It’s not your imagination. It’s not a bad dream. And no, the Matrix doesn’t have you. I’m sure it seems like you’re traveling through another dimension or that there’s a rip in the space time continuum, but the reality is that human civilized society as we know it is basically collapsing all around us. Sorry to rain on your parade, burst your bubble or poop on your party, but it really is true. Just look around. Everything and everyone has gone completely and utterly psychotic.
Of course, I’m not the least bit surprised by this. And, honestly, you shouldn’t be either. The truth is that, as a nation, we’ve been barreling down this path at breakneck speed for decades.
Anyway, the latest example of cultural madness and moral depravity comes to us courtesy of the Maryland public school system, where a female Spanish teacher at Franklin High School in Reisterstown left the building during daytime hours to “record a sexual encounter with a student at the teen’s home” according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Ekatherine Pappas, 25, has officially plead guilty to three counts of sexual offense misdemeanors after the local police discovered the video footage showing her engaged in sexual activities with the 16-year-old male student. She’s been sentenced to three years behind bars with an additional five years of “specialized and enhanced supervised probation for sexual offenders” once she’s released. Also, she’ll have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.
The whole situation is utterly disturbing, grotesque, deranged and — whether anyone wants to believe it or not — happens more often than you might think. In fact, just a few days ago, there was a report of another teacher in Trenton, New Jersey who had been accused of adopting a 15-year-old male student solely for the purpose of forcing him into a sexual relationship. Now, the last piece I read on this particular incident said that it had yet to be proven in court, but this certainly doesn’t negate the fact that our nation’s public school system is employing hundreds of thousands of perverted, mentally-unbalanced sexual deviants.
In case you’re wondering just how bad the numbers really are, consider this:
Back in 2004, the Department of Education released its own study which found that the sexual abuse epidemic in American public schools was roughly 100 times worse than it is within the Catholic Church. One-hundred times worse. And that was in 2004. Other studies have found that there are, on average, about 4.5 million sexual abuse victims currently in the school system and in 2014 alone “there were 781 reported cases of teachers and other school employees accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students” — and that doesn’t include the cases that went unreported.
Terry Abbott of Drive West Communications tracked news reports about school sexual abuse for a year and concluded that, “Every week has brought news of 15 young people, on average, who were sexually victimized by the educators entrusted with protecting them.”
Did you catch that? Fifteen students a week.
So, now that we’ve established the inarguable truth that this is indeed a massive epidemic, the real question is: Why are so many parents, teachers, educational leaders and government officials content to bury their heads in the sand, ignore this problem and act like it doesn’t even exist? And, perhaps more importantly, what can be done to combat it?
I won’t pretend to be an expert on this sort of thing or to have any grounds to tell parents what do to as I don’t yet have kids of my own. But, I do feel that I can confidently say that there are plenty of fantastic and morally upright teachers out there in the American public school system. My mom, for example, is a 1st grade teacher in the local public school system here and finds these sort of stories to be tragic and heartbreaking as they reflect poorly on the teaching profession as a whole.
Unfortunately, there are many morally bankrupt teachers out there as well. This is a truth backed up by plenty of previously referenced statistics and it’s a reality that has to be confronted head-on. And, for the sake of our children, it has to be dealt with sooner rather than later. I don’t know if that means enforcing better background check methods, developing new interview tactics, or tracking social media accounts more closely, but the fact remains that we can’t keep subjecting innocent kids to these sort of scenarios any longer. Strict policies about digital contact between students and teachers should be implemented and rigorously enforced. Teachers should only send e-mails to students from school computers and school e-mail addresses and they should be forbidden from connecting with their students on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
It goes without saying that these sort of policies won’t prevent every sexual abuse case, but there’s no doubt that they could put a dent in the numbers and slow the national epidemic as a whole. And a little progress is better than no progress at all.
Of course, I’d be remiss in wrapping up this post without pointing out the simple and ironic reality that — despite the horrific and ever-expanding number of sexual abuse cases — millions of parents continue to put their kids through the immorality-laced maze of public school when options like homeschooling or private schools are readily available. Naturally, not all parents can homeschool and not all parents can afford private school tuition. I get that. Trust me, I really do. My own parents pulled my brother and myself out of a private Christian high school and moved us to a public school, where I completed my final two years, because the private school tuition eventually became too expensive. And not every parent is qualified, comfortable or able to teach middle or high school level academics to their kids and would rather not join a homeschooling co-op. I understand that too. Not to mention that some private schools have suffered cases of sexual abuse and homeschooling has its own sets of challenges as well.
But, in a world where our teens are already learning about the wonders of anal sex from their magazines — a world where nearly every bit of media they consume is saturated with leftist propaganda and filth — I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they be safe from sexual predators and perverted freaks while they memorize algebra formulas and eat microwaved square pizzas.
And, if this isn’t possible, then maybe it’s time for our nation to rethink its approach to education. After all, our children's lives are on the line and their very souls are at stake.