Teacher's Pets

THE SYLLABUS FOR PROFESSOR MICHAEL PETRIK'S criminal-justice class at New York's Nassau County Community College promised a course on "alternatives to prison." Little did his students know how far he'd go to teach his lessons. The professor, 30, confessed last week to helping two inmates escape from a medium-security prison in upstate New York. State police say Petrik provided the two, who were serving time for murder and robbery, with a tool to cut the prison's chain link fence, then drove them to Manhattan. Colleagues were predictably "shocked" that the professor had helped in the escape. At week's end Petrik was...

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