Mr. Theriault, I agree that the courts have the ability to sentence someone properly for the crime committed. The problem is they are not sentenced properly. The courts tend to be very lenient and give them slaps on the hand. Maybe if the courts took domestic violence a bit more seriously, the mother and 2 children that have died at the hands of the abuser recently may still be alive(family near Bangor area). That isn't the only case but its a more recent case.
The problem lies within the judges who do not hand out the sentences they could be handing out. Kill an adult you can get 60 to life, kill a child you can get up to 20 years. Beat your family daily and you get a slap on the hand.
Any parent who says to the victim "you must of deserved it", should have to feel first hand how it feels to be beat on. That is just ignorant and disrespectful and shows the lack of love in this household.
I am all for drug rehabilitation centers and services to help folks who need it but not at the expense of exposing children to facilities like this. There is a daycare center not far from where they want to put this clinic. I dont care if its over the 1000 foot mark from the daycare or not. It doesnt need to be in that neighborhood. I am sure there are other options for a facility of this kind to be located elsewhere and I do agree with Linda Glass, Pediatric Associates obviously focuses on children and they dont need a drug clinic next door to them. I realize that having a clinic like this could be very helpful to those that need it but you need to find a location that isnt down the street from a daycare or a pediatric doctors office.
Ok so I see that my comment was edited by the administrator....I would like to know why....I didnt put anything in there that was vulgar or use profanity. I made a point about her statement and you delete it? I could understand if I had used profanity or been out right disrespectful but I wasnt I giving and example...that simple.....I am highly irritated with this.
I was appalled reading this article. First of all being a member of the SCHOOL Board I would have expected better from this person. I am happy to say she is not my daughters educator. I would like to know what her son does for a living compared to what she does, then lets compare salaries, [This comment has been edited by the administrator]
I do agree that cramming the word "college" down a 4 year olds throat is a bit much, they are just content to go play with their friends and learn how to read "see jane run" and "dog has spots" but seriously we need to show our students at home and in the school setting that their are options whether it be a 2 or 4 year college, military, apprentischips or a trade school. But to be worried about the word "College" is a bit much, we have bigger things to worry about in this community and in our schools then what word we use. So I think that this school board member needs to spend her time thinking about other things that would be encouraging to our students versus monitoring the words of those that do educate our children. Sounds like this woman has nothing better to do than think up stupid statements like this.
He admits to touching these kids but maintains his innocense???? This does not make sense to me.
Angelsx34eva you are right about a few things.....it is finally over and now the families can heal. I am sure that the mother who didnt report it or take it seriously feels pretty bad and I hope that the kids involved are in some sort of therapy that works for them and I agree that the system did not work for the families in this situation. Bottom line is he inappropriately touched these children and he violated the trust of the kids, the parents, the school system and a moral code of ethics. 12 years for that I dont feel is enough but thats my opinion.
I have to ask the question of angelsx34eva and rgreenlaw...what if it had been your child he touched? Would you feel the same way?
He deserves the maximum sentence for what he did. There is no excuse and I dont care how musically gifted and talented he is or what he has lost. Those children didnt deserve to be touched or even put in that position.
I agree with you on the fact that privacy is a non issue these laptops belong to the state, these kids are using them. Aside from that, the parents have the right to check and see what their kids are doing on those laptops or any computer they use or phone they use to see what they are doing. I know that there are parents who are diligent about checking on their kids and what they are doing and there are parents who do not give a damn and do not check. Fact is you are going to have your kids who like to bully others and it is going to happen whether they use technology or not, but it would be reduced greatly if there was more supervision involved.
There is another way of looking at this. By not blocking these social sites it overrides the parents choice of whether or not a child can go on the site and create an account. Having a school laptop should be used for school purposes not social websites where kids can bully other kids and they waste their time on it when they should be doing school work. I do realize that not all families can afford a computer or maybe even internet access and some kids go without but there are other options for that. Whats up with webcams on these laptops and kids using skype? I think it gives more oppurtunity for trouble. Kids do not need a webcam on their laptops from school. BLOCK this stuff....
So if he was trying to take his own life why would he bother to call 911???? You may be right who knows all I am saying is until you have all the facts and know what really happened dont make comments about child porn, that is just way out of line. To me that is just ignorant, would you want someone making those kinds of accusations against you? Probably not!!!!