"In light of the fact...NMPED did not receive a request for a hearing... the NMPED processed and entered a Decision and Order permanently revoking Mr. Wright's educator licensure, effective May 11, 2021"
When I disclosed my abuse last year, I had a very clear goal. My abuser shouldn’t be able to teach or educate children. He shouldn’t be able to advance his career, win awards, and be seen as an upstanding educator when in reality he is a pedophile.
This year has been a journey with my disclosure, blog, and openness about my abuse taking my healing and story to some unexpected places. However, I always kept my main focus which was to pressure the PED to revoke my abuser’s teaching license. While I learned a lot about statute of limitations and other avenues of justice for survivors, I knew the most tangible outcome, one that I have felt as a moral and ethical responsibility, was to ensure he could no longer be an educator. Education is the core of who I am as a person. It grounds me and brings me joy and confidence. Once I accepted my abuse, I knew I could not let a sick person like him taint the profession I care for so deeply.
Last week, I finally met my goal. I followed through. I didn’t give up. I was patient when I needed to be. I put pressure when it was necessary. I did everything in my power to meet my goal.
In December I challenged myself to write this blog and it set so many things in motion.
I worked with law enforcement to see if there was any way to press charges. I have no control on the outcome of that investigation, but I did my part.
I found a reporter who was willing to tell my story and investigate the failing of an educational system that lets predators bounce from district to district with very few consequences. Have you seen the piece yet? There were so many failing. Artesia letting him resign and didn't fire him. The PED cutting a deal with him to complete 5 counseling sessions. Yes, you read that right! He only had to go to five sessions. He essentially left the teaching profession for a few months after having highly inappropriate and sexually explicit conversations with a student both in person and online. It was very frustrating to watch, but I still did my part. He can’t escape that story. It now lives on the Internet and can be shared with any future schools that hope to employ him.
If he tries to work again, he gets to check the box that asks “has your teaching license ever been revoked. If yes, explain why”. I did that. I am the force that gets to move that pen across the checkbox.
I did my part. Honestly, I don’t know the deal he made with PED. I don’t know or trust that they didn’t just let him retire with his 401K in hand. I have absolutely no control over that outcome. It would be truly disappointing, but that is not my responsibility. Like I wrote, I did my part.
My healing journey has led me so many directions but it finally circled back to my original goal. As always, I don’t know what the future holds, but I know I am headed in the right direction. As the 1 year anniversary of my disclosure approaches, I think I am going to pause and let myself feel proud of the strength I am building and the things I have accomplished.
Thank you for reading.