Tuesday, April 3, 2007

More Teacher Trouble

Updated:2007-04-03 01:24:38
Teacher Convicted of Making Bomb Threats

APSixth grade teacher Michelle J. Dohm has been convicted of making false bomb threats targeting five male students.
FREDERICK, Md. (April 3) - A sixth-grade teacher was convicted Monday of making false bomb threats that targeted five students attending the middle school where she taught. Michelle J. Dohm, 41, had pleaded not guilty but agreed to a written statement of facts, on which Frederick County Circuit Judge Julie Stevenson Solt based her verdict. In return, prosecutors dropped seven felony threat counts and four misdemeanor stalking counts. Dohm, a married mother, made the threats from September 2005 to April 2006.
The threats were in notes found in the boys' lockers, a Thurmont Middle School bathroom and envelopes mailed to two of the victims' homes. Some of the notes began, "Tick Tock Tick Tock. Is it a bomb or is it a clock?" Solt ordered a pre-sentencing investigation that will include a psychiatric examination. Sentencing is set for June. The five felonies carry a combined maximum penalty of 50 years in prison. A prosecutor said he will seek 18 months in jail for her. State's Attorney J. Charles Smith declined to comment until after sentencing.
Defense attorney Thomas C. Morrow said Dohm continues to maintain her innocence. "She just wanted to avoid the pain and anguish of a two-week trial on her family and the community," he said.

UPDATE 6-27-07: . This sixth-grade teacher in Fredrick, Md. was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail plus nine months of home detention. As indicated above, Dohm had written threatening notes to five students with messages such as, "Tick Tock Tick Tock. Is it a bomb or is it a clock?"


Anonymous said...

Surfer Dude: Speaking of teachers, let me educate you on a few brainiac facts:

Guess which of the following are true and which are false?

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties .

7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old.

9. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

10. The tooth brush was invented in 1498.

11. The average housefly lives for one month.

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.

16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.

18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabb it and the parrot.
19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina< /st1:PlaceName> State Anthem.

21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins

26 . If colouring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

They are all TRUE ... Now go back and think about #16!!!
Surfer Dude

Ms. Calabaza said...

Two problems in my humble opinion:

1. Teachers Unions
2. Tenure

Viper said...

So, Ms. Calazba,
What do we do about the teachers union? If teachers were paid a decent wage they would not need Unions. Also, who would decide retention issues without tenure? Would you endorse a situation where the school board votes each year on whether a teacher's contract should be renewed?

Anonymous said...

More shocking teacher neglect:

NEW ORLEANS (April 4) - Five fifth-grade students face criminal charges after authorities said four of them had sex in front of other students in an unsupervised classroom and kept a classmate posted as a lookout for teachers.

Two 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year old boy have been charged with obscenity for allegedly having sex in an unsupervised classroom in front of other students. An 11-year-old boy, the alleged lookout, was charged with being an accessory.

Talk About It: Post Thoughts
The students were arrested Thursday at the Spearsville school in rural north Louisiana, authorities said. Two 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year old boy were charged with obscenity, a felony. An 11-year-old boy, the alleged guard, was charged with being an accessory.

"After 44 years of doing this work, nothing shocks me anymore," said Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley. "But this comes pretty close."

Authorities said the incident happened March 27 at the school, which houses students from kindergarten through 12th grade. A high school teacher normally watches the fifth-grade class at the time, but went to an assembly for older students and the class was inadvertently left unattended, Buckley said.

Boy wish I were a kid again!

Iron Mike

Anonymous said...

Stop it! You are giving teachers a bad name. Not all teachers are child molesters!


Ms. Calabaza said...

Here's another example of creative education Legal Pub:

AMANDA, Ohio (AP) -- A substitute teacher's tool for silencing chatty kindergartners -- clothespins -- doesn't wash with school officials. Four boys said spring-type clothespins were placed over their upper or lower lips for talking too much in class. . . innovative, eh?

Ms. Calabaza said...

how about a decent wage with compensation and increases due to competence and hard work? Viper, I have teachers in my family and have great respect for their vocation. Most of the time, their hands are tied and they find themselves trying to pass kids through the No Child Left Behind fiasco and babysitting. They would like to teach. Yes, their contracts should be reviewed by each school principal (not a school board - they don't know what goes on). This country used to have an excellent public school system before the NEA (created by Richard Nixon, BTW) and unions. Now we have kids graduating who can't read and have a 4th grade math ability, at best.

Legal Pub said...

Ms. C., My teacher friends could not agree with you more!

Anonymous said...

Michelle Dohm. I bet her name is pronounced Dumb. And in this case a name says it all. How could any teacher do something like this?


Legal Pub said...

While the sentence may seem harsh, Ms.Dohm the former 6th grade teacher hopefully learned a valuable lesson. If not, we will spell it out. In this day and age of school violence, threats and acts of violence in our school system will not be tolerated.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. Wish the thread was not buried. I had to use the index at the right.

Bertha P.

Anonymous said...

It is a sad day for this woman's family and friends. I think her sentence was meant to be an example that this is serious business.

california surfer dude said...

After all this time, I can now finally understand why I did so poorly in school. School for me was really boring back in grade school and junior high. Today I would do much better. Teachers like Dohm might keep me on the edge of my seat with threats...

I would also be paying attention in class because I would want to impress my teachers. After all, I would now be looking at each teacher as potential members of my dating pool.

Surfer Dude

Anonymous said...

Several great looking teachers have been accused. For example in 2005 or 2006, A first-year Hebron High School teacher and former Miss Texas contestant was accused of haveing arelationship with an 18-year-old student. He told police he had sex with the 25-year-old woman several times at her apartment in Austin Ranch.

Amy McElhenney taught Spanish and was a cross-country coach at the Lewisville ISD school in Carrollton. She was charged with having an improper relationship with a student, a second-degree felony.
Ms. McElhenney's cellphone contained "intimate" text messages to and from the 18-year-old.

"Messages that were on there led us to believe there was a little bit more going on between the teacher and this student," said Carrollton police Sgt. David Sponhour.

Anonymous said...

TEACHERS need to keep their hands off the kids.

Anonymous said...

Teachers need to spend more time teaching and less time Dick Tating.