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Topic : 12/06 Teacher Troubles

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Created on : Friday, December 01, 2006, 03:22:29 pm
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Kids across the country are playing pranks and harassing teachers. Tericka, a high school science teacher who loved her job, lived in fear of her scandalous past catching up with her and getting her fired. Students eventually found out about her shocking past and the news spread throughout town like wildfire. Are other teachers taking her side, or do they feel her punishment was justified? How can she move forward? Then, Anna, an assistant principal, was harassed on the Internet when two students created a fake MySpace page alleging to be her. She says they completely attacked her character and need to be held accountable for their actions. Was this just a practical joke gone bad, or were these students out for revenge? Find out what Anna did to show these kids that some jokes just aren't funny. Could the mischief your kids get into end up costing you thousands of dollars? Talk about the show here.

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December 6, 2006, 6:29 am CST


Before becoming a stay-at-home mom I taught middle school and let me tell you, teachers are not always the best role models while they are teaching! Your past has nothing to do with what kind of teacher you are in the classroom. Teachers are human beings and people tend not to acknowledge that! What we do in our personal lives is not who we are when we are teaching your children. We get ridiculed for going out on a Friday night, for things we did before we were teachers, for every mistake we could possibly make and those things that are just part of everyone else's life. I undersatand that teaching is an important job. It runs a very close second to parenting and often is parenting. If a teacher's performance is superior int eh classroom, what they do at home or have done in the past is of no relevance. Teaching is stressful enough without having to worry about every single decision you make in your personal life.
December 6, 2006, 6:34 am CST

More Double Standards of Officials

While so many children of poor parents have children who will never afford a university education, this lady "worked" her way to getting a college education and is now admired by many for her efforts. Education is therefore discriminatory against the poor, so why shouldn't moral issues be when hiring and/or retaining teachers who are admired and who set themselves up as role-models for our children. These people are also the same people who work with DSS and other intervention groups to determine mental, medical, and welfare issues of children at the expense of poor parents who are at the mercy of their arbitrary judgment.

A teacher said my nephew who get A's and B's is poorly capable of education. Being and ADHD kid, he was also spoken of as "likely to be a serial killer". He was 8 years old, and has never started fights or been caught being cruel to any form of life.

So if you don't think these people have any affect on families and children, think again !

Who are these dirtbags anyway ?


December 6, 2006, 6:42 am CST

Teachers and gender

I have a feeling that if this was a male teacher - he would have been out of the classroom, without pay, and soundly condemned by every one PDQ and would not be appearing on Dr. Phil.  Why do women get a pass on bad behaviour?  I see the same thing with women teachers who have sex with their students and they typcially are seen as a victim of something.  Yes, this teacher made a poor choice, but that does not make her a victim - all she is is an adult who made a poor choice.  When she was deciding to pursue a career as a teacher - did it not cross her mind that that profession might be inappropriate? 
December 6, 2006, 6:43 am CST

who among us is without fault

I dare say if there were hidden video cameras in most of our homes, none of us would qualify to be an "example."  I am so thankful there is not video documentation of my many mistakes in the last 40 years.  Where do we draw the line?  What about the teacher who drinks too much at home.  What about the teacher who cheats on a spouse.  What about the teacher who lies.  It goes on and on.  The bottom line is teachers are human just like we all are.  I would so much rather have a teacher in front of my four daughters who can be an example of what it means to fail and try to make it right.  Furthermore, as I've watched my own teenager daughters go through so many interpersonal struggles I would have welcomed an honest teacher who could look them in the eye and say "look at me.  I've been at the lowest of low.  I've had days where I have hated myself and the choices I've made.  I've also learned about the forgiveness of God and the strength of the human spirit when you choose better."  What a tremendous message for children of all ages.  We aren't talking about a woman who is still choosing a life of pornography.  We aren't talking about a woman who had sex with minors.  We are talking about a woman who made some very very poor choices and I would imagine the reasons for those choices influenced her decision to become a teacher.   I'm of the opinion that a woman who winds up in the sex industry has been wounded and misdirected somewhere along the way, most likely in childhood.   Children appreciate honesty and humanity.  This situation doesn't teach them either.  Rather it sends a worrisome message of what it means to have an unforgiving spirit, and to sit in a position of judgement.  It's just not the message I want for my own daughters.
December 6, 2006, 6:44 am CST

What a shame!!!!

What is this world coming to, we tell our children all the time to make good choices, but if in fact you happen to make a bad choice, you can overcome it.  This is exactly what this teacher did, she is a role model.  If someone began to dig in the past of every teacher on staff, believe me, there is going to be something someone will have a problem with and could end the career of a good teacher. 


