A liberal lesson

A fifth grade teacher in California made a video of herself engaged in sexual activity (the story doesn’t say with whom), then she accidentally put the video on a DVD containing school memories of the past year that was intended for her pupils and their families, and sent the DVD to the pupils’ homes, where at least one family, watching the school video in the company of their son, suddenly were treated to footage of their son’s teacher, Crystal Defanti, in flagrante delicto, or rather in flagrante defanti. The reporter quotes “defense expert” Ken Rosenfeld saying that the teacher ought to be disciplined, but that of course she shouldn’t lose her job over this, as it wasn’t intentional. The reporter does not quote a single local person or outside expert calling for the teacher’s firing or questioning whether a woman who makes X-rated videos of herself should be teaching in an elementary school. So, what we have here is (1) private consensual sexual activity, which is of course completely free (any remaining state and local laws pertaining to private consensual acts were eliminated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas), plus (2) an accident. Thus, no blame. The only mildly negative voice heard in the story is that of the boy’s father, impotently pleading for some help from the school: “Maybe offer some sort of counseling for my children, ask me how my children are doing.” The hapless, helpless father, the very image of the castrated white man, completes the liberal lesson. The liberal lesson is that life consists of unlimited personal freedom, plus accidents (like the freedom of the dangerous criminal Charlie Samuels to wander the streets of Los Angeles, plus the “chance” encounter, as the Los Angeles Times called it, that led him to kidnap and kill Lily Burk). And when unpleasant things happen, well, you just gotta take it.

Of course, no one notices that when you have unlimited personal freedom, lots more “accidents” occur.

Jul 1, 2009 11:24 pm US/Pacific
Teacher Gives Sex Tape To 5th Graders On DVD
David Begnaud’s Behind-The-Scenes Video Blog On This Story
David Begnaud
ELK GROVE, Calif (CBS13)

A local teacher accidentally put pornography into a DVD that was meant to be filled with school memories from the past year, and nobody caught the error until after it was sent home, shocking parents and students alike.

Parents of students who attend Isabelle Jackson Elementary said that the woman is a good teacher, but just made a mistake that may become the most embarrassing moment of their life.

The offending DVD starts with a menu screen that displays various school trips and functions, and when you click on one of them, you see kids in a classroom sharing stories. They start clapping, then the video suddenly cuts to sex.

“It goes from my son, straight to her on the couch,” said ‘Joe,’ who saw the video along with his son and did not wish to be identified. “My son’s reaction was, ‘Dad, is that Ms. Defanti?’”

“We were up till midnight doing the ‘birds and the bees,’” he added.

The person in the video turned out to be Isabelle Jackson Elementary fifth grade teacher Crystal Defanti.

“All she could say was that it was a horrible mix up,” Joe said.

The teacher called his home the day after his child got the DVD, crying hysterically, profusely apologizing and asking the man and his wife to call every parent they knew to stop their kids from seeing the DVD too.

The Elk Grove Unified School District says they are investigating, but legal experts say it’s unlikely that the teacher will lose her job.

“It’s felony stupid, but it’s not a crime,” said defense expert Ken Rosenfeld. “Is it something that she should be disciplined for? Absolutely, but fired for? She didn’t intend for this to happen.”

Joe doesn’t care if the teacher keeps her job, he’d just like some help from the school.

“Maybe offer some sort of counseling for my children, ask me how my children are doing,” he said. “I want somebody to ask me the kind of questions my kids are asking me.”

School officials say a new DVD will be sent to students once it has been reviewed.

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Bruce B. writes:

What would a non-castrated man have said or done? My guess is he couldn’t do much, but I can think of a lot of things he could have said to show he has a pair. How about “they should fire the stupid sl_t!!”

