St. Paul teachers fear retaliation after reporting sexual harassment

The GleanPretty egregious. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges reports:Four St. Paul Public Schools teachers say they fear for their jobs after reporting a colleague for numerous incidents of sexual harassment. … Teacher Bruce Goodwin was suspended for two days in November 2015 after admitting he sent a female co-worker at Ben Mays Elementary a photo of his penis with the caption, ‘Make it grow please,’ according to a discipline letter the district released in response to a Pioneer Press records request. … Goodwin also admitted he repeatedly solicited hugs from a second female teacher at the school. … Months later, records show, the district agreed to pay $33,000 to a female teacher at Ben Mays to resolve unspecified claims. Under the agreement, the district said she wouldn’t have to work in the same building as an unnamed ‘accused teacher.’”

Wonder if this will go anywhere. The AP reports (via WCCO):Nine former and current University of Minnesota football players who say their rights were violated in a sexual misconduct investigation are suing the school, alleging they’re victims of racial and gender discrimination. … The federal lawsuit was filed Friday. It stems from the university’s investigation into an alleged gang rape of a female student in 2016. … The lawsuit argues that the university turned the nine black players into scapegoats to appease federal authorities and deflect scrutiny over the school’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against white men in the athletics department. … The plaintiffs’ names aren’t included in the lawsuit.”

Really bogging down the summer fun. The Brainerd Dispatch’s Frank Lee reports: “As the battle of the bog enters another week, the monstrous bog’s days in front of the Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center may finally be numbered. … But not before the 4,000-ton bog forced the cancellation of the American Legion’s summer sessions for campers on the Legionville beach for children ages 10 to 12 over safety concerns. … ‘We have had to make the unfortunate decision to close the safety patrol camp for the summer. That is being dealt with through my offices in St. Paul as far as any reimbursements,’ said Randy Tesdahl, executive director/state adjutant of the Minnesota American Legion.”

Such a sad story. KSTP’s Katherine Johnson reports: “Pictures of 12-year-old Stephanie Johnson fill every room but her family home still feels empty. … The sixth grader was found in a Milaca school bathroom on April 27. She was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital and died four days later. … Her parents are now speaking out on conversations they remember having with their daughter. … ‘She said that the kids told her to go kill herself, which distressed me a lot,’ Melissa Johnson, Stephanie’s mother, said. ‘So I made some phone calls to the school to notify them and to make them aware this is not okay. It’s not just bullying. They’re actually telling her to harm herself.’ … Stephanie’s parents believe bullying at school is to blame for their daughter’s suicide.”

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