10.23.2007

Former Boyd Football Star In Hot Water


Tremendous thanks to a reader for pointing this out to me:

TUSCOLA, TX -- A popular English teacher has been placed on paid leave -- and faces possible criminal charges -- after a student's parents complained to police that a ninth-grade class reading list contained a book about a murderer who has sex with his victims' bodies.

Kaleb Tierce, 25, is being investigated for allegedly distributing harmful material to a minor after the student selected Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy's Child of God off the list and read it.

Rest of the story here. (And the Abilene paper has a lengthy story, with comments, here.)

But, how silly. The story even says the case will be turned over to the DA for possible criminal prosecution. I don't think there is a chance in the world it could happen, but West Texas sure seems very back woods all of a sudden.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't need a novel to read or see that kind of stuff. The first few minutes of a typical evening news broadcast will suffice. As will the average HBO special or video games, or movie previews. Not to mention the many sordid things a child would read about in the Bible. Or the fact that it turns out Dumbledore(?) is gay, apparently. Poor teacher is clearly a scapegoat.

The Devil said...

Sounds like Mr. Tierce is getting a raw deal to me. The last thing you want is our children reading material from pulitzer prize winning authors'.

Anonymous said...

Disgusting. And I'm not talking about the book or the teacher.

This always happens to the good teachers. Wonder why the public educational system is in ruins, its the administrators and parents that want robotic teachers and high TAKS scores.

Most likely this teacher will give up, and we've lost more that can ever be replaced.

Anonymous said...

So according to the story all the English teachers approved the list of books and he's the one that has to be put on leave for it. What would have happened if a student from each class read the book...would all the teachers have been put on leave?

Anonymous said...

I say disband the whole English department. Those kids need to be learning Spanish anyway if they plan on staying in Texas!

Anonymous said...

How can he get in trouble if she picked out the book? Sounds like he stepped on the wrong toes at Jim Ned.

Anonymous said...

Back when I was a student at Bport HS in the early to mid-70's, I read many books with "adult content" that I checked out of the high school library. Example, I read "Atlas Shrugged" by Ann Rynd my sophomore year.

There was also another book with "Tuesday" in the title that described a rape scene in great detail. I remember it being passed around in the halls from student to student with the corner of one page turned down where the rape sequence began.

There was another very popular book that had the big "N"-word in title. It was popular because it was very short and used a very large font. It was great for those last minute book reports in Ms. Coggins class.

The point...anywhere there is collection of books, videos, photos, etc. someone will find something wrong/offensive/vulgar some way, some how in the content.

Double Fake John Galt

Anonymous said...

The parents should home-school; that way, they can dictate who, what, where and when much better. They can shield their children from getting a public/real-world education, and they won't have to tie up the po-lice, while screwing around with my rights either.

Anonymous said...

He should have moved to Wisconsin where there is no necrophilia law. Texas and other places consider such acts as serious sex crimes and jails the ones who do it. The teacher should be jailed for requiring reading of such filth.

Anonymous said...

8:22 AM
How do you know which states have necrophilia laws? I guess we know where you spend you vacations.

PS. Texas has a law against sodomy, so I would remove whatever is up your arse and read the whole story.

Anonymous said...

Barry...I disagree with your title. There's only one Boyd football star...and that's Billy Joe Tolliver. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Anonymous said...

What the hell ever happened to readers like Dick and Jane and Tip and Mitten and Green Eggs and Ham for Gawd sakes?

Nobody ever went to jail readin that stuff.

goober said...

Maybe if we are luckey the good teachers will come to Decatur to help us w/our TAKS scores, Jim Ned will have to shut down because they can't get teachers of any kind, and everyone will be happy with the world. Oh, I forgot, the DHS princiGAL doesn't allow controversial, critically acclaimed authorship in her school either.

Anonymous said...

Goober...I guess you were un"luckey" when it came to good teachers!

Anonymous said...

8:22 AM -

He didn't require her to read it. She chose the book for a book report type assignment. She had the option to change at any time. After her parents flew into a rage, she had the option to do a report over a movie of her choice.

Anonymous said...

11:46, I am a teacher at Decatur High School. Your ignorance is hanging out...better tuck it back in.