Connecticut teacher resigns over controversial social media posts

Your political affiliation may vary, just as your response to George Floyd’s murder (and the response to the responses) may vary. But there’s a good chance you want your children to develop similar views and values to your own. But when the average child spends more of their waking hours at school than at home, how do you know they won’t take on the ideologies of their beloved teachers?

Fred Driscoll, 68, a social studies teacher in New London, Connecticut, resigned Wednesday after a 10-month investigation into his social media posts related to the recent nationwide protests regarding race and equality. Driscoll, who was previously on paid administrative leave for 10 months in 2018 after allegations of cultural insensitivity and apparent noose-tying lessons in the classroom, underwent a new investigation Tuesday after he posted on Facebook:

“Wanna stop the riots? Mobilize the septic tank trucks, put pressure on em … hose em down … the end.”

Fred Driscoll via Facebook

In his resignation letter Driscoll outlined his intention to retire from teaching.

He has his defenders and his critics, but the fact remains: if you are expecting every mentor your child comes into contact with at school to promote the same ideas you believe in, or be apolitical, you are sadly mistaken. Children are impressionable, and for better or worse, teachers like Fred Driscoll do have an impact.

New London High School in New London, Connecticut serves approximately 600 students in grades 9-12. It has a lower-than-average graduation rate and average SAT scores over 200 points lower than the state average. Other standardized test scores appear to be dismal. About a quarter of the student body is black. It recently began a large remodeling project estimated to cost approximately $108 million, which will add new art and STEM spaces.

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Former high school teacher charged with sexual crimes against six minors

image courtesy Lyon County Jail

“Sure,” proponents of public school will argue, “we have the occasional pedophile in our midst. But they offend once, we catch them, and then they’re never around children ever again! It happens!”

Enter Tyler John Bosiljevac, a former teacher at Emporia High School, in Emporia, Kansas. He was charged last week with illegal sexual activity with several minors spanning many years. Seeing as prior to his termination of employment at the school in February, he had worked within the school district for fourteen years, one wonders how high his victim count actually was.

One student complained to school administrators in February and, lo’ and behold, someone actually took the allegations seriously and dismissed Bosiljevac, who until that point taught social studies. Some of the reasons for termination include “failing to demonstrate sound professional judgement” and “violating board policy” when it comes to student safety and sexual harassment. Luckily, it didn’t end with this man’s firing, as it has at many schools before; someone managed to alert the police.

After “dozens of interviews,” with many other students over the next few months, police had more than enough to arrest the man, leveling eight charges of offenses against a whopping six minors from 2016 to 2020. Charges include such gems as “indecent liberties against a then-14-year-old” and “attempted sexual exploitation against a then-17-year-old.”

In addition to finding his victims at Emporia High School, Bosiljevac also helped direct the 2018 Kansas Future Teacher Academy through Emporia State University. The academy was held during the summer, while school was out and his standard pool of victims was cut off, because a guy has needs, dammit.

Quite possibly the worst part (and there are lots of “worst parts”) of this is that Bosiljevac has a wife and children – the youngest being only 6 years old. In the interests of their privacy (and hopefully their attempts to distance themselves as much as possible from this scumbag), we will not disclose names.

Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas, serves approximately 1500 students in grades 9-12. While boasting a decent graduation rate and mediocre ACT scores, other standardized test scores are significantly lower than state averages. The student body is primarily white and Hispanic (Bosiljevac himself is white). About half the students qualify as low-income.

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High school teacher arrested for alleged sexual assault of student

A high school automotive repair instructor has been charged with felony sexual battery on a minor after a female student disclosed to police that she experienced sexual harassment and assault at his hands for the past year.

Why any student needs to exchange text messages with a teacher, and why parents weren’t aware of it is anyone’s guess, but the victim showed police exchanges on her phone which gave authorities probable cause to arrest Patrick Todd Smith, 51, of Bonneville County, Idaho. The victim alleges she was the recipient of unwanted comments, touching, hugging, and kissing from Smith, who also told her life would be “so much easier” for him if she weren’t 17. Things came to a head in May 2019 when he allegedly put his hands down her pants, after which she went home and the aforementioned text message exchange took place, where he incriminated himself by asking if she was okay, and telling her he’d knock it off (he apparently did not knock it off, as the victim claims she was harassed even more after she turned 18).

Smith groomed his students, as the victim stated to crisis workers at the Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center that he was known to push the limits of appropriate conduct in the classroom, making lewd comments and jokes with his students, and regularly crossing boundaries with unwanted touching. Things really took a turn when he got the victim alone, however.

The assault took place at Bonneville Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls. The school has a low college readiness rate, which is to be expected as it is designed to prepare students to enter trade fields. A large percentage (80%) of the student population is male, and there is a low teacher-to-student ratio.

Prior to teaching at Technical Careers High School, Smith was a former sheriff’s deputy with Bonneville County, serving there from 2007 to 2011. He is currently on paid administrative leave at the school.

High school teacher arrested after alleged sexual assault of student

Idaho Falls high school teacher arrested for sexual assault on student

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High School Teacher charged with child rape, molestation, pornography

A high school teacher in Washington was arrested and charged last week with two counts of first-degree rape of a child, two counts of first-degree child molestation, and with one count each of first-degree possessing and distributing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct after police discovered he was making and trading pornographic material featuring a young child. Further investigation determined he was raping a young boy on numerous occasions.

Stuart MacGregor Hoffman, 28, of Bellevue, is being held in King County Correctional Facility in Seattle in lieu of $1 million bail after being charged. Federal charges appear to be forthcoming, presumably because of the international nature of the crime: Hoffman was exchanging pedophilic photos and videos with a man in Britain, who himself had been assaulting a 2-year-old. The apprehension of the British man is what led police to Hoffman.

