Tuesday, January 8, 2008

School Daze: Reading, Writing, And Molestation

It used to be that you'd go to school and fear the dreaded math test. Nowadays, it seems you must fear the dreaded math teacher! Most of the time, as we see in the media, molesters are men. Hence, the "Chester the Molester" title. But it seems that quite a few women in our educational system are becoming the molesters. We had the teacher and student who had a baby and couldn't keep apart from each other. We had a teacher in Albany, NY (my hometown) who only got caught because a girl told authorities because the guy was bragging about it. And today, we have this story of our first female "Chester the Molester."

From Pittsburgh comes this story of Beth Ann Chester (yes, that's her name), a teacher in the Moon Area School District (yes, that's her school district), who has admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old student. Ms. Chester, the molester, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing tomorrow on nine charges that she sent lewd text messages and nude photos of herself to the boy. Moon police Chief Leo McCarthy said today at least one additional charge of sexual assault will made against Ms. Chester when she appears for her preliminary hearing. "She waived her Miranda rights and admitted to having sexual intercourse with the boy in her car," Chief McCarthy said in an interview this morning.

Moon Detectives were trying to determine the date that the sexual encounter happened in a school parking lot after an activity. I'm sure they are probably looking for a video! Hey guys, check YouTube! The boy told police he thought he was in love with Chester and the only physical contact involved a hug just before holiday break, according to the police affidavit filed to support the criminal charges. Jack Cambest, Moon's solicitor, said the matter is being handled by police and that the district will notify the state Department of Education this week, which is required by state law.

Hearing this story, it's no wonder a 10-year-old Mexican boy who used industrial strength shoe glue he used to stick his hand to his bed's metal headboard, where he stayed stuck for two hours to avoid going back to school after the Christmas break. The kid even said, "I thought if I was glued to the bed, they couldn't make me go to school." And you wonder why? Hmmmm.