New York, NY
Former Teacher - The Bronx High School of Science Bronx, NY
Former Treasurer - NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association)
Former Editor - NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association)
Table of Contents
- School Investigations Leave Much to Be Desired (07/131989)
- An Investigation Into Misconduct Relating To Pedophilia By Peter Melzer, A Teacher At The Bronx High School of Science (09/21/1993)
- Dismissal Urged for Teacher With Ties to Child-Sex Group (09/21/1993)
- Ouster urged for teacher in sex probe high school faculty member described as advocate of pedophilia (09/22/1993)
- Teacher Sidelines Cortines urges his dismissal (09/22/1993)
- Board of Ed Pats Backs All Around (09/23/1993)
- How Free Can Teachers' Speech Be? (10/03/1993)
- Weighing a Teacher's Rights (10/09/1993)
- Child molesters love to work where children are (10/11/1993)
- New York Forum About Pedophila: The Troubling Case Against Peter Melzer (10/13/1993)
- Parents Sue Board of Ed (10/29/1993)
- Furor Over Teacher's Desire For Boys The N.y. School Board Wants To Fire Him. He Cites Free Speech Rights. (12/04/1993)
- Teacher seeks right to have sex with boys (12/06/1993)
- N.Y. Pedophile Fights To Save Teaching Job (12/012/1993)
- Pedophiles Rationalizing Irrationality (07/08/1994)
- Men Who Love Boys Explain Themselves (07/08/1994)
- `Chicken Hawk': The Controversy (08/14/1994)
- Film on paedophilia setto provoke uproar (01/29/1995)
- There are good paedophiles and there are bad paedophiles (01/29/1995)
- Where do you draw the line? (04/28/1996)
- House Whip Flays Apple Over Booted BZ. Teacher (06/26/1998)
- The Gospel According To . . . New York Schools Create A Religious Martyr (07/02/1998)
- The Evils of Tenure (10/05/1998)
- Ex-Teacher Lawsuit Dismissed (02/28/2002)
- Melzer v. Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York (12/03/2002)
- Dismissal Of Schoolteacher Affirmed (0718/2003)
- Justice at a snail's pace (07/19/2003)
- Case of Rabbi Dr. Alan Horowitz (NAMBLA Member)
City of New York - September 21, 1993
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Dismissal Urged for Teacher With Ties to Child-Sex Group
By Selwyn Raab
New York Times - September 22, 1993
By Larry McShane
Associated Press - September 22, 1993
Newsday - September 22, 1993
By Melinda Henneberger
New York Times - October 3, 1993
Weighing a Teacher's Rights
By William Glaberson
New York Times - October 9, 1993
By John Leo
Orlando Sentinel - October 11, 1993
New York Forum About Pedophila: The Troubling Case Against Peter Melzer
By Patricia Kean
Newsday - October 13, 1993
Furor Over Teacher's Desire For Boys The N.y. School Board Wants To Fire Him. He Cites Free Speech Rights.
BY Terence Samuel
Philadelphia Inquirer - December 4, 1993
By Terence Samuel
The Ottawa Citizen - December 6, 1993
Controversy Focuses on NYU Student's Film
|Adi Sidman - Director of "Chicken Hawk"|
NAMBLA members will also show up: They like the 55-minute documentary just as much as McDonough. "It shows feelings that are non-exploitative, that are positive, affirming the value of young people," says Leland Stevenson, a NAMBLA spokesman featured in the film, which will begin its two-week public run Friday.
It all started two years ago, with a sociology class Sideman was taking in which the professor mentioned the pro-pedophilia group, which was founded in 1978 and now claims 1,500 members.
"This was my third week in New York," Sideman, a 23-year-old Israeli citizen, recalls in an interview in his Lower East Side loft. "I couldn't believe it existed. I thought, 'This is very new, very out there.' "
Sideman gained access to the organization by calling its New York hot line and was six months into filming when WNBC / 4 broke the story that Bronx Science physics teacher Peter Melzer was a NAMBLA member. (At one point, Sideman and his cameraman were in Melzer's apartment when WNBC's John Miller was downstairs trying to get an interview.)
Says Sideman, "We were just film students doing our homework."
There are some who argue that he didn't do enough of it. Two NYU professors whom Sideman thanked in the closing credits asked that their names be taken off the film.
"Almost from the beginning, I said: 'You have to be careful you aren't making an apology for the NAMBLA people,' " explains George Stoney, professor of film and television at NYU.
"He never got what I consider a representative testimony of the damage that could be done" by NAMBLA members], continues the professor, who nonetheless gave Sideman an "A" for the project. "The film doesn't have the kind of social responsibility that I would like to see."
Sideman, however, insists that the absence of any explicit condemnation of the pedophiles only makes for a better film.
"I'm not a supporter of NAMBLA," says the filmmaker in a tone of voice that suggests the statement should be obvious. "But I never meant to dictate my point of view. I want the audience to judge for themselves."
There are good paedophiles and there are bad paedophiles
By Glen Allan
South China Morning Post - January 29, 1995
Ex-Teacher Lawsuit Dismissed
By William Glaberson
New York Times - February 28, 2002
A federal judge in Brooklyn dismissed a lawsuit by a former teacher at the Bronx High School of Science alleging that his dismissal was because of his membership in the North American Man-Boy Love Association and therefore violated his First Amendment rights. The association advocates release of convicted pedophiles and the abolition of laws declaring that minors cannot consent to sexual relations. But Judge Frederic Block noted that the former teacher, Peter Melzer, had taken a leadership role in the group. The judge ruled that Mr. Melzer had been discharged ''because of the likely disruption to the internal operations of the school as a consequence of the public exposure'' of Mr. Melzer's activities.
Meltzer v. Board of Education of The City School District of the City of New York
FindLaw - December 3, 2002
United States Court of Appeals,Second Circuit.
Peter MELZER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, Carol A. Gresser, Irene Impellizzeri, Victor Gotbaum, Michael J. Petrides, Luis O. Reyes, Ninfa Segarra, Dennis M. Walcott, individually and in their official capacities as members of the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, Ramon Cortines, individually and as Chancellor of the City School District of the City of New York, Joseph Dejesus, individually and as Superintendent of the Bronx High Schools, Hollis Needleman, individually and as Assistant Superintendent of the Bronx High Schools, Edward Stancik, individually and as Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District and the City of New York, Defendants-Appellees.
Argued Dec. 3, 2002. -- July 16, 2003
By Stacy Albin
New York Times - July 18, 2003
New York Post - July 19, 2003
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