Police asked to assist school

A Sandusky Central Catholic School employee summoned police to defend their students from a news crew Monday, shortly before the story of ousted band and choir director Brian Panetta hit the national stage.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 16, 2014


Panetta, who was in his fifth year of employment with the school, was forced to resign this past week after announcing his plans to pursue a gay marriage with his partner. The story, first reported by the Register on Jan. 11, has since netted national attention.

A news crew from 13abc arrived near the Jefferson Street building during school dismissal time, at about 3 p.m., apparently to talk to students about Panetta’s departure, according to a Sandusky police report.

At that time, a school employee approached nearby Sandusky police Officer Michael Shock about the issue, according to the report. Shock talked with the news team, who assured him they would not speak to any juveniles without their parents present, and they would also never enter school property without permission.

Shock explained the school employees were concerned about the welfare of their students, and the news team was “very understanding, stating that they agreed,” the report stated.

Sandusky police Officer Kevin Youskievicz then relayed the message to school officials.



This is the same school that thinks its ok to let little second and third graders march with anti abortion signs! Kids that age should not even known what abortion is, let alone be brainwashed to carry those signs.

But now, they are not allowed to talk on camera about how much they love and miss their gay teacher.

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Why shouldn't they know what aboration is?
"The more you know."


Okay, I'll let you tell YOUR 8 year-old what abortion is:

"You see, when a Mommy and Daddy DON'T love each other very much, and when they DON'T love their baby very much, they hire somebody to kill it for them."

Yep, you let the little ones watch horror movies, you may as well let 'em know that some nightmares are real!

Dick Tracey is right: Children are CHILDREN. While I'm not big on lying outright, they should be protected from the big bad world while they're still young enough that that actually works. Should kids know about sex? Yes. Abortion, birth control, and the details on pedophile priests? Absolutely! But if they're not old enough to watch certain movies or read certain books, they're not old enough to learn that kind of thing, either!

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I was taught on the procedure during an anti-abortion march. I was around that age. I wasn't "brainwashed", I wached a film shown with the baby in buckets, burned. If that doesn't impact someone, well then I understand why the world seems cold at times.

I'm not sure what you mean by old enough to read or watch certain movies. The government standard are you referring to? The government sells Plan B over the counter at any age. I rather teach my kids the facts, than have the government telling my kid it's alright to have sex at any age, regardless of your maturity level, we got ya covered.


The Catholics made you watch a movie with dead babies in buckets being burned, when you were eight years old?

And the same Catholics sent out letters and told their members not to watch HARRY POTTER!

The Catholics are exploiting children, using them for photo ops, while they carry their anti-abortion posters.

Just like they USED and exploited this teacher, for over four years. They new he was gay and in a relationship, but they let him build their band, and teach their kids! They used his talent , never counselled him about his "lifestyle" and then SHUN him! What a disgrace!

John Harville

...and such 'counseling' is REQUIRED by the same Catechism they used as their excuse for firing him.

I haven't heard the name of the priest called in to counsel Melody et al on this issue... or did they not think that was necessary?


In no way are the Harry Potter books and movies a violation of the Catholic Church. Where did you hear that?


They deem it "witchcraft" and many in the Catholic church and other Christian based churches were "requesting" that parents NOT allow their children to read the series. It was all over the news with the books first came out.


Yes, it was all over the news with regard to fundamentalist religions. Not too much in others.


Why don't you google catholic and Harry Potter!

And before you get sucked into the one "fake" site, I'll warn you that there were fake sites saying the books were approved, so as not to hurt book sales.

Or so the Catholics that read the books could justify their "sin".

Do you think that the St. Mary's teachers that read Harry Potter got fired? NO, because St. Mary's picks and chooses who they punish for not following the Catholic teachings!


Dear UN-informed, take off the rose colored glasses, and come out from under your rock.

Pope Benedict XVI The Harry Potter books will "deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly".

Other priests and higher ups described Harry Potter as "sorcery" , "witchcraft", "evil", "sacrilegious", "dangerous for children", "Harry represents the dark side" and that the books "corrupt kids relationship with God".

And yes, the local church had it in their news letter!

The Catholic church also told its members not to watch The DaVinci Code!

Please tell me why these same people would let a child watch a movie with real babies in a bucket? I'm sorry they FORCE a child to watch.


The Pope is not the dictator of the Catholic Church. Just because he has an opinion doesn't mean it is in alignment with the catechism of the Church.
What local church had it in their news letter?
I am not under a rock, and do not have on rose-colored glasses, thank you very much. I guess the Catholic Churches in which I am involved are a bit more enlightened and understand the difference between children's imaginations/fiction novels and real witchcraft.


