DPD Arrests Ex-Arts Magnet Teacher for Improper Relationship With Student

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The Dallas Police Department just sent word: Yesterday, a DPD detective arrested 36-year-old Michael D'Spain on a warrant for an improper relationship with a student. D'Spain was arrested at Farine Elementary School in Irving, where, according to his Linkedin profile, he's been teaching since August. But DPD says the arrest stems from his brief tenure at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he was a music instructor last year. Says D'Spain's profile, he was responsible for its productions of Always Imagine, which used John Lennon's piano on loan from the Goss-Michael Foundation, and The Wiz.

According to the DPD release:
The improper relationship began about February 2010 at the school and continued through about May. An outcry was made later by the student to family and a report was made by the student's family to CPS. A Crimes Against Persons detective was brought into the investigation and he filed the charge and made the arrest.
D'Spain's bond has been set at $100,000, and DPD says "there are no other investigations pending with the Dallas Police Department regarding Mr. D'Spain." That's all the info DPD will provide at present. Messages have been left with the Dallas Independent School District.

Update at 12:09 p.m.: Jon Dahlander, DISD spokesman, sends the following statement from the district concerning D'Spain's arrest:
The safety of our students is our top priority and the district has implemented numerous safeguards including conducting criminal background checks on all employees. Understandably, we are as disappointed as anyone about this arrest of a former teacher.

The principal at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts initially learned of allegations involving this teacher from the student's parent at the end of last school year. The proper authorities were immediately notified so that an investigation could begin. Within hours, the teacher resigned. The district's Human Resources department properly notified the State Board of Educator Certification that the teacher was under investigation.
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dude
dude

i feel sorry for Mrs. D'Spain, or should it be Ms. D'Spain now? No wonder she wasn't in AP Gov for a while. Too bad, no offense to Ms. D'Spain but i was starting to like the free days of no work.

Joshuabailey10
Joshuabailey10

It's not all his fault. He was a great teacher and yes what he did was wrong but... She was old enough and smart enough NOT to follow through with this affair. Everyone knew he was married and had children, so the fact that she went through with it is also her fault too. She didn't have to respond to his text messages but she did. And she also drove to school. Who's to say she wasn't driving to meet up with him on weekends and after school. If she was grown enough to do all that she's grown enough to have some type of punishment too. Fraley did what was best for the school. The school has just recovered from the news back in 2008 and the last thing they needed was to be brought back into all that mess again.

Betty Beezwax
Betty Beezwax

I wanted to add my two cents to this debacle, since, well everyone else can't seem to keep their trap shut. Fraley is a wonderfully talented and exceptional administrator! She was my principal for four years at MacArthur, and any time an unfortunate scenario were to arise, she would handle business the right way. I understand how outraged you all are at the situation, but shut up already. Jesus Christ... For real, if you're gonna keep flapping your gums about it, why don't you squeeze that size 10 ass of yours into that size 0 rainbow spandex you've got hidden in the bottom of your goodie drawer, grab a few picketing signs, mosey your way on down to the courthouse and at least give the rest of us a bit of entertainment value to add to all that high and mighty big talk of yours. Yeah, he's a total pervert. He is like the overbearingly obnoxious uncle you have to put up with at Thanksgiving that will belch in your face and smack your ass. ...BUT, you have to remember, out of all the awkward developing boys waltzing around the hallways of that high school, this seventeen year old girl chose an awkwardly developed 40 year old red headed balding man?! She has issues too. I do not feel any remorse for that girl, she's obviously a little bit of a hussy. She wanted it! That's gross. He's so hideous. At least go for a hot football coach or something worth getting caught for. How embarrassing for her. The MUSIC teacher?! Lame. That makes for a terrible Lifetime movie. I know... i KNOW you crazy people, wait a tick and just let me finish, damn! He's off of his rocker too. He has two adorable children and (*had, I'm assuming) an absolutely beautiful wife - who is way out of his league, I might add. The fact that he could just throw all of that all away for a silly fling with an underdeveloped Beiber loving broad?! What a deranged individual. Everyone just needs to send good thoughts and prayers to the families involved in this tragic ordeal. Even if you don't agree with what they did, their families are a part if this too - against their will. This must be a terribly painful and emotional time for them. Peace, love, and good vibes for all.

