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Catherine Rayne, 35, pursued the boy from when he was 15, sending him gifts, texts, Facebook messages and a letter inviting him to start a ‘romantic relationship’.
She was friends with the boy’s parents, but at one point Miss Rayne visited the family home when the pupil was there by himself.
A professional conduct panel heard that the boy tried to telephone his father three times, saying he felt uncomfortable and compromised being alone with the teacher.
She later texted the pupil to say ‘the offer is still open’, and the boy’s father made an official complaint to the school.
Miss Rayne, a geography and history teacher at the independent Michael Hall Steiner Waldorf School in East Sussex, admitted engaging in ‘inappropriate behaviour’ beginning in September 2009, when the pupil was 15.
She gave him private tuition at her house, and during the summer holiday of 2010 she sent him a letter and a gift.
In September of that year she visited the boy’s bedroom and asked him whether he wanted to be ‘just friends’.
The same month his father complained to the school, and Miss Rayne received a formal warning. But in March 2011 she sent the boy a handwritten letter asking him to begin a ‘romantic relationship’.
She resigned after the boy’s father sent the letter to the school – although she still sent the pupil one further gift.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel found Miss Rayne guilty of unacceptable professional conduct, and recommended she should be banned from teaching.
It found that she had ignored an informal warning in September 2009 that her contact with pupils was inappropriate, as well as the formal warning the following year.
Its report said: ‘It is a well-accepted and understood principle, teachers must not establish or seek to establish social contact with pupils, children or young people for the purpose of securing a friendship or to pursue or strengthen a relationship.
Uncomfortable: The Department of Education’s report said that Ms Rayne (pictured) should have known that the pupil was not comfortable with her advances
‘However, from September 2009, Ms Rayne sent text and Facebook messages to the pupil, gave him gifts, visited him at his home and gave him tuition at her home.
‘Her conduct was compounded by the fact that it ought to have been apparent to her, at least from September 2010, that the pupil found her attentions “uncomfortable” and that his relationships with his peers were affected because of them.’
The panel added: ‘By acting as she did, Ms Rayne demonstrated a serious lack of professional judgment that had the very real potential not only to damage her own professional reputation but also the reputation of the school and the profession as a whole.’
The Education Secretary Michael Gove backed the panel’s call for a ban. He said: ‘The conduct and behaviour of Ms Rayne falls significantly short of that expected of a teacher.’
The decision means Miss Rayne is banned from teaching in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
She may apply for the ban to be set aside, but not until May 2018. She has a right of appeal.
A new restaurant, tentatively called The Clam Shack, hopes to open this summer, or next, depending on how long it takes to secure permits and complete renovations.
The Park and Recreation Commission approved a five-year lease this week for Angelo Meimeteas, a Salem resident who, with his brother, George, owns and operates the Clam Shanty in Wells, Maine.
Meimeteas told the board he plans to open a restaurant with takeout and outdoor seating that will serve fried clams, steamers, lobster salad sandwiches and lobster dinners. Since the building is small, no indoor dining is planned.
“I’ve always loved the Willows,” said Meimeteas, whose wife, Amie Marie, runs a hair salon on Boston Street. “I’ve been going there with my family for years. When I heard the city wanted to lease this property, I looked at it and thought, ‘This could be nice here.’”
He said he can picture customers getting takeout and parking by the water, or sitting under awnings at outdoor tables facing the harbor.
Meimeteas said he has heard all the jokes about leasing a former bathroom, a vacant building which the city has tried unsuccessfully to market for years. But he says the renovations will be so extensive that little more than the outside frame of the structure will remain.
“This is going to get gutted,” he said. “We’re going to start from scratch.”
Under terms of the lease, Meimeteas will pay no rent for five years as long as he puts at least $30,000 into the building. The new tenant said he plans to install kitchen vents, new floors, air conditioning and make other improvements that will far exceed that figure. A contractor, Meimeteas said he plans to do most of the renovations himself.
He also plans to create an outside dining area with tables and awnings, a nautical rope and posts.
The board gave him tentative approval with the stipulation it wanted to see detailed plans for the outdoor dining area. The lease also includes an option for an additional five years, at one-year intervals, and with the rent to be negotiated at that time.
Although he would like to open this summer, Meimeteas said he is not sure how long renovations will take and what other permits and approvals are needed. Rather than rush the project, he said he wants to do it right — and to fit in with the other food businesses.
“I didn’t go to the Willows to compete against anybody,” Meimeteas said. “I think, if anything, it will help. Anytime you add a business and it draws people from other towns, it helps businesses throughout the whole Willows.”
