Leah Barkoukis reports: After suffering 17 months of brutal captivity in North Korea, Otto Warmbier died Monday, having spent more than a year in a coma before his release last week.
After news of his death, Twitter users were quick to resurface articles from liberal sites Salon, Huffington Post, and Bustle in 2016 mocking the college student for getting what he deserved.
Warmbier was accused of stealing a propaganda poster from the hotel he was staying at in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
This Huffington Post blog sure aged well. pic.twitter.com/8DSZ1uL6qe
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) June 19, 2017
Katherine Rodriguez reports: Lacey Sponsler, 34, allegedly exposed herself in front of students in the junior choir room of Pawhuska High School in Pawhuska after she did a cartwheel in front of students wearing a long dress without undergarments, KOTV reported.
A 17-year-old female student told police that Sponsler announced to the class that she was not wearing any underwear before she performed the cartwheel, talked about using drugs, and said that “14-year-old boys were like men,” Newser reported.
The student also told police that she saw Sponsler’s vagina “open and close, as her legs were in the air.”
A student reportedly captured a Snapchat video of the incident, which police got a hold of and prompted police to arrest Sponsler. Read the rest of this entry »
“It used to be college was a place for open dialogue and open debate,” says Says Cliff Maloney Jr., Executive Director at Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). “But now we find free speech zones, we find unconstitutional policies. And thats our goal with…our national fight for free speech campaign. How do we tackle them? How do we change them and reform them?”
YAL, the non-profit pro-liberty organization that emerged from the 2008 Ron Paul campaign, encourages college students to understand and exercise their constitutional rights. “We try to reach kids with these ideas. We do that through activism. Real events–which college campuses are supposed to be all about–taking ideas to students and having these discussions.” Since it’s founding, YAL has increased chapters from 100 to over 700 nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »
OH YES SHE DID: Teacher ‘Baby Boo’ Sara Domres Admits to Sex with 16-Year-Old, Sent Him Selfies During Her HoneymoonPosted: August 5, 2016
WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. – A former high school teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student while working at New Berlin West High School in Wisconsin.
“Investigators found evidence on Domres’ phone of the two referring to each other as ‘baby boo.”
Sara Domres, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff, both felony charges. She will be sentenced on September 30.
According to court documents, the relationship between Domres and the 16-year-old male student began during the 2014-2015 school year. A criminal complaint states that the victim was in an English class taught by Domres, and the two “became friends and began to text each other a lot.”
“On the same day that her husband had his bachelor party during the 2015-2016 school year, Domres had sex with the boy at the Motel 6.”
Investigators found evidence on Domres’ phone of the two referring to each other as “baby boo.” Texts read, “I love you!” and, “You’re extremely attractive to me!!!”
“The two also allegedly had sex at the Park and Ride on Moorland Road in New Berlin in July 2015.”
On the same day that her husband had his bachelor party during the 2015-2016 school year, Domres had sex with the boy at the Motel 6 off of Bluemound Road in the Town of Brookfield, according to court documents.
The two also allegedly had sex at the Park and Ride on Moorland Road in New Berlin in July 2015.
Investigators were able to confirm the victim’s phone had been connected to the hotel’s Wi-Fi, and Domres “paid cash” for the room. Read the rest of this entry »
“There is a limit to ‘bait-and-switch’ techniques that promise academic freedom and legal equality but deliver authoritarianism and selective censorship.”
On public college and universities, the First Amendment applies, thus giving students, faculty members, and everyone else protection against official censorship or punishment for saying things that some people don’t want said. A splendid example of that was brought to a conclusion earlier this year at Valdosta State University, where the school’s president went on a vendetta against a student who criticized his plans for a new parking structure – and was clobbered in court. (I discussed that case here.)
But the First Amendment does not apply to private colleges and universities because they don’t involve governmental action. Oddly, while all colleges that accept federal student aid money must abide by a vast host of regulations, the Supreme Court ruled in Rendell-Baker v. Kohn that acceptance of such money does not bring them under the umbrella of the First Amendment.