Guest
Guest

D'Spain was nothing but an inappropriate phony. He was constantly way too involved in student's personal lives and usually made inappropriate comments regarding their personal lives. I was in a class of his for a number of years and I specifically remember him telling me he would "rip me a new asshole" if I didn't learn something. I mean I'm all about pushing students, but he went too far.

With regards to choir, I'm not sure how good of a teacher he was as I wasn't in any of his choir classes. But every Mac choir concert of his that I went to was more about the lighting, the professional musicians, and the teachers than they were about the actual singing.

But this is all just my opinion. No matter what, he's still a creep.

Castlebt23
Castlebt23

In addition to my earlier comment regarding Mr. D'Spain, please don't hold Ms. Fraley as not at fault. She was made aware of the situation between Mr. Spain and the male student. Ms. Fraley was also very well known for having her daughter attend Mac from, not only another school district, but another TOWN. And, she was known for also for looking the other way at things that might affect her daughter and others. Her daughter was a great student and a beautiful girl - please don't think that I am implying otherwise. However, among the students, Ms. Fraley's improprieties were more than obvious.

Disappointed
Disappointed

I can't believe this. D'Spain was one of the best teachers/choir directors I ever had. Sure he crossed a few lines, and bent a few rules but I NEVER imagined him doing something like THIS. He threw his entire career/life away.

Bigspl25
Bigspl25

I am 30 years old now. Stuff like this has been going on sense i was in high school. From 93 to 98 Thomas Jefferson, Kimball, Carter, Bryan Adams, Duncanville and maybe a few other high schools have had teachers date students. The only thing is that teens back then thought it was the cool thing to do. We didn't tell anyone like kids do now days. Those of you who are shocked that this is happening here in dallas are ignorant, because you walk this life with a blind eye not paying attention to your surroundings thinking that things are just peachy.There is no such thing as normal these days. It is up to us as parent and family members to lead these kids tolds the right way of doing things

Questions
Questions

Why was he allowed to resign? Why was he not put on administrative leave at the very onset of the alert from the parents? If on administrative leave he would not have been so easily hired by Irving ISD. Whose decision was it to let him resign? DISD Chief of HR? the Principal"s? the Superintendent"s? The Advisory board"s? The Executive Director's of that Learning Community? Where's the OPR coverup report?

Dallas
Dallas

for all those students that are saying that he did or try to hit on them before! WHY didn't you speak out before? this could have never happened!!!!! if someone knew or at least he would have been under investigation.....................

Anony
Anony

Rumors were he Touched the student's "literally". I went to Macarthur for 4 year's. He was a great funny man. Sad story. Justice will be served.

Terrible
Terrible

parents need to be MORE involved with thier children, maybe she was looking for a FATHER figure!!!!!

Proudmom_1985
Proudmom_1985

Ok, honestly the student is a also an adult, and wait? the statement stated that it started in FEB2010 thru May?????ok and now it's JAN 2011 c'mon people why didn't they do anything before. i feel that the student and her parents should have pursue it a long time ago, i know that teacher should have known better but the student too! they go around bragging that a teacher likes them then what happens they get tide up in a scandal OMG! i'm not defending the teacher it's so wrong what he did or whatever we really don't know, i feel bad for his wife and children, and that student should too! it was funny before and now it's not!

P.S. HE WASN'T THE CHOIR DIRECTOR!!!!!!!

Nottachance
Nottachance

Was this a one time thing, a rlationship, or what? If a relationship, who started it? If one time thing, was it a rape/or forced event?

eli
eli

In all these posts criticize the teacher and the student what? why it happen? where were the parents of the student? control their children? We see only one to blame and we do not always realize that to make money we neglect our children. Please do not continue this, if given more attention to our children instead of expensive gifts could also keep things like that happen. An expensive gift will never replace the care and love of a parent

somethingelse
somethingelse

Fraley not only brought him over from MacArthur, but first brought him to MacArthur from CA. Family friends.....the network,,,,,it's all in who you know. And no, he was no "badass" choir director, he was a rock star who liked to prance around playing the guitar and singing on his student's concerts. He didn't teach anyone anything - although hundreds of kids took his class - and made MacArthur and Irving ISD a laughinstock of the HS choir world.

