The Southbridge teacher who sent a student dick pics ironically accused HIS Spanish teacher of racism less than five years ago.
WCVB: A teacher at Southbridge Middle/High School was arrested Wednesday and charged with the dissemination of obscene material to a minor, an email sent to parents said and police confirmed. Joseph Zuniga, 22, of Webster, a teacher at the school, was arrested by Southbridge police at noon Wednesday.The obscene material which is alleged to be photos of Zuniga was given to a 17-year-old student at the school, police said. The student and Zuniga are Facebook friends.
“The teacher had asked the student to be friends on Facebook about a year ago,” Southbridge police Chief Shane Woodson said. “The student accepted the friend request. And at that point in November of 2014 the student got several images, graphic images from the teacher.”
Police said Zuniga followed-up with another Facebook message just over a month ago sending the same 10 explicit photos. Police said the student never responded, but word spread throughout the school that the student had inappropriate images of Zuniga and a school resource officer went to detectives who then launched an investigation.
“When a teacher is put in a position of trust, it’s sickening to even hear allegations like this. It’s good that nobody was hurt,” Woodson said.
The school department said it had fired Zuniga, who was a first-year-teacher, and requested a “no trespass order” to keep him away from school grounds.
“While we are extremely alarmed by these allegations, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” the email said.
The least surprising aspect of this story is the fact that it happened in Southbridge and the perp is from Webster. Poor fucking Dudley. What did Dudley ever do wrong to be forced in between those two gems?
Anyway, I think I’m more offended by his haircut than anything else. Obviously this guy can’t be a teacher ever again. Obviously. Rule #1 of teaching is “you don’t fuck your roster.” Rule #2 is “don’t friend request your roster on Facebook.” Rule #3 is “no dick pics.”
But when I first heard about this story from a turtle rider I honestly thought it was gonna be a lot worse. I thought we were talking about kiddie porn here, or at least some push-push. Don’t get me wrong, what this guy did was wrong and he has no business working in a school. But I think it’s getting a LITTLE bit overblown. Nobody got plowed. Nobody had their innocence stolen from them. And at the end of the day these kids live in Southbridge, so they’ve seen much, much worse than some teacher’s dick pics.
So like I said, I understand why he can’t teach there anymore, but what crime was committed here? The bottom line is this girl was of age to consent. Plus they never did the deed.
It also brings up a pretty blatant double standard when it comes to this sort of thing. Amber Jennings was the most notorious teacher sex scandal Worcester County has ever seen. She was brought to court in 2004, when at the age of 32 it was discovered that she was railing one of her English students at Shepherd Hill. She never spent a day in jail, never got put into handcuffs, and never had to register as a sex offender.
Because she had sex with a dude. Sure they had images on his phone of her buck naked. Sure she admitted to drilling him since he was 15. But for some reason when a teacher bangs a male student, it’s not a big deal. Just a kid living the dream. Which is fine if you wanna think that while you’re on your couch. But in a court of law we should probably be equal. Turtleboy Sports IS a feminist blog after all.
So yea, this Southbridge teacher is obviously a moron for doing this, but I don’t think he’s a criminal. He just can’t be a teacher. If anything he should be arrested for having this as a Facebook profile picture:
Turtleboy likes to dig though. We found this article from May of 2011 when Joseph Zuniga was a senior at Bartlett High School. Turns out this kid was a HUGE pain in the ass when he was in school and accused his Spanish teacher of being racist:
Joseph G. Zuniga Santos, a 12th-grader at Bartlett Junior/Senior High School, said he was suspended from school yesterday and today, the last two days of classes for seniors, for posting on his Facebook page that racists should not be teaching Spanish. Mr. Zuniga Santos, 18, said in an interview that his class is taught by Susan Sabaj, a nonnative Spanish speaker with whom he has difficulty since transferring into the school in October. Mr. Zuniga Santos is Puerto Rican. Mr. Zuniga Santos said he posted the remark Monday and had not removed it because if he did, it would imply he didn’t believe what he wrote.
“I don’t have any regrets,” he said. Mr. Zuniga Santos is fluent in Spanish but is taking the accelerated class because he plans to become a Spanish teacher in college. He is bound for the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, where he will study secondary education with a specialty in Spanish. He adds that it’s hard to keep up with writing enunciation if you don’t keep at it. Mr. Zuniga Santos said he received a veterinary assistant’s certification from Worcester Technical High School, where he studied two years, and attended Springfield High School of Science and Technology before moving to Webster. He said he was earning straight A’s in Worcester and Springfield but not in Webster.
Mr. Zuniga Santos said his issues with his Spanish teacher came to a head when he asked to be exempted from her final exam. Mr. Zuniga Santos took advanced placement Spanish at his former school and had already taken the AP exam. AP Spanish is not offered at Bartlett.
“She laughed in my face and said no and shut the door on me.”
That’s when Mr. Zuniga Santos went home and took to Facebook, he said. He said he believes a fellow student showed the message to the administration. He was called in for a meeting with the principal and a guidance counselor. Mr. Zuniga Santos said he also brought his grandparents to the meeting.
“I asked if my Spanish teacher could be present, because all they were doing was accusing me, and it’s not fair that they’re sitting there accusing me and defending the teacher and we can’t hear both sides of the story.”
Mr. Zuniga Santos said he was told the teacher wouldn’t attend the meeting because she was essentially done with him. Mr. Zuniga Santos said part of a teacher’s job is to be able to communicate with the students.
Asked why he would reach out to the newspaper with his high school career essentially behind him, Mr. Zuniga Santos said he was thinking of other students.