Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Teacher's Union Seeking Severence for Teacher convicted of Raping a Student

A teacher’s union in Michigan is fighting to get a $10,000 severance package for a convicted child molester whose case that drew outrage earlier this year when his former school colleagues pleaded with a judge to sentence him lightly. 
Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to raping a young boy over the course of three years — from 2006 to 2009 — and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The prison term came over the pleas of seven of Erickson's former fellow teachers at Rose City Middle School, including Sally Campbell, who said in a letter to the judge that “Neal made a mistake. He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more," according to The Ogemaw County Herald.
The Janczewski's parents of the victim
Circuit Court Judge Michael Baumgartner, saying he was "appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around" Erickson, sentenced him to the lengthy prison term, but reported earlier this year that parents were furious. The decision by the Michigan Education Association to seek severance pay, reported by the Herald and, is the latest example of teachers rallying around Erickson. 
“It’s completely ludicrous,” the boy’s father, John Janczewski, told EAGNews. “Are they nuts in the head? How can the union file a grievance and back a child molester? We’re very upset about it.”
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, poor guy. I guess to some people it was just a 'May-December' romance.