(Because this couldn’t have happened to a more malignant asshole, we thought this post should be at least the highlight of the month, if not the whole year. It’s absolutely glorious.
From the late 50s on Kim Rhodes had been the heart and soul of the Burbank Adult School. Gail Copeland was one of the best principals in the history of the BUSD, if not the best. But back in the mid-1990s Pierce and a board majority tried to kick Gail out of Miller School until the public outrage grew so great that they were forced to bring her back.
Kim had no such luck — a few years earlier Pierce and Dave Aponik successfully harassed Rhodes out of the district into early retirement after years of loyal and loving service on her part. For the woman who actually brought Helen Von Seggern into the district’s nascent Parent Ed program, there’s not a stitch of remembrance for her anywhere.)
Former BUSD Superintendent Art Pierce’s grandson killed both his parents
(Andrew Balcer’s grandfather Arthur Pierce, 82, looks at photo of Balcer during a hearing Thursday in Augusta to determine whether Balcer should be tried as an adult for allegedly killing his parents.)
There’s probably a few people in Burbank who’ve already heard this sordid news, but here goes for everyone else.
Couldn’t happen to a bigger jerk.
AUGUSTA — For a while at Long Creek Youth Development Center, the Winthrop teen accused of killing his parents preferred to be called “Andrea” and wanted people to use female pronouns to describe him, a Long Creek program manager testified in court Thursday.
Andrew T. Balcer, 18, accused of brutally slaying both his parents during early Halloween morning last year, is back to using “Andrew” now and identifying as a man, testified Beth Peavey, who works in the detainee section at Long Creek. She said Balcer made the shift from female identity back to male because of “the possibility of him going to the adult system.”
Her testimony Thursday came in support of the defense’s contention that Balcer’s gender identity crisis and fear of his parents’ reaction to it probably was the impetus for his “snapping,” and stabbing Alice and Antonio Balcer to death nearly a year ago…
Balcer was a month away from turning 18 years old when he called 911 to say he had killed Alice and Antonio Balcer, both 47, at their Pine Knoll Road home in Winthrop.
A recording of that call, made about 1:45 a.m. Oct. 31, 2016, and a second, three-hour recording of Balcer’s interview by two Maine State Police detectives later that day, were played in the courtroom Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center.
He told police he plunged a hunting knife into his mother’s back as she as giving him a hug to comfort him during the early morning hours. Her screams woke his father, and Balcer stabbed him as well, following him into the dining room, where his father headed, apparently to try to get his handgun.
While Wednesday’s hearing was largely about the crimes and the results of the psychological evaluation of Balcer, Thursday’s proceedings started with McKee calling Balcer’s grandfather, Arthur Pierce, 82, of Brunswick, as a witness.
Pierce, a retired school superintendent, testified that Balcer spent his younger years camping, climbing and rowing, but was mostly a loner, content to be by himself and on a computer or a cellphone.
“He was demonstrably bright,” Pierce said. “Everything he did academically or otherwise, he was just a quick thinker; socially, not interactive.”
Pierce also said he didn’t recall Balcer playing with other children his age, at least not when Pierce was around.
“I don’t think he ever in my presence played with or had other interactions with other people of his age,” Pierce added. “He did interact very nicely with his cousins, but there were none were of his precise age.”
As Pierce identified photos from happier times, showing Balcer at ages 5 and 10 or so, in the Maine woods and in a dinghy, Balcer himself smiled occasionally in the courtroom. Dressed in the same long-sleeved white shirt and dark tie and pants he wore a day earlier, Balcer appeared more focused on his surroundings. On Wednesday, he paged through transcripts as the recordings were played, frequently held his hand to his head and left early in the afternoon portion.
Balcer’s hands were free, but his ankles were shackled. Pierce said that when he visited Balcer at Long Creek last spring, Balcer talked to him about his feelings about changing his sexual identity and was anxious about how he would take it.
“My reception to that was a big hug,” Pierce said. “Whether he’s male or female or transgender or seeking, it makes no matter to me or his grandmother.”
Yeah. A big hug for killing my daughter, dude. Pierce has always been an obtuse moron.
Other relatives of Balcer’s were also in the courtroom for both days of the hearing.
Peavey said the staff at the detention center have been supportive of Balcer’s gender identity quest — even offering him female clothing if that would make him more comfortable. She said that he completed his high school education remotely, is taking college courses and enjoys his work in the laundry department. She said he has made progress in opening up to people working there.
Sounds like a real sweetheart.