Hot For Teacher

Allena Ward, Wendie Schweikert and Karen Robbins

Remember that old Van Halen song “Hot For Teacher”? This aint it.

Clinton, SC has the honor of being the female sexual predator capital of the United States. At least for now. Heres a run down on our current educational pedophiles.

Karen Robbins, 49, charged with three counts each of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act on a child. The sex occurred with a 15-year-old in her car and twice at her home between September and November 2005, according to arrest warrants. There have also been new charges added. Unfortunately this fine lady was a teacher at our facility and it has involved at least one student. Two of my boys had her as a teacher.

Police said they began investigating after school officials turned over letters in July found at Bell Street Middle School, where Robbins worked during the 2006-2007 school year.

Allena Ward, also a former Bell Street Middle teacher, pleaded guilty to having sex with five teenage boys, some of them students where she taught. Allena took the “adult” out of “adultery”. She was sentenced yesterday to six years.

Wendie Ann Schweikert, a former elementary school teacher in Laurens County, was sentenced in June to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with an 11-year-old student.

There are several things about all these women other than the obvious that upset me. First of all, these women preyed on boys that have already had to struggle in this life. They looked for the weak, but that is what a predator does.

I do believe that these women were also treated completely different because of three distinct factors;

1. They were women- If I, or any of my brethren were to of committed the exact same crime we would not have been released on bail/ home arrest. The media story of three men who were teachers (Two in the same school) in the same area, sexually molesting children would have also opened up a media storm. To date there has been little mention in news.

2. They were teachers- Hey, who hasn’t had a fantasy about a teacher? But we live in reality, and in reality when these things happen, especially to elementary and middle school boys it is traumatic. All you have to do is be a HP for a little while and work with some boys who have been sexually abused. After that I doubt you would think of this as some boyhood fantasy come to life.

3. They were white- In this part of the country race seems to still be a dividing line that is deeply ingrained. Had this been three black, male teachers there would have been absolute chaos here. That is one thing most of the locals here do agree on. And even though the local court say these cases were handled fairly, statistically speaking, had they been African American or even possibly walked into the court with a dark tan, the jail time would have been a life sentence, especially if they had raped 5 children such as Allena Ward had.

I do believe that female sexual predators are way more prevalent than what we think. A female predator in our society can easily hide. Our focus has always been on male predators and Lifetime movies.

Allena Ward had some moving testimony from a psychologist who said she was child like and came from an overprotective ministers home, which caused her to have sex with at least 5 sixth grade boys. The judge commented that the psychologist testimony was very influential in her only getting a six year sentence. Tis good to be a white woman on days like that.

One thing is certain. The two boys in my cottage that had Karen Robbins as a teacher will not remember her for all the hours she spent spent teaching them the golden rules but instead will always think of her as a child molester. Even though no one else will. -Launch

Clinton, SC is a wonderful town and full of some the most awesome people you will ever meet. The fact that these women committed these act while employed in the local school district and in one case, our facility is in no way representative of the people and facilities here.

Sexual predators hide where there is prey. They blend in, socialize and strike when the opportunity presents itself. In every case, I believe the school district and the children’s home I am affiliated with, acted appropriately and were timely in any reports to the authorities that needed to be made. They have also been forthcoming with the local community and employees.

As for the racial divide- It is changing. especially as more people become educated. If Obama is elected president it may actually shock a few people here into this century. The majority of this town that believes and practices equality, vastly out number the intolerant inbreeds. Like any community, we got issues to work out.

The tragedy of this entire episode is the children that have had their lives changed forever.

The shock of all of this is the double standards in our society and own thinking mixed with a local sub standard judicial system.

The beauty of this whole mess is how all of the educational and child care professionals worked together to report suspicious activity once it was noticed, and to talk openly of the incident without trying to cover up the truth.