Re: Centre Ridge PE teacher sexually assaults 12 year old girl
Date: May 26, 2010 08:35AM
Not sure whether the guy is guilty of a crime or not but he's guilty of stupidity. Teachers are so vulnerable, and if he is innocent this case just shows that a kid (boy or girl) can make up anything and the school system has to treat it like it's real. Because,even if it's 1 chance in a 100,000, if it is real the system would be crucified if they didn't follow up. If he's found not guilty, I don't think the system can refuse to renew his contract. They of course can transfer him to some other place in the county, even into a nonteaching position.
Used to be a teacher in FCPS, and was on the wrong end of a bogus claim, and eventaully exhonerated, but in the long run I blamed myself for not being more careful. You can bet that after that, I never even talked to a student alone or allowed a student to hug me or even came close. It sounds to me like this guy definately was over the line. I don't know anything about his coaching or the other stuff about naked pictures, and all that, but from just a teaching standpoint, he was putting himself in jeopardy. I'd be surprised if he hadn't been counseled by admin about it though. If not, then he either wasn't too bad or they, the admn, wasn'it doing its job.
On the other hand, it does seem (and this just based on observations) soccer coaches are much more prone to wackos. I saw a high school soccer coach that in school was a very low-keyed type of guy but once the game started he simply lost it, yelled and screamed at the officials, then his players, then the other team's palyers, even yelled things at the other coach. I think, as someone earlier alluded, that these guys/gals get away with it because there's a large segment of parents who are certain their little Mia or Justin are going to be Div 1 stars. You see some of the same mentality in lacrosee, boys mostly, not so much in girls