Posted on | December 12, 2013 | 47 Comments
(WARNING: This item contains strong language, sexual
perversity, an out-of-control labor union and sarcasm.)
If the American people can agree on nothing else, can’t we all agree — black or white, male or female, rich or poor, gay or straight — that it’s a very bad thing for teachers to have sex with students? And can’t we also agree that a middle-school teacher who has a three-year sex affair with a student beginning when the student was only 14 has thereby forfeited every “right” and “benefit” associated with his former taxpayer-funded employment in the public school system?
Neal Erickson, a former math teacher at Rose City Middle School, was convicted this summer of raping a young student over three years, from 2006 to 2009, and sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. Union seeks to get him a $10,000 severance from the School District.
“Hey, yeah, Neal sodomized a 14-year-old, but he paid his union dues, so how about a $10,000 severance payment?”
Former middle-school teacher Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to having sex with a boy beginning in 2006 — when the boy was a 14-year-old eighth-grader — until 2009. His fellow teachers in Ogemaw County, Michigan, supported Erickson, writing letters to the judge asking for a lenient sentence. . . .
Disregarding the pleas for leniency, Circuit Court Judge Michael Baumgartner imposed a 15-30-year sentence, and yet the teachers union continues to advocate for Erickson’s “rights”:
WEST BRANCH, Mich. — The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout.
Neil Erickson coverThe father of the victim is outraged, calling the union’s efforts on behalf of the sex criminal “ludicrous” and saying any school money due to the teacher should go to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up.” . . .
Erickson was placed on paid administrative leave when state police launched an investigation in October 2012. Erickson was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct in December 2012.
On March 26, 2013 WB-RC officials offered a $10,000 buyout for any qualifying teacher who left the school district that year, an incentive superintendent Dan Cwayna said the district had used in the past to encourage needed staff reductions.
While its not clear when Erickson’s employment was terminated, the union’s action suggests he was still on the payroll when the buyout was offered and accepted it.
The school district declined to pay him the money, prompting the union’s action. . . .
MEA UniServ Director Ron Parkinson acknowledged that the union is taking the case to arbitration on behalf of Erickson, but declined to discuss the case further.
“We don’t make a practice of discussing any case. It’s based on contractual compliance, and that’s really all I can say,” Parkinson told EAGnews Friday. “We filed for arbitration today.”
“It’s based on contractual compliance”? Can the Michigan Education Association cite the clause in Neal Erickson’s contract that authorized him to play hide-the-sausage with an eighth-grader?
Of course, I’m not a lawyer, but it would seem to me that violating one’s employment contract — and I’m pretty sure playing naked leapfrog with a 14-year-old boy constitutes such a violation — would forfeit any right to payment due under that contract. Is it too much to ask that members of the Michigan Education Association keep their hands out of the pants of middle school kids? Because there’s way too much of this pedophile action in Michigan:
It was a quiet ceremony. Elizabeth Miklosovic had an outdoor wedding in June 2004 in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, where the couple lit candles and exchanged vows. Miklosovic’s marriage lasted only a few months, however. Later that year, the mother of the bride found out that her daughter had, at age 13, become the lesbian “wife” of Miklosovic, who had been the girl’s language arts teacher at Baseline Middle School in South Haven, Michigan.
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