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stormwaterguy Sep 25, 3:57 p.m.
If my boss touches me, he would be pulling back a nub where his hand used to be.
stormwaterguy Sep 25, 3:56 p.m.
How did Smith know the tattoo was on her heiney? Did the teacher tell him? And why would anyone tell their boss they have a tattoo on their heiney.
dirkdiggler Sep 25, 3:49 p.m.
"ANOTHER REASON EWA HAS SO MANY PROBLEMS, THE DUMB PARENTS"
What is this plethora of problems to which you refer? The fact that it's an honor school of excellence? The fact that there are no drug, gang, or bullying issues going on at school? The fact that the 'dumb' parents are involved and volunteering a minimum of 8 hours a month to help support the school and their children's education? Please, enlighten me about 'all the problems' our school has. Looks like to me, we have two less problems than we had previously, and a lot less problems than most schools in this lovely county.
josephlawrence43 Sep 25, 3:14 p.m.
must have been one interesting tattoo.!!
Scubagirl Sep 25, 3:12 p.m.
shone = a simple past tense and past participle of shine.
shown = a past participle of show.
SingleLensReflex.SLR Sep 25, 2:18 p.m.
"She also admitted to sending him emails about personal matters and inviting him out for coffee prior to the August incident"..
Clarence Thomas has to redeem himself as a role model. Maybe the legal system can teach the basics of a functioning civilization to both of these clueless players.
Whosays Sep 25, 1:56 p.m.
Listen to the video, his attorney says, "he did it" in August 2011.
itsmyownopinion Sep 25, 1:39 p.m.
Don't tell me my post is a duplicate when you didn't post it the first time.
The witness is not under indictment, so don't try to put her there. Showing a group her body art may not have been her finest moment, but as you can see, she was not the only employee of the school that accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Quote from article: "Smith – East Wake Academy's longtime headmaster – was eventually fired and later indicted on two counts of sexual battery and two counts of sexual assault stemming from the complaint, as well as similar allegations by another school employee."
School employees need to control themselves, whether they are teachers, janitors, bus drivers...whatever. I can understand her being afraid to report him when it happened for fear of losing her job.
dawggydawg Sep 25, 1:29 p.m.
THE ONES OF YOU SAYING YOU'RE GLAD SHE ISN'T WORKING AT OUR SCHOOL JUST BECAUSE SHE SHOWED SOMEONE HER TATTOO NEED TO BE CHECKED AND REEVALUATED,ANOTHER REASON EWA HAS SO MANY PROBLEMS, THE DUMB PARENTS.
Obamacare for everyone Sep 25, 1:01 p.m.
This guy carries all of the warning signs of a rapist.
VickLo Sep 25, 12:20 p.m.
Just how else was he supposed to see the tattoo? Get real folks. He didn't have his x-ray glasses!
cbuckyoung Sep 25, 12:07 p.m.
And the hard evidence is WHAT? Where are the eyewitnesses, fingerprints, weapon, DNA, inappropriate communications, gifts, special favors not to testify. OPPS, NONE. Innocent. And throw the still unidentified woman in jail for 10 years. Another liberal tactic to attack men. Smear the accused male and not identify the lying female. Another great job by wACLUral.
A person Sep 25, 12:03 p.m.
These witnesses have absolutely NO credibility at all. He has been railroaded and hope he sues these "witnesses" for everything they will ever be worth
ashwednesday36 Sep 25, 12:02 p.m.
Things like this are happening at this school? Where were kids at this point? Were they close by? Did they see? THAT is a question I would want to know. This, too, goes to leadership at that school. How many people were standing around at the original unveiling? A man or woman in a leadership position should never accept behaviors like this in his/her school and should not exhibit the behaviors shown here.
Brandon Smith had a similar incident in Durham. The Durham attorney team (with the money of Durham County taxpayers) filed to have charges dismissed. Some charges were dismissed and some were not. This was pretrial stuff. In 2002 the court case was decided and charges were dismissed on an apparent technicality. EWA KNEW this and hired Smith anyway. Is it any wonder that this "leader" (Smith) has a school running in this way? He is the leader of the school. I tried to post the result link for the case, but it has not appeared on this blog.
Whosays Sep 25, 11:59 a.m.
Like I said before read the whole story......http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/10880047/
He has done it before in another school.
Save It Sep 25, 11:53 a.m.
"She also admitted to sending him emails about personal matters and inviting him out for coffee prior to the August incident".
She invited him for coffee. If I were on the jury I'd want to know the content of the emails.
bnwosu Sep 25, 11:05 a.m.
Why, would you show a tatoo,thats not visable to anyone anyway.That should be a private affair. When someone pulls down your pants, you just stand there. I smell Money, where are the husbsands or boyfriends in all this. My husband would have went crazy. As a rape victim i'm not blaming her, but she had the opportunity to say yes or no. In my case i did't have that right.So do i feel her pain no.
Disabled Vet Sep 25, 11:02 a.m.
I have only one question for the teacher. How did he know that you had a tattoo and where it was on your body?
wildpig777 Sep 25, 10:51 a.m.
both of em oughta be fired at once.
delilahk2000 Sep 25, 10:48 a.m.
She should not have shone any of them the tatto and now she wants to cry foul....Sounds like someone wants their 15 min.......
