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Justice for Julie


Society & Culture  (tags: Julie Amero, Norwich, Connecticut, justice, legal system, prosecution, teachers )

RC
- 2261 days ago - usatoday.com
Horror story of a substitute teacher right here in my home state tried & (wrongly) convicted on several counts of Risk of Injury to a Minor & faced 40 years in prison. Her conviction was overturned over a year ago. Why won't Connecticut leave her alone?



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RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:38 am
You MUST read these follow-ups to fully understand the full nightmare of her current situation. Her conviction was based on computer illiteracy, shoddy police work and evidence from "computer experts" that was incredibly flawed.

Now Julie is free - but not really. You see, the state won't dismiss the charges, and they won't try her. So Julie is living in limbo, having suffered a miscarriage, a breakdown and unable to work because now no one will hire her to do ANYTHING. This is despicable, and could happen to any of us given the right circumstances. PLEASE read:

Case against Julie Amero needs to be deleted

and

Let's End Teacher's Long Nightmare
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:01 am
This truly scary!!!!!! This poor woman.........Lord, what is wrong with the justice system in N. Jersey?????????


GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE........

 

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:06 am
No, Bette...Connecticut. And speaking from long experience on the job...A LOT!
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:07 am
I remember this, I still think she should sue them all.
common sense told you the kid was a brat and just mad at this woman.
But there I go again expecting people to have common sense.
Thanks Cate
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:19 am
Oh sorry for the wrong state!!



GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE........
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:29 am
Kathy....Since I've been on Care2 I've come to realize man has no common sense. If you really think about it only animals do. We are the most self serving selfish egotistical lot on earth.

Animals are not..............And God speed relief & justice for this woman!!



GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE........
 

Dolores H. (2)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 4:36 am
This is a case that should never have gone to trial. We can only hope that her case will be dismissed and soon. She should sue the Norwich Police Department and Detective Mark Lounsbury. It's incredible that he would be their "expert", and the prosecution simply dismissed Mr. Homer, a true computer expert.
 

Joycey B. (750)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 6:00 am
This is a horrible situation and I pray this womans nightmare ends soon. My heart goes out to her. I am not fond of school and judicial systems anymore.
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:00 am
I was looking for a particular brand modem to purchase for my Internet connection, and when I tpyed in the name of the modem in the address bar it suddenly brought me to a porno site. I could not believe that a porno site was hidden in the modem's address line. I deleted it immediately, and reported the incident to the modem manufacturer, but they did nothing about it. So it is very possibe that even who is user savvy can end up on porn web site just by typing in an address for a modem. Fortunately I had the know how to get away from the porn site, and not ever went back. I mean there were some very nasty pics on the site. Full nudity. It was disgusting, and I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but it even made me sick to see what was there....Kids often surf the web, and most parents aren't aware of what sites they end up on. I keep my computer in the living room, next to my sofa, and all I have to do is look over and I can see what site my son is on. Even though he's 18 if he's on a site that I do not approve of, I have him shut it down and go to a different site where there's no porn...They learn fast enough as it is.

The judge and the prosecutor should have recused themselves from this case because they were not computer literate, and found a judge and jury who were computer literate. Sounds like maliscioius prosectution to me.
 

Margaret P. (76)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:16 am
I suppose I have been really lucky then. I have never gone to a website that has led me to a porn subsite but I have heard the stories from my friends who have been hit with spam mail as a result of accidentally visiting a site linked to the smut. Perhaps a petition on this woman's behalf to the DA in Connecticut is in order here.
noted, thanks, Cate....
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:40 am
Why did a school have a computer that could so easily access porn sites?
 

Katie S. (75)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:52 am
Why do teachers always get the blame for everything? It's never the school, parents or kids fault.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:53 am
Good for you Stephen!!

Good planets are hard to find
Plant trees for life...............
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:56 am
Katie.....Because we are part of the human race......We have no common sense!

Animals have common sense.......I'm inclined to think we left it all behind the first time we threw a spear!

Good planets are hard to find....Plant trees for life........
 