Email exchanges between the two parties were disgusting, with Hoffman bragging to his colleague that he regularly succeeded in bribing the child with food to allow him to do what he wanted, also lamenting the fact that COVID-19 isolation kept him from continuing the abuse, and why-oh-why hadn’t he begun video taping the abuse when he began 6 years ago, because 5-year-olds are so much better… You get the idea.

Hoffman, a Career and Technical Education teacher at Newport High School, was put on administrative leave (mostly likely with his $77,000/year salary intact) pending the results of the investigation. He has since been removed from the school’s website.

Newport High School, in Bellevue, Washington, serves approximately 1800 students in grades 9-12 and ranks exceptionally high for college readiness, test scores, equity, and diversity.

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Pennsylvania principal loses appeal, remains convicted in cheating scandal

We’ve all heard the miracle stories about tough-as-nails principals taking the reins at a failing public school and turning it around in a matter of a few short years. How did they do it? we ask, amazed, and they respond with something akin to “hard work, and perseverance, and appealing to the kids, they’re our future,” etc. They cover all the talking points, mention all the buzzwords, tug at all the heartstrings, and we “aww” and give ourselves a collective pat on the back, because gosh darn it, inner city schools can be helped, after all.

Unless, of course, that principal is full of crap.

Arthur Melton, now in his 70’s, is just one of over a dozen Philadelphia-area principals caught in a test cheating scandal in 2014. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, otherwise known as PSSA, measures individual school success through the testing of students in language arts, math, and science.

When Melton took the helm at Edward W. Bok Technical High School (known simply as “Bok” to locals) in 2005, the school was vastly underperforming, with less than 5 percent of students attaining grade-level proficiency in the above-mentioned subjects. In 2010 – a mere 5 years later – 71.1 percent of students met math proficiency standards, and 53.1 percent met language arts standards as measured by the PSSA. Turns out it was Melton’s tweaking that was responsible.

During an interview, Melton confessed to using an answer key to personally alter test results among students that were, prior to testing, determined to be “on the cusp” of passing. Later at his trial, he insisted this was not true. Witnesses never testified to have seen Melton tampering with exams, so he was convicted on “mere speculation,” which is appeal argued, but the conviction was upheld Monday, along with 12 months’ probation and the revocation of his teaching and administrator credentials.

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Bok’s math scores returning to “normal,” image courtesy Public School Review

Upon removing these practices from the school, Bok’s test scores predictably were back down close to where they’d been before Melton’s interference. Edward W. Bok Technical High School was finally closed in 2013, leaving its nearly 900 students, 96% of whom were minorities, to find elsewhere to attend school.

While more than 12 Philadelphia principals have been implicated, there is evidence to suggest that this is way more widespread, with more than 50 schools across Philly alone that have been flagged for cheating on standardized tests.

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Utah high school teacher arrested in sting

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A teacher at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah, was arrested Monday after police say he made contact with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl and sent her at least four inappropriate photos.

Jared Wayne Briggs, a 37-year-old math teacher at the school, was charged today with five felonies: one count of enticing a minor and four counts of dealing in harmful materials to a minor. He was apprehended after police in Weber County, located about 30 minutes north of West Valley City, began an undercover operation using the app Whisper. After an exchange over the course of a few days (March 5 to March 13), during which the lewd pictures were sent, Briggs sent a photo of his face via Snapchat, which allowed police to identify and arrest him. He readily admitted his wrongdoing, also confessing to viewing pornography and chatting with underage girls on the regular, preferring them “innocent-like.”

Briggs was hired on at Hunter High School in August 2019 upon recently moving to Utah. A quick search yielded his Facebook profile, which shows him ostensibly married and with two young children. He is originally from California. At the time of his arrest he claimed Eagle Mountain, a small town 30 minutes south of the high school, as his residence.

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image courtesy Weber County Jail

Jared Briggs remains in jail in lieu of $30,000 bail, and has been placed on administrative leave at Hunter High School.

Hunter High serves approximately 2600 students in grades 9-12 in the Salt Lake City area, and is part of Granite School District. Fifty-seven percent of students are classified as low-income, and the school consistently rates low on standardized tests and college readiness.

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California sophomore shoots 5 others and himself at high school

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Nathaniel Berhow is listed as the suspect in a shooting at a local high school that left 2 students dead and another 4, including Berhow, injured. It is said that Berhow, on Thursday, the morning of his 16th birthday, opened fire on his classmates killing 2  and injuring 3 before using the last bullet in the .45-caliber handgun on himself. He remains in “grave” condition.

The entire ordeal lasted approximately 16 seconds.

Berhow is assumed to be half-Japanese; only relevant because this blog aims to show that disturbed children and teachers come from all ethnic backgrounds. His father died from heart failure in 2017 after a long battle with alcoholism. A neighbor attests that it was Nathaniel Berhow who had found his father’s body. A motive for the shooting has not been determined, although Berhow’s mother and girlfriend are both being questioned and the family’s house has been searched, and by all accounts Berhow seems to have appeared a “quiet” and “respectful” teenager,  as well as a good student, athlete, and a long-term Boy Scout, although in recent days one Saugus student claims he noticed the alleged shooter looking different than usual, possibly more depressed. It’s only assumed that nothing was done about it.

Santa Clarita, a city about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, is 70% white and 0.6% Japanese. The median household income is $82,607. Seventy-nine percent of the 715 students at Saugus High School, which serve students in grades 9-12, are white. While test scores and college readiness are at about the state average, parents and students report the school contains teachers that “don’t care,” and students that are quick to bully.

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