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PHS gym teacher to be reinstated

Officials withdraw extension of Young’s suspension

April 17, 2013

PARKERSBURG—After a 40-minute executive session with the Wood County Board of Education, Schools Superintendent Pat Law withdrew the recommended extended suspension of Parkersburg High teacher Jesse......

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Apr-19-13 8:19 PM

Everyone makes mistakes. Mr. Young is a great young man who would NEVER do anything to bring harm to this community or the kids he teaches! I can't believe how unforgiving people are and how much this has gotten blown out if proportion. My son comes home on a daily basis and tells me of things that go on in school. These kids stood up and told the truth!! They want Mr. Young to get a second chance. What's your problem! I'm glad one day someone gave me a second chance. I'm glad God does.

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Apr-18-13 8:55 AM

Geezer, Very well stated.

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Apr-18-13 7:00 AM

I would not want this person teaching my kids. He's very lucky that he wasn't fired. Hopefully, He learned a lesson and will be a leader and not a peer to the students in his next job. I'm sure that he will regret this mistake the rest of his life. It is no one's fault but his own. In real life, there are no do-overs.

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Apr-18-13 1:28 AM


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Apr-18-13 1:28 AM

to loose a job and a career over doing a spoof video ....that is being done just about everywhere is crazy. Give the man his job back and let him move on with life.

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Apr-17-13 10:14 PM

@Watching, it was during the school day.

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Apr-17-13 3:29 PM

If insulting people makes you feel better about yourself, then go ahead and get it off your chest. I am never sure what happens in someone's life to make them so unhappy and angry at the world. But if I provided some relief for you today, then I wish you brighter days ahead not only for yourself, but your family too.

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Apr-17-13 2:47 PM

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Apr-17-13 1:48 PM

takebackourtown, Too bad humility wasn't one of the virtues you picked up along the way. BTW, it's a gym teacher. I don't figure it's too hard to find another one.

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Apr-17-13 1:21 PM

I usually enjoy reading all the comments, but please, '380AUTO', learn where to put a period. Maybe then I could read what you have to say.

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Apr-17-13 11:44 AM

Harlem Shake ,I think it speaks for it's self.

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Apr-17-13 11:14 AM

@opinion....there have been employees who have shoplifted and not been fired from WCS. Bad comparison either way you look at it. This young teacher is not guilty of a crime. He's not a criminal, and he's already paid a pretty big financial penalty.

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Apr-17-13 11:01 AM

Not sure, but I think this dance may have occurred outside the school day. I doubt that it would have been part of a lesson plan.

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Apr-17-13 10:38 AM

I see a couple other issues besides the kids dancing inappropriately. 1. Was this dance on camera in the lesson plan? (Hopefully not) If so why? 2. If this dance was NOT in the lesson plan, why was it being performed? I would hope that this teacher now knows the error of his ways and sticks to teaching the necessary lessons at his next job.

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Apr-17-13 10:08 AM

takeback I agree you should have had a 2nd chance. You do not always realize the severity of a child's injury. But you did not have sex act simulations occur right under your nose. Sassey-- 2 wrongs do not make a right. I agree. The parents who let these kids dress like that are wrong. If the kids sneak and change at school they should be sent home in violation of the dress code.But--if on a Tuesday someone shoplifts from Walmart and gets away without being caught does that mean the person they DO catch the next day should be let go because hey! people do this all the time without consequences? Ridiculous. Some mistakes are fire-able offences.

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Apr-17-13 10:02 AM

Pull up the pants your pocket shouldn't be behind your knee turn your hats backwards or strait your head is not on sideways and for the dance nothing wrong with it they already took prayer out of the school system is this still the usa that I grew up in or some where else nowdays if I was a school teatcher and wanted a flag of the united states in my class room they would have to put me in jail b-4 it would come down if you are a true American you would feel the same way let the kids dance all they wont no wonder the kids are allways getting in trouble they cant do any thing with out some one raising heck and about the pants and hats wear them how you want my jr high days I worked at the college mowing grass and smoking a little also don't smoke it now did then hurt no one good days be an American stand up!

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Apr-17-13 9:56 AM

Well said, Geezer.

I doubt the teacher will ever make this mistake again. If you are a decent, caring person, and you learn from your error in judgement, you don't repeat it.

I'd be willing to bet the teacher won't make this error in judgement again. Can't say that about the kids, though~they're young and still have a lot to learn.

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Apr-17-13 8:42 AM

I'd like to know how many of the "uppities" that are calling for this teacher to be fired screwed up when they were new employees(at whatever job) and someone had the foresight to allow them to learn from their mistakes.

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Apr-17-13 8:11 AM

Well said Geezer,and while their at it, maybe they ought to let the principal or who ever sets a dress code, OR NOT go. I cannot believe that some parents let their kids walk out of their homes dressed like I've seen coming out of PHS. Even more, allowed in school during regular classes dressed as such. I've actually seen girls come out with shorts so short, their rear ends hanging out! And the coach is let go because of a dance? Get real people!!

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Apr-17-13 8:04 AM

Everybody should be given a chance to learn from mistakes made, even teachers. As a young teacher, I let a little girl sit in my classroom all day with a broken arm after a playground mishap without realizing it (which I should have). I almost lost my job because of it, but was given a second chance. I became an excellent teacher, learning more every year, and finishing my career recently with a multitude of experiences which afforded me growth as a professional and as a person. Had it not been for a second chance and a letter of recommendation from that little girl's family, I would not have been afforded the opportunity to become the teacher I am today. The "off with their heads" mentality has no place on this forum board or in our school allows no room for growth.

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Apr-17-13 8:00 AM

Belpre boy that is how I took it, but not sure. Could have been made clearer. 2girlzmom....just because kids do much worse does not make it appropriate to happen on school grounds under the supervision of a teacher. I do feel for him because I am sure the kids did this without him knowing they were going to do those actions...but.....he should have been paying attention before allowing the video to be filmed. How long was he turned around not able to see?I am sorry but if he was going to let them make a video he SHOULD have made SURE what they were doing. Common sense. I have no problem with them making a Harlem Shake video. I am sure he is a great guy and probably beloved by students. Sadly I even bet he is in fact a wonderful teacher who would continue to be one. But you cannot let other peoples children make a video on school grounds with simulated sex acts in it. PERIOD. He was responsible to SEE what they were doing. Doesn't matter how kids act in general. He is responsible.

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Apr-17-13 7:57 AM

There are consequences for actions and it would seem that this action would fall under the category of losing one's job.

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Apr-17-13 7:53 AM

Now am I wrong? It seems like the suspension has been lifted, but he still will not be offered a contract for next year? Is that how the article reads?

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Apr-17-13 7:51 AM

You're dumb LightsOut.........well put Geezer and I agree wholeheartedly with you. There are far worse things going on out in the streets than this video.

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Apr-17-13 7:09 AM

well put geezer.

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