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In case you haven't heard: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060321/ap_on_re_us/teacher_sex and http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/...-home-headlines -- almost identical; couple more paragraphs in the second.

As if being bipolar weren't bad enough. Saw her live press conference today. God forbid, it was infuriating.

Maybe this belongs in the "News of the World" forum? Put it here since it's *about* us. ;)

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This makes me want to vomit.

But I won't.

Instead, I'm going to dress up like Big Bird  and try to mate with every ostrich in captivity.

WHY? Because I am bipolar.

And if I am put in jail, it will be because of the cruel, heartless media bastards who just don't understand my love of animals; my desire to be a zookeeper and my wish to spread knowledge of avian mating habits.

Fucking fuck.

...all right.

in all fairness, I heard/read about this earlier and was just ranting and raving like the loon I am.

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and the point is the same no matter how big or small the case is.

it's bullshit.

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On top of it all, during her live press conference, she talked about how she was going to become a journalist.

If there isn't already, there should be a smilie for Gag!!!

I keep thinking of a paraplegic friend, with CP. During the whole Elizabeth Bouvia (also with CP) media mess, whenever someone would ask my friend what had happened to her, she'd say 'Nam. It happened in Viet Nam.

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this is so wrong. i am a teacher and i have bipolar but i am NOT and NEVER will go around screwing little kids. i work my ass off to show everyone around me that having a mental illness does not impact on my ability to teach and be a good role model for my students and this sex offender goes and tries to use  her mental illness as an excuse. makes me sick. poor kid. she is a pedophile and that is that. no sympathy from me.

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i saw a snippet of an interview (on cnn of all dodgy sources) with her ex-husband and he commented that he knew several people who were bipolar who were realtively normal people. and didn't describe her as 'insane'.

what a forward thinking term that one. oh well.

grouse.

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I am not bipolar but I think it's disgusting that she uses this as an "excuse" for her behaviour.  It really pisses me off!!!

I'm sorry that people like this give those of you who are dealing with it as "normally" as possible, a really bad name. 

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Face it, folks--first , we are THE diagnosis of the month, possibly the year.  Its COOL to be BP.  There--don't you feel better?  I know I do---

And fact #2--have you SEEN this chick? She is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, white blond (naturally) hair, huge blue eyes,  Her attourney's argument at one point was that she was "way too pretty for jail"

The picture with the article is a grotesque, possibly altered mug shot. I am telling you this chick would stop you dead on the streets she is so stunning-looking. She sure ain't no Mary AnnLeTourneau!

So what have we learned here, kiddies?  First, and only--if you are a drop-dead gorgeous 20-something who cliams BP, you can fuck 14  year olds to your heart's content. (And reminder--the boy was less than 10 years younger than she was--)

What a happy world we live in--and you all thought I was just disgruntled when I said Florida was weird to the bone.

I rest my case.

China---who  IS BP, and kinda cute, but unfortunately not 22 or THAT blonde, and fortunately, prefers ,much older men

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It boils down to the fact that society requires that people be responsible for their actions if they don't want to be locked up. Speaking as someone whose impulsitivity landed him in a courtroom a time a two, this anoys me.  It doesn't matter WHY a person does the things they do.  People can't do things that are harmful to others or society at large if society if this whole civil society thing is going to work.

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...and you all thought I was just disgruntled when I said Florida was weird to the bone.

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HA!

I am pretty sure this is something you had said before, but it made me laugh.

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The picture with the article is a grotesque, possibly altered mug shot. I am telling you this chick would stop you dead on the streets she is so stunning-looking. She sure ain't no Mary AnnLeTourneau!

Nah...belive me, mug shots NEVER flatter.  You should see a couple of mine--hello Unabomner Jr.!

It boils down to the fact that society requires that people be responsible for their actions if they don't want to be locked up. Speaking as someone whose impulsitivity landed him in a courtroom a time a two, this anoys me.  It doesn't matter WHY a person does the things they do.  People can't do things that are harmful to others or society at large if society if this whole civil society thing is going to work.

Indeed.  From someone who's been there, done that, and has the record to prove it.

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I almost posted a thread about this yesterday.

Then I thought about all the people who have been dx'ed as bipolar and have murdered people. I wondered if it was just popular to be BP now, or if it was really legit and it is just being recognized more. Because it seems like EVERY SINGLE murderer is bipolar these days. But I have always said you HAVE to be crazy to kill someone (self-defense, etc not withstanding.) I mean, there's SOMETHING wrong with them, right?

