Criminal Drug Lords Send Threats To Teachers Demanding 50% Of Their Pay.

Threats and extortion from Mexican Drug Cartel enforcers have closed 140 elementary and middle schools in and around Acapulco. More than 600 teachers have quit after receiving a written demand of a “derecho de piso”, or tax, amounting to 50 percent of their annual salaries.

Many may have it come to mind that the below article would never be tolerated here in the United States…..unless of course you are a Wisconsin or Ohio Republican state politician pushing the drugs of “bated fear,” unsubstantiated facts, or nihilistic and idiotic statements.  What the extreme Republicans in this country are proving to be not much different themselves.

Assistant Coordinator of Basic Education with the Guerrero Department of Education for the Acapulco-Coyuca de Benitez region, Julio Cesar Bernal Resendiz, has confirmed the threat believed to have been issued by the hyper-violent organized crime group known as La Barredora.

La Barredora is infamous for extorting working class people in this region and often publicly displays the beheaded remains of those who refuse to cooperate with them.

What follows is the text of a letter sent to the Acapulcopublic education system:

“Greetings Professor” (name withheld), we know you are the paymaster for the teachers in area redacted. Pay careful attention. You have 15 days to give us a list of the following teachers:

1. Whoever earns more than $8,000.00 (8 thousand pesos) biweekly.
(underline in black whoever earns between 20 and 50 thousand pesos monthly)

2. Those who live from La Cima to KM 30 and Cayaco.

3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers (not cell phone numbers)

4. Legible copies of voter registration cards (on the reverse the names and addresses of schools where they work)

5. A copy of the payroll (of all area 32)

Note the name and school where they work of any person who refuses to divulge any information. Show them this warning.

Advise them that after October 1 they must pay a “tax” of 50 percent of their salary and annual bonus. Whoever refuses has the opportunity to leave, if not you all know we are not (expletive) around.

You and your supervisor are exempt from this tax as long as you continue cooperating with us.

The teacher who lives close to the jail named Cermeno or Cerdeno is also exempt because he has already cooperated.

If you have problematic teachers underline them in red and advise the principals that we are aware of the high cost to the heads of families and that they will receive a special visit.

We will be in contact.”

Last week, two elementary school teachers spoke on the condition of anonymity to the Libertad newspaper, saying:

“I am a professor in Acapulco, we are afraid about what is going on, we have received written messages that say they will take 50 percent of our wages and we are afraid, according to one of the teachers.

“We agreed to stop classes since Wednesday until the authorities can resolve this.” “Several teachers have been kidnapped or extorted and most do not want to talk, but we’re tired of so much violence. I have fear there may be retaliation.”

Another teacher working in Ciudad Renaciminto, said “It’s very difficult to explain this, but the reasons why many coworkers
are failing to go to their classrooms is because we are living this firsthand. We therefore call on the authorities to help us. Because we are being harassed, threatened, kidnapped.”

This latest threat understandably has parents in fear for the lives of their children.

Three weeks ago, gunmen forced their way into a school and abducted a teenage student whose body was later discovered in La Sabana.

At one time, dead children were usually the unintended victims of armed attacks on the streets of Mexico. However, in recent months, the cartels have been specifically targeting children with alarming frequency in order to send a message of their growing dominance in a country consumed by wholesale violence.

The Child Rights Network (CRN) estimates that 994 people under the age of 18 were murdered in drug-related violence between 2006 and 2010 inMexico.

Juan Martin Perez, director of CRN in Mexicorecently told The Washington Post: “Decapitations and hanging bodies from bridges send a message. Killing children is an extension of this trend.”

Yea!! Damn Over Paid Teachers!!!  If this article were rewritten to make it a State, and Town here in the United States, I am sure you would get a lot of Ultra Conservative Republicans cheering this on and trying to make it LAW because it would destroy the Teacher’s Union!!

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8 thoughts on “Criminal Drug Lords Send Threats To Teachers Demanding 50% Of Their Pay.

  1. I knew something was up with the schools when I read about the severed heads being left on the school lawns. Because of overblown and/or misplaced blame regarding a localized incident within the ATF, the whole department is basically stymied from doing anything at the moment.

    If you think it doesn’t concern you in anyway, just remember those dead kids the next time Whoopi jokes about drugs on The View. And for those of you my age, there is not any “domestic” drug market anymore; it’s ALL handled through the Mexican Cartels now. Those of us living in Northwest Ohio wake up every morning with news of another shooting.