At private colleges, the protection for freedom of speech has to be found (at least in most states) in the implicit contract the school enters into with each incoming student. Ordinarily, the school holds itself out as guaranteeing certain things about itself and life on campus in its handbook and other materials. If school officials act in ways that depart significantly from the reasonable expectations it created, then the college can be held liable. Read the rest of this entry »
Political satirist Ami Horowitz tests the waters at Yale University to see if today’s Ivy League students would actually sign a petition to repeal the first amendment.
Army is squaring off against Tulane on Saturday, and the Black Knights paid tribute to the victims of Friday’s Paris terror attacks by carrying both the American and French flags onto the field.
Source: The Washington Post
reports: A Seattle-area school district has banned kids from playing tag on the playground in order “to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students.”
“This means while at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves.”
Mercer Island School District communications director Mary Grady explained the district’s decision to revisit “expectations for student behavior” and student safety.
“This means while at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves,” she told a local Fox affiliate. “The rationale
behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students.
“School staffs are working with students in the classroom to ensure that there are many alternative games available at recess and during unsupervised play, so that our kids can still have fun, be with their friends, move their bodies and give their brains a break,” Ms. Grady said.
But some parents are angry that they weren’t made part of the decision-making process to ban the popular childhood game.
“Good grief, our kids need some unstructured playtime,” mom Kelsey Joyce told Fox.
“I totally survived tag,” she said. “I even survived red rover, believe it or not.”
“I played tag,” said mom Melissa Neher. “I survived.”
“…Once again we have an age-old childhood tradition that is suddenly too dangerous for this generation of kids. How can it be that for 450+ years (and possibly since the beginning of time), kids played this very same game, but today’s youngsters are just too fragile to handle it?
Because, as psychologist and author Peter Gray so often reminds us: No other era that has ever underestimated children to this extent.
What’s more, our rule-makers do this with a condescending smile that says it is for the sweet children’s sake that we treat them like bonsai trees—delicate, beloved, in need of constant attention, and stunted.…(read more)
“This decision needs to be reevaluated with input from the kids and from the community,” said Ms. Neher. She created a Facebook page to help spread the word to other parents about the ban. In less than 24 hours, hundreds of parents joined to voice their concerns, Fox reported. Read the rest of this entry »
‘I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view.’
David Rutz reports: President Obama condemned the rash of liberal political correctness seen recently in American colleges Monday, saying “that’s not the way we learn” and that
college students shouldn’t be “coddled and protected from different points of view.”
“Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too.”
— President Obama, speaking at a town hall in Iowa
Speaking at a town hall in Iowa about affordable college education, Obama launched into his remarks after a question about Dr. Ben Carson’s proposal to stop government funding to schools with political biases.
Obama slammed Carson’s idea, but he segued into his criticism of left-wing intolerance for opposing viewpoints that have popped up on campuses around the country.
“I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women.”
“Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree
with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too,” Obama said…
“And you know, I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view.”
“And you know, I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view.
“You know, I think you should be able to—anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.”
You know, I think you should be able to—anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. Read the rest of this entry »
Please Report to Your Resident Assistant to Discuss Your Sexual Identity—It’s Mandatory! Thought Reform at the University of DelawarePosted: August 26, 2015
A female freshman arrives for her mandatory one-on-one session in her male RA’s dorm room. It is 8:00 p.m. Classes have been in session for about a week. The resident assistant hands her a questionnaire. He tells her it is “a little questionnaire to help [you] and all the other residents relate to the curriculum.” He adds that they will “go through every question together and discuss them.” He later reports that she “looked a little uncomfortable.” “When did you discover your sexual identity?” the questionnaire asks. “That is none of your damn business,” she writes. “When was a time …(read more)
OH YES SHE DID: Middle School Teacher Jennifer Caswell Gets 10 Years In The Pokey For Sex With 15-Year-Old Male StudentPosted: August 17, 2015
Caswell also faces a federal lawsuit from the victim’s father who is seeking $1 million in damages saying he faults the school for not notifying him or police when allegations first surfaced.
