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The Janczewski family is fighting the local school district in Rose, Michigan after it emerged that a male teacher Neal Erickson molested their 14-year-old son and then — unbelievably — six other teachers spoke out not against the crime but against the sentence the paedophile received.
Neal Erickson . (Photo via WNEM-TV)
John Janczewski, the father of the victim, spoke on the Glenn Beck radio program Monday about all that has happened to his family since the horrific molestation by now-former Rose City Middle School teacher Neal Erickson came to light. He said he and his wife have been threatened and attacked for speaking out against the teachers.
“At one thirty in the morning on a Saturday, I was awoken to a bomb sound going off,” Janczewski said, choking back emotion. “I went to the window to find my garage was on fire and engulfed in flames, my camper and the side of my house…If I wouldn’t have woken up, we could’ve all died.”
“Whoever’s done this has no remorse,” he told the Ogemaw County Herald earlier. “They have no soul.”
The family also had the letters “YWP” and “ITY” spray painted on the side of their house, which Janczewski thinks mean “you will pay” and “I told you.”
Janczewski said they’re being targeted because they want the six teachers and a board member who sat with the pedophile’s family in court fired. Some have also said the issue could bankrupt the county, but Janczewski persisted: “Since when do we put a price on a child? Since when? It is wrong. How many teachers are going to turn a blind eye? These teachers cannot be trusted, they cannot be trusted.”
To top it all off, Janczewski was pained that a church down the road from his house posted bail for their son’s molester.
Janczewski admitted he’s struggling with his faith in God, saying: “My wife has cancer, I have [multiple sclerosis], my son was molested…”
Beck said he doesn’t think he has seen a family “kicked in the teeth” as much as theirs, but his charity — Mercury One — will do what it can and at least rebuild his garage.
Janczewski thanked Beck profusely, and said despite the vicious threats and attacks, the majority of the community has been “so supportive.”
“They made t-shirts in my son’s favorite color, blue, and we are all going to be wearing them, and they all say support the Janczewski family,” he said. “We want all these teachers fired. We want the board member to step down, which he will not. He’d rather cost the school district $30,000 and have him recalled, that’s how sick he is.”
The school board is expected to decide the fate of the teachers at a meeting Monday night, but board president Jack Money has cautioned that there is no “winning” in this situation. If the teachers aren’t fired, many parents have threatened to pull their students from the district. If the teachers are fired, there will likely be subsequent legal battles. Both options could cripple the cash-strapped district, according to The Detroit News.
Circuit Judge Michael Baumgartner said during the sentencing that he was “appalled and ashamed” at the community’s support for Erickson, saying: “What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher.”
Erickson raped the boy one multiple occasions, but insisted that he had done no harm. It was his unrepentant attitude that led the judge to impose such a severe sentence, together with the fact that he had been in a professional relationship with the boy.
“Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” one of his colleagues, Harriet Coe reportedly wrote. Oh yeah?
YGB says: that’s bullshit.
Posted on August 20, 2013 by Millard
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