, and only changed course due to outrage from parents—including Pollack’s father—who just recently learned about the sexual harassment episode. It’s astonishing that a school guard could sexually harass a female student, and then utterly fail to prevent her death, and still find employment within the district. But that’s public schools for you.

 

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/26/parkland-security-guard-andrew-medina

‘This is inhumane!’ Chicago charter schools are blasted over reports that girls are menstruating THROUGH their uniform pants because their bathroom breaks are so severely restricted

Female high school students from a network of charter schools in Chicago are reportedly bleeding through their uniforms because strict bathroom policies prevent them from going to the toilet when necessary.

At Noble Network of Charter Schools, bathroom breaks are so limited, girls are stuck bleeding through their pants because they don’t get enough opportunities to change their sanitary napkins or tampons regularly enough.

Since the number of students bleeding through their pants was so high, the administration of the 16 schools sent out a school-wide email with a bizarre solution – students would be allowed to tie a Noble sweatshirt around their waist if they bled.

Charter schools are funded by the government with many students coming from under-privileged families and according to NPR Illinois, more than 58 per cent of students don’t have laundry machines at their homes.

Students not having a washing machine in their house makes the situation even worse because once the students stain their clothes, they have no way of washing them.

One teacher spoke to NPR anonymously through text message and had some of her students text through her phone as well.

A female student shared the bathroom situation at school revealing, ‘We have bathroom escorts and they rarely come so we end up walking out of class and that gets us in trouble.

‘But who wants to walk around knowing there’s blood on them? It can still stain the seats. They just need to be more understanding,’ the girl continued.

Some schools are slightly more understanding of the situation allowing kids to wear a Noble sweater around their waist but make it even more shameful for the students.

Shaming students even more for menstruating, the faculty sends an email out to everyone revealing the name of the girl who gets permission to wear her sweater so that the rest of the staff knows not to give her detention for violating the dress code if she’s seen wearing it.

After news got out that these charter schools were treating their students so horribly, people took to the internet to share their disgust.

‘WTF is wrong with these people?’ one man wrote while someone else commented, ‘Never once in college or any job I’ve had has someone limited my bathroom breaks or forced me to bleed through my pants.’

‘I can’t wrap my head around why this would ever be a policy… anywhere,’ another user commented.

A very annoyed man told all of the female students to revolt writing, ‘Girls, refuse the hoodie offer! Make everyone look at the blood. Do not join in on the cover up. Make them all see you are women and need a damn bathroom whenever you have your period. Period.’

‘How is this an okay way to treat children?’ one person asked while someone else shared, ‘Imagine being a menstruating teenager and having an email being sent out to the school’s entire staff about that fact.’

 

‘This is inhumane and treats them like prisoners,’ one woman exclaimed while another wrote: ‘They need to be treated like human beings with dignity and respect and allowed to go to the bathroom instead of having their every move policed.’

‘Just when I thought I’d finished reading all the horrifying things on the internet today…,’ one woman wrote in regard to the horrible news.

Meanwhile two people were absolutely disgusted as one woman wrote, ‘This is horrific, shameful, and unnecessary,’ while another said: ‘Nothing noble at Noble.’

‘What kind of adult world is this preparing them for?’ a very confused user asked while another woman suggested a solution: ‘This is abuse and a hygiene issue.

‘Also they could give out free tampons and pads and install a washer and dryer at the school since so many kids don’t have them at home.’

Although students are still facing these issues every day, some changes are slowly being made.

In October of last year two teachers from the Noble Pritzker College Prep campus helped their female students convince the administration to switch the uniform to black pants instead of khakis and it worked.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5678965/Girls-bleeding-pants-strict-school-bathroom-policy.html#ixzz5EIJZRLhS
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Police: Louisiana Teacher and Teen Girl Had Year-Long Lesbian Relationship

 http://theothermccain.com/2016/01/30/teacher-sex-lesbian-girl-arrest-louisiana/

Kimberly Naquin, 26, was arrested Jan. 15 after it was learned that the high school geography teacher had sexually molested a teenage student, according to police in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. Naquin had sex with the girl on at least 10 occasions over the course of nearly a year beginning in September 2014 when the girl was 16, police said.

