Falsely accused teacher struggles to cope

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Falsely accused teacher struggles to cope
Allegations of sexual touching unfounded, judge rules
Last Updated: Friday, May 28, 2010 | 10:57 PM ET Comments90Recommend67CBC News
Henri Fournier says he only lasted four days after he returned to teaching in January. (CBC)
A Quebec elementary school gym teacher says he is struggling to rebuild his life after having been falsely accused of sexual touching.

A rumour began circulating at Henri Fournier's school in February 2008 involving 19 girls between the ages of eight and 13 who accused him of inappropriately touching girls, sometimes in front of other students.

Officials at Notre Dame de l'Assomption Elementary School in Chateauguay, south of Montreal, took the allegations seriously and suspended Fournier without pay.

He was eventually arrested on 34 charges of sexual touching and spent a week in custody. The case gained a great deal of media attention.

But 20 months later, Fournier -- the only male teacher at the school -- was cleared on all charges.

Before the trial began, two of the girls recanted. Then at trial, Fournier testified he thought a nasty squabble and feelings of jealousy between two girls spiralled into allegations against him.

'I have male students who have a ritual -- they will never be alone in a classroom with a student.'
--McGill education professor Jon BradleyDuring the trial, the judge said that the young girls who accused Fournier contradicted each other in their testimony. When he acquitted Fournier, the judge said the actions described by the girls were not inappropriate acts of a sexual nature but were part of the teacher's warm, paternal approach with children.

Difficult to return to work
Throughout the ordeal, Fournier was supported by his colleagues.

In January, he returned to the school where he had taught for a dozen years and was greeted by welcome banners.

But he only lasted four days.

"I went to the principal and said, 'I can't'. It's too hard with the five girls still there and crossing me in the hall."

Fournier said he can no longer teach the way he used to.

"When you start the routine of teaching, it comes and hits you in the face," he said. "They love you. They want to give hugs and everything.

"I can't react to that no more. It's like I'm split in two: one part of me wants to do it; the other part says, 'No, it is dangerous.'"

Fournier is still fighting the Grandes-Seigneurs School Board for back pay for the time he was suspended, and he owes tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

He said he is trying to muster the courage to return to school in the fall.

"I want to give it another try. I wouldn't want to finish my career like that."

Fournier not alone
The Montreal Teachers Association, which represents teachers with the city's English school board, said it is familiar with cases like Fournier's.

In 2001, a teacher at Montreal's Beechwood School was awarded $70,000 after the Quebec Superior Court ruled he was the victim of a parent's malicious campaign to destroy his reputation.

The man had falsely accused the teacher, David Fletcher, of having molested his daughter.

"We did believe that there had to be a certain balance struck because there is ... a huge risk," said union spokesman John Winrow. "In Dave Fletcher's case, I think we were successful demonstrating that there can be false allegations, that they have immensely damaging effects on the teacher, that it can be a horrible injustice."

Lack of male role models
Situations like Fournier's have the effect of discouraging men from a career in teaching younger children, even while elementary schools are desperate for more men to act as role models, said McGill University education professor Jon Bradley, who is doing research on males in the education system.

"The number of males coming into the elementary ed program at McGill University is five per cent," said Bradley. "The number of males who have been in my research group who are still in elementary five years after graduation is zero per cent."

Male teachers also express fear of being too nurturing or affectionate, said Bradley.

"I have male students who have a ritual -- they will never be alone in a classroom with a student. They will never close their classroom door," he said. "Their fear is [of] being falsely accused."

Despite the risk associated with becoming a primary school teacher, Fournier said he would encourage other men to pursue the career.

"Because we don't have enough and they need role models," he said.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/05/28/mtl-henri-fournier-teacher-falsely-accused.html#ixzz0pPqT9kKI


another reason for news sources to protect the identity of the accused untill they are found guilty-not like the CBC who will destroy a man's life with pictures and names on an accusation before he is actually guilty of anything

a law was just recently passed in the U.K. that protects people now from being exposed by the media untill they are actually proven guilty in a court of law-when the media names and shames someone who may be innocent-it doesn't matter anymore-his life is over

also another reason for a false accuser registry

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/05/28/mtl-henri-fournier-teacher-falsely-accused.html#ixzz0pPsn8fxe


Mississauga Dad wrote;
Can we say man-hating feminist agenda boys & girls? Can we say misandry?

Here is the first article I could find in the CBC archives relating to this Quebec teacher story, from 2008:


In this instance the victims are female & the accused is male. Note how the CBC not only identifies the school where the "assaults" took place it also clearly identifies the male teacher accused. Note also that the CBC does not say "the alleged assaults" but instead simply "the assaults took place". Now after the man has endured two years of hell & his life has been ruined we read that the accusations were lies.

Fast forward to May 28, 2010 - today. The following appears in CBC news:


In this case the victim is male & the accused is a female "employee of a school division". We are not told what her position is - unlike Mr. Fournier who is, we are all told, a teacher. The CBC is careful to state "It's alleged the offences took place" - not like Mr. Fournier's case where the story clearly convicts him even before the trial - "The assaults took place". The school that the woman is from - we are not told that. The name of the accused? Not a breath of what that might be. No way the CBC wants to ruin the life of a woman if the accusations turn out to be false. I wonder if the woman's name will even be published if she is found guilty - or if some excuse about 'protecting the victim' will be used to block publication. Your tax money at work my fellow Canadians. Doesn't it make you feel better to know that CBC is using it to further its misandrist feminist agenda?

Mythago wrote:
"men who are unjustly accused can sometimes gain from the experience."
Catherine Comins, assistant dean of student life at Vassar

so from a feminist perspective, what has happened to this man is a good thing.


Gotta love feminists.

CallmeDave wrote:
Incidents like this one are the reason that there is now a Men's Rights Movement in the works that seems to be gathering a lot of steam. Men are assumed to be guillty, portrayed as fools in the media, discriminated against in hring quotas and used as a walking wallet more often then not in divorce situations.

Radical Feminism (as opposed to classical feminism which I support) is responsible for a lot of this. It really is time to see more push back against the nonsense.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/05/28/mtl-henri-fournier-teacher-falsely-accused.html#socialcomments#ixzz0pVR7f2e9

there are a lot more men starting to speak out against this type of man-hate


Officials at Notre Dame de l'Assomption Elementary School in Chateauguay, south of Montreal, took the allegations seriously and suspended Fournier without pay.

I would get a nasty lawyer and sue the living daylight out of the school and the accusers. Fuckin' with someone's livelihood ought to bring appropriate retaliation.
The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical


what gets me is--Why?with all of these young girl's with the same story-didn't get called on their cowshit before the actual trial--is beyond me

another n'fong?

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