This week in Macon, Georgia – a town just below Atlanta – a man was brought to trial who had been an English teacher at Central High School in Macon. Many would believe that his sentence was too light for taking pictures of a little nine year old boy while using the bathroom at a mall.
How safe are our students around teachers these days? One can only ask on the heels of an incident here in Atlanta this week at the Martin Luther King Middle School where a former swim coach was arrested for raping a 15 year old female student. Are our teachers being vetted properly before they are allowed in the classroom?
Parents are held accountable and responsible for their children until they reach legal age; so why do the parents have no say in what is to be done when something like this happens. The input of parents should be taken into consideration upon sentencing. Why shouldn’t all victims of any crime be able to have a say in the legal punishment of their victimizers? The family of this little boy feels he was not given enough time behind bars.
In May of 2007, a little nine year old boy went to the public restroom at Macon Mall while his mother waited outside the door. Several times she asked if he were okay and he said that he was and he would be out in a moment.
A little later he came running out with his pants undone and told his mother than a man inside had taken his picture. The man, Carlos Dwight Arnold, ran; but was apprehended. The camera was found in a nearby trash can; and a picture from that camera was presented to the judge during the trial this week.
This perpetrator was sentenced to about a year in jail, followed by ten years probation. He also had to pay a fine of $1,000. The cost of this trial far outweighed such a low fine and the taxpayers had to pick up the rest. Fines for such crimes should be higher and prisoners made to work off the cost – why should taxpayers pay for the crimes of criminals? The tax funds are spread way too thin for paying good school teachers here in Atlanta and all across the nation.
A mental evaluation of Arnold reportedly indicated that he was not a pedophile; but had an interest in voyeurism; no doubt secured by the defense attorney. Who knows if this was the first incident caused by this man who has now been charged with sexual exploitation of a child? He pled guilty and said he had no interest in children. He also apologized.
The mother testified that it had taken away her child’s innocence at nine years old; he is now 12 years old and had suffered fears of going to the bathroom by himself. She said it had taken a terrible toll on him and the family as they waited this length of time for this to go to trial.
Questions should arise in the minds of all parents. Was he out on bond all the time? Had he done this before? Was this just the beginning of what could have been a career child molester?
Did he give any reasonable – if that were possible – explanation as to why he would have committed such a crime? Just how sure are the authorities that he had never done this before and that he would not do it again if given the opportunity? When released will he be a threat to other children? Will a year in jail with no psychological and/or mental health therapy only make him worse?
There has always been a need for parents to keep close eyes on little girls; but little boys seemed to be safer in years gone by; but today with the rapid change in society and their acceptance of male and male relationships, little boys are just as much at risk as little girls. There is some kind of sexual club that openly campaigns for it to be legal for a man to have sex with a boy. Only God knows how this will end; and how many children will continue to be put at risk by those in authority who are supposed to be protectors of children and not predators.
The outrageous accounts of Priests, youth leaders, and other ministers who in the past have molested little children are frightening; and too many times swept under the rug. It is coming to the place where a parent should never allow their child to be with a teacher of any sex – alone – without others in the room or nearby. These situations should be stopped before they have time to turn into something other than a teacher/student relationship. Far too many reports – one would be too many – of teachers having sex with their young students. And now rape and other crimes are being committed against innocent children by teachers.
Children who do not feel they get the love and attention they need at home are more vulnerable when an adult pays them special attention. There was a time when teachers, senators, ministers and others in authority were trusted and held in the highest esteem and never a thought of any impropriety would be suggested. But today things have changed and all public figures paid by public funds should undergo drug and alcohol testing as well.
Perhaps upon hire, they should undergo a lie detection test if they want to be trusted with our children. Drastic requirements are called for in drastic times. Many employers require this of their employees why should these people be treated any differently?
Never let your guard down in daily talking with your children, boys and girls, about the dangers of living in a world gone wild. How much blame does society need to claim for such things by accepting the outrageous exploits of adults against children? Should all teachers undergo a mental evaluation and extensive background checks before they are allowed in the schools to come into contact with innocent children? Yes! Innocent and great teachers should also be protected from these smears against their profession.
For photo of Mr. Arnold and further detailed information check http://www.macon.com/local/story/1029145.html