Naquin, who is the daughter of the local school board president, is the third teacher at Destrehan High School to be charged with molesting students recently. Shelley Dufresne, 33, and Rachel Respess, 25, wereaccused in October 2014 of having group sex with a 16-year-old male student. In fact, when reports of that investigation first became public, police say Naquin temporarily broke up with her underage girlfriend:

About a month into an illicit sexual relationship between Destrehan High School geography teacher Kimberly Naquin and a 16-year-old female student, the pair thought they’d been caught, authorities said Tuesday (Jan. 19).
Naquin, 26, and the teen panicked in Fall 2014 when they heard about media reports that a then-unidentified teacher at the same school was the target of a criminal investigation after having sex with a student, according to Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.
“From my understanding, they panicked and they separated for a short time when they heard about that case,” McGregor said. . . .
Though rattled, Naquin, the daughter of St. Charles Parish School Board President Dennis Naquin, continued having sex with the female student on at least 10 occasions at her former Kenner apartment, an arrest report said.
Naquin was booked with 10 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile by Kenner police Friday (Jan. 15) after her release from St. Charles Parish where the Sheriff’s Office booked her with carnal knowledge of a juvenile and prohibited sexual conduct between a teacher and student.
The girl’s relatives contacted the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office on last week after they discovered her sexual relationship with Naquin, authorities said. The teen told investigators the relationship began in September 2014 when she was 16.
While St. Charles investigators learned of sexual encounters in a classroom at the school and an unidentified residence in Destrehan, Kenner detectives confirmed several incidents at Naquin’s old apartment, located at 3752 Loyola Dr., Kenner, starting on Oct. 30, 2014, the arrest affidavit said.
The student returned to Naquin’s apartment on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, and the two again had sex. A third incident occurred sometime between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, 2015, the arrest report said. Naquin continued a sexual relationship with the teen until August 2015.
“There were at least 10 incidents that we were able to document with her,” McGregor said of Naquin. “She was pretty detailed with what she provided us.”
In interviews with detectives, the student gave details about Naquin’s apartment and scars the teacher had that would have only been visible while she was undressed, the report said.

 

According to the arrest affidavit, Naquin confessed her crimes:

During the courts of the interview [with a Kenner police detective Jan. 14], Kimberly Naquin admitted to the previously mentioned sexual acts with the student who she knew was only 16 years old. Kimberly Naquin also admitted to a sexual encounter with the student at the apartment in Kenner in April 2015. After the relationship with her live-in girlfriend ended in June 2015, Kimberly Naquin admitted to six more sexual encounters with the student at her apartment in Kenner before the relationship with the student ended . . . around August 2015.

 

The felony charges against Naquin are the latest in a series of cases that have recently made headlines nationwide involving female teachers charged with sexually molesting teenage girls.

 

In December, former Missouri teacher Johnna Feazell, 48, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually molesting a 16-year-old girl she had known since the student was in seventh grade. Feazell, who had coached sports at a Webster County junior high school, was also convicted of tampering with evidence:

Court documents showed Feazell reportedly developed a “mother/daughter” type relationship with the girl, starting when the girl was in seventh grade, and frequently took her to sporting events and other activities.
At some point, the district developed concerns about Feazell’s relationship with the student. She was disciplined for “inappropriate conduct” and repeatedly told, in writing, to no longer have contact with the student.
In late 2013, the girl’s parents went to the principal of the Marshfield High School and said they thought Feazell was having a sexual relationship with their daughter.
They became alarmed after finding that their daughter had a cell phone they didn’t provide. The only contact in the phone was Feazell’s number.
Around that time, Feazell had “deviate sexual intercourse” with the victim and enticed the teen, according to court documents. The teacher later told another teen to destroy a cell phone the teacher used and “all evidence,” court documents say.
Feazell, who was the girls’ track coach at the junior high when the allegations surfaced, previously coached basketball and softball.

 

Also in December, police in Austin, Texas, arrested former Bowie High School teacher Tiffany Howard, 41, on charges that she sexually molested a girl during a three-year period that began when the victim was 13. Howard had coached the girl in seventh grade, and police began an investigation in October 2013 after letters were found in which Howard wrote to the victim:

I find myself at a loss for words sometimes, when I see you upset it breaks me inside then I just want to take you home and hold you on the couch to make it all go away. I really don’t think you have any idea of how I feel for you. I can’t wait to hold you at night; its going to be amazing. It’s going to be so special and it may be the last time in a long time that we will be able to hold each other all night . . .

 

During the 2013 investigation, the girl denied any sexual activity with Howard. No charges was filed at that time, although the teacher resigned. The case was re-opened in 2015, after the girl admitted her earlier denials were false:

However, the student came forward in October, confiding first in another coach and then the police, to report the inappropriate relationship, according to police records. Police records detail the relationship was sexual in nature and that Howard, 41, would provide her with alcohol, and with money “whenever she asked for it.” The girl told officers sometimes Howard would pick her up as she walked home from school.
The girl also told police that their relationship continued after Howard had resigned from her teaching job.
The girl’s father also recently provided police 52 pages of text messages from the student’s phone sent between the two during a seven to 10 day period.