  2. What an interwoven web of demand and supply, the creation of a criminal network, an alternative economy that is in many ways more healthy than the real economy…
    It’s really too bad that we cannot have a rational discussion about drugs, our attitudes and the politics of addiction in our society.
    There is so much material available documenting the introduction of opium poppy cultivation to the Afghani farmers, the creation of the Karzei family cartel and how this web supplies much of the worlds heroin.
    The business was introduced by the Americans during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and we assisted the them in exportation as a means to raise money to fund weaponry the Mujahadeen militias fighting the Russians.
    Perhaps we should start looking at countries that have legalized drugs and the real long term reduction in addiction and criminal activity that has resulted from a totally different approach. Portugal is a very good example.
    Here in France, which has a very hard line approach to drugs, in reality, in the cities and with the middle and upper class, drug use is rampant, as in Italy. The latest scandal to hit here is the corruption of the top drug cops in Lyon. They were the biggest dealers! This scandal is just beginning to break, but the top “superstar” cop in Lyon has already gone down!
    Let’s face it, the American uncontrollable arms dealers, the embedded drug culture and the fascination with the gangster culture and the forbidden have all created a criminal class that has become an international power in its own right.
    That said, being a good teacher has become one of the toughest and most unrewarding jobs in America. Being a bad teacher is hard enough.

  3. So, what is the future? Is at as Perry says of sending the U.S. military across
    the border? I mean, if we nation build 7000 miles away, are we not when our
    southern border touches a seemingly lawless area?

    And, the United States is implicated in two areas, guns and drugs.

  4. Here’s a good question:

    If they pulled the teachers, firefighters and police out of Senate Bill 5, do you think issue 2 would pass or fail? I think they’re combing a whole bunch of apples, oranges and bananas.

    Having the state pay 20% toward their retirement (private sector only 6.2%), paying 100% for their non-deductible health care and vacation, holiday and sick days out the kazoo is ridiculous. But paying teachers barely minimum wage (they used to get paid that) and judging a teacher’s classroom performance is lame. Have you noticed no one has come up with a SINGLE plan on how to judge teachers?

    P.S. I’m not shy so after I was out of school, I actually let a few teachers know what I thought of them as teachers (good and bad).

    Anybody reading this who went to Bowling Green may have had Miss Slebos, the best. Then you got Mr. Myles for high school math, the worst.

  5. OFF TOPIC: Yesterday I had someone working on my house. To work here they must have “Contractors’ Insurance”. Because things have been slow, this guy had canceled his health insurance. Just as he started to work, he suffered either a stroke or heart attack, then left. I assumed he had gone to the emergency room; he hadn’t. I called him to chew his ass and he said he hadn’t gone because he didn’t have health insurance anymore. I made a few phone calls and I think he is being taken care of medically now. He’s lucky because he has good friends. There are many out there who aren’t so lucky.

    This kind of thing happens all the time. Whenever I hear some loud mouth spewing lies about Universal Health Care in the United States, I feel like giving them a reason to seek medical attention.

    Once again, please excuse me Mr. Mud for hijacking your blog, but this just pissed me off big time. Sorry again.

  6. I’ve been away, due to some computer glitches – I’ve missed all of you (hope you missed me a little, more likely didn’t even notice,LOL!)

    Ask yourself this questin – what would we be doing about it if Canada had a similar problem? We would wait to be ASKED to help, and then we WOULD help.
    We need to be paying attention to the notion that no man – and no natoin – is an island onto itself. We will be affected, either directly or indirectly in more ways than we can conceive by what happens in Mexico.

    But unless and until we are asked for help we should not presume to act or even to tell another country how to fix their own problems. We should offer aid if requested, including military personnel and supplies, but ONLY the aid requested, with the caveat that we ensure our people and stuff is protected in offering such help.

    Sooner or later, we will engage the bad guys. If you don’t believe that, wath the PBS Documentary by Ken Burns, ‘Prohibitioin’. Powerful stuff, and as true about prohibition as it is more current issues.

    1. Actually that was me, Dog Gone. For some reason the comment process required my email address twice, but wouldn’t accept my name……

  7. The War on Drugs…

    Lost that one centuries ago. What’s America’s most popular drug? Hint: it’s legal and you can buy it in 6-packs at a carry-out.

    We ought to declare that the War on Drugs is lost. Open up the market like they did in Europe. That will take care of the Mexican problem as well as the crime in the urban centers.

    America’s puritanism is literally killing us.

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