2005-03-14

RE: I'd like to hear the taped George Bush excerpts, though none of this surpris

This is a not really all that related story that some of you might be interested in...

Where were these teachers when I was growing up!

This is the funniest line: "Teachers are supposed to help kids, they're not supposed to ruin their lives."

Substitute Arrested After Giving Students Pot

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/news/030905_nw_substitute.html

Christopher Bochin is facing several charges. Perhaps the most shocking is he had students get pot out of his car and bring it back to the classroom at Fresno High to share.

The story of a teacher smoking pot with students is all over the campus. Students that Action News talked to are as surprised and shocked as their parents would be.

The young substitute teacher was hired to be teaching Earth Science. Gregg Sanders, from the Fresno Police Department, says 22-year-old Christopher Bochin smoked marijuana with at least ten of his students in a Fresno High classroom.

"What he did, he sent two students, apparently to his personal vehicle to retrieve his marijuana and a smoking pipe, " said Sanders. "When the two students returned, Mr. Bochin and approximately ten students smoked the marijuana in class."

There were other kids in the classroom who didn't join in.

School authorities learned about the pot party when a teacher confiscated a students cell phone and read a text message that was apparently sent by one of the students smoking pot.

Bochin was arrested at Fresno High. He's facing felony charges of providing marijuana to minors and misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Students who talked to Action News had no sympathy for the substitute teacher.

"It's revolting. It's really disgusting."

"Teachers are supposed to help kids, they're not supposed to ruin their lives."

Police are still investigating the case and don't know if any of the students involved will face charges.

But, Susan Bedi, from Fresno Unified, says they are in trouble with the school district. "The students will be suspended parents have been contacted and there will be counseling. There might be some students that are recommended for expulsion."

Fresno Unified says Bochin has been a substitute since October.

He has been suspended by the district.

He posted bail and is now out of jail, but could face charges for each student he's accused of allowing to smoke pot.

Action News attempted to contact the substitute teacher, and were referred to his attorney.

He tells Action News that teacher Christopher Bochin is emotionally distraught. He adds they're looking to get him into a drug treatment program as soon as possible.

>From: __Clint__ >Reply-To: clint@acm.vt.edu >To: "Mom (Becky Prophet Lipinski)" , "Dad (Vic >Lipinski) (primary)" , "Brittany \"sister\" >Sweet" , And-How Current Events/Politics >Discussion List >CC: blognow >Subject: I'd like to hear the taped George Bush excerpts, though none of >this surprises me.... >Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:19:25 -0500 > >Years after candidate George Bush's non-answers to questions about his >possible drug past fueled controversy and a sense that he indeed had >such a past, proof for some of it at least has at last emerged. Taped >excerpts from a conversation, released by the author of a new book, >reveal the future president essentially admitting to past marijuana >use and explaining why he would never acknowledge it in public. > >On one level, the educated reaction to this news is something along >the lines of, "so what?" Tens of millions of Americans have used >marijuana during their lives. It wasn't a big deal for most of them. >Even the more dangerous drugs aren't a problem for most of their users >-- that's not the strongest argument for legalization of them, but >it's true. All the more so for marijuana. Bill Clinton used marijuana. >Al Gore used marijuana. It did not and should not have disqualified >them from the nation's top job. Nor does it disqualify George Bush. > >On other levels, however, the information is troubling, for two >reasons. One is that candidate Bush criticized his opponent, Al Gore, >not for having used marijuana but for having admitted to it. "I want >to lead," he explained, and "I don't want some little kid doing what I >tried." He couldn't criticize Gore for having used drugs because he >had also used drugs. So instead he criticized him for being open and >truthful. > >There is a level on which one could legitimately hold that it is >counterproductive for kids to be keenly focused on the drug use of >famous role models; this is an area on which reasonable people can >hold varying points of view. But the way to accomplish that would be >through legalization and treating private drug use as not a big deal. >And that is not what George Bush has advocated. > >Which leads us to the second reason, one of hard policy. As governor, >Mr. Bush escalated sentences for some drug offenses, putting other >people in prison for longer time periods for things that he himself >had done or supported. As president, under his authority the federal >government has targeted medical marijuana cooperatives, escalated the >war on pain doctors, campaigned against drug policy reform initiatives >or legislation, promoted drug testing and vastly overreaching drugged >driving laws, gone to court against any reform to drug policy that it >could no matter how modest. > >So if marijuana use in the distant past is not relevant to judging the >president, hypocrisy on the drug issue is very relevant. And if not >being open or candid about one's own youth is not exactly the same as >lying to children, it verges on that. Not to suggest that his >predecessor and failed opponents have stellar records on the issue by >any means; they most certainly don't. But they're not president right >now. > >So if it is unimportant that George Bush used marijuana, it is kind of >sad that he opposes honesty about it. And it is very sad that he >continues to support cruel and repressive drug policies -- policies >which could have ruined his life if they had been in place back then, >but realistically only in theory. > >I am glad, therefore, that now there is proof of George Bush's drug >use. If only by providing one more bit of rhetorical ammunition, it >will make it slightly harder for the drug warriors to continue to >escalate their pogrom against the American people. > >ARTICLE FROM: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/376/theproof.shtml

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