The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1995 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 17, 1995
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The Salina Journal Wednesday, May 17,1995 A7 Teacher surrenders after 2-month odyssey with teen Man's relationship with 15-year-old uncertain By TOM HAYS The Anociolcd Pr*n NEW YORK — A heartthrob gym teacher who took a ninth-grade girl on a cross-country odyssey of cheap motels, casinos and amusement parks surrendered Tuesday and claimed he was only protecting her from abusive parents. Glenn Harris, 33, was arrested on kidnapping charges upon his return from Las Vegas, after what investigators suspect was a "Lolita "-style romance with 15- year-old Christina Rosado. Harris and his lawyers refused to say whether he had a sexual relationship with the girl, and he accused the media — one tabloid branded him "a cradle-robbing Casanova" — of twisting his relationship with her. "A student came to me with horrific tales of brutal family abuse that lasted over years and years," Harris said. "Whatever happens, I hope someone steps in. (Christina) is a beautiful person. She deserves respect." Christina is in good health and is ex, pected to return to New York on Wednesday, said Harris' attorney Michael Stuhff. Her immediate whereabouts were not disclosed. Authorities and an attorney for the girl's mother ridiculed claims that Harris The Associated Press Glenn Harris is led through a sea of reporters and photographers after he surrendered Tuesday to authorities, who said he inquired about marriage laws while on the run. rescued the teen-ager from a sexually abusive father and a physically abusive mother. "Anyone who thinks that Mr. Harris embarked on this 2-month-long trek simply to protect his student is quite naive," said Edward Stancik, special commissioner of investigation for the School Board. Peter Antioco, an attorney for the girl's mother, Luz Diaz, said: "What is he smoking?" The girl's parents do not live together. Authorities were trying to locate the father about the abuse charges, although one source close to the investigation said they believe those allegations were fabricated. Harris, accompanied by civil rights attorneys William Kunstler and Ron Kuby, did not answer questions about whether he tried to marry the teen-ager. Authorities said he twice inquired about marriage laws while on the run. Harris met Christina at the start of the school year, when the girl, then 14, arrived at the Creative Learning Center in East Harlem, part of the public school system. She was one of his students. The pair took off on March 8, one day after Christina's mother intercepted a love letter from her daughter to the muscular, mustachioed gym teacher, authorities said. They were traced through Washington, D.C., Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, California and Nevada, turning up in a series of budget motels, rent-a- car offices, an amusement park and a casino. The pair were last reported seen at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas on April 17. On Tuesday, Harris flew into Newark, N.J., and surrendered at the school investigator's office with his lawyers at his side. Antioco said Diaz was "going to light a few candles and pray" for her daughter's safe return. At Martin Luther King Jr. High School on Manhattan's West Side, the runaways were a hot lunchtime topic. "If he really loved her, he should have waited till she was 18," said Shawn Anthony, 17. "But you don't know what was going on, what he was thinking," countered Denise Mendez, 17. "Maybe he did love her, who knows? Maybe he was the only one who understood her at that moment. Kids are under pressure sometimes and their parents don't understand." A lot of girls at Christina's school were said to have a crush on Harris. According to Stancik, Harris never mentioned the allegations of abuse by Christina's father until earlier this year, when school officials confronted the teacher about his relationship with the student. Even if the abuse allegations were true, it wouldn't justify Harris' behavior, Stancik added. "There are ways to deal with that," he said. "Among those ways, I don't think we should include taking Christina out of school and traipsing across the country with her, staying in cheap motels." The Associated Press First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton praised Oprah Winfrey for turning her daytime show "in a positive direction." First lady critical of focus on scandals Talk shows can be damaging, she says By Th« Associated Press CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton says children's welfare is threatened by televised violence and sleazy talk shows. Speaking on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show Tuesday, the first lady praised her host for "turning your show in a positive direction" but said others present immoral behavior in a way that makes it seem acceptable. "I think that the talk shows combined with the violence is in effect changing the way that children feel about themselves in some very damaging ways for the children and our country," the first lady said. She indicated she understands scandal and sensationalism are part of life, but doesn't believe television needs to dwell on them. "I'm all for bringing back some old-fashioned hypocrisy," she said, drawing laughter and applause from the audience. During the episode, which was devoted to child welfare, Clinton criticized the outcome of the Baby Richard custody battle. "I think it's an outrage that the child was not considered with respect to his best interests," she said to warm applause. The talk show aired live in Chicago and was taped for broadcast elsewhere. Clinton said quality parenting must begin before birth. Mothers and their newborns should stay longer at the hospital to allow them more time to bond, and first-time mothers should get more early training, she said. She recalled her own horror the first time she breast-fed her daughter, Chelsea, and saw foam emerge from the baby's nose. She said she was shown that she was simply not holding the baby's head high enough. Clinton recalled a time years ago when she was moved to action by the sight of a mother shaking her baby in a supermarket. "So I went up and I said you really shouldn't shake a baby, that is not a good thing to do," she said. She said the startled woman obviously cared about her child but needed to be shown the right way to care for it. Tbm Pestinger & Dave Lennox would like to invite you to an open house at Pestinger Heating - Air Conditioning Electrical & Sheet Metal. SALINA Where: 125 E. 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"I hope it gets built by our freshman year," 13-year-old Rendie Baker said at Lincoln Middle School. "It's a real relief to finally know what high school we're going to be going to." Intel Corp. announced Monday it will help finance Rio Rancho's first high school if the Sandoval County Commission, as expected, approves the computer chipmak- er's request for $8 billion in industrial revenue bonds, mainly for a plant expansion here. The company will pay at least $28.5 million for the school. No firm architectural plan has been presented, so there is no estimate of the final cost. The high school would be leased to the district for $1 a year for the 30-year life of the bonds Intel is seeking. The district then would have the option of buying the building.. Sheppard said the plan is the first of its kind in the nation. Intel, with 4,200 employees, is one of New Mexico's largest businesses. Rio Rancho, with about 47,000 residents, is one of the state's fastest-growing communities. The school district, serving up to eighth grade, was created a year ago from parts of the Albuquerque and Jemez Valley districts. Rio Rancho high schoolers still attend class at least seven miles away in those districts. Industrial revenue bonds, used Intel Corp. will help finance Rio Rancho's first high school if the Sandoval County Commission OKs the computer chipmaker's request for $8 billion in industrial revenue bonds. for economic development by many states, are authorized to finance industrial improvements. Intel, not taxpapers, would be responsible for paying them off. Under New Mexico law, industries are excused from property taxes and some other taxes until the bonds are repaid. Rio Rancho School Superintendent Sue Cleveland said the new school would handle about 2,400 students. She said $28 million won't take care of everything the high school needs, and the community would have to come up with money for the finishing touches Intel won't finance. 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