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Old 06-13-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Todd Ayers, 47 yr old MUSIC TEACHER, arrested for 3 counts sex crimes against child. No victim info released.

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Old 06-15-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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Hey there GBH, yet another example of why it is so important to have some type of mechanism in place [testing] for any person applying for a teaching position [not to exclude any other position in authority, leadership, etc.].

Although we seem to be hearing more and more about cases and situations like this one, I do believe that they did not just evolve; I surmise that for years, cases like this were kept quiet or not pursued or were considered so outrageous that the victim was not believed and thus withdrew their complaint. It still does appear that too often victims are still not believed - perhaps not so much in a situation where the victim is 2 or 3 or 9 years old, but for some reason once the age hits 13 and up, there are more raised eyebrows and thus...

I guess I will never understand, not simply the crime itself, but why it can take law enforcement / prosecutors so long to do something about the accusation. I do recognize that perhaps I am lumping too many law enforcement officers and prosecutors together [and perhaps unfairly], yet, if we just think about some of the recent crimes that we now know could have been negated if....
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Totally agree MP!!

I post these only in hope of even one parent stopping to think and then becoming more watchful and vigilant in protection of their child.

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Hey there GBH, yet another example of why it is so important to have some type of mechanism in place [testing] for any person applying for a teaching position [not to exclude any other position in authority, leadership, etc.].

Although we seem to be hearing more and more about cases and situations like this one, I do believe that they did not just evolve; I surmise that for years, cases like this were kept quiet or not pursued or were considered so outrageous that the victim was not believed and thus withdrew their complaint. It still does appear that too often victims are still not believed - perhaps not so much in a situation where the victim is 2 or 3 or 9 years old, but for some reason once the age hits 13 and up, there are more raised eyebrows and thus...

I guess I will never understand, not simply the crime itself, but why it can take law enforcement / prosecutors so long to do something about the accusation. I do recognize that perhaps I am lumping too many law enforcement officers and prosecutors together [and perhaps unfairly], yet, if we just think about some of the recent crimes that we now know could have been negated if....
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Hey there GBH, yet another example of why it is so important to have some type of mechanism in place [testing] for any person applying for a teaching position [not to exclude any other position in authority, leadership, etc.].

Although we seem to be hearing more and more about cases and situations like this one, I do believe that they did not just evolve; I surmise that for years, cases like this were kept quiet or not pursued or were considered so outrageous that the victim was not believed and thus withdrew their complaint. It still does appear that too often victims are still not believed - perhaps not so much in a situation where the victim is 2 or 3 or 9 years old, but for some reason once the age hits 13 and up, there are more raised eyebrows and thus...

I guess I will never understand, not simply the crime itself, but why it can take law enforcement / prosecutors so long to do something about the accusation. I do recognize that perhaps I am lumping too many law enforcement officers and prosecutors together [and perhaps unfairly], yet, if we just think about some of the recent crimes that we now know could have been negated if....
There already are lots of mechanisms in place (background checks, references, education) for teachers. Rather than blame a school, how about asking where the student's parents were? Why didn't the student speak up as soon as this happened? Hadn't the student been educated at school (or at home) about sex abuse?

The truth is, this happens all of the time in this country, to children, to teenagers and to adults, especially women. This isn't something that is restricted to the teaching profession that will simply be corrected by more oversight; this is a problem with how our society socializes boys and men (and, also, some women--I'm not even going to pretend that women do not engage in predatory behavior).

The sad truth in this country is that most people who are abused are stigmatized or, sometimes, even blamed for their abuse, which is why many do not speak up and why people such as this teacher continue to get away with it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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Child molesters are gifted at flattery, deception, and coercion. They target quiet children, they are too cowardly to seduce a loud, child with high self esteem. They are like a slunking animal, lurking for the weakest prey to attack.

I don't know the circumstances of this case, but children should be in pairs, or with other adult (parent) supervision. Being alone with a child is a molesters fantasy come true.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
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Awwww to bad it wasn't a female teacher, then we could all just laugh about it and make jokes about how we wish we could be that student all while watching her get 5 months probation......
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