Marena Chen (200)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 8:21 am
That is in incredible. The justice system seems to be in a coma.
 

Eternal Optimist (115)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 8:24 am
Sadly Noted with thanks Cate. My heart and prayers go out to Julie
 

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 9:28 am
The majority of the State's Attorneys (prosecutors) in Connecticut have a very vindictive mindset. Many of them are much more invested in "winning" than in seeing justice done. It's a sad situation but the truth. I see it every day on the job.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 9:37 am
The judge who overturned the conviction, Hilary Strackbein, ruled that the witness the state presented as a computer expert, a Norwich police detective, provided “erroneous” testimony about the classroom computer. “The jury may have relied, at least in part, on that false information,” said Strackbein.

The judge cited a forensic computer analysis conducted by the state police crime lab - conducted after the guilty verdict - to support the argument that the verdict should be set aside. She said the lab report “contradicts testimony of the state’s computer witness.”
 

Michelle P. (262)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 10:14 am
"Why did a school have a computer that could so easily access porn sites?"

Two reasons. Firewalls to prevent that cost money and so does hiring people who know how to set up safe, secure computer networks. A LOT of schools are inadequately protected. I volunteered setting up the library at one, and one day I found the kids DELIBERATELY looking at porn. The counselor just sent them to their classes. When I told them they needed firewalls and updated virus protection, they looked at me like I was nuts.
 

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 10:16 am
Cate,
Maybe we should start a petition about this!!!!!!!!!!! I think it is horrible what has happened to Julie Send it to the court system , the school district and or every business in her town at least try to get someone to give this poor woman a job.
 

Louise L. (48)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:21 pm
It is so horrible when someone gets caught up in the system, and can't ever seem to shake free. Bella has a good idea about the petition, would it help to send 5,000 signatures to the school board, congressman, senator, governor? Even prisoners are hired after they've done their time, and this poor woman hasn't even done a crime. Noted with frustration, Cate.
 

Timothy Brown (1)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:34 pm
The middleschool incident took place in 2004. Julie was sentenced in Jan 2007. A few months later another judge vacated the ruling and issued her a new trial. It has not come to trial yet Please see: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/learning.now/2007/06/julie_amero_granted_new_trial_1.html and
http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/200828/1473/Julie-Amero-still-stuck-in-limbo-waiting-for-new-trial
There is a defense fund: http://julieamer.blogspot.com/2007/02/contribute-to-julie.html

I cannot find the coverage and editorials from the Norwich Bulletin but blogs and articles suggest it was trying to increase circulation at the expense of Julie Amero & her justice. Please see:
http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/2007/03/20/norwich-bulletin-oozes-intellectual-dishonesty-in-amero-case/
http://region19.blogspot.com/2007/01/porn-royalties-at-norwich-bulletin.html
The Bulletin may be contacted at:
http://media.norwichbulletin.com/contacts/]
Norwich Main Number: 860-887-9211
The Norwich Bulletin
66 Franklin Street
Norwich, CT 06360

There is also an interesting confession from one of her purported students that day. Please see:
http://idiocracy.wordpress.com/2007/02/20/julie-amero-and-the-porn-pop-ups-the-secret-story/
It certainly appears that Mack Sennet would fit right in the Norfolk constabulary.
 

Katie S. (75)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:39 pm
I'm lucky that I'm very computer literate, when I've caught the children in my class looking at sites they shouldn't be I've been able to block the sites and prevent virus infections without the school's support.
 

. (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:41 pm
If i was julie i would sue adware that will get them from falsly acusing her
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:50 pm
It sounds like politics is involved!One hand doesn't know what the other is doing!God Bless HER!
 

Susan L. (118)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:51 pm
I have followed this case (Live in CT). The fault is NOT that of the teacher the FAULT lies with the School system in not updating the ADWARE. Many people think this is so hard. Most Schools have FIREWALLS, why didn't Norwich? Why didn't the SCHOOL SYSTEM take the responsibility to protect the children in their care for most of the day? How was a SUBSTITUTE teacher suppose to know there was NO system in place to PROTECT HER AND THE STUDENTS? Frankly, the population of Norwich should be outraged at the Board of Education for not protecting their students. It's always easy to "Blame the teacher" whether she/he be the regular or substitute. I've found that there is a lack of support for teachers in the classrooms and knows several very good teachers who have left the profession because of this.