HOLLIS, Okla. (CBS Houston)– A former Oklahoma middle school teacher was sentenced to 10 years behind bars after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
“I was in a very unhappy marriage and I received little to no attention from my husband… While working at Hollis Public Schools I started receiving attention from a student. I reacted poorly and irresponsibly.”
The attorney for 29-year-old Jennifer Caswell said he was surprised that the former teacher and mother was handed down a “severe” sentencing of 15 years in prison and eligibility for parole only after 8 1/2 years, as reported by New York Daily News.
“I’m not a monster and I’m not a predator…I made a stupid decision.”
Caswell pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree rape, child enticement and forcible enticement, in addition to having to register as a sex offender upon release.
The former teacher appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil in May to defend her relationship with the teen, going as far as to say she envisioned walking down the aisle with him someday. Read the rest of this entry »
Alexis Stigmore had to endure 40 harrowing minutes of class in a distressed state, forced to look at the world through the eyes of a set of people she disagreed with. Now there is a safe space dedicated in her honor.
LYNNFIELD, MA—In an effort to provide sanctuary for Lynnfield College students exposed to perspectives different from their own, a new campus safe space was dedicated Wednesday in honor of Alexis Stigmore, a 2009 graduate who felt kind of weird in class one time.
“When our Alexis felt weird after hearing someone discuss an idea that did not conform to her personally held beliefs, she had no place to turn.”
Addressing students at the dedication ceremony, parents Arnold and Cassie Stigmore noted that while the college had adequate facilities to assist victims of discrimination, abuse, and post-traumatic stress, it had until now offered no comparable safe space for students, like their beloved daughter, who encounter an academic viewpoint that gives them an uncomfortable feeling.
“If unfamiliar thoughts are ever provoked in your mind, or in the mind of someone you know, you can come to this place and feel safe again.”
“When our Alexis felt weird after hearing someone discuss an idea that did not conform to her personally held beliefs, she had no place to turn,” said Arnold Stigmore, standing outside the $2 million space that reportedly features soothing music, neutral-colored walls, oversized floor cushions, fun board games, and a variety of snacks. “God forbid any of you, in your years at this institution, are ever confronted with an opinion you do not share. But if you are, you will have a refuge on this campus.”
“As a parent, I’ll always wish I could have been there for her in that lecture hall, protecting her from those unwelcome concepts.”
“If unfamiliar thoughts are ever provoked in your mind, or in the mind of someone you know, you can come to this place and feel safe again,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »
Raheem Kassam: Global printing firm Spreadshirt.com has refused to create a design for a supporter of the anti-Islamism ‘PEGIDA’ group, but still sells t-shirts of Osama Bin Laden’s face.
Spreadshirt, which is based in Germany, has refused to create the design for one of its native customers, Kerstin Bergel, instead replying with strongly worded e-mail that sought to distance the company from the idea of free speech.
“Some have been quick to point out Spreadshirt’s hypocrisy, as even if they were right in claiming that PEGIDA is a racist group, the company still sells t-shirts with the face of mass murderer and avowed racist Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin and the communist hammer and sickle, and even Osama Bin Laden.”
A Spreadshirt spokesman said: “What PEGIDA represents is in our eyes not an opinion, but rather a series of racist, discriminatory and inhuman pronouncements.
“For this reason, we have decided on ethical grounds not to print the name of this ridiculous association. I hope that one day, you realise that you are taking to the streets alongside Nazis.”
But PEGIDA’s followers say it isn’t a Nazi or Neo-Nazi group, but rather, stands for “Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes”, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West. Read the rest of this entry »
UPDATE, 7:01 p.m. – A prosecutor says he is not filing criminal charges against the teacher at this time.
SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon science teacher who police say used a Tesla coil to burn the phrase “I love mom” into the arms of students has been charged with criminal mistreatment.
