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Andover teacher accused of assaulting NH 15-year-old

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Today, I read three different articles involving three separate teachers who have committed separate sexual acts upon children. Find articles below:

1. Teacher arrested at school on sex assault charges

2. Prep school teacher charged with ‘upskirting’ photos

3. Oxford High School gym teacher charged with rape

What is the world coming to when some of the people teaching our children decide that it’s more important to fulfill their depraved sexual fantasies?  It’s sad to say, but I’m almost positive that there is more going on than we hear about. Children are most likely too afraid to come forth out of fear and/or embarrassment. It’s not fair that good, hardworking teachers that have truly dedicated themselves to teaching our children have to deal with the ongoing aftermath of incidents involving a particular group of teachers. How are we to know who is really good and who is bad? Upskirting, Rape and Sexual Assault are not things we want to hear associated with anyone teaching our children.

Our children are somewhat ready to understand when an adult is exhibiting inappropriate behavior through what they have learned in health class and the D.A.R.E. program or whatever the police department calls it today.  Once children reach 5th grade, they speak to various issues about relationships and what is right and what isn’t and what to do and how to report it when and if something inappropriate happens.  The problem is, younger children are too young to learn such information. Hopefully, parents are figuring out their own way to teach their children some basic skills of what is right and what is wrong when it comes to others touching them or trying to coerce them into doing something inappropriate.

Now how can we address what’s happening now? Three stories in one day is just too extreme. Something is wrong with the system if we have such a large number of sexual predators teaching our children. Things need to change for the better sooner than later for the sake of all of our children.

No child should have to carry the horrible memories attached to traumatic experiences, some of which they may never recover from. No one has the right to have that power over another person.  Hopefully, parents will make the time to check-in with their children to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is occurring and if it has, take care of it right away.

To all of those that have been violated, I apologize for the sins of others. There is a better tomorrow ahead for each and everyone of you. Just seek the help you need and put your best foot forward and never look back. Don’t allow anger and resentment take over or you will become any empty shell of who you once were.

Felina Silver Robinson


Brian Sanborn charged with upskirting


Keene’s charges don’t involve kids at school, officials say


Yesterday I heard on the news that the Florida school board is considering a dress code for parents when dropping their children off on school property.  I certainly agree that their should be a set of standards that the educational system expects from both their students as well as their families.  However, instituting a dress code for parents is pushing things a little too far.  I think that a letter from the principal or even the school superintendent stating that anyone working at or visiting any school within a particular school system, must wear the appropriate attire on school property.  This would include all children, parents, visitors, and staff.

It’s always best not to do things that may possibly alienate any one group or class of people. You may end up losing individuals that were willing to participate in school run activities. I certainly agree and have seen that there are parents, children, teachers and visitors that still don less than appropriate attire on school property. However, it is important that messages such as this be meant for all those utilizing the space in question.  It is not appropriate to single out any one or two groups of people.

I’m almost certain that every school has at least a set of expectations of what staff and students should and should not wear when on school property. It would also be helpful to remind families as well as staff via a seminar on “How adult behavior affects child behavior”, highlighting things such as dress, vocabulary, and behavior.  All of these things are important as they can cause friction within the students peer relationships as well as how students interact with adults who they may have little or no respect for because they too don’t dress or act appropriately. These types of problems are not usually just occurring based on daily family life, it’s based on daily interactions altogether.

Sometimes when you sit in the big seat it is easier to assume that parents are the only problem, but if we are all honest with ourselves, we will realize that problems as big as these may be caused by all of us.