In the Herald-News of Joliet, Illinois there’s a most disturbing headline: Shorewood teacher arrested on child grooming charge; placed on leave. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
An area teacher was arrested Friday on a felony charge of grooming.
What’s “grooming”? It’s described later in the article:
Grooming occurs when a person knowingly uses a device or online service “capable of electronic data storage or transmission to seduce, solicit, lure or entice” a child, according to state law.
Egad! Who was arrested? The newspaper says:
According to Shorewood police, Lemuel V. Elechicon, 51, of Crest Hill, sent inappropriate text messages to a 13-year-old girl. Authorities would not confirm if the girl was one of Elechicon’s students at Trinity Christian School in Shorewood.
A 13-year-old girl? What kind of school is it? Are they — gasp! — Darwinists? This is the school’s website: Trinity Christian School, which says:
At Trinity Christian School our desire is to assist you, as parents, with the tremendous responsibility you have to rear your children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We see our part in the task as providing an atmosphere and context where sound, challenging academics can be presented from a perspective that honors God and views biblical Christianity as the truth of life.
Their Mission and Vision page has a Statement of Faith, which proudly declares:
WE BELIEVE in the scripture of the Old and New Testaments as the only infallible and authoritative Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice.
It sounds like a fine creationist school. But who is Lemuel V. Elechicon, the teacher accused of grooming? The school’s Faculty and Staff page says:
Mr. Elechicon holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. With diverse experience, he has taught all subjects from 4th grade to 8th grade, and has specialized in science and biblical creationism since coming to TCS in 2004.
This is very confusing. We have a fine creationist school, and Elechicon has all the credentials to be a fine creationist teacher. How could this “grooming” event possibly occur? What’s going on here? Back to the newspaper. They say:
“We are working with police to investigate the situation,” Trinity Christian School Board Chairman Frederick S. Alexander said in a written statement issued Saturday. “Mr. Elechicon has been placed on administrative leave and will remain on leave until the investigation is complete. Please understand, we cannot comment further at this point.”
The only other news is this:
Elechicon’s court date was set for Saturday.
Shocking. Very shocking. We’d expect that sort of thing if the school were a wicked secular institution, with teachers indoctrinated in Darwin’s godless theory — but that’s not what we have here. The news story makes no sense! Therefore, your Curmudgeon will speculate — from a creationist point of view.
First of all — assuming the girl was a student at Trinity Christian School, our first question is: Why was she being educated? Creationist females don’t require education. They should be kept at home under the supervision of their parents. All girls need to know is that they must obey their parents until they are married, and then they must obey their husbands.
As for Elechicon, it’s possible that he was being seduced by the girl. Think about it, dear reader. He’s a creationist teacher, presumably innocent in the ways of the secular world, who found himself in the proximity of a pubescent female. Perhaps she was a temptress, who led the teacher astray. Women can have that effect — think of Adam & Eve.
Okay, that’s enough speculation. The matter will go to court, and in due course the truth will be known. The sympathy of all creationists must be with the school and the teacher.
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