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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on May 14 at 9:15 AM


The Louisiana School for the Deaf has hired a consultant following a number of incidents involving current and former staff. Most recently, 31-year-old Joey Thomas, a youth minister at the school, was arrested in April for having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Thomas is the fifth person affiliated with the school arrested in so many months.


Austin Police revealed Tuesday that 32-year-old Shane Flournoy, who is accused of paying a Texas School for the Deaf student to expose himself, had inappropriate sexual contact with at least five boys in the late 1990ís and early 2000ís. Police say the boys were between the ages of 13 and 16-years-old…. Flournoy moved to Austin in May of 2007 and was hired at the Texas School for the Deaf as a dorm worker. He was also a youth minister at the Solid Rock Baptist Church…

Austin Police also revealed that Flournoy had been a youth pastor helping the deaf community when he was living in Houston. They say he groomed teenagers and their parents by taking them on field trips and buying them gifts.

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It looks like Dan's warnings have fallen on deaf ears.

Posted by crump | May 14, 2008 10:11 AM

No one could hear them scream.

Posted by the bloop | May 14, 2008 10:32 AM

@2: I am deaf, clinically deaf, but it doesn't mean I go around not being able to hear jack shit.
And another thing, Dan types this stuff, so technically, the warnings have fallen on blind eyes.
I'm sorry to say, that this isn't such a surprising event for me. This stuff happens all the time. Like at the closest deaf school, I know approximately three students who have had affairs with the teachers, and I don't go there.

Posted by Jade | May 14, 2008 11:24 AM

I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversation with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they'd have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. They'd get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with having conversations for the rest of my life.

Posted by Holden Caulfield | May 14, 2008 1:12 PM

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