Salem Police Lt. Steve Birr says the 37-year-old was arrested Tuesday at South Salem High School.
Birr says students used the coil in an exercise last Thursday. The teacher noted it could also be used to mark the skin and asked for volunteers.
He burned “I love mom” — with a heart to symbolize the word love — into their arms. Read the rest of this entry »
Students, Faculty Invited To Freely Express Single Viewpoint
“Whether it’s a discussion of a national political issue or a concern here on campus, an open forum in which one argument is uniformly reinforced is crucial for maintaining the exceptional learning environment we have cultivated here.”
BOSTON—Saying that such a dialogue was essential to the college’s academic mission, Trescott University president Kevin Abrams confirmed Monday that the school encourages a lively exchange of one idea.
“As an institution of higher learning, we recognize that it’s inevitable that certain contentious topics will come up from time to time, and when they do, we want to create an atmosphere where both students and faculty feel comfortable voicing a single homogeneous opinion.”
“As an institution of higher learning, we recognize that it’s inevitable that certain contentious topics will come up from time to time Read the rest of this entry »
‘I’m Middle Eastern, and I Thought the Bomb was Kind of Funny and Clever’: Student’s Controversial Prom Proposal Gets Him Suspended for 5 DaysPosted: April 23, 2015
Ahmad strapped a paintball vest to his waist and filled the open pockets with red paper tubes attached to red wires, so that it looked like explosives. Then he stood up in the cafeteria…
LA CENTER, Wash. — At a time of school shootings, violence and terrorism, it probably wasn’t the best idea for asking a girl to the prom.
“I wasn’t wearing the vest for more than, like, 20 seconds. I asked her, took a picture, took it off, and then the school got upset.”
An 18-year-old senior at La Center High School was suspended Wednesday for wrapping a fake bomb around his waist as a “funny, clever” way to ask a girl to the prom, The Columbian reported.
“In ‘promposals,’ you’re supposed to go big,” he said. “It’s kind of a trending thing now, too, where everyone just asks in a really creative way.”
Instead, the student, Ibrahim Ahmad, received a five-day suspension that will keep him from going to the school’s prom Saturday night, the newspaper said.
I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda…THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?
Ahmad strapped a paintball vest to his waist and filled the open pockets with red paper tubes attached to red wires, so that it looked like explosives.
“It was really unfair, and it kind of felt racist. If anyone else did that, I feel like no one else would have gotten in trouble for it.”
Then he stood up in the cafeteria holding a sign that read: “I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda…THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?”
That’s when the school administration stepped in. Read the rest of this entry »
Reed Humanities Professor: ‘In light of the serious stress you have caused your classmates, I feel that I have no other choice’Posted: March 19, 2015
Apparently, feelings are more important than facts
Katherine Timpf writes: A student at Reed College in Portland claims he was banned from class discussions mainly because he questioned a rape “statistic” — even though that “statistic” has been debunked — just because other students said they were uncomfortable.
Nineteen-year-old Jeremiah True told BuzzFeed News that his Humanities 110 professor, Pancho Savery, had warned him that his views on campus sexual assault were bothering other students — before ultimately sending True an e-mail telling him he was forbidden from participating in the “conference” portion of the class at all.
“Please know that this was a difficult decision for me to make and one that I have never made before; nevertheless, in light of the serious stress you have caused your classmates, I feel that I have no other choice,” the e-mail stated, according to BuzzFeed. Read the rest of this entry »
Oh, Here We Go Again: Darcy Smith, Elementary School Teacher, Charged with Child Rape for Allegedly Having Sex a Former Student, Starting When He Was 14Posted: February 5, 2015
SEATTLE — A 41-year-old elementary school teacher has been charged with child rape for allegedly having sex with a former student starting when he was 14 and living in her home with her husband and children, court documents showed Thursday.
Darcy Smith, a teacher at McMicken Heights Elementary School, was charged Monday with three counts of third-degree child rape.
