Convicted teachers are flouting the system

first_imgOPINION – Catherine Woulfe – Auckland Now 5 March 2012When it came to light that a sex offender teacher has been using aliases to keep teaching, the new Education Minister, Hekia Parata, was very quick to launch an inquiry. I urge her to broaden that inquiry to examine the system itself, not just the way in which this man flouted it.The system has knowingly let teachers with serious convictions, including sex crimes and violence, back into classrooms. It’s kept their names secret from parents and principals; and for a long time it had no way of knowing for sure where they were working.I’ve been hammering away at this for six years. See this story. I’ve also covered the topic for the Sunday Star-Times.In a nasty nutshell, since it was set up in 2002, the Teachers Council has registered, or decided not to de-register, teachers despite knowing that they have convictions for:– Battery of an 11-year-old– Importing ecstasy and supplying cannabis to minors– Indecent assault on a student– Threatening to kill– Assault on a female– Common assault– Assault with weapons– Possession of objectionable material– Grievous bodily harm.It has also okayed teachers who have admitted:– Stealing school funds to spend on themselves– Having sex with students– Sexually abusing a minor read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader against NC State

first_img Published on April 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman As soon as head coach Shannon Doepking joined Syracuse last fall, she preached to her new team that she wanted to hit for more power.On Saturday, catcher Alexis Kaiser drove a two-run shot over the fence in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the team’s 15th long ball of the season. SU has 17 regular season games remaining but have already surpassed last year’s home run total of 14.Kaiser’s home run wasn’t enough to keep pace with NC State, though, and Syracuse (16-20, 5-6 Atlantic Coast) split Saturday’s doubleheader against the Wolfpack (21-17, 3-8). Syracuse had won six of its previous seven games, and won the opening contest, 5-2, but lost the night-capper, 7-2.In the first game of Syracuse’s doubleheader, ace Alexa Romero struck out 10 batters in her 11th complete game effort. After a shaky start, Romero pitched a perfect final five innings in the 5-2 win. Romero allowed an earned run in the first inning and a home run in the second, but retired every batter she faced for the next five innings. She struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to earn the complete game and finished with 10 K’s.Second baseman Gabby Teran started the scoring for SU in the first game, as she took advantage of a wild pitch and a throwing error by NC State’s catcher. Syracuse’s offense faltered in the next two innings, but the bottom of the order strung together hits in the top of the fourth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlex Acevedo and Lailoni Mayfield singled to start a four-run burst, as Teran, Gianna Carideo and Kaiser drove runners in. Acevedo, Carideo, Kaiser and Mayfield each crossed home plate to put SU ahead 5-2. All five of SU’s runs came against Wolfpack starter Devin Wallace (2.80 ERA).In the second game, starter Miranda Hearn allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks. By the time of Kaiser’s fourth-inning blast, her third of the season, the Wolfpack had already scored five runs. Kaiser went 3-for-6 on the day with three RBIs and two runs scored.Acevedo, who went 3-for-5 with two walks in the doubleheader, had two of Syracuse’s four hits in the second game. Acevedo extended her hitting streak to nine games.Sophie Dandola, SU’s No. 2 pitcher, did not appear in the doubleheader, but may pitch in tomorrow’s final game of the series, which starts at 12 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more