Five Lake Bluff teens were firing water balloons from a sling at Lake Forest College students in November when it was freezing outside! The teens were cited for disorderly conduct. Do you know what their punishment was? Nothing... they were all released to a parent! Big deal! What is to stop them from doing the same thing or even worse, next time?!
Former Gavin South Middle School teacher, Michael Vucic, who was charged with 3 counts of sexual assault, was found in Bosnia in October. Authorities are trying to extradite him back to the U.S. Three other teachers are in trouble. Teachers are supposed to report any knowledge of abuse by any fellow teacher. If not, they could go to jail. John Keehan, the last holdout, who surrendered to police on November 16, is charged with failure to report suspected child abuse. Finally the authorities are taking sexual abuse in schools seriously!
John Hefferan, who served as priest in Chicagoland for more than 4 decades, was first accused of sexual misconduct in 1993. The woman who came forward said that she was sexually assaulted in the late 1970's. Hefferan denied the charges but was put on restrictions for 4 months. Only 4 months?! First of all, the woman wouldn't lie! Secondly, would Hefferan really tell the truth? But even more importantly, why would any church try to bury this story? Why? To protect themselves! Any church that does not protect the victims first is irresponsible. And I'm not just talking about the Catholic Church... any church! To protect their image, they're protecting the perpetrator!
More allegations came in 2002-2003. One of the victims accused Hefferan of sexual misconduct when Hefferan was a priest at St. Anastasia, in Waukegan. How many more victims are there?! It's wrong to deflect the truth and relocate the perpetrators! There will no doubt be more victims! This practice of covering up crimes in the name of religion is so terribly wrong and ungodly! I want nothing to do with this type of religion! Protect the children first!