New Jersey Teacher Spoils Santa

Photo courtesy Mike Arney

We all know substitute teachers aren’t always held to the same “impeccably high” standards other teachers supposedly are. But when one of them doesn’t have the common sense to keep mum about Santa Claus in a room full of six-year-olds, you have to start doubting the entire system.

In what’s being called a “personnel matter,” an unnamed substitute teacher debunked other holiday creatures in the first grade classroom, including the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Elf on the Shelf.

Principal Michael Raj sent out a letter to parents, informing them of a situation they probably already knew about, given the talkative nature of first graders, but the damage had already been done. Distressed mother Lisa Simek wrote on Facebook that the teacher “tried to crush” her 6-year-old’s spirit.

No matter where you stand on the issue of the belief in mythical creatures among children, or the “magic” of the holidays, one thing we can all agree on is that teachers should not be the ones to choose when, where, and how to explain sensitive issues to children. This particular teacher may have been dismissed, but you can be sure there are countless others who are doing parents’ jobs for them, every single school day. I hope the anger and frustration felt by the parents of these children won’t be forgotten in 5 years when little Billy comes home knowing precisely how anal sex works, or explaining the finer points of gun control or amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Cedar Hill Elementary is located in Montville Township, NJ and has won a 2016 award for “National School of Character.” It serves approximately 400 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Teacher who spoiled Santa will not return to school

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Substitute teacher tells first grade students Santa isn’t real

Cedar Hill Elementary School

Teacher accused of sexting with student

image courtesy of Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office

A high school English teacher in New Jersey is in trouble after being accused of sending nude pictures to and engaging sexually explicit conversations with a 17-year-old male student.

According to Somerset County Police, 29-year-old Michelina Aichele, of Hillsborough, was arrested October 5 and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She’s currently in Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing. She has been suspended from her job at Montgomery Township High School (where she makes roughly $70,000 a year) since October 4 – and as we’ve seen before, there’s a good chance it’s a “paid suspension,” pending the outcome of the investigation. Of course, we should be grateful there *is* an investigation, as we also know how many allegations are swept under the rug, instead.

Montgomery High School teacher accused of sending nude photos, sexual messages to student

School district superintendent arrested for repeatedly defecating on high school sports field

image courtesy Holmdel Police Department

“We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how ’bout… Poo?”

For a high school in New Jersey, this could very well have been the cheer at sporting events.

Thomas Tramaglini, the 42-year-old superintendent of Kenilworth School District in Kenilworth, New Jersey, was taken into police custody on the morning of April 30. Law enforcement “caught him in the act,” so to speak, arresting him while he ran on the track of Holmdel High School, which is within a neighboring school district. He was charged with lewdness, littering (toilet paper, or just poop? so many questions…), and defecating in public.

It was noted that the Holmdel H.S. track is only about 80 steps away from public toilets. Tramaglini not only failed to make use of those toilets, but had been leaving daily “gifts” on the track long enough that surveillance cameras were installed to learn his identity and the time it was occurring.

Tramaglini was placed on paid administrative leave until the end of the school year, as if this is supposed to comfort us. He has a contract with the state of New Jersey until June 30, 2020, which essentially means they cannot fire him unless there is an indictment or tenure charges, so their hands are tied. Don’t you just love how tenure works? He’s currently at home, collecting his $147,000-a-year paycheck, while he waits for his day in court later this month. He was also an adjunct professor at Rutgers. Way to pick ’em, New Jersey.

While runners are known for sometimes experiencing the need to “eliminate” when running, the fact that Tramaglini was intentionally defecating on high school property every day shows that he is not mentally stable.

The only upside to this story are the meme-worthy comments and hashtags that have been trending about the case: “Pooper-intendent,” “Public Enemy #2,” and “Pooping Tom,” to name a few.

Of the many questions remaining, perhaps one is most on everyone’s minds: Which school is Tramaglini pooping at now?

New Jersey superintendent arrested, pooped at high school track ‘on a daily basis’

School superintendent arrested for repeatedly defecating on another school’s property

Superintendent charged as mystery pooper out til end of school year

Board says it can’t fire superindendent amid public defecation allegations

The poop thickens: Mystery pooper apparently bypassed nearby portable toilets

N.J. mystery pooper scandal: We have so many unanswered questions