Norwich School Systems could spend some money on a Firewall and cut the crap. It doesn't take a genius to put adware on a computer and keep it updated. Each teacher should have been able to do that for their own classroom computer to protect themselves. I'm a retired teacher and I never let the kids on my classroom computer, they are way to tricky.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 1:26 pm
OKAY, DAMMNIT, I HAVE DONE WHAT I SWORE NEVER TO DO AGAIN ON CARE2 - I HAVE STARTED A PETITION FOR JULIE. NOW ALL OF YOU GO SIGN IT AND TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR FRIENDS LISTS TOO! RESTORE MY FAITH IN ACTIVISM AT CARE!

 

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 1:27 pm
Justice for Julie
 

ELGIN LEE BAKER (51)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 1:31 pm
done done done
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 1:56 pm
This is such a sad story, hoping justice will be on Julie's site.
 

Darlene K. (367)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:02 pm
My husband has just retired from a large school system of the Metro-Area of Detroit (suburban area outside Detroit city limits), and he is driving me crazy...help...heehee. Oh but anyways..., he was always very concerned, as on lunch hours the guys would use the computers to play on Pogo or such. However, porno site would pop up and keep popping up and ticklers would rewrite these adwares over and over. He couldn't believe one of the most well-funded school systems in the area, couldn't maintain the "control of content" that could be accessed on these computers.

Oh I am signing, and thank you Cate, very much.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1650)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:03 pm
WHY hire a comouter illiterate person without walking them through how to run the computer?? Poor Julie! I can just imagine her frustration! Kids at that age certainly are curious about sex and the adware just kept going and going...thnx Cate. I'll get back to signing the petition.
 

Kathy W. (299)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:11 pm
Petition signed. Thanks for story and petition Cate.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:13 pm
Signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TREES FOR LIFE.......PLANT A FEW MILLION...............
 

Lana Terese (373)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:27 pm
Cate,
Thanks for the story and petition. I just finished signing and commenting. I hope Julie is able to find SOME sort of justice. BB
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:28 pm

Utterly ridiculous!
 

charles mclachlan (1674)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:05 pm
thanks cate if the verdict was overturned they should leave her alone the law stinks at times and this woman should be able to get on with her live tottly wrong.
 

Joycey B. (750)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:23 pm
Gladly signed Cate.
 

. (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:23 pm
The law should never leave someone in limbo..with a huge question mark hanging over their character.If they refuse to exonerate her,they have to charge her..but they can't.The state has a duty to Julie,to take away this stain.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:26 pm
JUSTICE FOR JULIE
 

Pauline Houzard (116)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:32 pm
I feel so sorry for this lady, lets hope this petition will help her. Noted and forwarded Cate.
 

. (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:35 pm
This would never have happened if she was rich,and had access to the best legal eagles money can buy.It would never have happened if the legal system hadnt let her down,through their incompetence.,possibly exacerbated by the court services being stretched to breaking point.
Are all public servants supposed to be computer wizards today?I have had sexual pop ups appear on my computer at work..I hadnt solicited them..I get e-mails on this computer trying to sell me viagra..I havent asked for those either ...it is easy to be the victim of this stuff,particularly if you are relatively new to the internet .
 

Susan H. (199)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:43 pm
Thanks so much,Cate this hits close to home for me and as I know all to well from someone in a similar situation this could happen even to someone who knows computers! If you do not use anti-virus or pop up blokers you are asking for it and the things that may just pop up may stay on your computer for a long time.It sounds to me that some one else maybe was the one visiting regularly to porn sites! Just think who had a password???
 

Elizabeth N. (40)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 3:51 pm
This is just disgusting. I signed, and noted, of course. And though I am not a litigious type of person, I hope she sues everyone involved for taking her life from her.
 