100%
100%

I dont understand why Fraley was even brought into this conversation. She did NOTHING wrong! Shes an amazing principal! We were sad to see her leave Mac when she did, but shes still amazing! And D'Spain. Well if what some people are saying about him hitting on them then they shouldve stepped up. Especially if it was 5 or 6 years ago! But he is innocent until proven guilty. Remember the guy in Plano that was arrested for the same accusations? He ended up being innocent. D'Spain was an amazing teacher, he was one of my favorites, so much fun was had in his choir class. And whoever said he didnt have the credentials to be at Booker T is wrong! Obviously you didnt know what kind of musician he really was! I stand behind D'spain 100% until the verdict!

guest
guest

Seriously, I completely believe this, and I wouldn't be surprised if more girls came out and said the same thing. When I had him in high school he always gave me the creeps. He would hit on all the girls and make sexual jokes towards us. However, don't get me wrong, he was a good choir teacher because he knows music. Mrs. Fraley is an amazing woman, I personally know her and she is NOT to blame for any of this.

Don't
Don't

This is all bullshit. D'Spain is one of the best teachers ever, and if you don't know him, then don't comment all this shit. Yes, he obviously made mistakes, but that doesn't define him. Fraley was a badass principal and D'Spain was a badass teacher. Don't bash either of them. I had them both for 3 years and knew each one personally.And to the person who said "Why do child molesters always look like child molesters?" - Shut the fuck up. You don't know what you're talking about. He is NOT a child molester nor does he look like one.

worried
worried

I just feel bad for his wife and kids. They're such wonderful people, they must be going through so much right now.

musicman
musicman

This is not the first time for the current leadership of BTW to turn their heads and ignore inappropriate behavior of teachers with students. It continues to happen because the community supporting the school refuses to allow such scandal to come to light. Past examples of this did not include arrests, but resignations were allowed rather firing. In some cases to divorce then happy retirement after supportive letters were written, faculty remained silent, and student reports were dismissed as just rumor. It will continue until everyone up and down the lline suffers consequences.

true words
true words

Why is everyone going to Fraley's defense? D'Spain got away with more than any teacher ever did. Just ask around. I pulled my daughter out because of what seemed to be unethical practices. I had no idea it went this far. OMG!! while writing this, they told the story on fox news. The girl wrote a song about the affair so she knew what was coming. The school is corrupt. The staff is out of control.

Teacher/Coach
Teacher/Coach

First, it is unfortunate if these allegations are true. Most of what has been said is accurate: His wife and kids are wonderful and I feel for their family; He was a wonderful teacher and a good person by all appearances (can't speak for anything I have not seen); And, let's not forget he is innocent until proven guilty (which he may be, but let's not hang the man yet)But.... The attacks on Fraley are completely unwarranted here. She is a phenomenal person and administrator. She has an incredible eye for talent. She hired what she had every reason to believe was an excellent teacher and and an incredible person. When this news broke, she became bound by the rules that govern the school district and everyone else in terms of an on-going investigation. She could not inform Irving ISD due to privacy issues until the investigation proceeded (notice he was just arrested for something that happened a year ago). It is an issue that Irving didn't investigate further, but how could they and why would they? He was a fabulous teacher with an excellent reputation that had only been gone from the district for a year - with nothing on his record at that point.

This is just an unfortunate situation, if it is true, with only one person to blame. Let's not indict the entire system just yet.

Curiousity
Curiousity

He has TWO children: a 7 and a 4 year old. This is ridiculous. Even if it isn't true, why did he allow himself to be in a situation where this could be a result? He had WAY too much going for him. I wish his wife the best.

Finally!
Finally!

This was going on long before he worked at Booker T. I was a student of his at MacArthur when he had attempted to verbally and physically hit on my friends and I.

guest
guest

Fraley's daughter was at another school because she got kicked off the Mac cheerleading team. I can't tell you how I know that, but I do.

Also, as someone very close to the happenings at Mac, D'Spain was well loved by his students... most of them at least. To some students and teachers he was all about himself. He loved to get on he stage with his choir and perform with them. That's fine on occasion, but every concert? To some he was just a douche. Not everyone at Mac was sad to see him go.

Michelle
Michelle

I said something and I wouldn't be surprised if others did too. IISD chose to look the other way. I feel if they had looked into the accusations this could have been prevented from happening with another student. Not only do I blame D'Spain but I blame all the faculty of IISD who could have done something and chose not too. IT saddens me what this world is coming too. Teachers and faculty are trusted with our children. They are their to help them learn and grow and to protect them, and they are failing miserably. Instead they look the other way and allow a child molester to continue working with children. I find that sickening.