There probably WERE a few local parishes that had a clue. Unfortunately, the "official" church position was otherwise. I heard at some length from my (very Catholic) mother about the evils of Harry Potter. Knowing she'd not read the books or seen any of the movies, I asked where she'd received her information. Her answer: "The priest has been talking about it during his sermons for weeks now."

When the controversy was at its height, I spent a good deal of time online reading more. Several Wiccan news sites did an admirable job of explaining the differences between Harry Potter, REAL witchcraft, and the notorious misperceptions of witchcraft as the work of Satan. My response to my mother:

"Anybody who thinks Harry Potter is evil doesn't know anything about Harry Potter; anybody who thinks witchcraft is evil doesn't know anything about witchcraft."

Interestingly enough, years ago, I did quite a bit of research on the subject of witchcraft through the ages as the subject of a couple of term papers. Harry Potter bears no resemblance to EITHER real witchcraft OR the historic and erroneous perceptions of it.

For the record: My mother (still very Catholic) prays for me because I've actually read the Potter books and seen the Potter movies... Brainwashing is alive and well, and some Catholic authorities are the masters of it!


Thanks Sam, we can also depend on you as the voice of reason.

Licorice Schtick

Re: REAL witchcraft. Yes, it's important to discern between fake witchcraft and the real thing, which is available, um, um ... Wait. What?

Please provide references for precisely what is "real witchcraft."

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No, I didn't grow up catholic and I wasn't forced (unless you consider being educated as enforcement). Many churches joined in the march, and it wasn't just for religious attendees, it was for all who wanted to join. I grew up baptist, but I don't consider myself a Christian, but a believer. (FYI this was in the mid 80's, I haven't attended a march or rally since, I'm not sure what is taught, or shown now a days)

The babies were burned with a chemical inside the mother, then they showed the baby in parts and pieces in different buckets. Yes, that impacted me, not brainwashed me. I cried watching Bambi, that impacted me for a long time too, but not brainwashed.
My apologies for not making my statement more clearer in my earlier post, I was distracted for the moment.


Oh yes concerned for the "children", concerned and frightened for themselves.


They should have waited for them to leave the school property and then talked with them. I doubt the school was concerned for their safety. They were concerned for their own reputation.

Tom Sawyer

The man resigned, it's a private sector in which parents pay for their children to be taught by the Catholic belief. Let it be!
Phil Robertson rules!

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I agree.
I'm betting the teacher wants this to end too.

The people who keep putting down the catholic school give me the impression that they don't believe the man is capable of making his own decisions or standing with his own convictions. I wish people would give that guy more credit. He seems like an educated man.

John Harville

I'm betting he never wanted this to start. Knowing the actions that 'may' be taken, according to the contract language, he went to Melody and offered a reasonable solution... teach until the end of the year and retire quietly..

My friends at the Diocesan offices - and at other Catholic schools - are wishing she had taken that route. But it's becoming clearer she has a special block about homosexuality. Maybe we should publish somewhere the names of the adulterous teachers in SCCS - and the other gay ones.


I'm wondering why he took the job in the first place, knowing this was the belief of the school and in the contract he signed. Was he not gay when he was hired?

John Harville

the man was terminated by a School President who gave not a damn about the impact it could have on the community, the school - and especially the students from PRESCHOOL upward. There were other means of handling it - like the quiet resignation at the end of the schoolyear he offered.

It's not private. SCCS accepts taxpayer dollars for lunches, special programs for which they can't afford teachers, grants, etc. They long ago gave up 'private' status.

How many parents spend their money for this kind of publicity.

Someone should call someone to protect the students from Melody. She certainly destroyed the 'harmony' in this situation.


I bet most of them anti aborts are Hypocrite Dumacrats also !


Afraid of Channel 13?



What do the catholeeks have to hyde?
Plenty I say, what's not to hyde?

John Harville

MELODY should have her contract terminated immediately. She violated the same 'rule' she claims the teacher violated by making an in-school issue a public matter and taking a public stand on homosexuality, fornication, and gay marriage. Catechism rule 2537 et seq.

Melody has caused the discord with no consideration of the damage it could damage to individual students.


John Harville

So you no longer can argue from an unenlightened postion, here is the definitive position of the Catholic Church from its Catechism....
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains LARGELY UNEXPLAINED. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." (NOTE: the exact same language in the Catechism to describe masturbation). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life (THE SAME LANGUAGE USED IN REGARD TO THOSE WHO USE ANY CONTRACEPTION EXCEPT 'THE METHOD'. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.