 

In June 2015, former high school teacher and swim coach Leah Eames, 33, was sentenced to 30 months probation in Illinois after she pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old girl she coached. The investigation of Eames began in August 2014, when a police officer checking on the YMCA “after hours found Eames working out with a student.” The circumstances were suspicious; when police checked surveillance video at the YMCA, it showed Eames and the teenage girl holding hands. Upon further investigation “police said detectives were able to identify the student and later interview her, and later discovered that Eames and the student had an ongoing sexual relationship.” Eames originally faced up to 30 years in prison; the plea deal in the case requires her to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

In May 2015, a Michigan judge sentenced Erin Katharine MacDonald to a year in jail after the former Grant High School science teacher pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage student:

She was hired as a science teacher in Aug. 2013. MacDonald resigned on Nov. 26 [2014], the same day she was interviewed by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department.
Grant Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Whan contacted the sheriff’s department after the victim’s father visited the high school principal with concerns about an inappropriate relationship between his daughter and the teacher. . . .
According to court documents, the girl told her parents she was going to the movies with a friend the week before Thanksgiving. That evening, the girl’s parents unexpectedly came across their daughter’s car at a park and ride lot near the junction of M-37 and M-46. The father waited for his daughter to return to the car and watched as MacDonald dropped the girl off, according to a search warrant affidavit in 78th District Court in White Cloud.
Once home, the father took his daughter’s cell phone and car keys. He then gave the cell phone to Grant High School Principal Dan Simon, signing a release that allowed the district to examine the cell phone.
“It was discovered there were approximately 14,000 texts between Erin MacDonald and (the victim) from Oct. 25 until Nov. 21,” Newaygo County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Green wrote in a search warrant affidavit. “Through briefly reviewing some of the texts, it would lead . . . to believe there was an inappropriate relationship.”
On Nov. 26, Green interviewed the girl about the relationship. She disclosed there was “an emotional and intimate relationship between the two which included sexual conduct in nature,” the search warrant affidavit states.

In April 2015, Texas officials arrested Heather Lynn Packwood, 25, on charges that she sexually molested a girl who was a student at New Braunfels Christian Academy. Packwood was a math teacher at the school and moved in with the girl’s family in 2012. “The victim’s family tasked the teacher with taking care of their children while they were away and taking them to school,” police told the San Antonio News-Express. Packwood’s arrest followed an investigation that began in February 2015 after the girl told her parents about the alleged sexual abuse.
  • Meghan Colleen Daugherty, 36, was charged in February 2015 with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in South Carolina. The arrest warrant said the Hillcrest Middle School physical education teacher committed sexual battery on a 14-year-old girl.

 

  • Geraldine Alcorn, 28, was arrested in March 2015 in Pittsburgh after police say she became obsessed with an 11-year-old student at Beechwood Elementary School, where Alcorn was a pre-kindergarten teacher. Alcorn took the student ice skating and later lured the 11-year-old girl to her house. Police say Alcorn and the girl exchanged more than 2,000 text messages and had discussed running away together.

 

  • Shakyla Wilson, 22, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after police in Naperville, Illinois, say she had sexual contact in February 2015 with a 14-year-old girl from Hill Middle School, where Wilson was volunteering as a girls basketball coach.

 

  • High school dance teacher Michelle Smith White, 37, of Durham, N.C., was charged in October 2014 with having sex with a 16-year-old female student. Police said White had the student’s name and initials tattooed on her body.

 

  • Dance teacher Sabrina Epps, 19, was arrested in October after police say she admitted having lesbian sex with a 14-year-old girl who was a student at the Tennessee studio where Epps taught.

 

  • Gaile Supp, 25, pleaded guilty in September 2014 to sexual battery, a third-degree felony. A former teacher at Clearfield High School in Utah, Supp had originally been charged with object rape, a first-degree felony, in April 2013 for allegedly committing a sexual act on an unwilling 17-year-old female student at her West Haven home.

 

  • California teacher Rebecca Eileen Diebolt, 35, was arrested in June 2014 after a woman told police that she and Diebolt had a four-year sexual relationship that began in 2004, when the victim was 15 and Diebolt was her language arts teacher and swim/water polo coach.

 

  • Dance teacher Nichol Marie Phelps, 30, was sentenced to prison in June 2014 after she pleaded guilty to having lesbian sex with a 15-year-old student at the Florida academy where Phelps taught.
  • Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, was charged with 16 felony counts in February 2014 after two former female students accused her of sexually molesting them. One accuser said Cardosa started having sex with her when she was only 12.
  • Tonya Drueppel was arrested in January 2014 on charges that she had sex with a middle-school girl beginning in October 2012, when the victim was 13.
  • Amanda Michelle Feenstra, 32, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to having sex with a 17-year-old girl who was a student at the Texas high school where Feenstra was a dance teacher.
  • Kelly O’Rourke, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2013 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
  • Linda Wallace was sentenced to prison in September 2013 after pleading guilty to having had a four-year sexual affair with a female student that began when the girl was 13.
  • Nicole Wooten was arrested in February 2013 on charges that she had sex with a girl in 2005 and 2006, when the victim was a 12-year-old eighth-grader.

