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Upper Perk Students Rally Behind Arrested Teacher

Supporters created a "We Love Mercon" page on Facebook, are making "Mercon Changed My Life" t-shirts, organizing support for his preliminary hearing later this month.

Many Upper Perkiomen High School students and community members are rallying behind health teacher and baseball coach Frank R. Mercon, of Upper Hanover, who was charged with failure to report child abuse after a student allegedly reported a sexual assault to him.

Over 1,300 people have "liked" a "We Love Mr. Mercon" (WLM) Facebook page to post photos and stories of Mercon, and send him well wishes after his arraignment yesterday.

"We support him because of all the things he has done right," one WLM fan said. "Not turn our backs for the one thing he did wrong.  We are all behind you Mercon."

The page, which has been up for less than a day, refers to Mercon repeatedly as "one of the best teachers at Upper Perk," citing his influence on the careers, health, and relationships of his students.

WLM fans mentioned famed "Godiva/Hershey's chocolate speech regarding sex and love," and a speech he gave students about drugs and alcohol.

One fan of the page said that Mercon helped him through an addiction as a student, and he was planning on going in to see Mercon because he has been having fears of relapse.

Photos on the page include Mercon with students at graduations, chaperoning high school dances, and coaching baseball.

There is also an air of civility on the page, with one fan posting, "I know Mr. Mercon was well loved by all students and he would want all of you to remain strong, supportive, understanding and united while maintaining respect for yourselves and all of those involved."

On the page, fans are planning to sell a t-shirt for $10 that will say "MERCON CHANGED MY LIFE" on the front, with proceeds going to the Mercon family.

Fans of the page are also planning to attend Mercon's Oct. 19 preliminary hearing at the Montgomery County Court House.

"I can't wait to see the entire Upper Perk student body show up at this," one WLM fan said.  "Heck, we might as well all make signs and start chanting Mercon's name"

Mercon is currently out on $10,000 bail, and has not faced any disciplinary action with Upper Perkiomen High School because the case is still in an allegation stage, according to 6ABC.

Upper Perkiomen School District Superindendent released a statement on the district's website, noting that the safety of students is the school's top priority.

Justin Basile October 11, 2012 at 03:54 AM
@Richard H. It's funny how you have nothing better to do than troll people about their grammar. Thanks for the laughs.
Tina P October 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Fact is that a failure to report has made it harder to prsecute this case and has left a rapist to roam free. Failure to report is a serious lapse in judgement that puts children at risk of harm. Good people make mistakes but that doesn't make their mistakes any less serious. Maybe the students' time could be better spent hel;ping to educate others about recognizing and preventing child abuse and sexual violence.
Richard H. the loser October 20, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Richard H. is a loser! If you didn't know Mr. Mercon then just keep your mouth shut, you don't know the whole story and we didn't ask for your opinion. Get a life loser...
kristle October 23, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Richard h.did your mother never teach you. "If you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all!?" You sound like a miserable middle aged /old man who has nothing better to do but butt in on other peoples opinions. Get over yourself.man I pitty your daughter
Greg October 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I understand that Mr. Mercon technically broke the law, but I'm not sure the law makes sense in this situation. Who would benefit from him reporting this? The girl obviously didn't want this to be public, or she wouldn't have only told her teacher. There is no evidence to charge the rapist, so the only result of Mercon reporting this would be everyone knowing that this girl was raped. And it's not like we're dealing with a Sandusky-like man who's raping little kids, this was a college kid who took advantage of a girl that shouldn't have put herself in that situation to begin with. I'm not defending the rapist, I'm just saying this is a far cry from Sandusky and I doubt this kid is a harm to society. Therefore, I don't see who benefits from Mercon reporting this.

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