These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."

Exactly WHERE is the "respect, compassion and sensitivity"? It would seem SCCS, led by Melody, missed class the day THAT part of the Catechism was taught - and the Lord's command "that you love one another as I have loved you."

What WOULD Jesus do?


It's okay to be a homosexual, or at least you won't be judged or shunned if you are. That's provided, of course, that you are a homosexual who never, ever, ever engages in homosexual sex!

What would Jesus do? The same thing He purportedly did while he was dying on the cross: He forgave one robber hanging to one side because the robber asked forgiveness. The robber on the other side wasn't sorry, so he (presumably) was condemned to an eternity in hell. Same for the homosexual. Is he sorry? Will he (as the priests say following a confession) "go and sin no more?" If he or she can't answer "yes" to both questions, then Jesus Himself wouldn't save them.

I recognize that's not something everybody agrees with. It's just Biblically accurate.


John, he would probably throw up at those lickers and packers !

Thomas Paine

I really wished people could separate their own beliefs and not feel like someone else's beliefs somehow infringe upon theirs. My opinion: The Catholic school has every right to terminate an employee if he/she admits to breaking their contract or commits what the church considers sin. Homosexuality and gay marriage are not permitted or accepted by the Catholic church. So I have no issue with the employee being let go. However, I pose this question for the Catholics who argue a man and a woman are the only ones who should be allowed to get married, does the Catholic church/denomination own the right to the definition of marriage? There are denominations that disagree with the Catholic interpretation of the definition. Just my opinion but Catholics or any church that argue that their rights are being infringed upon should not be passing judgment on those that do not follow their faith. Unless the state or someone steps in and says the school fired the employee in error no religious rights have been infringed upon just by having a discussion about whether I or anyone agrees or disagrees with your beliefs.


Still can't figure out why so many people are afraid of the Catholic religion. I would bet that most of the posters about this incident don't even attend a church. GIVE IT UP, LET IT GO!


For one thing, its abortion, not "aboration".


agree or not...what it comes down to. It was in his contract and he knew it when he signed it. End of Story

Smcc Alum

At this point I question if this is actually news. I'm not saying this because I want you guys to drop the story or anything. I understand that you guys have every right to report it, but is this even news worthy?


Is this news worthy? Well, the news consumer decides. This story has "legs" and that news organizations keep picking it up proves it. News is like anything else: supply and demand.

Smcc Alum

And we demand quality not quantity. I get that the SR wants to keep pushing this story to spark more controversy but this is garbage. This is nothing but a clean thread for Sugar and John to bash the Church on.


You DEMAND? That's interesting. At this point student you obviously are not mature enough, and too distraught to continue on in the discussion. If you cannot see you're overwrought I hope your parents do and remove you from the conversation. I have not "bashed the church". I will repeat my position. What SCCS did to Brian was bigoted and hypocritical. That is simply my opinion which this forum allows me to express and expound upon.

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Talk about hypocritical. You are calling someone immature, and shouldn't be involved in this conversation, yet you state you're simply stating your opinion because this forum allows you. Everyone is allowed to, so why would you want someone to be silenced? You don't have to respond back to anyone.
Because someone doesn't agree with your beliefs, it's considered bigotry?

Licorice Schtick

At this moment the SR home page reports that the original story has 473 comments, so claiming the story is not newsworthy is as silly as claiming it's intended to bash the church.



In addition to the Sandusky Register interview, the Hire Brian Back blog has the full, unedited interview WKYC did with Brian, about 20 minutes worth of footage--very sad, rich in details. Must see!


Neither of my children watched a movie with dead babies in a bucket or held up anti-abortion signs at all let alone when they were 7/8 years old. In jr high they do learn about abortion, abstinence, and respecting their own bodies and the bodies of others. They were taught that abortion is killing a baby. In the 7th grade, I think all of that is appropriate.

I applaud the school for protecting the privacy of their students from the news. I would not want my children on the news-not even from a distance.

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As concerning my earlier post. This wasn't for a school, it was an anti-abortion rally. I came from a different time era also.
The footage I watched (my interpatation looking at it 30 years later) was footage of an actual "medical procedure" for learning in the medical field.

Again my apologies for the confusion. I was referring to my own experience, and wasn't implying that's how everyone is taught about abortion.


And in other news!.....St. Mary's DOESN'T call police to defend their students against Father Varney.

Licorice Schtick

Sandusky has a knack for finding creative ways to put itself in the national spotlight, and not in a good way.