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The Tragedy of Stacy Schuler: The real crime is still under the rug

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Just a few hours after the broadcast below Stacy Schuler, the Mason teacher was sentenced to 4 years in prison for the 16 counts against her of sexual battery. Doc Thompson and I spoke about all things involving public education in a segment that turned to humor as we dealt with all the stress evident around the subject. In this conversation we talk about all the school levies in Cincinnati starting with Lakota, we talk about Stacy Schuler, we talk about the need for innovation in education, and we spoke about Issue 2 in Ohio as well as Issue 3. Then we came unglued when the subject moved to the antics of the Lakota School Board.

What all these school systems have in common, whether it be Lakota, Fairfield, Lebanon, or Mason is they all lack essential leadership in their school boards. The fault for that starts with us for electing the wrong people to school board. But many of those bright-eyed idealists who run for those boards find themselves crushed by consensus under the weight of the Delphi Technique taught by the OSBA (Ohio School Board Association) which seeks to unify a board to unification and looks down upon dissenters. School board members who exhibit dissent are pushed off the board. This is exactly what happened to a friend of mine in Mason by the name of Jennifer Miller.

Jennifer was on the school board of Mason during the years leading up to many of he events that created Stacy Schuler and I was thinking of those events as I watched Stacy calmly sit in front of a judge and await her fate. As I said in the broadcast, I thought Stacy Schuler was getting a raw deal. Her teachers union had abandoned her. Many of the school board members and administrators who knew about what was going on in Mason with Schuler had either quit and left for other jobs in other parts of the country or sat on their hands and let Stacy hang in the court of public opinion without offering to help her or speak on her behalf.

I think what Stacy did was wrong. She compromised her authority position and that dictates losing her job. But it does not dictate jail. The boys she had sex with will become celebrities, and the people who helped create the environment all escaped unharmed and that was the real crime.

The school board at Mason was exceptionally weak on this. They quietly dealt with George Coates, her boss, who had sent nude pictures of himself to Stacy because they were on her school computer. The case was much larger than Stacy Schuler having sex with 5 football players. It was a cultural failure which started in the school itself. (SEE CLIPS FROM WHEN THE INCIDENT BROKE AT THIS LINK! This will give you an idea of the scope of the story left uncovered. Kevin Bright, the superintendent was moved to Cleveland before the trail began).

http://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/warrior-of-the-week-mr-john-meyer/

The Stacy Schuler case not only showed how far down the rabbit hole we’ve all submitted to in social degradation, listening to the boys talk about sex with their teacher as though they were the stars of an American Pie movie, but it points to a much more epic problem which almost every one of us is guilty of, setting the social bar too low not only for ourselves, but for our kids. For the kids, it was clearly a joke. They smoked dope and had group sex with their teacher and were heroes for it. That is a social failure in itself. Stacy, coming out of a bad marriage and hitting the age of 30 decided, “What the hell. I feel like it so I’m doing it!” To me there is something to be admired in that proclamation even if it is against the law, because it’s honest. It may not be right morally, but she was clearly attempting to solve a puzzle deep inside her mind with acts of pornographic degradation and social rebellion.

But the real villains are still out there, and you know who you are. You are the apologists, the blamers, the people who think first how to push under the rug every item which might jeopardize the funding structure for which you administer. You’ll lie, you’ll cheat, and you’ll manipulate any fact to protect your own. But when one of your own actually gets caught, you quickly cut all your ties to them and leave them to hang without a lending hand of any kind and that makes you all cowards!

Everyone who knows me understands that I’m not a fan of teachers unions. But instead of standing around with signs protesting Issue 2 in Ohio, shouldn’t they have been protesting to help Stacy Schuler and her fall from grace? I heard nothing from the union about defending her behavior or even attacking some of the administrators who participated in this debacle. Instead, everyone went into cover-up mode and showed the world what cowards they truly are.

It is because of obvious evidence such as this, that I think public education is a complete failure and simply not worth the money. And it is about the money, otherwise there wouldn’t have been any cover-up. And this points back to the dysfunction of school boards in general, not just with the Stacy Schuler situation, but at all schools. They are not doing what they should be doing. They do not control their costs, and properly manage their resources. They function to build consensus not only among themselves, but with the community, and that is what they are taught first and foremost at the OSBA Conference. That is why Lakota’s school board is fighting. That is why Fairfield’s school board took a pay-off which was investigated by the FBI as recently as August of 2011. And that is why the Mason school board didn’t deal with Stacy Schuler before things got out of hand. They wanted deniability so they could say later, “we didn’t know.” But everyone knew, including George. Instead of helping the teacher, they took advantage of her, and that is pathetic!