In addition to the Clam Shanty, which has been in business for three years, Meimeteas used to own roast beef fast-food restaurants in Lynn.
The seafood restaurant got an enthusiastic reception from the park board, which voted unanimously for the proposal, the only response the city received to a request for proposals earlier this year. A city councilor at the Tuesday night board meeting also liked the idea and said he thinks it will fit well with the other food offerings at the Willows.
“If we have learned anything in Salem the last 15 years, the more restaurants the better,” Bill Legault told Meimeteas. “You are going to bring new people down there. … This could be the start of the revival of Restaurant Row,” he said, a reference to restaurants here in the early 1900s.
In case you were worried you’d ever get a good night’s sleep again, here are some stuffed animals that go way beyond wrong.
The Lion of King Frederick I of Sweden
In 1731 the Swedish king received a lion as a gift from the Bey of Algiers, and sent it to a taxidermist who had never seen a living lion. The poor man had just the pelt and the bones to work from.
(Photo: Hans Thorwid/Nationalmuseum, via Facebook)
The Freak Kitten by Walter Potter
Sad fox by the British taxonomist Adele Morse
A Leopard from the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle in Tours, France
(via Flickr/Julie Hascoët)
There is something wrong with this donkey
These animals are high or stoned
Tanuki or the Japanese Raccoon Dog
The Vietnamese Zombie Horse
The cock-stealing beaver
Wolves at the Natural History Museum of Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan.
An adorable dog from the Gwangju Folk Museum, Gwangju, South Korea
The Cowardly Lion from the Wizard Of Oz
A happy seal with serious dental problems
Lillie Smith of New Mexico and her son are suspected of running a drug operation from her home.
KRQE-TV reports that Lillie Smith was recently indicted by a Bernalillo County grand jury for trafficking, conspiracy to commit trafficking, tampering with evidence and possession.
Court documents show the charges stem from a warrant served at her apartment in 2011.
Deputies suspected that the woman’s son, Nathan Jones, was running a small drug operation out of her home. But the sheriff’s office says deputies found cocaine and marijuana on Smith and she tried to stash the drugs during the investigation.
Court records show that Smith was arrested and has been released. Her son was also arrested. It was not known if either of them has a lawyer.
George County Sheriff Dean Howell said they received an anonymous 911 call Tuesday night concerning a man who had set his dog on fire and was “going psycho while crazy on meth.”
According to police, when they arrived at Pierce’s residence, they found a small breed dog on fire and Pierce in his bedroom acting erratically. He told officers he “wanted to help the dog go to heaven.” Pierce has a rather odd definition for the word “help” as police say he doused the dog with a flammable liquid and then set it on fire.
I can only speculate he truly was on meth when his drug-addled brain felt this was a good idea, or people need to be real careful asking this guy for any kind of assistance in the future.
Surprisingly, the dog survived and was transported to the George County Animal Hospital. Aside from having the tip of its nose burned off, the dog may also lose its eyesight, ears, and a front leg. You can check out a picture of the injured dog here.
Pierce was first taken to George County Regional Hospital before being placed in jail. Aside from the animal cruelty charges, Pierce was also wanted on two existing warrants.
The clause is common in divorce cases in Texas and other states. It prevents a divorced parent from having a romantic partner spend the night while children are in the home. If the couple marries, they can get out from under the legal provision — but that is not an option for gay couples in Texas, where such marriages aren’t recognized.
The Dallas Morning News reported that in a divorce hearing last month for Carolyn and Joshua Compton, Collin County District Judge John Roach Jr. enforced the terms detailed in their 2011 divorce papers. He ordered Carolyn Compton’s partner, Page Price, to move out of the home they shared with the Comptons’ two daughters, ages 10 and 13. The judge gave Price 30 days to find another place to live.
Paul Key said his client, Joshua Compton, wanted the clause enforced for his kids’ benefit.
McDonald’s (MCD) has had a tough time giving customers what they want when they want it here in the States, but in far less judgmental Japan it has no problem backing a dump truck’s worth of french fries onto a customer’s tray.
Japan Today notes that McDonald’s outlets there are offering customers the Mega Potato, a container of fries double the size of an order of large fries that goes for roughly $5. At 350 grams, it’s more than three-quarters of a pound of fries poured into a Golden Arches-stamped cardboard trough that McDonald’s has advertised as “perfect for sharing.”
The food press has already begun clutching its pearls over the fat content and the potential health consequences of the boat-sized order of fries, which will be available May 24 through June. At an estimated 1,142 calories, it is the highest-calorie food served at McDonald’s, reports Muripo.
