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.
On her website, she refers to herself as “a mild-mannered tenth grade English teacher in a small public high school.”
Wesley Knapp, superintendent of the Midd-West School District, said he has received a few complaints…Knapp said he has told those making complaints “that we’d look into it.”
He declined to discuss the matter further. “When it’s a personnel matter, I can’t comment,” he said.
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…”
One of the usual crap excuses offered for censorship and blacklisting.
Writing as Mays on Facebook on April 22, Buranich said, “The world is full of idiots…”
Meanwhile, a Facebook page titled “Support Judy Mays (Mrs. Buranich)” hit 88 likes by Wednesday afternoon. Almost 6,000 likes by Thursday afternoon.
One of the whiners says kids at the school figured out Ms. Buranich was Judy Mays – and concludes she must be infecting their brains. History tells us that louts ready to blacklist people for talking about sex are the ones most in need of counseling on the topic. Parents who are astounded at kids smart enough to play detective should be kept away from curricula and teachers altogether.
Hopefully, Mrs. Stepp and Mrs. Apple will find a helpful local group for therapy and leave the school, the students and Judy Buranich to continue their normal daily activities.