But it’s not like there’s a trend here or anything . . .

22 School Practices That May Harm Boys

http://www.illinoisloop.org/gender.html

22 School Practices That May Harm Boys

(by Kevin Killion, March 2006)

Just what is going on in modern progressivist schools that could account for the plummeting academic performance of boys? Let’s consider which of these changes seem to be a factor. Many of these are discussed in more details in the articles listed below.

 

  • Teaching Methods
    1. Whole language instead of phonics (research shows differences between boys and girls in the extent of harm done by whole language) (more)
  • Classroom Organization and Practices
    1. Collaborative workgroups, which favor social interaction over personal skills and knowledge
    2. Desk seating in clusters or pods, instead of directed towards the teacher. Clusters dramatically increase the number of distractions, and substantial research finds that students (all students) really do learn better when desks face the teacher. (more)
    3. Emphasis on multiple simultaneous classroom activities — a major source of distractions — instead of focused, whole-class, engaging instruction
    4. Trend towards “project-learning” that is overwhelmed by play-like art projects and social activities, instead of dynamic direct teaching of content knowledge and skills (more)
    5. Reduced emphasis in classroom on competition: spelling bees, geography bees, awards, etc.
    6. Reduced emphasis in school on competition: valedictorians, GPAs, honor rolls, etc.
  • Subject Material: Interest
    1. Assigned literature skewed lopsidedly towards social issues, and away from novels of high adventure, courage, patriotism, etc. (Also see our pages on the IllinoisRebecca Caudill awards and on literature.)
    2. Almost total absence of fact-based biography and non-fiction in literature and reading classes. (more)
  • Subject Material: Bias
    1. “Modern” textbooks and recommended literature often go to extremes to remove male role models as lead characters and examples. (Read more regarding this issue intextbooks and in literature.)
  • Assessment and Expectations
    1. Schools now emphasize process over facts (more):
      • In history and science, “research” and “hypothesizing” now takes the place of knowing what happened or how things work.
      • Even in mathematics, the goal is no longer the mastering of good methods in the pursuit of correct answers. Instead, classwork involves “discovering” different methods and verbal ability in describing the approach taken. (Albert Einstein would not have done well in today’s math classroom. He once said, “I rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterward.”)
    2. Assessment via chatty essays emphasizing verbal skills and expressions of feelings, instead of objective measurement of knowledge and understanding (more)
    3. For whatever reason, boys tend to be less skilled than girls in producing neat, clear handwriting. But research finds that “Illegible or poor handwriting can hinder students in getting fair and objective grades from their teachers … [T]he quality of students’ handwriting influences how teachers evaluate papers; students with better handwriting receive higher grades than those with poor handwriting.” The result? Boys get lowered grades due to the written form of assessment. (more)
    4. Scoring of these essays by factors unrelated to the subject material at hand (e.g., math exams that give points for use of complete sentences, use of upper and lower case letters, reference to personal beliefs and experiences)
  • Attention, Distractions, Physical Activity
    1. Inattention seen as a psychological disease to be drugged rather than a social deficiency to be corrected
    2. Over-medicalization of attention issues: Instead of harnessing the enthusiasm of “hunter”-type alertness and guiding students in its control and application, typical lack of classroom attention is seen as a psychological malady that requires use of powerful psychotropic drugs.
    3. Classroom decorations, postings and colors that are over-the-top, resulting in an environment that is jarring and distracting rather than simply warm, inviting and encouraging.
    4. Elimination of recess, a healthy outlet for physical energy
    5. “Softening” of gym activities, reducing or eliminating vigorous or competitive ones (e.g., dodgeball), while increasing yoga, stretching, and other less active ones. The result is the loss of this physical outlet, and a conveyed sense that something is less acceptable about those other activities, which are enjoyed by many boys.
  • Teacher Biases
    1. More girls than boys report that they are called upon “often.”
    2. More boys than girls report that teachers won’t let them “say things they want to say.”
    3. Teachers often respond well to students who are verbal and active in class discussions, and often that’s a big advantage for girls. As a reporter observed in a recentTribune article, “In an advanced-placement government class Wednesday, the girls excitedly responded to questions about the U.S. Constitution without raising their hands while the boys gave an occasional answer. ‘They’re louder and talk a lot more…’ noted [a senior boy].”