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The Sexual Predators Union

Posted on | September 8, 2012 | 5 Comments

Otherwise known as the United Federation of Teachers:

In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct. . . .
[T]he unions — believing that they are helping the cause of teachers by being weak on sexual predators — prefer suspensions and fines, and not dismissal, for teachers charged with inappropriate sexual conduct. . . .
One example: An arbitrator in 2007 found that teacher Alexis Grullon had victimized young girls with repeated hugging, “incidental though not accidental contact with one student’s breast” and “sexually suggestive remarks.” The teacher had denied all these charges. In the end the arbitrator found him “unrepentant,” yet punished him with only a six-month suspension.
Another example from 2007: Teacher William Scharbach was found to have inappropriately touched and held young boys. “Respondent’s actions at best give the appearance of impropriety and at worst suggest pedophilia,” wrote the arbitrator—before giving the teacher only a reprimand. The teacher didn’t deny the touching but denied that it was inappropriate.
Then there was teacher Steven Ostrin, who in 2010 was found to have asked a young girl to give him a striptease, harassed students by text, and engaged in sexual banter. The arbitrator in his case concluded that since the teacher hadn’t actually solicited sex from students, the charges—all of which the teacher denied—warranted only a suspension.

Go read the whole thing. The bizarre laws in New York, essentially dictated to legislators by the teachers unions, have the effect of making public-school employees a specially protected class of sexual predators. Behavior that would put any other person in prison results in slap-on-the-wrist administrative discipline actions for members of the teachers unions.

Once a teacher gains tenure — and tenure is a non-negotiable “right,” according to the teachers unions — it becomes practically impossible to fire the teacher for any reason.


5 Responses to “The Sexual Predators Union”

  1. Jennifer
    September 8th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    While in law school, I worked in a state justice department handling post-conviction and habeus corpus claims. I unfortunately handled a lot of pedophile cases. There wasn’t a single convicted pedophile who thought that his touches were inappropriate. That includes everyone from the huggers & kissers (“grooming” behavior, look it up) to the ones who actually penetrated the children with fingers or other things. No, they were just showing their love to these kids.

    It makes me literally sick to read about reprimands and suspensions where there should have been prosecutions.

  2. crosspatch
    September 8th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm
  3. richard mcenroe
    September 8th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    In Woody Allen’s “Sleepers” there is a throwaway joke about NYC having been destroyed in the 20th century “when a man named Albert Shanker got hold of a nuclear weapon.”

    Albert Shanker was the President of the UFT.

  4. Wombat_socho
    September 8th, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    You misspelled “executions”.

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