Archive for August 1, 2008

Cops Behaving Badly

August 1, 2008

The Smoking Gun has the criminal complaint filed against the cyclist who was attacked by New York Cop Patrick Pogan. If you thought the video of the attack was outrageous, check out the cop’s sworn statement describing the event:

the Defendant steered Defendant’s bicycle in the direction of Deponent [Pogan] and drove Defendant’s bicycle into Deponent’s body causing deponent to fall to the ground and causing Deponent to suffer lacerations on Deponent’s forearms.

That is the exact opposite of what really happened. And if it wasn’t for the video, that’s what a court would have found happened.

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Parents And Teachers Behaving Badly

August 1, 2008

It’s not just administrators corrupting students.

This is from Alabama:

The Priceville Junior High PTO president has been released from jail on bond after being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Morgan County sheriff’s deputies arrested 48-year-old Nancy Dee Davis Monday. A warrant for her arrest was issued last spring after a parent said Davis gave alcohol to a 13-year-old in March.

Superintendent Bob Balch said Davis is a substitute teacher at Priceville Junior High and president of the Parent Teacher Organization.

And this is from La:

A former Hornbeck schoolteacher, who pleaded guilty to felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, has been sentenced to 10 years at hard labor and fined $2,500 plus court costs.

Vernon Parish Assistant District Attorney Mark Kramar says 41-year-old Maurna Cay Thornton, of Hornbeck, had been employed as a teacher at the Hornbeck school when she developed a relationship with a 14-year-old she had taught.

I do not understand these kinds of things. I enjoy teaching middle school; I like working with the kids. But when that bell rings at the end of the day, I don’t want to see any of them again until the next morning in school. A rational adult can only take a limited amount of time with adolescents before going completely insane. I guess these folks aren’t rational, though.