Lyn Z. (292)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 4:19 pm
signed
 

. (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 4:20 pm
This is just plain wrong Cate for what they have put this woman through, I know how kids are I have a 17 year old grandson who was here for a week with me and done good on my computer but the night before he went home the next day I had all kinds of porn things comming to me through the mail. I done a check to see where he had been all you have to do is a box drop. I wrote to these people and told them to send me no more of this for this person who went to this site is a minor without my knowledge, but if you send me one omre thing I will turn you into our districtory Attorney Roy Cooper and it stoped for I told them which state I was from. Yes I feel so sorry for this woman she is a victum of abuse of the system. I will sign as soon as I note this Thanks Cate
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 4:30 pm
Petition: copy and paste:

Julie Amero

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/57/Justice-for-Julie-Amero

TY, Cate.

 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 4:58 pm
Cate I thank you for the e card and this petition. I commented and signed and noted. Will forward to all my friends. The justice system is so corrupt, lack of common good sense, and political it makes me sick. Julie is a victim of this and it is cruel beyond words what they are doing to her..Jaylena
 

Tj Harris (2)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 5:03 pm
Signed Noted FWD'd Cross Posted ...... CATE you keep em' coming !!!

Justice for Julie = Petition

Target: Kevin Kane, Thomas Griffith, State's Attorneys, Connecticut
Sponsored by:
The Care2 Coalition for Justice

Horror story of a substitute teacher right here in my home state, tried and wrongly convicted on several counts of Risk of Injury to a Minor.

Her conviction was overturned over a year ago on the basis of shoddy police work, school negligence and flawed "expert" testimony. She still faces 40 years in prison if tried and convicted again.

Why won't Connecticut leave her alone? The State's Attorney won't drop the charges and won't schedule a new trial.

Please sign to ask Connecticut prosecutors to DROP all the charges still pending aainst Julie, who is guilty of nothing more than computer illiteracy and working in a school system that failed to comply with state regulations on classroom computer security.

You can read her full story here:

Justice for Julie = Care2 News

Case against Julie Amero needs to be deleted = THE KNOWN FACTS

Let's End Teacher's Long Nightmare = Local News Update
 

Sharon Froehlich (99)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 5:16 pm
Cate-noted and signed and, needless to say, I am appalled, but not sueprised by injustice anymore. M.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 5:27 pm
When I first got my computer I knew nothing about them and had to learn on my own. The exact same thing happened to me. I am willing to bet those kids did that on purpose as a joke on the teacher not knowing she was going to get in so much trouble and when she did they were scared to say anything thinking the same thing would happen to them. But that is just my opinion.
 

. (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 5:31 pm
Noted with thanks Cate and petition signed for Julie.
 

Elle J. (279)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 5:40 pm
Noted! Petition signed with strong comment. That poor woman has been going through hell through no fault of her own. I know she just wants this horrible experience to go away but she sure has a good lawsuit if she wants to teach them a lesson. If this was a school computer, they are responsible for keeping the spyware and firewall protection up to date. What in the hell is wrong with them? I hope she gets justice soon.
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:13 pm
the school system that i work at here in TX, has anti-adware software, AND firewalls. forbidden sites, (even e-bay) are banned from the school computers. cannot access them. a substitute teacher bearing the brunt of responsiblity as the students were viewing porno on a school computer, while she went for help(!), and being fired is absurd. the administrators NOT taking control of the situation, and having ACCOUNTABILITY themselves is what's wrong here. even expert testimony of a computer tech said "The computer was infected before she got there, a site visited that morning caused the pop-ups to start, and the porn was the result of pop-ups, not deliberate action". how frustrating, humiliating, and absolutely horribe for this woman!!! UNBELIEVABLE! noted, and thanx Cate. keep us posted, i'm very interested in the outcome of this...and best wishes and prayers to Julie!
 

Mad Artist Of MUD (433)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:17 pm
It isn't that hard to safeguard a computer from sites. My hubby is in charge of the computers of a Community college. Even Care two is blocked on them (not that care two is bad or anything, but it shows there is a way to block unwanted sites). The IT dept in that school is definately the problem. Pinning the blame on this lady is horrible.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:27 pm
A couple of things are happening here. These people who are out to hang this woman are now embarrassed & afraid to say they are/were wrong. So, she might pay just for that reason unless this petition plus a super good lawyer jumps in pro bono and offers her help.

