Category Archives: Indifference

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines INDIFFERENCE as: lack of interest in or concern about something

Child sex offenders in Maryland Public Schools: Cronyism and Coverup!!!!

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) — More than 20 Montgomery County Public Schools employees or contract workers have been investigated for child sex abuse or exploitation since 2011.

Parents are extremely upset, not just by the alleged crimes but the fact that in many cases, complaints and warning signs were either ignored or disregarded by the school system.

WUSA9 counted 21 MCPS employees or contract workers who have been investigated for child sex abuse or exploitation in just the last four years. Many have been prosecuted.

“It’s heart-wrenching, it’s horrifying, it’s appalling. It’s absolutely unacceptable. And every parent watching this segment should be filled with outrage,” said Jennifer Alvaro, a parent and child sex abuse expert.

Music teacher Lawrence Joynes was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexually abusing 15 children at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School. Records show he repeatedly videotaped little girls sucking on large peppermint sticks. Police say he later photoshopped their faces onto pornographic images.

Records reveal that in 2011, because of previous complaints, the school’s principal ordered him not to touch or be alone with children, yet the alleged abuse continued. He’s also facing rape charges for an alleged assault on a student decades ago. Joynes now faces two trials this spring.

Read an excerpt from the statement of charges for Joynes:

“Lawrence Joynes advised that he has had several students in his class room during lunch time. The students are female students which he invites into his class room. Lawrence Joynes described how he has played games with his students, having the student suck on a peppermint stick. Lawrence Joynes also described how he had a student…suck on his finger. Lawrence Joynes demonstrated how he would move his finger in and out of the student’s mouth. Lawrence Joynes further advised that he would video tape himself sticking his finger in the student’s mouth. Lawrence Joynes stated that he would watch the videos of himself sticking his finger in the student’s mouth then masturbate while visualizing the student performing oral sex on him. Lawrence Joynes advised that [the student] was 7 or 8 years old at the time.”

2013 Joynes Rape Charges

“Why are we not stopping the presses, as they did at Penn State, as they did in the Catholic Church…we have a problem here,” said Susan Burkinshaw, a parent and child safety advocate.

John Epps Junior was a contract employee for MCPS who did work in 58 schools. Ironically, the security camera technician was caught on surveillance video grabbing the behind of a 12 year-old Baker Middle School student. He’s alleged to have done the same to a Damascus High School student. Court documents show Epps had a criminal history of groping women in public, of which the school system was unaware. He will go to trial in March for those school groping incidents.

“Nobody is listening. Nobody seems to want to make the right decisions and hard choices to fix this problem and protect our kids,” Burkinshaw said.

MCPS wouldn’t tell WUSA9 who is on it, but we’ve learned the school system keeps a “confidential database” of personnel who demonstrate “inappropriate or suspicious behavior” toward children – a watch list of suspected abusers who are working in area schools.

“It’s one of the most ludicrous, offensive things I’ve ever heard of being done. And I’ve worked in the field of child sexual abuse for 22 years,” Alvaro said.

“If we’re that worried about these individuals, they need to be removed from the classroom,” said Janis Sartucci of the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County.

Elementary school teacher Daniel Picca was terminated by MCPS but never criminally charged. His alleged abuse of children spanned 17 years, dating back to 1993. According to State Board of Education records, Picca had little boys take off their shirts, flex their muscles and slide back and forth on his lap, often photographing them. Yet, as his “punishment” he was moved from one elementary school to another again and again and again – from Rachel Carson to Luxmanor to Kemp Mill.

“If you’re banned at one school, that should be enough to get you banned from every school,” Sartucci said.

Picca still works with children and has a license to teach in Maryland.

MCPS declined our request for an on-camera interview, but a spokesman said the county has already begun the process of overhauling its system of recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect. In a January memo to the school board from former Superintendent Joshua Starr, he noted “the need for redesign has become apparent during the past several years.”

