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Mich. School Votes to Keep Teachers Who Defended Colleague That Molested 8th Grader

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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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

Neal Erickson was sentenced 15-30 years in prison in July. (Photo via WNEM-TV)

“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.

The victim’s mother, Lori Janczewski, told Glenn Beck on radio Tuesday that she actually could have lived with the knowledge that the teachers were still, ostensibly, caring for and educating other children had it not been for the way they defended the convicted child molester.

“They put at the bottom of their letters that there was no harm done to our son, he’s a straight‑A student,” Janczewski said.  “I can’t live with that,” she said. “They had no idea. And how dare they…”

Janczewski said when their son was around 13-years-old, when the molestation happened, their household became a “living hell,” and they had no idea why.

But they now know that on top of the sexual abuse, Erickson threatened their son that if he “said anything,” Janczewski would lose her job.  Janczewski worked in special education at same school as Erickson — and worked with the teachers who wrote letters of leniency for her son’s molester — adding: “At that time my husband was unemployed, so I was the only income.  That’s a lot for a 13-year-old to take in and handle.”

“If he [wasn't] affected by this at all…then why did [Neal Erickson] have to say, ‘You tell anybody and your parents are going to lose their job,’” Beck demanded in response to the teachers’ argument.  “Why did he have to threaten them? What is wrong with us?”

Janczewski said roughly 300 people came to the meeting Monday night, and there are about 2,000 students in the district.

She added that they “didn’t even listen” to what her 16-year-old daughter had to say, but during Erickson’s sentencing, a number of teachers and a member of the school board “walked past” them and went to sit with Erickson’s wife, without saying a word.

Beck and his co-hosts expressed shock that Erickson still has a wife, and were even more stunned to learn that she begged for mercy on Erickson’s behalf so her 6-year-old would still have a father.

“She wants this guy living in the house with her daughter who is six?” Beck asked.

Janczewski also gave more information about Erickson, saying he gave her son alcohol and “told him it was pop” years before the molestation, and it now looks like he was “grooming” him.

But one of the teachers wrote in her letter: “Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator…This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends…”

Beck and Janczewski also discussed “the continual nightmare” of threats and attacks that have occurred since they started speaking out about the teachers.  Beck said his charity Mercury One will help rebuild their garage — which was set on fire in the middle of the night and could have killed them all if Lori’s husband hadn’t woken up — before adding that the fear of reprisal reminds him of the south in the 1950′s.

“Except it’s the teachers that are the members of the Klan, and it’s the people with power,” Beck added.  “Lori, if you ever want to move…I would guarantee we’d have a ton of listeners that would come over and help pack your truck and pack your house and welcome your family into a loving community. I’m not saying that your neighbors aren’t good, but I’m telling you there’s something wrong here…”

“When your town votes to stand with a pedophile, your town has lost its soul,” he said.

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by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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lilangilyn
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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I don't think their jobs should be taken away because they had an opinion. However, if I were in that school district I would object if my child was placed in one of their classrooms. I would get a lawyer if I had to.

Some people need to learn when to stay quiet and when to protest. These teachers, IMO, were not forward thinking about their own future. I think everything they do now will be under a microscope and some of them will get fired later for other things.

The other thing that struck me is perhaps it is a pedophile ring there. Though that may sound very far fetched, teachers usually shun those who are found to have engaged in pedophilia. So this protection and friendship of him seems very strange to me.

parentalrights1
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Why is it that people seem to rally around rapists and molesters so much?

My stepdad was regularly beaten with branches and molested by his own stepdad as a kid. His mom knew and did nothing. Now that he's an adult his mom and stepdad don't want him living there (it had come up when he needed a place to stay for special circumstances) but the whole family had "forgiven" his molester and they're all still together today

My friend was molested by her stepdad and her mom didn't believe her. Finally in high school he did it again and this time he confessed and was promptly kicked out. Then her mom remarried him because she "still loves him" *puke* but then her mom kicked her out one day for behavior she deemed "slutty"

SuzCahn
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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 I wouldn't want one of those teachers around my child.

pansyprincess
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Why would you support a pedophile?  I'm just beyond confused by this.

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

 I have to agree with the statement in red. I so not know of any teachers that would have condoned this. I have never agreed with Beck, but I have agree this town has lost its soul to protect a monster like this


Quoting lilangilyn:

I don't think their jobs should be taken away because they had an opinion. However, if I were in that school district I would object if my child was placed in one of their classrooms. I would get a lawyer if I had to.

Some people need to learn when to stay quiet and when to protest. These teachers, IMO, were not forward thinking about their own future. I think everything they do now will be under a microscope and some of them will get fired later for other things.

The other thing that struck me is perhaps it is a pedophile ring there. Though that may sound very far fetched, teachers usually shun those who are found to have engaged in pedophilia. So this protection and friendship of him seems very strange to me.


 

terpmama
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Same thing happened here in Colorado... The gazing of kids (incuding forced sodomy by objects) was condoned and encouraged by the teachers/coaches. One family spoke out and pressed charges andyhe entire town rallied against the victim. The family had to move.
jllcali
by Jane on Aug. 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Fucking disgusting
candlegal
by Judy on Aug. 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

yes there seems to  be more and more of that going on.   What is wrong with people that they would condone the raping of students.

Quoting terpmama:

Same thing happened here in Colorado... The gazing of kids (incuding forced sodomy by objects) was condoned and encouraged by the teachers/coaches. One family spoke out and pressed charges andyhe entire town rallied against the victim. The family had to move.


TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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 That stance is correct.  The First Amendment protects their opinions, heinous as they are.  I do feel sorry for the wife and children of any predator, assuming he did it (I don't see any facts here, but he was convicted).  Imagine having to live with that. 

Love the bad grammar/spelling by a TEACHER. 

I am so glad we didn't use the failing school system.   No way would I entrust even my perfectly-functioning (not SN) kids to people like this.  These people scare me. 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Wow that is sick.

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