A father took matters into his own hands – literally with a two-handed grip on his baseball bat – after a teacher showed up on the dad’s porch wanting to talk about his “inappropriate” texts sent to the father’s 15-year-old teen daughter. A couple of strong whacks later, the teacher skedaddled, and the story went viral.
Here’s the scoop: The 42-year-old teacher, who is employed at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, was sending dozens of texts, some at 3 a.m., to the 15-year-old teen. When the parents of the girl read the texts, they were shocked, not only at the fact that the two were communicating so far outside the boundaries of a normal parent / student relationship, but that the texts were evidently sexually suggestive in nature. Police have yet to release any names of those involved.
After going to the authorities, who declined to take any action, the teacher showed up on the porch of the Maryland couple. However, as you might imagine, the dad was not in a talking mood, and asked the teacher to leave. When he didn’t, the father convinced him with a few strong whacks with his bat.
An officer of the White Marsh Precinct from the Baltimore County Police Department, who reviewed the texts, said: “There’s nothing we’ve seen in the contents that’s criminal,” but added that the messages do show that “an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student,” was being carried on.
The case has been turned over to the Crimes Against Children Unit to investigate.
Despite news outlets saying that the dad would be charged because the teacher sustained minor injuries, police have said that the teacher declined to press charges. Reports NewsOxy: “The police report revealed the teacher had the right to file a complaint for second degree assault for minor injuries he sustained, which he declined. The father had the right to file a trespassing charge if he so desired.”
This story has touched a nerve with parents everywhere. Comments left on RawStory.com supported both sides – the dad and his “swing batta” actions, and the texting teacher.
If a teacher sent inappropriate texts to my daughter I would have hit for the cycle – Dewey Fischer
You condemn the teacher without even knowing what the text of the messages was. What if the girl texted the teacher that her parents were abusing her? The story does not say. I would investigate more before taking the side of a lunatic that has to fight a woman with a baseball bat. After all, the police determined no crime had been committed relating to the texts. The mother picked the texts she turned over to the cops. – PastorBob
Hit him a lick for me, will ya Dad, the slimy piece of excrement… – BlackSpeak
A bat does what a gun can’t: Solve a problem without killing anyone – PoliticalAtheist
Pastor Bob, if you are a pastor I have no idea how you passed Bible College. It clearly states that the text had “an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student,” The teacher also was not a woman as you assumed, you had to assume because you did not pay attention to the article when you read it. Read the following out of the article, “the dad was not in a talking mood, and asked the teacher to leave. When he didn’t, the father convinced him with a few strong whacks with his bat.” The teacher was lucky I think but then I was taught to protect my children…. – NiceHarley
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