The American Lemming, Racism, Corrupt Lawmakers, Children, Biased Media

Good Evening  Our Circle, WordPress, Google, Facebook, and every other lemming out there, this is Blackhorn and I’ve got my Tony Lama’s on, so let’s dance.

I’m calling the dance, so let’s start with a really big fancy club called the DA, and you got a coke machine across the street with the sign NON MEMBERS over the coke machine.

I dare all of you to start a status post where ever you are, then post it when we finish these few questions.
1st – What is your political affiliation?
2nd – Who are your elected Lawmakers in your district?

3rd – How many of you have posted signs saying Obama is America’s problem?
4th – How many of you think there is a racial problem in our Country? a: yes or no b: what color is the race treated so badly?
5th – How many think drugs are in the top 3 of America’s major problems?  If you answer yes, who is at fault
6th – How many of you posted a sign or a negative post about the illegal’s from Mexico?

7th – If I come from the middle east, with legal status, then start a business, is my tax rate the same as yours or higher?
8th – Is there 1 post or share on your page about Child Abuse?

I’m here tonight for 2 reasons, just a minute Friends, I want THEM to hear this too, so I set my Coca-Cola on that Coke machine and walk across the street and open that club door, and suddenly it’s quiet EVERY WHERE, why????  Because this is MY WORLD!!!!

I’m here for 2 reasons: I’m here to #2, Thank My Friends over at that Coke Machine for NOT BEING BLINDED BY THE SIGHT OF YOURSELF in the mirror, and not being DAs and being a member of THE DA CLUB.

Now lets see who belongs to that club: for right now #1&#2 no call,
#3
– MEMBERSHIP you DA.
#4 – a: no = DA
  b: red/Jewish = non mem, DA for others

#5 – no call
#6 – yes with 1 fail in 1-4 and fail 7 = DA
#7 – none = non mem
#8 – if no and fail 3 others = DA  yes = non mem

I know 75% of you failed, and probably 80% , there is still time to work diligently to remove the corrupt lawmakers, and especially the ones who do not vote for interests based on Our Values, laws against Children, Veterans, and Elderly. Raise the tariff on  all imports according to the same exchange as the corresponding country charges against Our Goods and wares.

The media is racial and biased. the post coming next is how the corrupt lawmakers keep Our Children as sex objects, and society buys into it, where men and women strive to look like Children.  The newsman in the video under reports the actual numbers for girls abused before their 18th birthday is 1 in 4, the newsman says 1 in 5.

You think this is unimportant, there were 686,000 reports of Child Maltreatment last year, you don’t think that is bad?  NOW, ONLY ABOUT ¼ of the offenses are reported, suddenly that number changes BY A WHOLE LOT, it jumps to 2,744,000.

There is time to change, but it must start NOW.  What is the new premium on your insurance policy????  THE CORRUPT LAWMAKERS SOLD US OUT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANYS.  Our Veterans are dying before they get treatment, THEY HAVE LET PHARMACEUTICALS, THE AMA, UTILITIES, and PAYOLA TO NON_AMERICANS!!!!

How can Truth be anything less????

Good Father
The Best Man I Ever Knew, Me and Frank’s Dad

I can’t do anything other than be myself….  WHY????  Because I refuse to be any less than what this world  no,  the world back then made.

A lot of people will laugh when I say, “before I started this site, I wasn’t this way”, but it IS true, at least in a way it’s true.  After starting this site, and I do mean within 1 hour, I encountered something which I didn’t understand, and that was INDIFFERENCE toward Child Maltreatment.  I haven’t gotten past it either;  no matter how I tried to rationalize the “reasoning” in the possible answers those closest to me gave(in an attempt to avoid JUDGING) as reasons these “uninterested” and “unconcerned” individuals might be “Indifferent”.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines TRUTH as:  the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true: the quality or state of being true: a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true.