Student
Student

Just like justiceseeker said: justiceseeker 17 hours ago in reply to SaderGirl

"He did destroy everything he had going for him. His wife is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. He was successful and loved. For that reason I stood quietly with what I knew. But we shouldn't stand quietly. People with these problems should NOT be around students AT ALL. 18 is legal but still a very hard age to be, and it's easy to be manipulated, especially when your dealing with an adult. "

1) In highschool it was hard to make decisions as big as this when your manipulated2) Yes, people did know. But chose not to do anything. That's why to many, especially some closest to him, know that this isn't a surprise3) To fellow teachers and administrators, you are not in the classroom. Therefore you don't really know what goes on. So try not to make innacurate judgements backing someone when you're not always there4) Great teacher but he knows what he had done

BTW.
BTW.

Do you know how long the law system takes to actually show results with these types of cases. The student and parents went to authorities last year, that would be why D'Spain resigned so quickly.

mad
mad

The reason the law is built this way is that in this circumstance the student is NOT an adult because of the power relationship, regardless of age...it's the same law that is supposed to govern the asymmetrical power relationships people like teachers, psychological counselors, and clerics have over their students/patients/etc.

You should apply the same standard of "fairness" you're generously giving the teacher to the student and parents--since you are equally ignorant of the details about the timeline of the events of the affair, the discovery, and the investigation perhaps you shoul also STFU with your "shoulds" which come dangerously close to blaming a victim--just like the other students whom he may have done this to and his wife and children are victims.

student
student

As a student of Booker T, we all heard rumors about this going on about in....hm March of last year. Everyone who knew her knew she had a crush and knew something was going on between them. Therefore, rape is extremely doubtful. She (who shall not be named) definitely played a hand in the initiation of the affair. And suggested by the length of it, it was more than a one time thing and more a full on relationship. She wrote a song about him and their suggestive texts to each other signaled what was going on to her parents.

Just a word, I agree he made a really really big mistake but his lacking morality does not denote his musical ability. He was a fantastic teacher and we were all legitimately saddened by his leaving because he took a musical theatre co-chair, a sound board operator, an amazing jazz ensemble director and a bulk load of fantastic sound equipment with him. And Ms Fraley is not to blame, at all. She responded in a completely rational way and wanted to do more but couldn't. She was and is bound by the district and the hundred odd donors to the school to stay quite n controversial issues, that's not her fault. In addition, she has made legions of actions to correct and remedy the situation now that she is allowed to do something about it. So please, blame Mr D'spain-in the ass, blame the girl, but do not blame Ms Fraley.

100%
100%

Um...sorry your wrong. I had him for 3 years. Every concert we did was awesome and such a big production. He knew what he was doing when it came to choir. Why else would Fraley want to bring him to her school? Not cuz they were BFF's! Cuz they werent! But because he is great at what he does. Theres no need to continue bashing him as a teacher. Hes an awesome teacher. Lets not hang the man now. How bout you wait till the verdict or wait to hear how he pleads in court before you continue to judge him?

mm
mm

Dang it! That's exactly what I was thinking.

..
..

He might not specifically be a "child molestor" but what he did was wrong, and he knew it. Stop playing captain save a hoe. You must've been one of the ones he was fucking, the one's that didnt tell because he made you feel special. Fucking idiot. When you have kids I bet you dont want a grown ass 36 years old man fucking with your 17-18 year old child.

Guest
Guest

Don't bash either of them?... Um, D'Spain did something wrong and he should suffer the consequences. He continuously hit on students, including myself. That is not right. Just because he was a ''baddass'' teacher does not mean he is a good individual. He was my teacher too for four years at Mac, and just because he was ''young and hip'' doesn't mean he is badass. Also, just because he knew your name doesn't mean you knew him personally. Fraley is completely seperate. People do not just get arrested because of rumors, there was obviously evidence.

Teacher/Coach
Teacher/Coach

People are coming to her defense because they know her. I'm coming to her defense because I know her and I know how the system works. I'll bet if I took a look at your house for a while, I could find several "flaws". It's all a matter of perspective. You might be a great parent, but I may not be able to tell that by simply looking at you from a far and only seeing a portion of what you do or who you are.

I'm a coach. We weren't very good this year. Does that automatically mean I'm a bad coach? Or a bad person?

sad
sad

Teacher/Coach, your self-appointed role as apologist for Fraley is valiant, if largely unwarrranted. She's a position to speak for herself and has done so via press release.