Laura W. writes:

I’m sure many people reading this story find it funny. I wonder how many jokes it has already inspired. As far as its serious implications, what’s the big deal? Fifth graders have already been exposed to semi-pornography on billboards, TV and the Internet. They can handle a little bit more. Sex is a natural activity. My fourth grade nephew came home one day and, in confusion, described explicit scenes of group sex to his mother. Apparently, the boy next to him at school watches hard-core porn with his Dad and frequently talks about it at school. My sister was enraged. When she complained to the school, the principal suggested a meeting with the father, as if they might all profit from discussing the finer points of their child rearing philosophies.

The innocence of children is routinely violated today by explicit images. What grounds does a parent have for saying one image is worse than another, when images themselves are considered harmless or, at worst, momentarily harmful?

Terry Morris writes:

“Maybe offer some sort of counseling for my children, ask me how my children are doing,” he said. “I want somebody to ask me the kind of questions my kids are asking me.”

Oh dear God! Me and the victim “Joe” need to have a long, long talk concerning his lack of masculinity and the effect it is having on his son.

Hey!, maybe Hussein O. will invite us both to discuss it over a couple of beers at the White House picnic table.

LA replies:

Also, he said he said he didn’t want the teacher fired.

A reader writes:

I don’t get your point. Should she be fired? Because she had sex? Would that have been sufficient? Because she recorded it? Would that have been sufficient? Because she mistakenly sent it to families in her school? Would that have been sufficient?

LA replies:

To use a lost language that will sound odd and strange to you, once upon a time, not very long ago, a public school teacher would have been required to be a person of good moral character. A person who makes a videotape of herself having sexual intercourse would not have been considered a person of good moral character. (I realize this seems senseless to you.) That alone would have been cause for firing. And the allowing this tape to be sent to homes, even though it was an accident, is so egregious that that also would be cause for firing.

But again, I realize that what I’m saying sounds to you as though it were coming from Mars.

Your beliefs represent the common belief system of our society. As long as it remains our common belief system, there can be no end of rampant sexual decadence and the automatic social acceptance of same (as seen in this article), as well as no end of whites blaming whites for blacks’ inadequacies and crimes, no end of benevolent and compassionate whites allowing nonwhite criminals to approach them and kill them because they don’t want to seem racist, and no end of the Islamization of the West.

Stephen T. writes:

I’m not Dr Freud and I don’t play him on TV, but I’m always suspicious of “accidents” of this particular nature—especially, frankly, when they happen to certain women. Even when the “accidents” seem like embarrassing and/or self-destructive events that no one would consciously inflict upon oneself. But that’s just me.

LA replies:

I think that’s very insightful.

A woman who makes tapes of herself engaging in sexual acts would also be woman who wants people to see it.

Also, how is it remotely possible that she would not have been aware that the sex video had gotten onto the DVD? If she did do it by accident, that alone suggests some profound dysfunctionality.

Ken Hechtman writes:

If it’s any consolation, in two years these fifth graders will have seen stuff on the internet that’ll make them forget all about their teacher’s amateur video.

In all seriousness, that’s something I’ve been thinking about and picking the brains of my younger friends about for a while. I’m one of the last guys who ever had to sneak a look at Dad’s Playboy collection to see what a naked woman looked like. The cohort ten years younger than me, the ones that grew up with internet access in the house, have seen everything you can imagine and probably a few things that you can’t and they’ve seen it since the age of 12.

When us liberals tore down the standards of Victorian prudery and censorship forty years ago, we assumed we’d be the ones to move into that space. We assumed the likes of Doctor Ruth and Suzie Sexpert would be teaching the next generation of kids about sex. We didn’t anticipate internet porn.

Mark A. replies:
You didn’t anticipate internet porn? When Times Square was full of porno theaters 40 years ago, you didn’t see red flags? If New York City, in 1969, allowed its Time Square, where women and children walk around daily, to become a sleazy porno district, what did you think the future would be like? Puppy dogs and ice cream?

The liberal mind fascinates me. I am convinced that if the Russians had landed in New Jersey at the height of the Cold War, every liberal would have headed to the shore with welcome baskets full of cookies and sandwiches.