I do not play where Our Children’s welfare and well-being is concerned, and I am in fact very serious.  When someone decides to educate me in this subject, I KNOW why, and that’s what is wrong with my attitude.  When someone is serious, and PREPARED, about educating anyone, they don’t NEGLECT to teach you the last BIG CHAPTER in the subject.

Any of you can ask 2 of my former students, Aliana and Our Editor Aida, about the above paragraph, or just the word “prepared”, and I guarantee you will learn a great deal about me.

OK, I’ll explain a little of the above:  to attempt to lessen, or even imply that I don’t know what I KNOW TO BE TRUE FIRST HAND, is not a smart thing to do, especially when trying to convince me and a good friend, who just happens to be one of my Advisers here, that a certain type of person has gotten a “bad rap” or is stereo-typed totally wrong.  But to be totally PREPARED, and “APPEAR” Genuine, you don’t leave out the disclaimer!!!!

I have something I want to bring to your attention, The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has updated it’s site, and their 2012 publication.  Have ANY OF YOU EVER KNOWN OF CDC DOUBTING GOVERNMENT NUMBERS, AT LEAST PUBLICLY????

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/childmaltreatment-facts-at-a-glance.pdf

CPS reports of child maltreatment may underestimate the true occurrence.  A non-CPS study estimated that 1 in 4 U.S. children experience some form of child maltreatment in their lifetimes.

Under the first heading “Child Maltreatment”, you will see one(1) paragraph, followed by a “non-ordered list” which is called a bulleted statement, after two(2) bulleted statements, you will see the second(2nd) paragraph, which is the above paragraph.

Earlier I neglected to finish what I wanted Our Circle to KNOW.  What someone chose to leave out is a small thing most times, the thing I called the disclaimer,  Which in this case it represents OUR CHILDREN that are victims of Child Maltreatment.  The disclaimer is always below, or purposely written smaller, and says:  IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ONLY ¼ OF THE ABUSE CASES ARE REPORTED.

Malicious Prosecution Alleged in West Virginia

Courthouse News Service
Thursday, February 12, 2015

(CN) – The disgraced former prosecutor for Mingo County, West Virginia pressed bogus child abuse charges against a special education teacher so his wife could get her job, the aggrieved educator claims in court.

The prosecutor in question, C. Michael Sparks, is currently in prison having pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to cover up evidence of illegal drug use and other misconduct by a now deceased former county sheriff.

In a complaint filed in the Charleston, West Va., Federal Court, Tina Grace says she was called into a meeting with the Mingo County superintendent of schools on Sept. 23, 2011, and confronted with allegations that she had been abusing special needs students.

Afterwards, and as required by law, the superintendent called the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and reported the alleged abuse, thereby initiating an investigation of the matter by the state.

Grace was then suspended, with pay, for the duration of the inquiry, the complaint says.

As described in the court documents, two people providing the most negative information about Grace to investigators — C. Michael Sparks and his wife, Jennifer Sparks — who are alleged to have said she routinely bullied and belittled children in her care.

“Defendant Sparks’ wife … was the only teacher to provide critical comments about Tina Grace saying she had twisted a child’s cheeks, was not nice to kids, mentioning aides had complained about her disciplinary methods and also discussing those same incidents of some two years earlier involving a balancing device known as the ‘turtle’ and the use of hot sauce for disciplining an unruly child,” the complaint says.

Grace says Sparks’ motive was clear – she had two children in the school in which both she and Grace worked, but she also had the least seniority of any special education teacher there, meaning an impending consolidation of schools would likely result in her losing her job.

In addition, Grace says, she and Jennifer Sparks “had engaged in several verbal disagreements in recent years over various matters, including one where Mrs. Grace had replied something to the effect her coal miner husband was smarter than Sparks’ lawyer spouse.”

Grace says the only other people testifying against her were a personal friend of the Sparks, and a teacher’s aide whose husband worked at the county courthouse.

