In July public school teacher Neal Erickson was sentenced 15-30 years in prison. Neal Erickson received the sentence for molesting an eighth-grade boy. I think he got off light. Six of his fellow teachers, all women interestingly enough, feel he was punished to severely.
This shocking insensitivity by what I will call the soulless six led to a call for those teachers to be fired. The logic here is mind blowingly simple. Anyone who would defend a child molester simply cannot be trusted with children.
This common sense approach led to the call to have the soulless six fired. It makes perfect sense to me. The West Branch City school board however seems ill prepared to deal with common sense. The school board voted not to fire the soulless six.
School board President Jack Money read a statement in a meeting of teachers and parents announcing the decision. “We believe the letters written by the teachers may be protected under First Amendment rights and that any disciplinary action will subject us to expensive, and potentially lengthy, lawsuits,”
Let me be clear. The first amendment is not the issue here, nor should it be. The safety of the children is the issue here. By taking this position it seems the school board is entirely comfortable with the possibility of sacrificing the children in its care to avoid the possibility of lawsuits from teachers who support child molesters.
There are some incontrovertible facts about child molesters. First, when a victim eventually comes forward that victim is almost never the molester’s first victim. Second, and probably just as disturbing, pedophiles have an astounding recidivism rate.
The soulless six, who are unconcerned about child molesters in their presence and school board members who allow such teachers to remain in their schools simply cannot have a soul. Anyone who would support the soulless six or worse, allow them to continue as teachers and administrators is, in my mind, an accomplice.
There is no doubt in my mind, both the soulless six and the board members who support them must be removed from the school system. There is simply no other reasonable course of action.