Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another Chapter in the Educrats Gone Bad Book

Why is this woman still getting paid with your tax dollars? A private sector employee would have been terminated immediately.

What was she thinking, she has been working as a teacher since 1999 so she is making decent bucks probably close to 55,000 if not more. She has outstanding benefits and in retirement her total pension compensation would have been close to 2 million bucks at least if she stuck it out. Her pay is way above what the average person makes in the private sector.

Only a government employee would still be getting paid after being charged with robbing two banks.

Cathy Peschke
Spelling and grammar errors as well as typos are left as an exercise for my readers.

The following story appeared in the Union Leader.

Teacher charged in two bank heists
Union Leader Correspondent
11 hours, 15 minutes ago

BROOKLINE – A Hollis-Brookline Middle School teacher was charged yesterday with robbing two banks in Massachusetts.

Gail Rasmussen, 49, of 17 Winterberry Road, Brookline, was arrested and charged with two counts of unarmed robbery after turning herself in at the Concord, Mass. police station yesterday. School officials said she has been placed on paid administrative leave.

She was arraigned in Concord District Court yesterday afternoon and released on $500 cash bail, Concord police Sgt. Brian Goldman said.

No one answered phone calls last night at Rasmussen's home, which is in the Winterberry Estates housing development.

Rasmussen, a seventh-grade English teacher, is accused of robbing the Washington Savings Bank in Tyngsborough, Mass. on Dec. 16 and the TD Bank in Concord, Mass., on Dec. 20.

The robber is seen in a surveillance camera image at TD Bank, Concord, Mass.

Susan Hodgdon, superintendent of the Hollis-Brookline school district, said Rasmussen has worked for the district since 1999, with the exception of a brief teaching stint at the Wilton-Lyndeborough school district.

"It's startling news," Hodgdon said last night, "and tragic in many ways."

In her education career, Hodgdon said she's encountered teachers in trouble with the law, but "nothing like this."

"This is a first," she said. "But what I find is that there is always information that comes to light to help us understand. I'm anticipating that will happen with this."

Witnesses to both robberies provided police with similar descriptions. Both robberies involved a white female, wearing an all-black winter coat, who was seen fleeing the banks in a grey-colored sedan.

A note was passed to the bank tellers demanding money, but no weapon was shown or implied in the heists, police said.

The amount of money taken from the Tyngsborough robbery was not disclosed by police; $1,200 was reportedly taken from the Concord bank.

Police from Brookline and the two Massachusetts towns carried out a search warrant at Rasmussen's home on Tuesday.

Hodgdon said she provided police with information about Rasmussen at the request of police before they carried out the search warrant.

"They informed me of the investigation and I supplied the information that they needed," Hodgdon said. "Throughout the day today (Wednesday), as things developed, [police] informed me that Gail had turned herself in."

Hodgdon said she attempted to speak with Rasmussen by phone late yesterday afternoon, but was unable to do so.

"I have sent her a letter to let her know that she's on paid administrative leave," Hodgdon said. "I need to meet with her to find out more information. She'll stay on paid administrative leave until I finish that portion of the next step."

Kirsten Werne is a fellow seventh-grade teacher at Hollis-Brookline Middle School.

"This is the first I've heard," Werne said last night when reached by the New Hampshire Union Leader. "Everybody at our school is excellent. That's all I can really say."

School faculty and staff will meet Monday before classes to formulate the best response to the situation, Hodgdon said. She said students have not been notified of Rasmussen's arrest.

"Students are on vacation and I don't like to send out that type of information without adults being able to meet with students directly," Hodgdon said. "Our plan for Monday is to maintain as normal a schedule as possible."

End of story.

Everyday I receive news alerts for the words "teacher arrested", these are the results just for today. How many of our tax dollars are being wasted on educators who should be in jail?

=== Google News Alert for: teacher arrested ===

Teacher charged in two bank heists
The Union Leader
By DAN O'BRIEN BROOKLINE – A Hollis-Brookline Middle School teacher was
charged yesterday with robbing two banks in Massachusetts. Gail Rasmussen,
49, of 17 ...

Greensboro middle school teacher charged with sex crimes
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Wednesday and charged with sex crimes against children. Harold Robert Grant
Jr., 57, ...


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By Charlotte A. Graham, A Wayne County
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