The state investigation turned up no specific findings of abuse, the complaint says. Nevertheless, about 10 days after the investigation ended, the district fired Grace. Days after that, she was indicted on a single county of battery, and two counts of child abuse.

“Defendant Sparks presented these matters to the grand jury initiating Tina Grace’s indictments,” the complaint says.

Grace pleaded not guilty to the charges, and she says what transpired from then on was nothing short of a sham trial. For instance, she says, “In a lame attempt to [cover up] his inherent conflict of interest in prosecuting Tina Grace, Defendant Sparks did not list his wife as a witness … although she had been the only teacher in the entire Mingo County school system to provide evidence concerning Mrs. Grace.”

Grace ultimately agreed to a deal in which she would drop an ongoing appeal of her dismissal from the school district in return for Sparks’ dropping the charges against her. Sixty days later, Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury expunged the record of the case. Thornsbury was later sentenced to 50 months in prison for his involvement in the scheme for which Sparks is now jailed.

Grace then filed an ethics complaint against Sparks with the West Virginia Disciplinary Counsel, which ultimately close the matter due to the fact Sparks’ license had already been annulled due to his other legal problems.

Grace has since filed to rescind the withdrawal of her grievance challenging her termination from the Mingo County Schools.

She seeks $1 million in compensatory damages, lost back wages and future wages on claims Sparks and his co-defendants derived her of her civil rights under state law, that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to effect malicious prosecution, false arrest, and multiple counts of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

ACLU Seeks Facts on Abuse of Immigrant Kids

Courthouse News Service
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

PHOENIX (CN) – The Department of Homeland Security blew off FOIA requests for information on the abuse of immigrant children in immigration custody, the ACLU claims in court.

The ACLU sued the DHS and its creatures, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on Wednesday in Federal Court.

In its December 2014 FOIA request, the ACLU says, it sought “to shed light on longstanding allegations of abusive treatment of children by Border Patrol, including prolonged detention in degrading and inhumane conditions, as well as DHS oversight agencies’ handling of those allegations.”

None of the agencies have responded, the ACLU says.

“This case is about the systemic failure of multiple institutions to protect some of the most vulnerable among us,” ACLU of Arizona staff attorney James Lyall said in a statement. “Under any reasonable definition, the neglect and mistreatment that these children experience in Border Patrol custody qualifies as child abuse, and federal officials and contractors are required to report that abuse under applicable child protection laws.”
The ACLU and other civil rights organizations sent an administrative complaint to DHS in *June 2014, claiming 116 immigrant children had been abused by the Border Patrol.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/06/11/68651.htm

“One quarter of these children reported physical abuse, including sexual assault, beatings, and the use of stress positions by Border Patrol agents, and more than half reported various forms of verbal abuse, including death threats,” the June complaint stated. “Many reported being denied blankets and bedding and attempting to sleep on the floors of unsanitary, overcrowded, and frigid cells.”

Eighty percent of the children said they were not properly provided with food and water, and nearly as many said they were detained for more than the 72-hour maximum. About half of the children said they were denied medical care, including a number who required hospitalization.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske acknowledged after the ACLU’s June complaint that the allegations regarding holding room conditions were “absolutely spot-on,” and said his agency and DHS would investigate.

In October, however, the Office of the Inspector General “reported it would be ‘curtailing routine inspections,’ and has issued no subsequent findings or taken any other public action in response to the complaint,” the ACLU says in the new lawsuit.

In fact, “Border Patrol restricts access to detention facilities such that attorneys, advocates, and family members are generally prohibited from meeting with detainees, many of whom are held incommunicado for days. Immigrant children – like all immigrants – have no guarantee of legal counsel in removal proceedings; without legal representation, children are far less likely to report abuse or pursue civil rights complaints involving government officials,” the complaint states.

The ACLU says that the volume of these complaints “point to systemic deficiencies in Border Patrol’s detention policies and practices, and yet the full extent of these problems is still unknown.”