This won't be a popular stance, but I will tell you that the vast majority of my manic misdeeds have been sexual in nature.

I am not condoning her behavior, but neither am I saying that she is using BPD as an excuse. Unmedicated, I have made some wrong choices myself.

Sam

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this is so wrong. i am a teacher and i have bipolar but i am NOT and NEVER will go around screwing little kids. i work my ass off to show everyone around me that having a mental illness does not impact on my ability to teach and be a good role model for my students and this sex offender goes and tries to use  her mental illness as an excuse. makes me sick. poor kid. she is a pedophile and that is that. no sympathy from me.

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I hear you Iona! Before I was too broken, I was a swimming teacher, and even at my worst, I would rather cut off my own arm than hurt my kids! Maybe it's just the way my hypomania/ mania would manifest itself, but protecting and teaching them was always the most important thing to me. Never never never never would I even imagine abusing any of them in the way she did! Ever! Children are and have always been the joy and light of my life though, so maybe that's got something to do with it. I would remove myself from their presence before allowing my bipolar symptoms to affect them negatively.

And the double standard bothers me too. If this were a male teacher, he'd be swinging by sundown. Bipolar or not.

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I wish I felt popular for being bipolar.  ;)

What'll prolly happen is this'll make it suck even more to be bipolar for a while with even more stigma than usual, then it'll blow over.

Most people aren't real bright and can't entertain more than one concept at a time.

So when MDD or Aspergers or something else becomes the serial killer/child molester/terrorist of the week, people will forget about it and live in terror of them for a while.

No, this is not a good thing.

Just look what happened to schitzophrenia. For ages it was what drove all the malcontents and misfits. Probably not 1 in 20 actually HAD it. Now no one knows what the hell it is.

If she wants to 'understand' bipolar, tell her to go sit in a fucking corner and cry for about six hours, then go spend $500 on fudgecicles and eat them all because it seemed like a good idea at the time. (That's not putting down bipolars, just similar to the kind of stuff I do.)

At least she won't be fucking kids anymore.

Want a double standard? If she wasn't drop dead gorgeous or even cute she'd be swinging by sundown too. The male judges will wish they'd gotten a chance like that in school, she'll get a slap on the wrist, and that'll be the end of it.

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Want a double standard? If she wasn't drop dead gorgeous or even cute she'd be swinging by sundown too. The male judges will wish they'd gotten a chance like that in school, she'll get a slap on the wrist, and that'll be the end of it.

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and probably some on the jury

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I totally understand that our BP makes us do weird and crazy things. But it seems that this was an on-going thing. She didn't have just one incident of molesting this boy! I really doubt that in a spree of mania she gave in to animal lust and had to have him!

People already misunderstand our disorder, and it is disgusting that she is giving us all a bad name by even talking about her BP. What an advocate. NAMI should put her on posters.

I've read statistics that people with MI, including the BP, are at least 4x more likely to be victims of violence rather than criminals. We aren't portrayed as people who get violated and betrayed and taken advantage of, we're portrayed as child molesters and airline safety threats! Who knows what else? Murders? Bird molesters? But I HAD to have that emu!

Along with China, give me my (older!) men any day. No 14-yr-olds here.

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I totally understand that our BP makes us do weird and crazy things. But it seems that this was an on-going thing. She didn't have just one incident of molesting this boy! I really doubt that in a spree of mania she gave in to animal lust and had to have him!

Um, y'know, manic acts are not necessarily (or even that often) one-offs.  God knows, while in manic states, I wouldn't commit, say, ONE crime, but several or many.  I attribute these acts at least partially to mania because, in a more "normal" state, i find what I did stupid and even abhorrent.

Certainly, I can relate to the whole doing stupid, illegal shit, repeatedly, due to mania.  While I neither condone her acts, nor believe that bp should lead to exonerration or forgiveness, if she IS truly bp, then therein lies some explanation.

While what happened here is a horrid and stupid act, there are many of us bp's who ought to be able to relate.  (shit, i have a whole thread entitled "unrepentant felon"--it's a miracle I'm not in prison myself)

And, while I can agree that this sort of thing leads to a negative stereotype of bp, one should be able to admit that, in a "blood leads" type of news industry, this IS the face of bp.  Those of us who are medicated, and handling/confronting the disease, simply ain't worth column inches.

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