Lakota Teacher Busted for Child Porn made over $65K per year

Below is a story about the Lakota Teacher arrested for child pornography charges. For the thousands of you that follow this blog and know some of the history here, Ryan Fahrenkamp is #286 on my list of teachers that make more than $65,000 per year. Fahrenkamp made $69,456.00. That’s the kind of “quality” teacher that our tax money has purchased. My comments about the impact this has on Lakota are right after the Enquire portion of the article. Ironically, Doc Thompson did a piece about the value of teachers from a wage stand point as this story was breaking during his January 3, 2011 show. I think it is an interesting argument while at the same time reading the details of this child porn story.

Story from the Enquire by: dhorn@enquirer.com
A former elementary school teacher in West Chester was arrested Monday on charges of possessing child pornography.

FBI agents said Brant Fahrenkamp, 42, used his school-issued laptop computer to access pornographic websites and to store images of young men, including some former students, without their shirts on. Fahrenkamp is a former teacher at Endeavor Elementary School.

An FBI spokesman said their investigation began in May 2010 when Lakota school officials contacted the West Chester Police Department about a parent’s complaint that Fahrenkamp was sending text messages to a student.

FBI officials said a search of Fahrenkamp’s hotel room in May 2010 turned up a camera and the laptop, both of which had video files depicting a naked boy. Investigators believe the photos were taken in 2008………………………………………………..

Interesting choice of words, “former,” as mentioned above Fahrenkamp was receiving almost $70K a year while he was taking pictures of little boys at Endeavor Elementary with their shirts off. He was employed until August of 2010.

The first line of defense that other teachers would proclaim is that they cannot be judged by the actions of this demented man, Mr. Ryan Fahrenkamp. And I would say that’s true. There are always a few bad apples, and the actions of Fahrenkamp should not reflect on all teachers.

However,

How many times during the last levy campaign were we told that money bought us quality teachers? And if we didn’t pay the extra money in taxes, those teachers might leave Lakota. Right now, how many people out there think that Fahrenkamp was a “quality” teacher and what made him worth more than $65K per year?

On another philosophic debate, when talking about a utopia type of society, where teachers do the work of teaching our children while many parents trot off to work completely entrusting the lives of their children to people like Fahrenkamp, this incident proves that such an act is a folly. Fahrenkamp was using a school lap top to store images of several boys with their shirts off, several students from Endeavor Elementary, and if that cautious parent had not caught text messages going to their child, how far would this incident have gone and for how long?

The other issue is how the school system kept a cap on this story during the media blitz of the school levy of 2010. This teacher was arrested right after the first levy attempt of 2010 and all this investigation was going on during the last one that ended in November of 2010. How did everyone keep this story quiet, and why? This seems like the kind of story the community should have known about back in May. So since the Lakota School System kept the story so quiet, it makes you wonder what other stories they are keeping a tight lid on. I’m sure Fakrenkamp is not the only bad apple.

The pictures of the students with their shirts off from Endeavor Elementary dated back to 2008. The original arrest was on May 26th of 2010. The lag on this story is far too long. This shows that the Lakota School System was more interested in protecting their image than exposing the story. It is unlikely that the concerned parent was the first whistle-blower. It may have been the first alarm from “outside” the school system, but I’m certain there were other behavioral signs that some other co-worker was aware of. The choice was to keep it quiet when the public should have known. That says everything!

I’ll say again that Fakrenkamp does not reflect all teachers everywhere. But because of people like Fakrenkamp, schools will never be able to be 100% trusted with our students. Parents will always have to be a part of their children’s lives if they want to protect their children from people like Fakrenkamp. That might be an inconvenient truth. But it’s a fact of life that must be considered when assessing the value of the teaching profession.

Rich Hoffman
http://twitter.com/#!/overmanwarrior

www.overmanwarrior.com

46 thoughts on “Lakota Teacher Busted for Child Porn made over $65K per year

  1. The story as I know it is the school district suspended this guy at the first complaint by a parent. The FBI found the porn on the computer in a separate investigation. Of coarse your going to try to turn this into some sort of conspiracy involving the school district. You can spin things around to fit your bullshit quest to make people think people think your some sort of intellectual. You don’t have to like the district but why don’t you shut your trap if you don’t have proof of what you spew. What proof do you have the district kept this under raps because they didn’t want this out during the election?? What proof NONE. There is one more bad apple.

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    1. It’s their employee and they are responsible for his actions. There’s no spin here, dude! All facts. And as far as proof, I’m asking the question and making observations based on action. If I were a school system needing a levy, I wouldn’t surrender the levy attempt to a bunch of kids in “teens for Lakota” They knew this story had the potential to explode, and they kept it quite. The pervert had another complaint prior to this incident. My point is that someone else probably knew there was something wrong with the guy, and nobody said anything. Everyone can play dumb, but notice nobody said a thing until the arrest on Monday. A statement should have been made prior to this, way back in May. If it was a police matter, fine. But tell the community there is an internal investigation. The choice to say nothing is an attempt to cover it up. Getting mad at me shows that you are willing to look the other way on things like this, and you are part of the problem!

