Ohio: Going off the Deep End in Lorain

I’m as opposed to rape and sexual assualt as the next person. I’m especially protective of children when they become the victims of such heinous acts. In Lorain, Ohio, they are taking things too far. To begin, they wish to establish the city as a predator-free zone. That’s fine until one looks at the details:

The ordinance would prohibit sexual predators, the most dangerous class of registered sex offenders, from living within 2,500 feet of any school, library, day care, park or public pool in Lorain. Some on council also favor adding school bus stops to the list.

Effectively, the ordinance would prohibit sexual predators from living in much of the city. […]

Now Provenza’s office must research if the ordinance can include all categories of sex offenders; if it can also include school bus stops; and the maximum distance possible to restrict sex offenders.

No matter how one feels about such ordinances, tracking devices or notification programs across the country, we also need to look at how people in Lorain define sexual offenses. In one case, a principal recently lost his job over this silly issue:

Robert Holloway, 49, of Parma, quit his job as principal of St. Anthony of Padua school in Lorain last month, said the Rev. Joe West, pastor of St. Anthony parish. Holloway already had been suspended when he chose to quit.

Holloway told police that he kissed the feet of three 14-year-old boys after promising to do so 50 times if educators lost a recent teacher-student volleyball game.

West wrote St. Anthony parents last week to say that he accepted Holloway’s resignation.

According to a Lorain police report, Holloway paid each student $15 as promised besides kissing their feet – one boys’ in the school library and the other two in the gym, the report stated.

The boys said they did not believe the prank was done in a sexual way and Lorain police said no criminal charges would be filed.

It gets worse. They seem so uptight they’d even arrest Charlie Brown for his crush on that little red-haired girl. Here’s today’s news from Lorain:

School documents provided by Barth and the boy’s father, Frank Johnson, did not give specifics on the incident but showed that the second-grader was removed from school on Tuesday for ”sexual harassment during gym.” It also states the student ”admits to writing notes saying ‘I love you’ and giving them to a student.”

”It’s an embarrassment to me and it’s an embarrassment to him because he doesn’t understand what’s going on,” Barth said.

Lorain schools spokesman Dean Schnurr confirmed yesterday that a student was sent home on an ”emergency removal” for inappropriate actions. Schnurr insisted that his removal was a minor, precautionary action.

”It’s not a disciplinary action,” Schnurr said yesterday, adding the allegation will not be placed in the student’s permanent record. ”We don’t want to put something in the permanent record of a youngster who may not understand what they did wrong.

”He admitted to what he was being accused of,” Schnurr said, unable to give specifics but said they were ”inappropriate” in nature.

However, the student’s mother said the school assumed her son touched the girl because he had written her a love letter a few weeks ago.

”Apparently, they had to treat it as sexual harassment,” Barth said, adding the girl has been friends with her son for a long time. ”And then he was given a day off of school because of passing notes that say ‘I love you.”’

To quote Gwen Stefani, “The shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”

7 Comments
  1. I say there are two issues there.

    One, the over zealous nature of this “protection” concept. Anytime government wants to “protect” you, even children, its usually a bad thing, that will only make things worse.

    The best way to “protect” people from REAL sexual preditors is to keep the bastards behind bars.

    The other half of the issue is the sheer anal stupidity of beurocratic rules like “sexual harrasment”. Saying I love you, even if it is unwanted is NOT sexual harrasment. This is no (How do you spell that again?) Quid pro quo. Nor is it sexual assault.

    Ironically alot of these rules make kids accountable for things, we would never consider them mature enough to decide for themselves anyway.

    Frank

  2. If the principal had been a hot 24 year-old woman instead of an ugly 49 year-old man, she wouldn’t have had to quit. After all, she would have been too pretty to quit.

    In a somewhat related not, I heard on the local news that the state legislature in Lansing is considering a law which would make it a crime to leave children under 6 unatended in a car. Is this necessary? Aren’t there already laws against child neglect/endangerment on the books?

  3. It’s times like this I think we’re all fighting a losing battle. This country is filled with such non-thinking trash that there may be no way to ever get through to them.

  4. Frank Worley – Do you consider child labor laws protecting children from working long hours in dangerous jobs to have “made things worse”? Have you ever know anyone who was molested as a child? I have. The hurt lasts a lifetime.

  5. Do you consider child labor laws protecting children from working long hours in dangerous jobs to have “made things worse”?

    Yes. This is not readily obvious. Most people assume the situation improved only because of the laws. Actually, it’s the other way around. The laws “improved” (or so people think) because social attitudes changed, due to increased prosperity from the continuing effects of the industrial revolution.

    In fact, prosperity and all the good things that come out of it would have continued to improve even more rapidly were it not for the collective dead weight of government taxes and regulations, stifling businesses and innovation. By now, we would have been a giant evolutionary step ahead of where we are.

    Also, in a lot of cases, child labor laws can be a real annoyance, as they were when I was a kid. The government has a tendency for one-size-fits all bureaucratic solutions which don’t always apply.

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