In light of another teacher scandal, one educational leader says
it's up to parents to instill moral values in the hearts of their
Heidi Kaeslin, a special education teacher at Lincoln High
School who reportedly used a school laptop to run pornographic
websites, now wants her job back. According to her attorney, the
school district fabricated a situation that "simply didn't
The Stockton teacher was removed from her job for
keeping thousands of pornographic photos on her school-issued
laptop and for lying to officials when she was questioned about
them. The Lincoln Unified School District says Kaeslin has "set an
appalling example for a teacher" and that her character is "so
fundamentally flawed" she cannot return to the classroom.
Finn Laursen, executive
director of Christian
Educators Association International (CEAI), says morality
is a quality that needs to be instilled at home.
"We can't turn our children over and necessarily believe that
the teachers there will have the same moral character that we want
our students to have," he asserts. "That has to come from home.
That has to come from our churches. That has to come from the
Kaeslin's attorney claims the former teacher's role with the
websites was short and that the photos found in her computer are
not pornographic in nature. But school officials simply are not
A three-member panel will decide the issue after hearing from
about 15 witnesses. News reports indicate the case could then be
appealed to San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Meanwhile, the fact that students at one California school were
awarded for sex further shows the CEAI executive that youth today
need a moral compass.
A "Fantasy Sl-- League" that gave male athletes points for
sexual encounters with female students is ending at one Bay Area
school. Parents of students at Piedmont High School were told that
the league has been active on campus for more than five years, but
officials only learned about it a few weeks ago.
Laursen explains that male students on varsity teams reportedly
set up the league, where female students were unknowingly "drafted"
so male students could have "documented sexual encounters" with
"It really showed the depth, the concept that our students in
our public schools are missing a moral compass," he decides.
Many students at the high school apparently knew about the
"fantasy league," but never spoke about it to parents or officials
out of fear of discipline or losing their popularity.
"I think it's important that no matter what school parents send
their children to, they need to have them prayed up," Laursen
concludes. "They need to pour in them the standards they expect
them to live their life by."
Officials do not plan to discipline the students involved.