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?