I'm amazed at the idiocy of these men & courts over this.....But, not so surprised either.......As we all know man is a very selfish cowardly creature!!!!!!!!!

Choose silence of all virtues,
for by it you hear other men's imperfections,
and conceal your own.
George Bernard Shaw

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE................
 

Theresa Koch (59)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:40 pm
That poor lady!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 7:46 pm
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice,
and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts”
Voltaire

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE......

 

Helen Rose (66)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 9:21 pm
Cate, I signed the petition this is so wrong my heart goes out to her
what she has went through is a living nightmare.
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 9:32 pm
I wouldn't know to turn off the monitor. I hope she gets justice. Singed and noted, thank you Cate.
 

Bruce Combs (468)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 9:45 pm
Outrageous!
 

Lisa Gabriel (252)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 2:08 am
Signed and commented! Here our schools are on an intranet. Safe, no viruses, no ebay or chat rooms, and certainly no porn! It was so obviously the school's fault not the teacher's!!!!
 

Marty H. (119)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 4:00 am
Thanks Cate and noted! Poor Woman! Stupid school!
 

Jessie Cross (295)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 4:31 am
Cate, should I sign too or should it only be US citizens?? Let me know since I don't want to add unwanted - and maybe useless signatures.
 

Jessie Cross (295)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 4:33 am
BTW I read all the links and am FLABBERGASTED at this travesty of justice and the sheer stupidity involved.
 

Gerard Andree (3)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 4:34 am
signed & noted
 

Eternal Optimist (115)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 5:25 am
Thankfully Signed, Cate you are a Blessing! Thank you for opening a petition.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 5:35 am
Question: Is julie aware of people here on Care2 trying to help her & is she aware of this petition?

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE.............
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 5:44 am
The injustice here being done to Julie
strikes me as something right out of Iran!!!!!!!!!

Take a few moment out to PLANT TREES FOR LIFE.........
 

David Gould (155)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 7:51 am
"Not that you have a clue about this stuff, but that computer is running Windows 98 and the outdated Internet Explorer 6.02. Its filtering and anti-virus software have expired, and it has no anti-spyware software."

Seems to me that this school is guilty of the most case of gross neglegence I have ever heard of. Even quite clued up computer folk find 'pop-ups' hard to cope with...especially on Care2!!!

Julie isnot only innocent of any any charge here but the school should be closed for allowing a machine to be unprotected in a classroom.

Justice has not been served here. Julie is a scapegoat for the gross imcompetance of others...

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 7:56 am
Amen David!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Plant trees for you life.............
 

Mary Halwa (119)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 9:39 am
Unbelievable! You are a good and caring person, Cate! When you see a wrong...you want to make it right. This teacher is getting a bad rap! Forty years...is a joke. You can sell illegal drugs and get a slap on the back of the hands! Where is the justice? Sad, very sad!
 

Mary Neal (187)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 10:43 am
THIS IS SO WRONG! Lots of judges are computer illiterate, like Julie. Perhaps all her judge understood was that the young students were exposed to porn and did not understand how this could happen without any input on poor Julie's part. Why didn't the judge listen to the expert and allow the expert's testimony? Judges are supposed to be interested in getting justice, not convictions! SHE MUST BE CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES!

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
 

William V. SAFARIK JR. (4)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 1:14 pm
Thank you Cate for this alert of stupid thinking on the school and court systems...A clear case of smoke and mirrors to point the blame on a substitute who doesn't have any union protection....The school should be held responsible on their neglect instead of holding Julie as the scapegoat... The State should also be eliminating Julie's sentence...We are behind you, Cate
 

Denise Lytle (542)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 1:33 pm
WTF is wrong with this country?! Signed!
 