Your minimization of the potential sitiuation as "unfortunate" howerver, dangerously misses the point. If the allegations are true (and they are) then this is a FELONY. A "good person" regardless of your direct acquaintance of them, does NOT abuse the power and trust placed in them by the community and by law. His wife and kids, however sympathetic, are relevant to the circumstance only in that they are also victims of this crime. He's not a "wonderful teacher" if abusing children in his care is part of how he compensates himself for doing his job--regardless of your experience of him.

The question is not whether you'd have a beer with him...it's whether you'd let your teenage child have a beer with him. You should know better.

true words
true words

The sad thing is that people think this is an isolated thing. BTWHS has several teachers out of control. It's all about the teachers. Why do you think there were fewer colleges at the showcases this year than any year past. That school is out of control. Teachers showcase themselves in shows and compete among themselves for students. Teachers are very shady. They form clicks with other students and have untouchable attitudes. Well, you're no longer untouchable. My advice to the BTWHS students is, take back your school. You have more power than you know. Out of control teacher, report them. Especially now while the microscope is on. When D'Spain left so did thousands of dollars of equipment. I graduated several years ago and the school has gone down. The only department that seems to have decent leadership is dance.

Florgin
Florgin

I will second this comment. He wasn't as loved as some would leave you to believe. I personally got the creeps from the guy.

That having been said. I hope he's innocent. I'd hate to see someone I know go through this and I'd certainly hate to see his family dragged through this. However from all accounts it seems true. And I said I know him... I don't like him. However I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

sad
sad

If there was a crush at all, it's not even relevant. Students have always had crushes on teachers. Hell, teachers probably have crushes on students. But the teacher is bound by professional ethics, job requirement and by law not to encourage and/or participate in in it. If a student attempts to have a relationship it is the teacher's obligation to diffuse it and/or report it immediately--it's foolish for a teacher not to report it--NEVER to participate in it or prolong it. This crime is one of abusing power, trust, and authority and has nothing to do with "relationships."

Whether D'Spain seemed like a good musician, teacher or even parent to the outside is irrerlevant--if he's committing a felony in the process, he is a criminal and a liar, and by definition this makes him bad at all of those things, because they can't be separated. His position as a teacher is exactly what empowered him to commit the crime, and make no mistake, at it's core this is no different that statutory rape.

Mac06grad
Mac06grad

Although I can't say I back D'Spain in this case, I can say that "somethingelse" has absolutely no idea what he/she is talking about. You obviously weren't a student at any of his schools. D'Spain doesn't even play the guitar. He was an inspiration to many students including myself. I learned more from him in High school than any of my other teachers and was so inspired that I went to college to become a high school choir director. And he made Macarthur and Irving ISD the place to be for high school music. From jazz choir to music technology to M5 (a professional cover band) to all the other choirs. He came to a choir program of 80 and by his third year it was over 300 spread accross all his classes. Our school had more musical opportunities than any in the district because of him. He put his heart into his job and worked harder to have a kickass music program than anyone I've ever seen. Unfortunately he apparently lacked quite a bit of discernment in his relationships with his female students and will now pay the consequences. I just want to set the record straight that his fault was not in his ability as an educator or musician, but in his decisions he made with his relationships with students. Please pray for him and his family.

sad
sad

Coach, your analogy once again dangerously misses the point. Having a bad team doesn't make you a bad coach. Having inappropriate sexual relationships with your players would make you a bad coach (among other things). This is not a matter of perspective: TEACHERS (COACHES, ADMINISTRATORS) CANNOT CROSS THAT LINE WITH STUDENTS. PERIOD. IT'S PART OF THE JOB. IF YOU CROSS THE LINE, YOU ARE BAD AT IT--AND A FELON.

Teacher/Coach
Teacher/Coach

Sad, I'm sorry you to have given you the impression that I am minimizing the situation. However, if you tune in your reading skills a bit more, I believe you will see that you are missing MY point. My point is simply to dis-spell some of the knee-jerk reactions of people that have no connection to the situation. People seem to want to bash other people these days.... If he did this, does he get what he deserves? Absolutely. Should he have known better? Absolutely. Is it a crime? Absolutely. (I could go on for days). However, people are questioning how this happened and how others ALLOWED it to happen. I simply stated that prior to this incident, for those of us that knew him but that were not in direct contact with him all day (co-workers), he had a reputation as a wonderful teacher and a good person. And yes, if I had a daughter, prior to this incident, I would trust my daughter in his presence (obviously, I wouldn't allow a teenage daughter to have a beer with anyone if I could prevent it). Try reading my post again....

