The arrest of a Pelham Middle School Social Studies teacher on federal charges that he tried to arrange online a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl — really a Westchester County detective — continues to generate a lot of talk.
Discussion has included background checks for teachers and safety of school students, and the tactics that are involved in setting up such Internet sex stings.
Ever wonder who is teaching your kids?
one reader queried, while another added:
Don’t these schools do a background check before hiring? … It is scary because you think your kids are safe at school.
In response to reports that the police had been engaging in Internet conversations with Yorktown resident Gregg Cavaluzzi since January 2008, readers wondered whether authorities went a little too far in trying to tempt the suspect.
Cops set a trap, baited it with a nice piece of meat, and enticed him to walk in. If the cops left a bank vault and back door open, I wonder how many nights I would walk by before I grabbed a handful. I would certainly think about it,
one reader mused.
Another person disagreed, saying the responsiblity for his actions rests solely on Cavaluzzi:
Oh please! No one held a gun to his head and forced him to talk to what he thought was an underage girl! He made that decision all on his own.
Finally, one poster cautioned that the focus should remain on the allegations and making sure the investigation is thorough.
Big thanks to the Westchester County Police. … An alledged perp broke the law. The cops did an investigation and arrested him. He was working in an environment with young girls. The concerns should be: Is he guilty? Has he done this before? Are there possibly any other victims? What will the school system do in response to this?