Clearly, we don't have enough good teachers anymore. It seems that not a week can go by without some lunatic teacher having sex with her students...
WYFF4.com - News - Police: DNA Evidence Supports Claim By Schweikert's Accuser
It seems that Schweikert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the rape of the young student. She was charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct and three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of lewd act upon a child. LE found that she had preformed oral sex on the child, and taken him to a parking garage for sex.
Her defense was the usual run of mental issues that everyone likes to throw around:
battling depression for years, she'd been abused as a child, has a borderline personality disorder, a sexual disorder and was recently diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, Yeah. Right.
Wendie Ann Schweikert, 37, was arrested in May 2006 and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act on a minor. The case inflamed racial tensions because the student is black, and some black residents had argued that the teacher was getting lenient treatment by the courts.
She pleaded guilty and read a three-page apology to the victim, his family, E.B. Morse Elementary School and the community, Laurens County prosecutor Jerry Peace said.
Peace said that he offered a plea deal that would have recommended 14 years in prison for the former fifth-grade teacher, but that she refused and decided to take her chances with the judge.
A former student of the teacher in this case wrote a moving statement, expressing the pain and the effect that the abuse had- not only on the victim but on other classmates.
n part the student wrote, "I want to know why you did that to my friend and to the whole class. We trusted you so much, we thought you were the best teacher in the school. We don't want you on our minds any more. We hate you."
Peace argued for the maximum sentence of 20 years, saying her actions had a profound effect on the 11-year-old boy, the school and the community.
Although, out of fairness- Schweikert's statement seems to be an attempt at being moving itself. Somehow, I don't by it- but then again, I rarely do.
Schweikert read a prepared statement begging the victim's family to forgive her. "I'm sorry for my sin," she read. "There aren't any words to convey how sorry I am.
"I hope and pray one day you'll know how sorry I am for taking away his innocence. All my life I've wanted to be a teacher. It's what God made me to be.
"I'm sorry fifth-grade parents had to explain my sin to your kids. I've destroyed the very trust I tried so hard to gain with students and parents. I just don't know if I can ever forgive myself."
What is just as interesting as a sick woman sexually abusing a 11 year old boy is the outrage that the case caused from a different stand point.
In two years time, two different teachers where charged with sexual abuse of children. in both cases the children where black students- the perps were white teachers. A group formed, led by Rev. David Kennedy. They believe that these cases are reflective of a abusive pattern against black students. You can read a little more about that here.
I personally don't feel this is a race issue- as much as it is a morals issue. None of our teachers should be sexually abusing any of our students- and the color of skin doesn't make the crime less or more outrageous and unacceptable. From the most famous "teacher/student" sex case, to the ones we never hear about- there is no excuse. In every case a teacher had a role in the child's life- to teach them, to lead them, to help shape them into better people. Instead they opted to cause pain and suffering by taking advantage of them, both mentally and sexually.