Rocknhorse Sep 25, 10:29 a.m.
When I first read this, I couldn't help but think, "HOW could she even allow him to get close enough to pull her pants down in the first place?" I mean, really!! But I chose to not ask that question b/c when it comes to sexual assault, I don't find it within me to blame the victim. But I has thought about this since I read the article and I still come to that question.
No!!! There is absolutely no excuse for his actions!! But I don't understand any grown woman allowing themselves to be in that position to begin with. I agree, she was wrong and crossed a line when she showed off her tattoo in the first place. If you want to show something like that off among your close friends, OK, but your work colleagues and at work are NOT appropriate.
I don't blame a victim in sexual assault!!! But I do put a level of blame on a woman who receives uninvited advances, when it would appear that she has sort of prompted them by her own previous actions. Boundaries, people!!
dryjr Sep 25, 10:04 a.m.
htis guy had the same problem at a jr. high in Durham
Vote for Pedro Sep 25, 10:04 a.m.
The school system should do the same thing the army has done....rules regarding tattoos...what a role model.
With regard to the school doing the same thing as the army has done, I thought you were going to say "look the other way when it comes to sexual harassment".
Fireflies Rock Sep 25, 9:38 a.m.
what on earth gives these men that commit these crimes - yes, this is a crime - the sense that they have the right to speak to a woman and touch her in any way?! I'm horrified that someone with this attitude would be in the role he's in. Showing her tattoo to people AVOVE THE PANTS LINE does not mean she intended for them to see the more private area, and is in no way, shape or form an invitation to assault her. You people who think he was justified to act like an animal need your heads examined.
dirkdiggler Sep 25, 9:35 a.m.
I agree, Fun. I'm glad she's not there to 'educate' my kids anymore. I don't need some trollop showing off her tramp stamp spending entire days with my children.
dirkdiggler Sep 25, 9:34 a.m.
"It's never been about money. I just wanted it over."
Well, it's over. You quit, he got fired. Why the suit against the school if it's 'not about the money'? That makes about as much sense as screaming assault/inappropriate behavior after you've shown your flank and emailed the guy talking about how hot you are in certain outfits. Oh wait....
mojaintsmall Sep 25, 9:33 a.m.
appears to me she was the one who initiated it by showing him the tattoo in the 1st place and now she is after a money grab - mojaintsmall
Fun Sep 25, 9:21 a.m.
What kind of character did she display removing clothing so she could show her tattoos to a group? And this a role model for our children? Of course character is not something that is legalized....but just saying. While it gives him no right to do what he "supposedly" did, I question her.....taunting. She apparently is a low self esteem individual. The school system should do the same thing the army has done....rules regarding tattoos...what a role model
anti-Hans Sep 25, 9:06 a.m.
Even IF she showed him the tattoo originally, it still gives him absolutely no RIGHT to pull her pants down to view again.
bdu4dals2 Sep 25, 9:03 a.m.
Hmmmmm.....it's not about money, OK, then there will be no monetary settlement for her, yeah right. Still in all, the dude should have at least lost a finger for what he did.
edtomjr Sep 25, 8:54 a.m.
djofraleigh and that blahblah person, are you 2 insane? showing her tattoo to a group of people doesn't mean she was flirting and did not give him an invite to pull her pants down and rub her.
This is the reason rape culture exists.
Linger Sep 25, 8:51 a.m.
Showing a tattoo to someone is not an invitation to assault them. If you believe so, then you need to examine yourself.
smdrn Sep 25, 8:49 a.m.
This guy does sound like a perv. Had he attempted to pull my pants down, he wouldn't have succeeded because he would have been in too much pain from me hitting him. But she was out of line first by showing everyone her body art. This certainly didn't give him to right to put his hands on anyone, but inappropriate behavior is inappropriate behavior.
Obamacare for everyone Sep 25, 8:43 a.m.
This man is disgusting.
Country Girlz Have MORE fun Sep 25, 8:24 a.m.
What did the emails say?
BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Sep 25, 8:16 a.m.
The teacher showed her tattoo-(above her pants line) to this man which would seem as an invite....
This man is not the only guilty person here.
BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Sep 25, 8:14 a.m.
I agree totally with djofraleigh..
Perfect analysis of the situation.
mramorak Sep 25, 8:12 a.m.
there is a personel space for everybody!
BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Sep 25, 8:12 a.m.
Wait a minute.
**She testified Monday that, on a previous occasion, she had shown a group of people, including Smith, the part of the lower-back tattoo that was above the pants line.
What the heck to you expect lady..You showed all of this to them..
To me..you were the first to come on to this man...inviting him to look at your tattoo? How else do you expect him to act?
djofraleigh Sep 24, 7:05 p.m.
I can see that he thought he might have "license" by her having shown him the tattoo in the first place, which was provocative. She should have reported his touching her, pulling down her pants, immediately. He isn't innocent, but she's not all that either.
LovemyPirates Sep 24, 6:53 p.m.
If he touched her clothing in anyway, he was out of line.
Rocknhorse Sep 24, 6:52 p.m.
I sit and read this and can't help but think, if he had touched me in any inappropriate way, much less pulled my pants down, it would be days before my hand print faded from his face.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03