Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Porn in Guilford Located, but...

Yes, found it. But I strongly urge that only local authorities visit the site. My unwitting visit was one of utter shock and if the women depicted in various acts of sex are Guilford residents then Guilford may in fact have a cottage industry growing in their back yard.

But first, let's talk about Nate Fisher who has been mistreated throughout the coverage of this case by the statements of the parents who under the cover of anonymity continued to smear Nathan Fisher's name by playing a victim card at every turn.

Let's start examining more of the facts surrounding this case. Unknown to most media outlets, reporters initially covering this case were reported to the police as potential trespassers by an unnamed school official (Jason Marchi - Guilford Courier - 9/27 - police incident report).
News media people covering a story about a teacher’s resignation were reported outside Guilford High School, 4:14 p.m. A school administrator asked police to check into whether the media members were trespassing.
One might think that the school official have the courtesy to simply address the press instead of set them up for a tazer shower.

The school it seems has had a truth problem all along. It was widely reported that Nate Fisher resigned before the school's investigation was able to conclude. Here's, for example, is WNBC30's report,
Fisher was placed on leave when administrators learned of the issue. The district said they had not begun the investigation when Fisher resigned.

Police also received a complaint about the incident.
Yet, The Shoreline Times quotes Superintendent Forcella as saying, "Mr. Fisher resigned just after our investigation was over. The book he gave to a student was extremely inappropriate and showed very poor judgment. It contained partial nudity and had sexual content.".

In fact, Shore Publishing's Pam Johnson reports Forcella saying, "“It was his decision to resign…I completed the investigation, and we met to discuss it, and at that meeting he brought forward a letter,” of resignation, said Forcella. The meeting was to discuss the administration’s investigation of a family’s report that Fisher gave a freshman Clowe’s graphic novel, Eightball #22, in early September."

So contrary to popular belief an investigation was conducted and I would love to receive a copy of the content. The reason is obvious. Forcella, in his public comments, not only allows blatant lies to go uncorrected about Nate Fisher's narrative by the parents and his own just-covering-my-ass double-talk.

Forcella and the media covering the incident allow the parents who are made uncomfortable by Fisher supporters to use that support against Fisher as though the well-wishers were proof of a criminal element.

The parents contribute to the fabulism that Fisher was doing something profoundly disturbing by asking English 101 questions like, "How did you feel about this book?" Or by inferring that an after class discussion is a secret, shadowy, sinister opportunity to assign make-up work (which is what actually happened) or to seduce a 14 year old who he had met exactly, um, once (which is hysterical in more ways than one).

The voices of Fisher's supporters have been largely censored everywhere in this smear campaign because of the assertion a death threat was made on Facebook toward the family. Given their uncanny ability to exaggerate simple teacher-student conversations into soap opera slaeze plots, I suspect this assertion is equally dubious. Dubious but useful in silencing any questions about their motives.

Here, from Robert C. Pollack's article Students Defend Teacher is what enlightened parents had to say about Nate Fisher's gift and integrity,
But Loren Sterman, a licensed, clinical social worker for a New London Private school, whose daughter, Amanda, was in Fisher's freshman English class last year, had a different story to tell.
"I met with Mr. Fisher during a parent-teacher conference last year and was concerned because Amanda was not an inspired reader," she said. "I talked with him about how he could help her to read and become interested in reading and to develop her writing skills as well.
"He did all three. He listened to her and was sensitive to her needs. It didn't faze him when she said she didn't like to read. He just kept at it and kept looking for books she would like to read until he found them.
"What troubles me most of all about this is students have to read and teachers have to find a way to get them to do so. I went on line and looked at the book - Eightball #22 by Daniel Clowes. It's one of a series of books about a mythical town and the town's kooky characters, done in comic strip style. Daniel Clowes is a highly respected, award winning author.
"Clearly, Mr. Fisher made a mistake in that it was not an appropriate referral for this ninth grader. But it was not a malicious or lascivious one and should not have led to his suspension and subsequent resignation. In my view, he is a gifted teacher and our students are poorer for his departure. He was Amanda's favorite teacher."
She went on to say she is not being critical of the school administration, but added: "I think there has been a lack of communication and am convinced a horrible mistake has been made."
She pointed out that kids are exposed to "disgusting images" on the Internet, on television and in the movies all the time.
"This was an honest mistake Mr. Fisher is willing to take full responsibility for. I would like to see him reinstated, with some other appropriate penalty. And hope a number of other parents feel the same way. To me, this is clearly a case of overkill."
Her daughter, Amy, agreed. She said Fisher had not only inspired her but had helped her reach the point where she really likes to read.
"He gave, me 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold and I loved it. And in class, he got all of us to read aloud the parts in Romeo and Juliet and made us relate to it and appreciate it.
"As to talk that he is some kind of a sleaze, that is absolutely ridiculous. He would never do anything inappropriate with us. He just made a mistake in that case and should not have been forced to resign."
Rachele Black, 15, who was also member of Fisher's English class last year, said much the same thing. She said of course Fisher would ask any student to tell him how they feel about a book he gave them to read. "He is an English teacher, so of course he would want to know that."
Black added that "giving this girl this particular book was clearly a mistake, but not one that should take him away from his students.
"Why should this one particular incident overshadow his one year of teaching when he had done nothing wrong until then and was clearly a gifted teacher? I think his permanent departure would a very big loss and I would hate to see him leave the teaching profession."
In contrast and aside from the parents (to the degree this is knowable), an online poster has spammed comics forums with vile insinuations that Fisher's actions are enough to pronounce him guilty of being a sexual predator.

This person uses the internet alias of usrngrx and made the mistake of leaving a profile at bakerradio.com. It identifies the poster as
Male
35 years old
Guilford
United States, Connecticut
Someone responding to his post in Mother Jones mistakenly thinks the person is female.

USRNGRX is someone who maybe an authority figure close to the school or within the police ranks based on the comments scattered around the internet. I tried to no avail to get a more specific profile of the individual.

The person is of interest because he lists links to sex offenders as if Fisher is one. The problem is USRNGRX's own fascinations with pornography at bakerradio, howard stern's blog, and a third site that is shockingly pornographic in nature. I will not link it here but a search of this alias yields a very, very disturbing hit on Yahoo ("suck" being a prominent word in the URL). I urge the general public NOT to go there - but someone needs to.

If the women on that site are Guilford girls then Guilford indeed has a pornography problem.

And some English teachers have the audacity to think irony is dead.

2 comments:

Karoli said...

Dang, Frank...

You hit 10 out of 10 on this one. Now all I can say is I hope everyone blogs the hell out of it to keep Nate Fisher in the news. I have some observations of my own about the Shore Line Times article...lots of weird inconsistencies.

Anonymous said...

Nice work. Of course this will probably trigger a scramble of online butt-covering on the part of USRNGRX. Anyone following this story online, or doing a quick Google search, will see USRNGRX has an axe to grind with regard to this story, having posted the same context-free excerpt from Eightball #22 / Ice Haven on countless comment threads, sometimes along with remarks indicating this individual has not read the full issue in question, or has not managed to comprehend what they've read. Yes USRNGRX, we get it, there are some bad words in the story. That's not the same as demonstrating the story has no merit, is inappropriate for a high school freshman, or is bait a pedophile would set before an intended victim.