One tragedy comes to a conclusion for Osbourn High School, and another begins. On the same day former teacher Ted Johnson is sentenced to twenty years in prison with all but four years suspended, there are reports that another student — I believe the fifth this year — is dead. School officials sent home a letter with students announcing this tragedy and the availability of counseling at school tomorrow, but further information is not officially available, although the rumors are flying. Tragic rumors.
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has the story on the sentencing of Ted Johnson and the typical excuse-mongering that is all the rage in criminal defenses these days. Of course the bad behavior of some adult is a result of a bad childhood, meriting a reduction. Hogwash.
A doctor testified that Johnson has responded well to treatment and now fully realizes the harm he has caused.
She said Johnson was in a “trance-like state” when he committed the offenses, and claimed his actions stemmed from offenses he suffered as a boy.
Hardiman scoffed at the doctor’s explanation and asked for a lengthy prison term.
Unfortunately the judge seemed to have paid more attention to the defense. For molesting three different girls between the ages of twelve and thirteen years old, the guy gets to serve less than a quarter of his sentence.
Officials at Osbourn need to get a handle on what’s happening at this school. There’s not a whole lot a school can probably do in a case like this, but you have to imagine there’s something that can be done to improve the climate and cut down on the number of tragedies. This is a great school with a lot to be proud of, but instead of celebrating as often as they deserve, students end up mourning.
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