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  2. How the hell do you know that it was “Unlikely” that the concerned parent was the first whistle-blower. How the hell could you even say that. That is totally just your opinion, and it’s pretty easy to see how objective that is going to be.

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    1. I think I was very kind regarding this situation. I don’t like being mislead, and I consider the actions that went on behind the scenes during the election to be misleading. And ultimately, these are my opinions. It just so happens that thousands of other people feel the same way. We have to vent somewhere.

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  3. Before reporting you should probably do some research. I have read many of your post and enjoy the humor that you think is intellectual. Upon being reported every parent in Endeavor School with a child who had contact with that teacher was sent a letter, meaning every student in the 6th grade , about 150 students. That letter explained as much as possible it also asked paents to look into any possible improper contact. Parents were also invited to contact the school with any further questions. That real seems like a district trying to cover something up.

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    1. That was posted before many of the news outlets had completed their stories, so there is the luxury of more information now. But then again, I was close to the story during the campaign, and nobody brought this up, including many of the reporters. For you and some of these other people to get hung up on who knew what when doesn’t answer the primary problem of what paying a guy like that $69,000 a year bought us in added education value. Because that’s what we have been told in the community is that money buys us excellence. Well, unlike you and others that want to look the other way and shrug your shoulders and say we don’t have a crystal ball and can’t look into the future at people that might do something like this, that is the wrong statement. I expect a much more responsible answer. And when one of these perverts is caught, I don’t expect bold revelations of action after the danger has already passed. As far as what I think is intellectual, a comment like what you made is like a dog barking inside a cage at some unknown smell in the air it doesn’t understand. I don’t normally judge people like you, but your comments show your limits.

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  4. How many times on a site have you said “I don’t normally judge people like you”, your entire posts are based upon you judging people who disagree with you. I posted that you were incorrect when you said Lakota schools hid this matter. I stated the efforts made. I am also sure communication was controlled somewhat by the FBI’s involvement. There are several FBI agents with children in this school distict, who have supplied support in this matter.

    What will you do when this levy passes….I know you’ll take your whip and join the protest to have toys taken out of Happy Meals! Maybe this will extend your local 30 seconds of fame to 60 seconds and WLW cover the story.

    Now comment on how everything I have written is absurd or how much smarter your are…no, no you’ll say just read my post and that will show my lack of knowledge.

    Please continue to post though, I still enjoy the humor.

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    1. I was doing well for myself before this levy dispute. In fact, this has been a distraction. I didn’t become good at articulating issues because of this levy. I offer my services because its a fight worth fighting in a part of my community. My life will go on quite well when the levy issue is finally solved. But don’t think it will be passed.

      I like Happy Meal toys. And fame is an illusion. You might be motivated by those types of things, but I could care less. My job is to use my ability to frame an argument to get other people involved so I don’t have to do all the work. And those people will fix the problems. That’s called “management.”

      Fame is a really small way to look at things.

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  5. As I go threw the different postings on this site I realize nobody is reading and replying to it!! I’m glad I’m not the only person in West Chester to challenge you on this crap. You accuse whole groups of people of things that you have ZERO proof to base your self serving flap on. You are so sure your the driving force in the the levy not passing. As for the pervert teacher, like I said in another post, where’s your proof. What about innocent until proven proven guilty that is one our basic rights. The school handled this unfortunate event perfectly. So keep on, Doc Thomas needs folks like you for his ratings. Tea Partiers, Cool Aid Drinkers and the like.

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    1. Justify things any way you have to so you can sleep at night. How many thousands of words can you write in your spare time? And if nobody read, I wouldn’t do it. Most people agree with me and don’t feel driven to make fools of themselves the way you do.

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  6. I’m not justifying anything this guy did. And I sleep just fine at night thank you. Again where is your proof that the school district covered this up???
    You can’t answer the question, can you??? And as far as writing in my spare what the hell do you do?? Your chime in on everything in the world on this blog. I don’t see how you even have spare time to do anything else. So please answer the question, what proof did you have that the district covered this guy up during the election.

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    1. Because I’ve been in those types of situations as the School System was in. I’ve been in those meetings and I know how people react with fear to a situation like that. I’ve interviewed and had people attempt to coach me on what to say and how to spin it, and I’ve had to push back and I know the pain of sticking to the truth. And I see on the faces of the people giving the interviews the hurt of having to push the truth down so far that they try and hide it from themselves. They hit the bullet points, but you can’t hide what goes on behind the eyes. We all know the truth of things, even if it’s painful to talk about.

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  7. You don’t “know” shit, that’s your problem. You substitute whatever you “feel” or “think” for what you don’t “know” to be fact. You can no more read what is on someones mind any more than you can walk on the moon. I can’t believe I waste my time with “Jackwagons” like you. The next time the levy comes around you can sure bet I will get the word out about your blog. Everyone needs to read this shit. Moss on rocks, cowboy movie conspiracies, I can read peoples minds by just looking at their eyes. You wouldn’t know the truth if it hit in the head.By the way the box office money winner last week was a WESTERN!!!!

