Parental complaints have led Midd-West School District officials to investigate a veteran high school teacher who writes erotic romance novels under a pen name. The teacher, Judy Buranich, of Selinsgrove, has taught at Midd-West for 33 years. Under the pen name Judy Mays, she has been writing novels for a number of those years. Her books include liaisons involving werewolves, aliens and vampires and can be found in the Romance section at Waldenbooks.
Deanna Stepp, mother of a district student, said: “We are not questioning Mrs. Buranich’s teaching credentials. We are not even questioning her ability as a writer … . What we’re questioning is that the two jobs are not compatible with one another.”
Another parent, Wendy Apple, said she had Buranich as an English teacher in high school. “I thought she was a top-of-the-line teacher,” Apple said. But the erotica, she said, “is unethical, totally unacceptable. Period. It just sort of sickens and saddens me to know everybody’s sort of looking at this like, hey, this is OK.”
I can’t. A woman who has been teaching for 33 years is suddenly coming under fire for having a side job as a romance novelist? Yes, how offensive it is that an English teacher supplements her income by writing.
To the parents worried that their kids will somehow wind up reading the novels, A.) your children probably have no interest in reading romance novels, and B.) if they are interested, be happy they’re reading.
That scene in Pretty Woman after Julia Roberts gets denied by the evil shopgirls when she cries/complains to Richard Gere (or Hector Elizondo?) and is all, "I HAVE ALL THIS MONEY AND NO ONE WILL TAKE IT" or something?
That’s how I feel right now. I have a giant bag of homemade B&W cookies that I’m attempting to give away and everyone’s like, “I’m full, but thanks!” or “I can’t eat sweets now, but thanks!” or “YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY IN THE WRONG PLACE, PLEASE LEAVE.”
President Obama posted a copy of his “long form” birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, hoping to finally end a long-simmering conspiracy theory among some conservatives who asserted falsely that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president. The birth certificate, which is posted online at the White House website, shows conclusively that Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is signed by state officials and his mother.
Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She Must Be Stopped. Her death-dealing can-opening ways will cut a swath of destruction through the world if not contained. I would likely be arrested if I suggested on television that any children watching should promptly go to a wooded area with a gun and harm themselves. What’s the difference between that and Sandra suggesting we fill our mouths with Ritz Crackers, jam a can of Cheez Wiz in after and press hard? None that I can see. This is simply irresponsible programming. Its only possible use might be as a psychological warfare strategy against the resurgent Taliban–or dangerous insurgent groups. A large-racked blonde repeatedly urging Afghans and angry Iraqis to stuff themseles with fatty, processed American foods might be just the weapon we need to win the war on terror.
This post is four years old and I don’t particularly care for Anthony Bourdain, but it’s still hysterical.
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