However, RocketNews24 provides illustrated examples of how customers in Asian countries haven’t been opposed to ordering fries by the tableful. Besides, scoffing at this sort of stunt here in the U.S. has started costing McDonald’s a chunk of fast-food market share.
Foreign markets tend to bring out the creative side of fast-food giants like Burger King (BKW) and Pizza Hut parent company Yum Brands (YUM). But even stateside, the rise of higher-end fast-casual establishments like Panera Bread (PNRA), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Five Guys have forced fast-food chains to abandon upmarket options and play to their strengths. Taco Bell is offering Waffle Tacos as part of a new breakfast menu and testing a new value menu packed with $1 items. Burger King, meanwhile, is basically cloning the McRib boneless rib sandwich while offering delivery service in major cities.
Even lower-tier chains like Del Taco are spicing up their menus with offerings including Chili Cheese Fry burritos.
After years of success emulating Starbucks (SBUX) coffee and Jamba Juice (JMBA) smoothies, however, McDonald’s has been forced into a full retreat. McDonald’s first-quarter same-store sales were off 1% worldwide. Its menu, which Businessweek says has grown 70% since 2007 to 145 items, is getting a much-needed trim. Angus burgers, Chicken Selects, fish bites, burritos and premium items that franchise owners say are slowing down their kitchens are being shown the door in favor of an enhanced dollar menu.
Yet the chain still hasn’t quite backed off its all-things-to-all-people U.S. approach. In China, McDonald’s customers get free Egg McMuffins if there’s even a chance the press might say something unkind about the chain. In Japan, McDonald’s serves canoes full of fries without a whole lot of backlash over the consequences. In the U.S., it hesitantly hints at all-day breakfast and trots out the McRib only when sales numbers are at their softest.
McDonald’s fries are a staple and one of the primary reasons that customers who disdain other McDonald’s items will still drop in on rare occasions. Providing customers with more of them — and more of the rare breakfast items that are hurled off the production line at the stroke of 10:30 a.m. — is only giving them more of what they’re seeking. McDonald’s critics will pound away at it regardless of how broad it tries to make its menu. Its core consumers, as the company is discovering in Japan, just want more of what they crave.
At some point, maybe McDonald’s will stop placating its critics and start rewarding its loyalists. Yes, they want fries with that.
A beef with a strip club bouncer erupted into high-powered violence when a patron returned with an AK-47 and shot up the club.
Police continued this morning to search for Henry Pettigrew, 21, who they identified as the gunman caught on surveillance video firing multiple rounds into Purple Orchid Gentleman’s Club.
Minutes later, A man wearing an orange hooded-sweatshirt returned to the club with the assault weapon, witnesses told police. After blasting what appeared to be several shots into a passing car, the gunman rushed to the club’s front door, slipped and fell, and then entered the club’s vestibule, where he slipped and fell again. When he regained his footing, the surveillance video captured images of the gunman swing open the door leading into the club and firing at occupants multiple times.
One person was struck, but not seriously injured, police said.
The gunman fled the club and got into a getaway vehicle, believed to be a Hyundai or Mitsubishi, driven by his friend.
Investigators describe Pettigrew as black, about 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and sporting a thin beard. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Maurizio of Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.
Officer Officer Miguel Schiappapietra, 28, was arrested Saturday at his home in Castaic, Calif., about forty miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, KTLA reports in the video above.
Schiappapietra allegedly lured the two girls, both under the age of 10, into his home, police said. He was booked on two counts of lewd acts with a child and expected to appear in court Tuesday.
Schiappapietra, a six-year veteran of the force, reportedly moved into the neighborhood with his wife and three young children just five weeks ago.
“You know, having children of my own and knowing there are other children in this neighborhood…I had no idea it was going on down there. It’s very disturbing,” resident Tim Rossi said to CBS.
Neighbors told CBS that the officer was always friendly and seemed like a family man.
Schiappapietra is now on paid administrative leave, pending the LAPD and criminal investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports.
He is being held on $100,000 bail. If Schiappapietra posts bail, he will be assigned to his home until the investigations are complete.
According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report, the mother called investigators on Monday to report her Pop-Tarts had been stolen from her home on Goldstaff Lane. She fingered her own son, who is a juvenile, as the culprit.
Neighbor Fred Patrick laughed when he first learned an arrest had been made over Pop-Tarts. He knows the young boy.
“He seems real nice to me. I mean, he is real respectful,” Patrick said
The report said that the boy was placed under juvenile arrest and was charged with larceny/misdemeanor.
Another neighbor, Tiffany Covington, said in her house, food is there for everyone.
“It would be nice if they asked, but they don’t. They are kids,” she said.
The mom declined to comment.