In a related item.... you speak of "good" people not doing certain things and I tend to agree. I hope I'm a good person and I would certainly never do anything like this, but.... I think it's easy to make that argument when you have no connection to something.... JFK's affairs were well known, yet millions of Americans still love him to this day. Millions of Americans voted for Bill Clinton even after the sex scandal. Thousands of families are broken apart by divorce each year because of infidelity. Would those spouses have married those people if they did not think they were "good" people? Would we intentionally vote for the leader of the free world if they were not "good" people?Again, please read carefully.... I am not comparing those scandals/situations to this (consenting adults is a completely different deal). But I think it's a bit hasty to make assumptions without all the facts.

Current Student
Current Student

Several years ago...? When was that. I'm a current Junior there and you have it all wrong.

Nottachance
Nottachance

sad is a good name for you...dont worry, you will grow out of it....

Teacher/Coach
Teacher/Coach

Again, I think your reading skills and the grasp of my analogy are a bit off here.... I was commenting about Fraley again and the comments from "true words". My point is (and what I was referring to as being a matter of perspective) is the way people view things from a far. From the outside, appearences are not always accurate. What he/she views as a corrupt staff, may very well not be. Maybe it is. I don't know. Regardless, my comments were not directed at the act in question. If true, it is a felony and he and his family will have to deal with it.

Instead, my analogy was directed at how people view things from a far (such as the way BTWHS is being run). Does the outcome or appearence of something always match the truth? No. Does a losing season make me a bad coach? No. If a parent doesn't like my teaching style or that of my school, does that automatically make me a bad teacher? No..... perspective.

Guest
Guest

you are completely right Teacher/Coach... sad: you obviously are much younger and much more naive than Teacher/Coach (not saying Teacher/Coach is naive because you arent,,, at all... sad is the only naive one around here) and you know NOTHING about Mr. D'Spain... all the crap you are talking to this person is just digging you a hole deeper and deeper... no one is saying that what he did was right or it was okay because before this incident everyone knew him as a great teacher, because he wasnt... but he truly was a great choir director! obviously Teacher/Coach knows him... and anyone who knows him knows that he took the Mac Choir far and gave it alot more potential than it ever had!

sad
sad

"All" the facts are not required. Just the ones material to the offense. Extra "facts" about whether he was a good person or teacher are irrelevant. There are no mitigating circumstances--it's binary. Teachers toe the professional/ethical/legal line or they don't. He didn't, and you know it. I sure do.

And again your strained analogies and weak anecdotes (which almost always do better at proving the exception rather than the rule) serve only to misdirect attention from those simple facts. I wonder for what purpose? Blah blah JFK, Bill Clinton, marital infidelity. Those are all about consenting adults, who are free to hurt each other (and inflict collateral damage on their families, colleagues and careers) all they want without legal consequences. Sure good people can do bad things; bad people also can do good things like teach a few kids well and marry nice people--an easy way to distract people from the bad things they do.

This is NOT about sex or even honesty among consenting adults, it's about an egregious abuse of power, trust and authority. The standard of proof is pretty simple, the line is clear, and he crossed it--you know this.

And there is no doubt that people "allowed" this to happen. Administrators were obviously not in touch on the ground-level to see the warning signs, perhaps even less so for their pet faculty. Fellow teachers likely saw the dangerous direction--it's not like you/they haven't seen this before--but turned a blind eye. Students were definitely aware of it and failed to say anything out of fear of reprisal, fear of revealing their own victimization, or even a well-intended fear of betraying their friend. And the system (perhaps unavoidably) allowed him to move on to another school even after he'd been caught.

D'Spain wouldn't have been in a position to abuse his power if he weren't a teacher. And if he can't teach high-school students without effectively raping one or more of them he isn't a good teacher or a good person (or a good husband or a good father). Your highly valued "perspective" is skewed simply because you you and a whole group of other teachers & students apparently weren't among his target demographic for victimization.

The effect of all this false fairness is very much like a betrayal of the primary victim.

true words
true words

I graduated in 98. The school is very different. It has a new look but that's one of very few things it has going for itself. Look into some of the top music competitions in the country and BTWHS isn't on the list. In fact, when ranking the music and theater programs, they don't even make the top 50. D'Spain is just the tip. I'm not saying Fraley is the problem. I think she has great potential. But she needs to open her eyes a little wider. I think she can do a good job but it will take a lot to make the school reputable again.

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