I live in SC and there is a principle of a high school here (female) that was the WHORE of Clemson University in the 1970's, she is was well known for sleeping around with every Tom Dick and Harry.  She graduated, moved away to return to the area some 15 years later and is now the principle of one of the largest high schools in the upstate.


This is a known fact for alot of the parents here, she went to high school here, where she first began her road to becoming the slut she was in college.  This was years later, and she is great in her role as an administrator, and a great role model for young girls, she constantly lets them know their worth and that it is not necessary to travel down that road.


I feel that this teacher in Kentucky can relate more with those students than most, she has been there, and for those who are passing judgement, sit back for a minute and think about things you done in your past, it may not be porn, but it could be something you would like to forget and hope that no one ever finds out.  And if you are in Kentucky make sure you pray that it never comes out.

December 6, 2006, 6:46 am CST

Call me judgmental but...

I just am not comfortable with an ex-porn star/"actress" be a teacher. There's real value to the point that she's in a position of influence & persuasion. There's real value to the argument that the child have seen these tapes. And there's real value to the fact that the videos are still available for purchase.


No, I do not live in that area but it really isn't a stretch to think I would not want her being a teacher with that material out there for purchase & being purchased still. I would not want an10 years-clean alcoholic driving my son's school bus or a former felon as my banker... or a former pill-popper as my surgeon... ect.


It is sad that she went down the path she chose at that age. But she chose it. I've had hard times in my life, much like the ones she used as her reason for doing the videos, but I chose different & live with the consequences of them. Why should she not? Because it was 10 years ago? That doesn't make the tapes any less access able today. She was of age to do them & made the choice realizing they would exist.


That's just my "O".

December 6, 2006, 6:49 am CST

More Lessons To Teach Than Science

My dimsmissed a woman that can teach these children that no matter what you do wrong you can always get back on the rigth path. I say let the ones who have not sinned cast the first stone. What did happen to the kid that had the porno at school. Where were his parents when he got it and where did he get it at? Did teh principal look at it and determine it was in fact her? Tericka, I commend you!!!!!!!!!! You have more to teach than science. You can teach people to overcome mistakes in their lives, and young teen age girls how easy it was to get pulled into  the sex industry, adn how to avoid it. You could teach other's how to get out of the industry. I am so sorry, but keep praying Honey, God promises to those that believe in him that godd will come from everything......yes even the bad and hard tiems like this. I'm praying for you, and openly invite you to move to SC....we need some good teachers her!
December 6, 2006, 6:51 am CST

Bravo Principal!!!

I would like the principal on the show to know that I am behind her 100% and will be praying for her.  I am sure it has taken lots of backbone to stand up and continue the lawsuit she has filed in the face of so many people, including Dr. Phil,  saying, "Shouldn't we just let the system handle this, etc?"  Here lies the problem......the system has its hands tied behind its back!  It is a sad day in this country when it comes to the point that the only thing that gets the attention on a serious problem is when it costs people serious money, but that is the point we have reached.  There are some parents in this country who truly "parent" their children, and to those, I commend them.  Those parents are the few who train their children, who love and discipline their children, and who truly expect their children to take responsibility for their actions.  The majority of children and parents however, will NOT take responsibility unless forced to do so, and unfortunately, the only thing that gets their attention is the almighty dollar.  So, to the principal I say, "Stick to you guns, and hold the ones responsible who should be held responsibly."  If you don't do it, no one else will!!  No one thinks twice when  parent hires an attorney and files a lawsuit for some silly problem that could have easily been handled by the local school if given the opportunity.  It is time the educators and administrators turn the tables. I should know, I've been an educator for 20 years.
December 6, 2006, 6:52 am CST


Who are any of us to stand in judgment of anyone who has proven their ability in the profession they have chosen?  Which of us can say that we don't have something in our past that we are not proud of?  I would look at Tericka's teaching abilities and performance as it stands now.  The administration did not do an intensive background check, but hired her with confidence.  She has proven her ability to teach and had glowing reviews.  She made a bad decision when she was young, has been able to turn her life around and do something good with it.  Personally, I feel that anyone who can be on the wrong side of the tracks, pull themselves up by their boot straps and get on the right track, can do good.  Tericka could very well be the one person who could change the life of a teenager headed down a road she has already traveled.  Having been there, done that and gotten to a better place could probably make her a far better teacher than some in the system.  I would be 1 of the first to stand behind her and allow my kids to be in her classroom.  Experience always has been and always will be the best teacher.  
December 6, 2006, 6:53 am CST

I agree with the assistant principal.

I think Anna is absolutely right to pursue her case in the courts.  While I respect Dr. Phil's statement that this should be handled within the educational system, what these students did, definately occurred OUTSIDE the system.


MYSPACE is an international venue and they defamed her in a very very public way.  In this case, this isn't simply writing on the bathroom wall.


This is a criminal act.

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