August 7, 2018
[Madison, WI] — A report from Media Trackers released today shows that Democrat candidate for governor Tony Evers failed to revoke the licenses of two teachers – one who was trying to get special needs students to view pornography, and another who was accused of various types of inappropriate conduct and later fired for sexual harassment. This follows news of a previous case where Evers didn’t revoke the license of a teacher caught spreading pornography and making comments about the bodies of middle school girls.
“This demonstrates a pattern of Tony Evers failing to act when teachers were watching pornography, spreading it with students present, or engaging in other disgusting conduct — despite school districts pleading for his help and the Legislature further reinforcing his authority to deal with this behavior,” said Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Time and again Evers sides with union bosses over the safety of our children.”
Read the full story from Media Trackers here, or find excerpts below.
Bloomer case of teacher trying to show special needs students pornography:
According to documents received by the Republican Party of Wisconsin in an open records request, a substitute special education teacher in the Bloomer school district was accused of misconduct in April 2017. The district notified DPI against teacher Ronald Thompson and requested his license be revoked under the 2011 immoral conduct law.
A Bloomer school district investigation determined that Thompson:
- Asked special education students if they were able to view pornography on their cell phones while at school and tried to get them to bring up pornography on their phones.
- Made sexually explicit and derogatory comments about female high school students – telling students “there are a lot of hot girls here” and that he had seen some “lookers” down in the school gym.
- Asking students to log into their computers for him so he could use their student accounts immediately after asking the students if they could view porn at school.
- Being found in a classroom with his pants down by a fellow teacher.
- Leaving special education students unsupervised so he could leave school to go drink
- Discussing alcohol consumption with underage students and telling students about his plans to engage in heavy drinking
- Telling students this is the only district he is allowed to substitute in, but since “Bloomer is full of perverts anyways, he could sub here.”
- Telling students not to “snitch” on him to the school principal.
Thompson was fired three days later and the district presented its findings to the DPI with a recommendation that Thompson’s license be revoked.
The district provided the DPI with statements from three students concerning the allegations above.
Other allegations from the district’s investigation included another teacher describing an incident where she discovered Thompson in a classroom with his pants fully undone. The described leaving and entering the room several times without Thompson noticing. She finally entered after he had finished buttoning his pants.
DPI cited a handwritten denial from the teacher and decided not to believe the word of several students and teachers who accused him of this wrongdoing.
Kenosha case of administrator, later fired for sexual harassment, having lewd photos and making inappropriate comments:
Williams, an administrator in the Kenosha School District, was forced to resign in late 2015 after an investigation determined that Williams had kept pornographic material on his school computer, took photos of another teacher without permission, made inappropriate comments to his assistant, and directed her to perform personal tasks for him and his family. As was the case with Thompson, DPI chose not to revoke Williams teaching license
Williams later obtained an Illinois teaching license through a reciprocity agreement was hired a few months later as Superintendent for the Des Plaines School District. A short time later Williams was forced to resign from that job after several employees accused him of sexual harassment.
Kenosha Schools Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis informed DPI that Williams had violated the 2011 immoral conduct law by downloading the material on the school-owned device. DPI ruled against revoking Williams license. Shortly after, he was hired as Superintendent in Des Plaines, Illinois Schools. A reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin meant Williams could obtain a teaching license in Illinois.
Within a year, five female employees would accuse Williams of sexual harassment. He later reached a separation agreement with the district.
DPI sided with a letter from the administrator’s union attorney denying it, and the administrator went on to be fired for sexual harassment at a different school a year later.