Defense attorney Thomas Egan!
Egan is defending former special education teacher Kathleen Garrett. Garrett was arrested on charges in November 2004 for abusing the children with autism who were in her care.
According to her arrest affidavit, Garrett, who taught at South Seminole Middle School, "intentionally and repeatedly threatened, battered and tortured these victims in front of their peers."
Among the charges? Garrett allegedly slammed a boy's head so hard on his desk that he chipped two front teeth.
She allegedly pushed another child's face in his own vomit as a punishment.
Witness reports says that she allegedly took children into the bathroom, closed the door and screams could be heard from inside.
Early reports allegedly claim that she broke a child's fingers, but I've been unable to find anything further on that.
...Not to mention the alleged porn on the special-ed class computers. The 6-foot 300-pound Garrett had pictures of herself partially clothed on her own bondage website. Teacher's aides claim to have made complaints two years earlier, and no action was taken.
At least two parents have claimed to have written letters of complaint, but none are in her file. Four teacher's aides claim to have reported abuse to administrators but no action was taken. Two were persistent and assisted police with their investigation.
And here's an ugly fact: "Under Florida law, public school employees don't have to disclose abuse by fellow employees, even though they have to report abuse by anyone else."
An investigation that concluded in June of 2005 found that 6 current and former employees of the school district---2 principals, 2 assistant principals and 2 aides were aware of the abuse and didn't report it to authorities.
I'm not going to grace the evilness that is Kathleen Garrett with one of my weekly Asshats. I believe she has a special spot in Hades waiting for her where she'll get a flaming red hot poker stuck up her ample po-po with satisfying regularity.
Nobody messes with God's kids. You can't run. You can't hide. In the end, it will come back to you. If her Karma plays out, she'll come back as a dung beetle in her next incarnation.
And I'm not awarding the Richard Cranium Award to her attorney simply because he is representing her. We are a country of laws and everyone is entitled to a defense.
What makes Thomas Egan so reprehensible are the reasons why he made a successful motion to have 5 teenagers with severe autism testify against their former teacher.
I don't actually have a problem with the kids' testifying---I think that as citizens they should be able to have their day in court by whatever means necessary.
It's Egan's reasons that have my panties in a bunch:He said it was vital to have the jurors see the children Garrett had to supervise.
"One of these kids actually eats his feces," Egan said. "I think the world will see volumes when they see these children."
So f*cking what, Dickhead? Does that mean these children deserve to be tortured?
Garrett was employed as a SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER! She was entrusted with the care of and paid to take care of children who had extraordinary needs!
If she wasn't up to the job, she should have gotten out of the goldarn freaking career and worked as a bouncer at a leather bar or something!
Children who have disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education in this country, as is every other citizen. We (the parents) pay taxes too.
The fact that our children have issues (some unpleasant), doesn't justify abuse by those who are charged with educating them, no matter what Thomas Egan implies.
Personally, I think he should be force-fed a bucket of corn and then be force-fed a big steaming bowl of his OWN feces. I'd step up to volunteer for duty.
Here is a link to the latest article. If you scroll down the page, you'll find links to the whole case from the beginning.
Autistic Students Must Testify In Abuse Case Against Teacher