In May 2014, the former student reported to the King County Sheriff’s Office that when he was 12 years old and in the 6th grade, he moved into the Renton home of his 6th-grade teacher, Darcy Smith. He said that when he was 14, they started having sex and that continued until he was 18 and moved out of Smith’s house, a sheriff’s detective said in the court documents.
The victim said that he came to live in Smith’s home after he broke his collarbone in the 6th grade and Smith took him to the hospital and invited to stay with her family. He said his mother and Smith agreed that he could live with Smith and her family because she spoke English and lived closer to the hospital.
Also, he said, his mother was concerned because his older brother was involved in gangs and was a bad influence. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Embarrassed and Mortified’: Oklahoma High School Teacher Confessed to Sex with Student Inside Teacher’s Lounge Multiple TimesPosted: January 23, 2015
WAYNOKA, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma teacher has admitted to having sex with a student multiple times in the teacher’s lounge at the school according to state officials
According to a Woods County affidavit, investigators questioned the Waynoka School teacher and the student on Tuesday, only hours after the two had sex in the student’s pickup.
The two allegedly had been meeting up since December, both admitting to having sex in Daresa’s home, in the student’s vehicle, and several times in the school teacher’s lounge.
The affidavit includes a written confession by Poe:
“I am Daresa Poe, a wife, mother and teacher. I have made a horrible mistake. I have let my judgment falter and I am embarrassed and mortified for the decisions I have made in the last two weeks. I have had sexual intercourse with a student. I am so very sorry for the [decisions] I have made. I would take it back in a heartbeat if the chance was given to me…I hold a position of importance where people and student[s] look up to me and I have failed. For this I am truly sorry.”
Waynoka School officials did not comment on the matter, but did confirm that Poe had been suspended with pay. Poe has been a teacher at the school for six years. Read the rest of this entry »
- Melody Lippert, 38, allegedly met up with a group of male students at San Clemente State Beach in November
- She gave the group alcohol and engaged in a sexual act with one student
- Lippert returned a few weeks later to meet the group with another teacher, 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli, and the pair had sex with two students
Lippert reportedly gave the group alcohol and then engaged in a sexual act with one of the students, according to deputies.
Afterwards, she reportedly made plans to meet up with the students a second time at the same spot, bringing along another teacher 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] THIS WEEK: Taliban Butchers 130 Schoolchildren; Sets Teacher on Fire In Front of Class | LAST WEEK: Hillary Clinton Claims We Need to ‘Empathize With’ Our EnemiesPosted: December 16, 2014
“It’s a name…it’s a very light French cream sauce”
MRCTV’s Dan Joseph goes back on campus to see what students know about Benghazi
First-year English teacher Kalyn Thompson has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly having a series of sexual escapades with one of her male students, reports Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV.
“It’s sad because they’re vulnerable to it and obviously he’s getting a good grade from it.”
— Creek County Detective Chrissie Underwood
Police say the Kellyville High School teacher gave the unidentified student a stellar, 98-percent, straight ‘A’ grade after their relationship took off. He had been flunking English just the semester before. Read the rest of this entry »
For Breitbart.com, Kristin Tate reports: A 17-year-old male student brought three loaded firearms and a 12-inch knife to his San Antonio high school on April 28, a police spokesperson confirmed to Breitbart Texas. The teen suspect is a student at Madison High School.
North East Independent School District spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor told the San Antonio Express-News that weapons and additional magazines were found inside the student’s backpack. The firearms were reportedly an AK-47, a .22 caliber and .45-millimeter pistols. Chancellor said she believes that the student got the weapons from home.
“We are reviewing all legal options at this point. That includes whether or not the parents took all precautions to secure their firearms.”
— Aubrey Chancellor
The student had reportedly run away from home prior to the incident. When his parents learned their son was at school, they drove to Madison High and had a meeting with the teen and several school administrators, according to reports. Read the rest of this entry »
Progressives’ vision of government requires it to be the gatekeeper to the good life.
