Let this be a lesson for you

One of the teacher’s at Jake’s high school got fired, ostensibly for posting a photo to his Facebook page in which he was grabbing his crotch. Not sure why that would get a teacher fired, unless of course he’s only wearing his hand in that photo. Such things are usually the tip of a grimy iceberg, but not necessarily. Maybe someone on the board really couldn’t handle something as minimally sexual as a crotch-grab. Maybe that same someone still, to this day, can’t watch a Prince or Michael Jackson video.

Speculation among the student body is rampant, of course. I can imagine what we would have done with something like this back in the 70s. (Not that we had Facebook, of course. Would have had to be a crotch-grabbing photo accidentally submitted to the Yearbook Committee.) Students would have declared the teacher gay, of course, which was the absolute worst thing you could say about someone back then. Everyone was in their own sort of closet back then. For example, even after Betty Ford, you could still scarcely say the word cancer.

If it was something more than a crotch-grab, why not tell the students? Wouldn’t the truth be far less damaging than the inevitable shit storm of speculation?



  1. Lucie says:

    The first mistake the guy made was allowing the photo to be taken. The second really dumb mistake was to willingly (I assume) post it on Facebook. As to why the school is not saying anymore about it, the U. S. Constitution gives us all the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty (except in Arizona).

  2. Driver says:

    Does the first amendment include teachers’ crotch grabbing photos on Facebook? And da dum…another positive beat for Face(less)book.

  3. Walnut says:

    First Amendment only prevents the gov’t from restricting your freedom of expression . . . It doesn’t regulate what employers can do to you, if I’m not mistaken.

    Lucie, I think AZ will soon face the Piper.

  4. Chris says:

    One does wonder about the background on this one. Perhaps they’re protecting someone else? At our local catholic high school, one of the teachers was pursuing a student, sending suggestive text messages to her phone. The student was understandably upset, and showed the messages to her parents, who went to the police. The teacher was fired, but because he was extremely popular, a lot of the other students blamed the girl, and she wound up having to change schools as a result of their harassment. She probably would have preferred anonymity and rampant speculation.

  5. Walnut says:

    Interesting! What, did the other kids think she was leading him on? In which case, they all need some serious educatin’.

  6. Chris says:

    I think they were typical teenagers – loyalty to a popular teacher means it couldn’t be his fault, ergo it must be her fault.