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    1. Actually I have several contacts on the inside that I won’t put in danger, and I don’t have a problem. But as far as being able to “read” people, I can’t help it if you don’t have that ability.

      And I am happy about the western. Jeff Bridges does a good job with all his stuff. I was very skeptical because that was the Dukes role, but Jeff did a good job.

      But I can see the truth way before it hits me. You’re little insults……well you know what I’m going to say next.

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    1. The leaks are easy to get a hold of. But I promise those people I won’t violate their trust, even if some blind fool tries to anger me into revealing them. Even without the leaks, I still know. Enjoy your time.

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  8. WOW! Toner,that’s the best you can do…toner? Keep reaching. Made your inside people should tell you about teachers using the copying machines as printers, which are all leased and all toner is covered under that lease not matter the amount toner used. School printers are rarely used anymore because of the extra cost to schools. Just a way schools are trying to save tax dollars but you don’t want to mention that. This is in no way a defense of what this teacher did but for you to continue to blame Lakota for his action is wrong. There are bad individuals in all work places: bad cops, lawyers, fireman, postal workers, factory workers, teachers and even preachers. All of these people abused something in the work place without their employers knowledge. In most cases it was the employer who is the first to report some wrong doing as the case with this teacher.

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    1. Thanks for the info. We didn’t talk about a lease. What you say makes sense, that’s a good way to go about it. The toner comment is just an example of how small something can be to violate that SRC, which is law, a law everyone is currently ignoring. But not for long.

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  9. Thank god we live in a country that allows people to voice their opinions. If it wasn’t for these kind of freedoms then we wouldn’t have enjoyed so many of the things today. With the advancement of the internet now everyone can have a voice. I see two things that are unfortunate about these discussions. One the loudest “voice” on the internet is often the one with the most passion, not the one most qualified. While I applaud your passion with regard to speaking out against something you do not believe in, that does not make you qualified to speak as an expert. Before you say I never claim I was an expert leads me to the second problem. Because of the decay of our education systems, people have lost the ability to think critically for themselves. They are so use to listening to the talking heads on CNN or MSNBC to tell them what to do, that they have forgotten what how to tell the difference between opinion and fact. My biggest problem with your approach is the blatant use of data to give the impression that every argument you make is fact. Any good scientist or engineer can tell you the difference between reporting data and manipulating data for your argument. If you were truly about the truth and let data speak for itself, you would have comparative analysis versus other school districts, you would offer a complete education picture including salaries of state education officials. If you wanted to convince others of your objectivity you would say that your children (if you have any attend Lakota), or perhaps they attend a private school. A great option for someone that is making salaries as much or greater than those numbers you like to throw around so much. Again I applaud your passion. If everyone would get this engaged in their communities and government we would have a more functional system that is a government truly by the people. My issue is your use of sprinkled facts as a way to validate your entire statements, and the reality that you, me, the hosts on WLW (that make a living off this), and many others know so well…it is all about the razzle dazzle how can anyone hear the truth above the roar (yes I know I just quoted a song from a musical but I thought is fit this situation rather…but after all this is only my opinion)

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  10. Let me start by saying that I have voted “no” for all the levies. I’m tired of having to shell out more and more money for public education. The issue is 60% a state issue, then a 40% district issue. Until the state figures out a way to funnel more state and federal dollars to our districts there will always be a problem. The district does need to do a better job with the money they are given and realize they don’t need to parent children….just teach them. My issue with the Lakota school board is that they seem “drunk and disorderly” and lack any kind of well thought out STRATEGIC plan. Hoping a levy will pass is not a strategy. HOWEVER, I don’t agree with your generalizations and overly harsh criticism of all Lakota teachers. If you consider not all hires (in any setting) aren’t going to be “great” it isn’t a wonder that every once in a while you are going to get a creep like the kiddie porn guy. Your passion for defeating levies seems to be clouding your judgment. You’ll do yourself a favor and increase credibility if you cut the rhetoric and stick to the basics.

    Also, you might be the last guy that thinks whip tricks are cool.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. You have some good opinions. As far as my credibility, it’s doing just fine. If you’re just in the stands watching the game, opinions will always be laced with emotion grounded by the personality of the critic. When you are on the field things are a bit different.

      And the whip stuff has been good to me. Believe me. I’m not the last guy.

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  11. oh stop picking on the levi bozo and the evidence cleary the sttates that he took the photos at camp or somewere out side of the schoolthe only ofpertunitie he would have had the opertunittie was at 6thgrade camp in 08 and he did do that my theri is he got up in the middle of the night when no one was awake snuck into a few boys tent and either there shirts were off or he took them off some how i now remember somthing about that he had gotten the boys intoxicated and that he took the shirt off him self thats what i recall form the local 12 news cast so those are were prosicuters are really going to score with there case

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