For National Review Online, Jim Geraghty writes: Tuesday the Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell examined Americans’ faith in the wisdom of investing in real estate — particularly their own houses — and offered a heretical thought: “If nothing else, the recent financial crisis should have taught us that it’s not in the country’s best interest to enable every aspiring homeowner to buy.”
Rampell’s seemingly commonsense statement offers dramatic ramifications for the role of the federal government. If, because of the huge unintended consequences that attend it, it’s not in the country’s best interest to enable every aspiring American to buy a home . . . how many other areas of modern American life feature the government “enabling” people — read, distributing money — to pursue dreams that are not, in fact, in the country’s best interest?
Is it really in the country’s best interest to enable every aspiring college student to attend college? Right now the federal government is in the business of loaning money to young people to attend college, only to watch significant numbers — 600,000 or so last year — fail to pay the money back. College students are defaulting on federal loans at the highest rate in nearly two decades, with one in ten defaulting on their loans in the first two years. This is not merely one late check; to meet the Department of Education’s definition of default, a borrower’s loan must be delinquent for 270 days — nine months. Read the rest of this entry »
According to court documents, a trial date has been set for June 12th, 2014, unless another there’s another continuance, for example, if another students steps forward and new charges are added. A jury trial was originally scheduled for April 24th, but was granted a continuance after the 4th student came forward. Today Powell entered a plea to the new count of sexual misconduct in the second degree.
For the record, this is what Meredith Powell was reported to be charged with. RCW 9A.44.096 – Sexual misconduct with a minor in the second degree. (more after the jump) The following is from today’s News Tribune:
Debbie Cafazzo reports: Former Lincoln High School teacher Meredith Powell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an additional charge stemming from her alleged sexual misconduct with students.
The 24-year-old former Tacoma math teacher pleaded not guilty Feb. 7 to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
Those charges were based on allegations that she engaged in sexual acts with three of her male students, ages 15 to 17, earlier this year….(read more) The News Tribune
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) April 9, 2014
Robert Stacy McCain has posted news and comments about this Tacoma teacher, as well as faithfully tracking similar, less-reported adult female sex predator cases that have been tumbling out in just the last few months, inconveniently interrupting the male-predator #RapeCulture narrative. Here’s McCain’s summary of why this case gets more attention:
Having recently written several items (e.g., “She Craved the Taste of Boy Flesh,” Jan. 12, and “Police: Ex-Teacher Tonya Drueppel, 33, Had Sex With 13-Year-Old ‘Girlfriend’,” Jan. 30) about sex-crime cases involving female teacher, I notice that this latest case in Tacoma is getting more media coverage than most, with reports at the Daily Mail, Daily Callerand NY Daily News. This can be explained simply: (a) the accused teacher is a skinny young blonde with a nice smile, (b) she seems to have had a habit of posting selfies on Facebook and Pinterest, providing lots of photo potential, and (c) the affidavit offers lurid details.
UPDATE: Boy-Crazy Tacoma Math Teacher Meredith Powell: FORTH Student Comes Forward to Allege Sexual MisconductPosted: April 5, 2014
According to the updated charging documents, Powell engaged in a sexual act with a then-17-year-old student in her classroom after he expressed a desire to raise his math grade.
“…he needed help getting his grade up and she asked what he would want to do. He said he would do anything. ‘You’ll do anything?’ …and reached over and unzipped his pants…”
TACOMA, Wash. — KOMO News‘s Michael Harthorne reports: A fourth student has come forward alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a 24-year-old former math teacher at Lincoln High School, according to new charges filed Thursday with Pierce County Superior Court.