Julie Lauritsen (9)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 2:07 pm
I was a teacher for 5 years and I can completly understand how something like this could happen to this poor lady! You would assume the school district would have the computers safe, but I guess not!!! They need to take responsability!!! I signed!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 2:59 pm
i signed and have a difficult time believing that a school, judge, jury and everyone else could be that dumb, unless it was just to cover their own butts... i agree with you denise and say, "ditto"
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 3:13 pm
It is to cover their own "asses"!!!!!!!!!!!!

But, eventually the truth to it all will come out......

Bet on it!!!!!

Good planets are hard to find......Plant trees for life.........
 

Cheryl A. (33)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 6:58 pm
Sad, sad, sad... Do these cops realize that there are far more worse crimes going on in this country today than someone stepping outside the classroom to step back in to find kids took control of the computer? How can this be the teachers fault? Negligence, maybe, but not criminal.

As a substitute teacher I would have just warned her not to have left the Internet available to these students. This matter could have been resolved right there in the school.

What a shame! I wish these cops would go arrest George Bush and Cheney. They have done far, far worse to the citizens of the USA. Now here are some real criminals.
 

Dennis Archer (210)
Sunday July 13, 2008, 9:15 pm
It's a shame that the unionopoly makes it so hard to fire bad teachers - and they are legion - but the state of CT managed to get rid of one whose only crime was being behind the times. Yes, she was negligent, but the DA's reticence to admit a mistake is criminal. She should sue, if for no other reason than to hit the school and the state where it hurts (the pocketbook) and teach them that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Speaking of which - the first trial being a mistrial, double-jeopardy doesn't attach.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday July 14, 2008, 3:21 am
sign, people, sign the petition....JUSTICE FOR JULIE
 

Sheila G. (267)
Monday July 14, 2008, 4:05 am
I just found this story from the petition during a petition search, and I can't believe what happened to her! and why isn't the school using anti-virus software? isn't it even a write off for them? this is very sad, this woman needs support, is there any update? am going now to sign, just wanted to read her story firts,
TY Cate
 

Penelope P. (222)
Monday July 14, 2008, 5:34 am
This sort of thing happens here too with casuals the kids play up and lie about their teaching
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 14, 2008, 10:05 am
Signed. Teachers in general get scapegoated b/c we're expected to fix EVERYTHING wrong w/kids. As far as a "unionopoly", oh PLEASE! Teachers are so vulnerable; the nature of the job is such that the admin can always find something small to blow up into a firing offense. With this kind of garbage, is it a mystery why there's a screaming shortage of teachers? I'm retired and I just laugh now when I hear about the teacher shortage.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday July 14, 2008, 11:46 am
OK folks, we are 1/3 of the way to the JUSTICE FOR JULIE petition. Let's wrap this one up quickly and send it off ASAP....If you haven't signed...PLEASE DO. Post this in your groups that accept petition-sharing. Send the petition link to you friends. THANK YOU!

JUSTICE FOR JULIE
 

Lisa Germain (60)
Monday July 14, 2008, 5:02 pm
ill suport you all in anyway i can. lisa
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 14, 2008, 5:25 pm
A bit of defiance could have saved Julie all the trials & tribulations she is now going through. She should have unplugged the computer in spite of being told not to turn it off. For her to leave that room with a roomful of 12 year olds who are capable of anything with or without a teacher in it!!!!!!!!

She definitely does not need to be punished for the lack of insight. She did not commit a crime of any sort that I can see. Julie apparently lacked a bit of insight.

I'd bet everything I have those kids sure could tell a mouthful of what really happened & who was involved.......After all these kids are of an age to know right from wrong in their actions!!!!!

Plant trees for life.........
 

Chelsee L. (19)
Monday July 14, 2008, 10:30 pm
Thanx Cate for the info! I will sign the petition for sure! My mom has windows 98 cuz she doesn't care and doesn't need advance software but I can see that happening on her puter so I believe the story of how it happened and I'm angered that this poor woman lost her ability to substitute teach cuz of this! UGH!
 

RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday July 16, 2008, 3:53 pm
Hey people...get the word out to more people...we are halfway there and we only need 474 more sigs! LET"S GO TEAM!

