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  1. #1 Seven teachers support male rapist of middle schooler 
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    Seven teachers support male rapist of middle schooler

    (The rapist was head of the teacher's union.)


    ....“Four days after my wife was diagnosed, a state trooper came out to our house and we found out our son was molested,” said Janczewski, who is also fighting his own battle with Multiple Sclerosis. “Somebody sent an anonymous email with pictures of my son to the board of education and the superintendent.”

    The email and pictures proved Erickson “was a predator and he groomed our son to molest him,” he said.

    Someone also posted the pictures online.

    “They never found out who sent the emails and brought it to the surface,” Janczewski said. “On the one hand, we’re very appreciative … but on the other hand, we’re angry. Why didn’t they come forward sooner? Why did they put the pictures on a porn site?”

    ...Despite the disturbing revelations, the Janczewskis were content to let the legal process take its course. They kept a low profile and followed Erickson’s criminal case closely. Erickson admitted to his misdeeds, and the couple attended his sentencing July 10.

    That’s when they learned for the first time that numerous teachers in the school district wrote to the court to plead for a lenient sentence for their colleague. They were shocked to see several teachers – and school board member Mike Eagan – sitting across the courtroom with the sex offender’s family.

    “Neal made a mistake,” teacher Sally Campbell wrote to the judge, according to the Ogemaw County Herald. “He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more. He realized his mistake and ended it years before someone anonymously sent something in to the authorities which began this legal process.”

    “I am asking that Neal be given the absolute minimum sentence, considering all the circumstances surrounding this case,” wrote Amy Huber Eagan, a teacher and wife of board member Mike Eagan. “I am also hoping that he can stay remanded to the custody of the Ogemaw County Jail and not be sent to a prison facility.”

    “Neal has pled (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” teacher Harriett Coe wrote, according to the Herald. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends. He has been candid and conveyed his action to his family, friends and co-workers.”

    In all, 10 people, including seven WB-RC teachers, submitted letters of support for Erickson, most pleading for a reduced sentence. They included Campbell, Amy Eagan, Coe, Toni Erickson, Carol Rau, Marilyn Glover, Sandi Lee, Kathryn Weber, Kathleen Sheel and Kathleen Palmer, the Herald reports.

    Judge Michael Bumgartner told Erickson he was “appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around, in this case, you,” according to the Herald.

    “What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher,” he said shortly before sentencing Erickson to 15-30 years in prison....

    ....The local community has rushed to the Janczewskis’ side. Media coverage of the unbelievable situation has also spread, and families in other states are joining their cause, as well.

    The Facebook group “Support the Janczewski Family” has swelled to more than 2,100 members in recent weeks. At the special July 29 school board meeting about 300 local residents flooded the school auditorium and spoke out against the offending teachers’ behavior. They urged Eagan to resign, but he refused.

    “They want justice. They feel like things have been swept under the rug,” Janczewski said. “The community has had enough, we’re up in arms.”....
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    Rose City is a very small town, that much I know.


    There are always women to defend these guys. Girlfriends, coworkers, etc.
    "He learned his lesson" is a particularly stupid comment, because it is a recognition that he did something wrong, but she just doesn't want to see him punished for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Rose City is a very small town, that much I know.


    There are always women to defend these guys. Girlfriends, coworkers, etc.
    "He learned his lesson" is a particularly stupid comment, because it is a recognition that he did something wrong, but she just doesn't want to see him punished for it.
    I don't think that "school board member Mike Eagan" is a woman, but I could be wrong.

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    Well, we live in the age of perversity (not diversity) now. We have gone from the age of Aquarius to the age of Obamination as 'the norm'. This is what our children are 'taught' now by a growing community of activists which infect all areas of our society now like a cancer ... going all the way to the top.
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    August 19, 2013
    Child Rapists and Other Well-Meaning Liberals
    By Jeannie DeAngelis

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/...#ixzz2cQktpufD

    In Rose City, Michigan, a middle school teacher named Neal Erickson molested one of his male students. When caught, Erickson, upstanding citizen that he is, pleaded guilty to child rape to spare the young man further pain, and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The reaction of Mr. Erickson's wife and fellow colleagues to his sentence exposes some of the insanity residing inside the American public school system...

    ...That's why a small sample of West Branch Rose City teachers' letters of leniency on behalf of Mr. Erickson elucidates more than an outrageous defense of a child molester. The letters reveal a mindset, a worldview, and a relativistic standpoint that not only endangers schoolchildren, but is also detrimental to America as a whole.

