Lori Janczewski is an angry mom as she reacted to a grievance filed by the Michigan Education Association to get severance pay for the man convicted of molesting her son.
Neil Erickson, a teacher in the West Branch-Rose City school district, was found guilty earlier this year for abusing the boy over the course of three years.
"It's insane. How do you give a child molester a severance package? He committed a felony. They broke the law that the utmost trust of any student and any parent this man took away," Janczewski said.
As Erickson serves out his prison sentence, his teachers union, the MEA, is battling the district. They are trying to get him the $10,000 they say he earned for at least fifteen years on the job in the West Branch-Rose City school district. They say he earned the money. Just like other educators did and just because he is in prison doesn't mean he shouldn't get the money.
"If that man gets that money, it should go to our son for his years of pain and suffering," Janczewski said.
Janczewski tells TV5 this is just the latest in a string of bad breaks for her family, a saga we have been reporting on for more than year now. As if living with knowing your son was a victim of a predator for three years isn't enough, hours before our interview Janczewski, who's battling breast cancer, just found out the disease has spread to her lungs. But even as she battles for her own life, she wants nothing more than to stop Erickson from seeing a penny of that severance money.
"The bottom line is he raped our son, he does not deserve a dime. He can sit in jail the rest of his life and that would be perfectly fine," Janczewski said.
The Michigan Education Association released a statement in the matter. It reads...
"MEA is legally obligated to enforce a contract uniformly for all employees who are governed by it. We can't enforce a contract for one and ignore it for another, even if the actions of an individual are appalling. The crime committed here is heinous – and it should be noted that MEA was not involved in the criminal proceedings for this employee – but that doesn't change our obligation to consistently implement a contract."
Michigan Education Association
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