 

RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday July 16, 2008, 3:54 pm
JUSTICE FOR JULIE
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Thursday July 17, 2008, 5:34 am
Signed. Thank you, Cate.
You know what I think? I think that the Bushco DELIBERATE dis-regard of Science -- most notably, in the cases of Global Warming, the Environment in general, Endangered Species, and -- the INEXPLICABLE and totally unexplained fall of the 3 towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11 "as a result of fire", officially -- all this has led to a general atmosphere where SCIENCE AND FACTS AND COMMON SENSE AND KNOWLEDGE OF TECHNOLOGY COUNT FOR NOTHING. The Judge is trying to cover his arse; as is the School Board. So, FACTS MEAN NOTHING; anything can mean anything, as long as it exonerates those IN POWER. Even small-town "power". But, Cheney and Bush and their mis-Administration SET THE TONE for exactly this sort of thing. From the highest to the lowest. It infects EVERYthing.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 17, 2008, 5:40 am
AMEN-AMEN-AMEN- BMutiny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good planets are hard to find ..............Plant trees for life
 

Odin x. (0)
Friday July 18, 2008, 1:25 am
I am a programmer, and i can certainly see how there could be porn pop-ups on win 98 without functioning firewall and antivirus/antispyware. In fact i am surprised that pop-ups was the only thing the computer was infected with.
What is sad however is the fact that the judge, jury, and let's not forget the press and public - were so quick to condemn an innocent woman, whose only mistake was obeying what she was told by an incompetent administrator - that she should not turn the computer off. They did so while themselves being computer illiterate, and instead of trying to learn something more, and trying to understand the topic, they just relied on what one "expert" said, and didn't even bother to verify his expertise.
What astounts me is how these hipocrites have mouths full of protecting innocent children, yet they themselves were the cause of a death of innocent unborn child. I really hope Julie sues them.

What i don't understand is why won't Julie and her attorney try to present the truth to the public. Why dont they tell how the state hopes to sweep this under the carpet on the TV? That would cause all responsible being held under heavy public scrutiny, and they would be forced to pardon her. And trying to not antagonize the prosecutors - why? It was them who blindly attacked Julie like a pack of wolves, so they should face the same treatment by the public. The attorney should not rely on the mercy of corrupt prosecutors - it is the judge and jury's responsibility to declare Julie innocent, and the more they expose the state's incompetence while doing so, the better. I mean, they already have excellent proofs that she is in fact innocent, so there should be no possibility of them to lose the trial. And the only one who is harmed by the endless waiting is Julie and her family. So, why not force the trial? If i remember correctly, the accused has a right to force the trial without undue delay. They should certainly do so, and get the trial to the attention of the public.

Will be my signing of the petition valid since i am not from US ?
 

RC deWinter (418)
Friday July 18, 2008, 5:55 am

SIGN IF YOU HAVEN'T - SPREAD THE WORD IF YOU HAVE: JUSTICE FOR JULIE - we need 450 more signatures!
 

Jean Smith (108)
Friday July 18, 2008, 1:15 pm
I remember hearing about this story and I said then if they would spend as much time on drug cases and DUI cases as they were doing on this they would have alot of work done instead they are wasting money on something that sounds like a set up from the beginning
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 18, 2008, 3:46 pm
Are you serious? The parents just want money!! They will destroy this young womans life for money! What the F*%#k. Whoever these four people are that are still prosecuting her need to be but behind bars for EXTORTION. What a complete abuse of the legal system!!

Next thing you know she will be sedated with that new drug they are trying to legalize to use to subdue criminals her for going "crazy" when really everyone else involved in the prosecution has gone mad. B.S.

Signed, Noted and Outraged.
 

. (0)
Friday July 18, 2008, 7:58 pm
Noted & signed with anger.
 

Stuart Thomas (510)
Monday July 21, 2008, 3:08 pm
Oh, my! What a horror to befall poor Julie!
 