It is as if the liberal mind does not understand linear relationships. Perhaps that’s why they tend to be English majors.

LA sniffs:

I was an English major.

Mark A. replies:

Sorry for being too harsh on English majors.:)

In the alternative, John Derbyshire is a mathematician, and he often spouts utter nonsense. I’ll have to think more about this.

LA replies:

Well, I’ve heard that English majors have a rep for being softheaded. But I don’t think that that was always true. It may be a result of the post 1970s changes in the humanities toward postmodernism. Writing English papers is about getting at the meaning of a work of literature, what it’s saying, how it works. If you believe that truth and meaning exist and that an author is trying to convey something and you take his intention seriously, there’s nothing softheaded about that. Postmodernism undermined all that.

QR writes:

There will be more and more teachers appearing in porn movies.




Remember when Mary Kay Letourneau was first arrested? Everyone was amazed that a teacher would want to have sex with a 13-year-old boy. Now, we see articles about female teachers molesting boys all the time. This trend, I unhappily predict, will go the same way.

LA replies:

It seems to me I’ve seen several articles/interviews at the Mail (which decries crime and uncontrolled immigration while celebrating debauchery) in which female celebrities boast of seeking young boy toys.

Rocco DiPippo writes:

What the hell is wrong with people who tape themselves having sex? So you videotape yourself having sex and then later watch yourself having sex? What’s the point of that? Is it an exercise in massive self-absorption? Is it an exercise in the affirmation of one’s sexual prowess?

A lot of people do this sort of thing now, and I’ve discussed this topic with several who have. I ask them why they do it, and I never get an answer that makes sense. It just seems juvenile, kind of gross and reeking of insecurity. Don’t get me wrong, I could care less what mutually consenting adults do when it comes to their private sex lives. But why would anyone take the chance of exposing themselves publicly like the woman in the article did? Suppose someone breaks into your house to commit burglary, scoops up your sex tapes and then puts them on the internet? Then what? Seems like people who film themselves are exposing themselves to the possibility of being blackmailed. Personally, I couldn’t sleep at night knowing that things like these could happen. Maybe that’s part of the thrill though; the possibility of someone beside you and your participant(s), viewing the tape. The whole phenomenon seems a little sick.

Should this woman be fired? Of course, since at the least she can never be looked at seriously by her peers, her students and their parents, again.

July 31

Karen writes from England:

It’s also an abdication of parental authority. A father who felt responsible for his children’s development would demand that the school remove the teacher from office. That incident can’t be an accident. People review the files on DVDs before sending them out. It is very easy to do that and very difficult to see how the teacher put the wrong file on the DVD and left it there. The parents have devolved authority for their children to the school in a similar way to the manner in which British parents have devolved theirs to the State. Parents do not act as though they are responsible for their children’s educational and moral development. They simply don’t care.

It is similar to the case you featured on your web site last week of the white model being killed by the violent black boyfriend. Her parents were interviewed on TV the other night and said that the girl had said that the savage was often aggressive and could be violent. The parents were asked what they did about this. Looking quite askance at being asked, as if it was really none of his business, the father replied that he told the girl “to hide in the wardrobe or bathroom” when the savage got angry. Wouldn’t a responsible father have insisted that she return home and never see this black man again? No, he didn’t want to interfere with her “freedom” and so he let her be killed.

LA replies:

I wrote about the Amy Barnes murder trial on July 15: “Of course, the Mail makes nothing of the fact that Amy’s parents allowed a man to live with their 18- and 19-year-old daughter in their home.” And now we have the fuller picture. The parents were every bit as bad as they seemed. I hope that there is a transcript of this interview.

Here is earlier entry on the Amy Barnes murder, from November 2008.

Mark A. replies to LA:

I’m sure that is correct. When I was in school (1980s and early 1990s), we were merely taught to write “creatively.” To “express” ourselves. I’m sure that made it easier to teach …

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