Meredith Powell was arrested in February and charged with two counts of child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. According to the original charges, Powell engaged in sexual activity — often in her classroom — with three students between the ages of 15 and 17 and sent inappropriate text messages and photos. Powell’s alleged misconduct came to light when she wrote a letter apologizing to the girlfriend of one of the abused students, according to the charging documents. [NSFW Powell court document detailing confessed abuse] She now faces a fourth charge, sexual misconduct with a minor. According to the updated charging documents, Powell engaged in a sexual act with a then-17-year-old student in her classroom after he expressed a desire to raise his math grade. [The girlfriend letter: “Obviously nothing physical or emotional ever happened between (the boy) and I, nor would it ever…”]
Exclusive: Controversial Female Teachers’ Group Dedicated to “Woman-Boy Love” Pledges Legal Support to Meredith PowellPosted: April 1, 2014
Out of the Shadows: NAWBA Members Defend Their Affairs With Young Male Students, Promote Social Acceptance
NABWA, the North American Boy-Woman Association, a controversial organization of female school teachers, is a support group, a social club, and a legal defense organization. It was founded in 1995 by Margaret McGuff, a retired teacher with a PHD in psychology and human sexuality. Margaret began the club in her apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, when she was a high school administrator, to support women teachers who were struggling with society’s disapproval of their love of boy students. The group has never revealed the identity of its members, has never advocated any criminal activity, and has carefully guarded its activities. NABWA has remained in the shadows. Until now. Speaking out for the first time, Part-time teacher and full-time legal advocate Mercy McPhearson reached out to accused teacher Meredith Powell, in March of 2014, not long after her arrest.
“We feel that Meredith shouldn’t have waived her Miranda rights without first having an opportunity to consider her legal options, and benefit from our support. Meredith needs to know that she is not alone.”
— Mercy McPhearson, volunteer legal advisor for NABWA members
Mercy has been observing other cases like Powell’s, and has contacted parents, teachers, school officials, and law enforcement officials, confidentially, and has sometimes been successful in quietly brokering deals that keep the women she represents out of the newspapers, and eliminate prison time. “Because our members are women, I can usually negotiate settlements, or informal agreements, that involve zero time in prison. As women, we’re simply not perceived as predators. It’s a natural benefit of being female”, said McPhearson. “We’re seen as nurturing, helpful, and kind, not immoral, or sexually deviant. We cultivate this image. We know how to use our strengths. Do we exploit this advantage? Absolutely.” In our phone interview, Mercy explained the asymmetrical presumption of guilt or innocence, based on the gender of the teacher, and student.
“I’ve known female teachers who are carrying on long-term affairs with young male students, or happily servicing the whole football team. Even when the evidence is abundantly clear, school officials look the other way. “
— Brenda, Iowa high school teacher, NABWA member
“Though we have many men friends, we discourage adult males from associating with our organization”, Mercy explained. “Men don’t have anywhere near the latitude we do. Male teachers are almost always judged guilty before any facts or evidence emerge, and the slightest accusation against them is believed to be true. For women, not so much. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. School officials generally believe anything we say.” Though she added, “That doesn’t mean we not cautious. Or that we’re not sympathetic. We understand what they’re going through”.
Other members agree. “I’ve seen men lose their jobs over nothing. A rumor. Whispers in the hallway. Lies told by students, to avoid explaining absences, or unusual behavior”, said Brenda, a high school history teacher in Iowa. “At the same time, I’ve known female teachers who are carrying on long-term affairs with young male students, or happily servicing the whole football team. Even when the evidence is abundantly clear, school officials look the other way. ” This isn’t always true. The Meredith Powell scandal, for example. “The climate has changed, we have to be less careless, more vigilant. A few high profile cases have raised the visibility of our special hobby. The increased public awareness isn’t good for our members. It used to be such a delicious secret. In the old days, hardly anyone ever suspected anything. Now we all have to be more careful”, said a member who asked not to be identified.
“It’s more than a hobby. It’s a way of life. We realize that many consider the love between female teacher and young male student to be wrong, and think of us as criminals, or mentally unstable. But it’s not true. Some of us are very healthy, and have a lot to offer. We’re very respectful of boundaries.”
— Julie, guidance counselor, soccer coach, NABWA member
How do women find NABWA, and what makes them decide to become members? Many women teachers felt isolated, confused, or ashamed. They felt they had no one to talk to. Others needed legal support, because they’d run afoul of the laws of their local communities. Read the rest of this entry »