Heidi T. (2)
Tuesday July 22, 2008, 12:02 pm
This poor woman! I was searching for a battery recharger or ink cartridges and checked out one web page and was surprised to find an add in this web page that linked to a porn site. As I went to close the window, I got a warning about malware, and since then I have had problems with my computer: multiple windows opening uncontrollably- all because I was trying to buy something on sale or used. I will be signing this petition!
 

Suzanne B. (22)
Saturday July 26, 2008, 8:52 am
Noted, signed and sent to a bunch of friends.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Sunday July 27, 2008, 3:49 pm
We need 303 more signatures, folks...please spread the word! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
 

Onenew Beginning (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 1:38 pm
While there are rapists, murderers and child torturers and tons of criminals who have not received a 40 year sentence, how does this teacher who has not touched anyone receive the 40 year sentence?

I was not there, do not know the circumstance, but the fact that there are people walking the streets who have already killed --makes it rediculous to sentence a teacher to 40 years. Or have I misunderstood this story?
 

Montreville B. (11)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:19 pm
Hi there everyone, you see..., I sent a flagged message on the- ( 8:51 AM message July 28, 2008), (not against Suzanne B.), but rather a review of these contents as a document,- to create a backflow direction in reporting to authorities concerning this matter! This will alert them as to the effects of us as an audiance and (?) the next time they run for office!
Julie was victimized first by her own students playing a prank and then by the authorities who in turn assumed this prank was realtime- also victimizing the athorities by way of miss use of justice. I would say the students will not doing this again as the tide turns around on them.
 

Indio Blanco (22)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 10:48 am
Signed petition and noted. As a network administrator, I know that computer should not have had an internet connection to begin with. If there is anyone to point fingers at, it should be the school's network administration.
 

JOYCE ROOKER (13)
Sunday August 3, 2008, 8:09 pm
Just signed the petition and noted. If anyone should be on trial for all this it is the school. Yes, Indio, that computer should not have had an internet connection.
 

Nastja Dvorsek (78)
Wednesday August 6, 2008, 9:52 am
I've just read the whole thing and it is stupid, all that because some kids saw some porn in seventh grade, come on, like they don't already know what sex is all about, parent are just overreacting, the same thing could happen at their homes. And if the kids are damaged because of some porn, than they have bigger problems, like ignorance. It is just absurd and the length of the sentence I mean did she kill somebody? Get real people, and because of this she can't get another job. It is a shame for everybody involved in the case against her .
 

Julia D. (92)
Wednesday August 6, 2008, 10:58 am
Signed and noted. Thanks Cate!
 

Raja G. (142)
Monday August 11, 2008, 1:50 am
The crux of the story is here - "Welcome to the nightmare of Julie Amero, a 40-year-old substitute teacher in Norwich, Conn. That's what she says happened to her at the hands of the technologically COMPUTER ILLITERATE Kelly Middle School, COMPUTER ILLITERATE POLICE , a COMPUTER ILLITERATE PROSECUTOR, and a technologically ILLITRATE JURY" All the add up.
1. It is unbelieveabl that in US such computer illiteracy exists -]
2. the very fact that the kids were watching the porno site shpws that they are fully aware of such things.
3. Sincxe porno is available in any nook and corner and in thousands of VCDs it is no wonder that the children watched them in the school.
4.Is this such a great crime in a country that allows Gay marriage - Lesbianism - and promiscuity - Nudist camps -
and above all [ porno websites at the press of four keys on the key board.
This case deserves to be published as one of the most stupid cases in the history of computer crimes.
it is no wonder that hackers and thieves are able to swindle banks of millions of public money with ease -
the Government officials - the judiciery - and of course the Police are all illiterate in this period highly developed IT technology world.
THIS IS MOST STUPIDEST CASE I HAVE EVER READ ESPECIALLY FROM THE U. S.
If such a case has come up from India or Middle East countries it would have been so surprising.
TIMT the Law making and law enforcing departments and the education institutions wake up and catch up with the advancement in technology.
I pity the teacher over 40 years for her folly of being computer illiterate and joining computer illiterate school as such

 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 9:32 am
Terrible story. The school is to blame, because their computer was un-protected. I will crosspost and put this into my shared-messages. I already signed of course!
 
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