For the answer to everything click the link below!

http://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/the-answer-is-c-who-runs-society-the-engine-or-the-boxcar/

Rich Hoffman
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  1. [...] with public education, and it is the masks the kids are learning to shape their minds around. The process is so subtle that it happens like a slow cooker, but the results of that stewing process…. I think I am more alarmed at the casual behavior and lack of morality in the kids than I am in a [...]

  2. [...] father goes to the school and demands to speak with the principal, who is Mr. Predator’s boss. This guy’s name is Mr. Future Superintendent. Principal Future Superintendent is very uncomfortabl… After all, he doesn’t need a scandal to break out in his school that would make him look bad. Sex [...]

  3. [...] within the school found that his child was singled out by other students and picked on aggressively. What made those students pick on his child? A teacher whispered in their ear to initiate the behavi…Of course all this behavior is hearsay; it’s just words in a hallway, or in a classroom, or a [...]

  4. [...] no to school levies, and they absolutely do not agree with me on Issue 2 which I am 100% for. The reason is in my family there are teachers, superintendents, professional students, policeman, nu…. I come from a family that started its roots at Fisher Body in Hamilton and my best friend growing [...]

  5. [...] A hard look at the Stacy Schuler case in Mason and the sexual promiscuity going on at that school no…. Because unions destroy competition, there are no real rivals in the work place that must be out-performed, and this allows the mind to wander to sexual promiscuity on the light end of corruption and on the heavy end, Diana Frey and her embezzlement of three-quarters of a million dollars in union dues. See the sad sex story of the Lakota parents here: [...]

  6. [...] A hard look at the Stacy Schuler case in Mason and the sexual promiscuity going on at that school no…. Because unions destroy competition, there are no real rivals in the work place that must be out-performed, and this allows the mind to wander to sexual promiscuity on the light end of corruption and on the heavy end, Diana Frey and her embezzlement of three-quarters of a million dollars in union dues. See the sad sex story of the Lakota parents here: [...]

  7. [...] I’m not attempting to become a politician of some kind it is from this basic idea of Paul Bunyan. I do not like the invention of the chain saw if it destroys the heart of the human race. Even if i… Using The Delphi Technique and other consensus building strategies Alinsky has helped create a [...]

  8. [...] weary to know that some of the air I have breathed into my lungs may have been exhaled from yours. It makes me weary because the same disease that has eaten your brain may enter my blood stream and i…I feel sorry for the children of these stupid people because they will also grow up and become [...]

  9. [...] Doc Thompson is right, we do need new ideas in education, and those ideas are out there. In fact, we’ve covered many of those ideas here at Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom. Most of the current new ideas about public education can be seen in this summary for School Choice at the link below. At the end of that article are several videos produced by Edutopia, which I am a huge fan of, a group put together by George Lucas to drastically improve education and give teachers the tools they need to become better. (Yes Doc was there. He came because he really cares about solving the problem.) [...]

  10. [...] It is no surprise when the looters are confronted directly that they’d behave in the fashion shown, because they are exposed for what they are, Legalized Plunderers who think they are entitled to the wealth we have worked for. They believe they OWN what you make with your hands, or with your mind. They believe they are privy to your property and are fully intent to continue this behavior for as long as they can get away with it. From your local school to the highest level of our government we have in place simple looters who ca… [...]

  11. [...] win a scholarship to a college and save them hundreds of thousands of dollars in college tuition.  You will see parents showing up to watch their children performing in a band concert in the school a….  With the lenses off you will see smiling faces, hand holding and a social push for peace and [...]

  12. [...] work like that on several occasions and in some cases I was even busier than that day in August. But I think of that time because Laura was watching me in the lobby so intently. So knowing what it …. The PR work I’ve done on many occasions I never fathomed would pay such large quantities of [...]

  13. [...] We understand in this region of prosperity that the reason cities and the schools that inhabit them have failed is because the people who start businesses, and have a genuine concern for their communities left when the tax rates took too much of their personal incomes. That is why they have moved to Lakota, and Mason, and Sycamore, to avoid the looters of public office who wish to take their money through taxes. The region is wealthy and the people successful because they have avoided the large city governments… [...]

  14. [...] Lakota either is very foolish in their value of money, or the $90K was hush money to end the contrac…The case-law from such a settlement is a dangerous proposition and we can only hope that every employee at Lakota doesn’t try to obtain a $90K settlement because human resources failed to give them a timely review. Such a precedent is dangerous no matter how it’s framed. [...]


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