    High school teacher Toni Erickson is the wife of child rapist Neal Erickson. Clearly, Mrs. Erickson has exhibited loyalty toward her husband and is willing to overlook that he molested an eighth grade boy for three years, and that is very touching. But what's scary is that from Toni's lopsided perspective, the child is less a victim than the rapist.

    In her letter to the judge on Neal's behalf, Mrs. Erickson said this:

    As for punishment, because I know that is something the community expects, hasn't he been punished enough? He is losing a job he has held for 17 years [during three of which he was raping a child] and losing all future career potential as a teacher.
    It's clear that Toni seems more upset about the damage to her husband's future than the physical and psychological damage he imposed on a child. Mrs. Erickson also blames the community for demanding what she apparently feels is a disproportionate level of punishment, and deems herself qualified to determine how much penance for a child rapist is penance enough.

    Toni's moral position that statutory rape is not harmful to children was further exposed when she said,

    I have seen many delightful students who have been damaged by horrible events in their lives. While I acknowledge that Neal's conduct with [a victim he found 'delightful'] was wrong, I do not believe [the 14-year-old] was damaged by Neal's action[s].
    Furthermore, she said,

    "I base my opinion on my personal interaction with [the boy], both before and after Neal's actions. However [my daughter] very likely could be [damaged]. Please don't punish her by [her father's] absence in her life."
    So according to a woman who has overseen a high school classroom for 15 years, jailing a dangerous predator is cruel, because when he's not molesting boys, Neal is needed to father their daughter?

    And it doesn't stop there. Neal Erickson also has a cheering section.

    English teacher Sally Campbell lauded Erickson's kindness toward his victim by his decision to plead guilty.

    Fourth grade teacher Marilyn Glover described a 'sexual predator' as rapist who rapes a child more than once, and Kathleen Scheel defined sexual molestation of a child as an "inappropriate relationship."

    Scheel explained, "I am aware that [Mr. Erickson] made some extremely poor decisions in carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a past student of his."

    In her leniency letter, Kathleen wrote that Neal losing his teaching certificate, coupled with the parole that will prevent him from molesting other children is "steep enough of punishments that a long incarceration term is not warranted on top of that."

    And here's the ultimate kicker: Kathleen Scheel argued that Erickson had access to 1,000 children but raped only one, proving that "Our community's children are not at risk of Neal's presence -- he is not a predator."

    Ms. Scheel explained that in this case, the child rape was simply Neal having "found a strong emotional tie to one particular individual who was too young to be experiencing that type of relationship." Now if that sort of horrifying dismissal of a crime against a child doesn't drive Americans to seriously contemplate home-schooling, nothing will.

    Social studies teacher Amy Huber Eagan, wife of school board member Mike Eagan, said that Neal "has been, and will be, greatly missed in the educational arena," which Huber Eagan feels "in and of itself has been a huge punishment to Neal."

    Huber Eagan beseeched the judge, "considering all the circumstances surrounding the case... Neal [should] be given the absolute minimum sentence."

    Typically, the left operates from an amoral point of view. Then, after their wrongdoings are found out, they argue that the damage they've inflicted either isn't their fault, blown out of proportion, or quantifiable on some sort of sliding scale. Ergo, liberals, from Barack Obama on down to those who defend child rapists, are able to defer personal culpability by consistently portraying the guilty victimizer as an innocent victim.
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    The school board has decided to keep these teachers on staff:
    http://rosecity-mi.us/board-refused-to-fire-teachers/


    Board refused to fire teachers
    Published August 19, 2013 | By admin

    At approximately 11:30 the board came back from closed session and announced it is not going to fire the teachers! Immediately the room begins to clear people are walking out on what is a sad outcome for the Janczewski Family and their supporters. It looks like the only option is to replace the board. Pull your kids from their classes , move, change schools who knows what families here in Ogemaw county will do to protect their children from sick people.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013...ed-8th-grader/
    Mich. School Votes to Keep Teachers Who Defended Colleague That Molested 8th Grader

    On Monday night the West Branch-Rose City school board voted not to fire a group of teachers who spoke out against the 15- to 30-year sentence a fellow teacher, Neal Erickson, received after molesting an eighth-grade boy.
    Lori Janczewski Speaks to Glenn Beck About Rose Michigan School Keeping Teachers Who Defended Pedophile

    “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,” board President Jack Money read in a statement announcing the decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    The school board has decided to keep these teachers on staff:
    http://rosecity-mi.us/board-refused-to-fire-teachers/





    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013...ed-8th-grader/
    Mich. School Votes to Keep Teachers Who Defended Colleague That Molested 8th Grader
    The teachers have a First Amendment right to express their opinions. They do not have immunity if the stupidity expressed in their opinions demonstrates that they are unfit to hold jobs teaching children.

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