Student Threatened To Burn Teacher As Witch

An adult education student in a Detroit suburb has pleaded no contest to threatening to burn his English teacher as a witch and been sentenced to time served in jail.

Ferndale District Judge Joseph Longo ruled Thursday that 20-year-old Darin Najor was competent to stand trial on a charge of assault and battery in the September incident. Najor then pleaded no-contest to the charge and was sentenced.

Police say Najor poured a nonflammable liquid over his teacher, who had assigned Arthur Miller's 1953 play "The Crucible" to the class at Taft Education Center in Ferndale. The play is based on the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Mass.

A message seeking comment left for defense lawyer Robyn Frankel was not immediately returned.


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  • by o Location: USA on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM
    Well, I guess we should test this situation with Gods word. Yes, If shes found to be a witch according to the KJV Bible. It says burn her. If not then don't. We have satanists across this country murdering people. But you never hear anything about them in court for murdering innocent people. Because isn't that the name of the game in Satanic cults, to find someone that's innocent, male, smart. I don't hear the news say anything....... Hummmmm must be way deeper than you ever thought. And you seem so dumb founded with your mouth wide open. You had better research before you say anything. Means you have to think. Do real research.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 12, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    This is so stupid. That boymust have missed out on whoopings from his deddy as a kid. Just like that pyscho marine.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    "How do you know she's a witch?" "She LOOKS like one!" (all with a British accent).
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on Mar 10, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Student. 20 years old? Enough said. This tells something of his intelligence. Who's to say next time it would not be gasoline? Punishment does not fit the crime
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    So he served about 7 months...I'd say that's fair. 7 months in jail for a joke sounds harsh, except when you think about the terms of the joke, which in this case was buring someone alive for witchcraft. Is it fair though to assume the student was wrong in his assumption? I mean, I've seen the movie The Craft and if she really was a witch then I think he should be rewarded and honored for his attempt to prevent some poor children from being fattened up and eaten in a Gingerbread house in the forest somewhere. Who wants to re-live the horror displayed in the movie Hocus Pocus? Perhaps a better test would have been to throw her in the river and see if she floats...if still not convinced, burn her anyway, as they say in Monty Python! All joking aside, a violence-minded joke is no joke at all, but I think justice was served in this case. After all, did the media even ask the students of the class if the teacher was competent?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 7, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    "Doug, Hubert": A joke, how would you feel if you had been the teacher? Not knowing what the liquid was, would you have though it was a joke? Time served (how long) is a joke. I see no reason for teachers to have to put up with this crap. Teachers should be able to fight back through the courts by filing suits. If they did don't you think they would be fired?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 7, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    If a liquid were poured on the president would it still be time served. Sorry teacher that you are not the president. Is there something wrong here?
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Mar 7, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    I believe he got time served because it was a "non-flammable" liquid. i.e. He never intended to burn anyone, just frighten them. It was probably meant as a joke, however ill conceived it may have been.
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Mar 7, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Time served? come on now, this was an assault that could have gone way to far and all he gets is time served?
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