Gary Gregor was on the outside a regular teacher. He went to work every day, taught the students, and … had sex with one of his students? What, you ask. What brings guys like Mr. Gregor into the classroom? A recent USA Today investigation found there are many teachers who are simply “bumped” to other school districts with no problems. Bumping is also known as “passing the trash”. Because of cases like Deborah LeFavre and Mary K. Letourneau, now Mary Letourneau Fualaau, people are majorly tough on teachers and their screening, but are they?
Here’s a link to the USA Today article I found where the investigation was done. You will be shocked by a lot of things. For one thing, teachers’ backgrounds are not being tested enough. My buddy Blake had to do background checks like crazy just to get jobs, and they have no problem passing him. Background checks are important because they look for problems in the person’s past. Things like predatory behavior can be detected but there are problems with people reporting this stuff.
So, without further adieu, the link:
It’s terrible the way public school teachers have been passing through the “trash heap” without problems. The world famous case of Mary K. Fualaau is exceptional, but one can find cases like Gary Gregor to be almost commonplace.
For one, I don’t want my little sons, should I choose to have sons at all, with someone who would sit there and demand trust. Predators groom their victims with all kinds of methods, including Eric Romig’s method of texting inappropriate and romantic messages to his students. The USA Today article points to another teacher who had sex with a fifteen-year-old student, and he had been bumped to her district from somewhere else. Teachers should not get a “graceful exit” with a severance package and all if they’ve abused their trust powers. I am not supporting preadtors in schools. Face it, I’m a very young woman, thirty, but I know what I want. It’s not the flesh and what not of a teenager. I’ve already got a man.
If I were a teacher, I would want a background check, fingerprint scanning, and all that jazz to protect my potential students. With some social work classes, I would like to say to my students, “If you have any problems, please feel free to talk to me, even if it involves another teacher touching you or something.” I would even have bits and bytes on my teacher desk about being proactive and making sure that sex predators don’t try to manipulate my students. I would be the whistle blower and report any problem teachers or even the principal if needed to authorities if there is any sexual misconduct. I would have to take my students seriously. And I might have an opportunity to practice my skills as the helping person I can be. As a teacher, I would also encourage parents to be involved in the child’s life, and if not, I would be happy to talk to parents. But face it, I’m not the predator that Mary K. was at the beginning of her relationship with Vili Fualaau. Teachers like her get all the attention, but what about the male teachers who could have molested your son? What about the private youth counselors and pastors who could do the same? We live in a sexualized world that does not need to touch the children inappropriately. Trenton and I are a couple who realizes that children don’t need the sexiness. Children should not be exposed to ovaries or ovum at the second grad level, but they should be told how babies are made at some point in their lives. But they need a healthy exposure to sexual terms and other writings that give medical and scientific information about sex, even if they’re disabled in some way. As I am blind, one would think sex was out, but nope, it’s not. Children don’t, however, need to be sexually active. It’s unhealthy for children to be active this way. They should be physically active in sports, not sex. So teachers and coaches who do these things should be careful as not to seduce my daughters or sons should we have children. I hope to have a daughter because I have a lot of unfinished business to take care of. I am certain that my future child/ren will be safe with me and Trenton as parents, blind or otherwise, and we will work with PFML and other organizations to establish ways to keep our children safe even at piano lessons, cheerleading practice, and softball practice. It doesn’t matter. We will learn tips and tricks, and we should, at all costs, keep our kids safe. I won’t be sending them to public or private schools due to the biracial nature of the beast, and worse, public and private schools discipline students of color a lot higher in the rate than white students. This is stupid and I don’t put up with it. But a female student could particularly become pregnant due to a teacher who is a predator. If the teacher crosses the line, I could end up blaming myself and feeling helpless to stop the crime before it gets worse. A male student could contract STI’s from the teachers or teacher who molests him, and he could never trust adults again. That’s what happened to the victim of Gregor, she said she could no longer trust someone again.
I don’t want this happening to my children or child, it would be too damaging, and because of our blindness, we could be to blame.
Please read the article linked here, and tell me what you think in the comments section. Please be open minded.