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'Bad Kid Fort' teacher to be rehired

Wood BOE makes unanimous decision

May 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Wood County Board of Education voted unanimously to rehire the Parkersburg High School teacher accused of bullying an Autistic student....

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May-21-13 9:06 AM

I would say by the lack of response that someone has told you that defending a teacher wearing his wife's pink shorts is probably an argument that you will not win. No matter the reasoning.

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May-20-13 11:51 AM

It's ok......explain away. People can "rationalize" anything in their mind. Do not want my child's teacher wearing any part of his wife's wardrobe in the classroom. Common sense, you either have it or......

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May-20-13 11:29 AM

Wow, guys be careful! Wearing pink shorts will classify you as inappropriate. That could be really offensive to some. In this case the pink shorts were as a part of a prop in a dance where props and costumes are frequently used. While my oldest daughter was pregnant she wore her husbands boxers, does that make her inappropriate?

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May-20-13 10:04 AM

And you ask where I got my information? Just from the article that states the same thing "wife's pink spanks"

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May-20-13 10:03 AM

Sooooo wearing his wife's pink shorts to work makes it that much better? I stick by my original comment.

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May-18-13 12:35 PM

SocialWorkrocks-- What Jesse had on were pink shorts they were not spanks, they were not spandex of any sort! How do I know? They were my daughters shorts, she has no need for spanks, she does not wear spandex shorts. I'm not sure where you received your information however if this concerned you so much then maybe you should have voiced your opinion in person rather than place judgement on some one that you don't know. It's easy to say what you will when your not face to face and do not have to reveal your name. These were shorts not spandex. Connie sams

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May-17-13 2:34 PM

I can almost guarantee that any man willing to wear his wife's hot pink spankies to work will be a man we will hear about in the future again and again. And...probably not in a good light.

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May-17-13 8:14 AM

Snicker! Hot Pink Spankies, that will follow you for a lifetime......

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May-16-13 10:01 PM

Janeeyere1 "When I was in public school the classes were divided by the students GPA AND THAT WAS WONDERFUL." Which is fine except the student we're talking about had A's and B's in all of his other classes except for this one and the teacher was a special education teacher before she changed to a different subject so she knew better. And in the old days before labels, all except those with severe learning issues were all in the same classes just nobody knew it.

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May-16-13 9:58 PM

Well I'm sorry you geography majors don't consider the Huffington Post and newspapers from Seattle, WA to Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; etc. national and the International Science Times and the DailymailUK international, but it certainly got far away from here. John Fortney did a live shot with his old TV station in Lincoln Nebraska after it was on the Associated Press and newspapers and blogs in the US and United Kingdom wrote their own stories not just re-running the AP.

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May-16-13 9:42 PM

I have such a hard time with this because I know the kid, and special needs he isn't. So, when you are seeing a special needs child being abused, I am seeing a kid who probably was being a pain, and a teacher who probably just had enough.

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May-16-13 8:30 PM

There is a large difference in not being rehired to losing your career. If you are not rehired, you can go somewhere else and get a teaching job. After all, didn't that happen with one of these teachers in a neighboring county? They just go somewhere else to look for a job, but it does send a message to others, that inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, here inappropriate conduct is tolerated so what message is this BOE sending?

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May-16-13 8:20 PM

mmtrbob-Things were just fine when kids with special needs had their own schools, own classes and teachers trained to meet their special needs. That system worked out just fine.Then parents who were embaressed to have their kids in special classes pitched fits and had hissy fits. They wanted to have their kids in the same classes as kids without special needs not because they didn't want them to be seen as different by the other kids-but because they had their own shame issues to deal with. When I was in public school the classes were divided by the students GPA AND THAT WAS WONDERFUL. If a parent has a shame-based issue with their kids special needs-take it to therapy. Don't punish the teachers and the other students for your lack of acceptance.

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May-16-13 7:52 PM

No; I believe that it takes a special compassion to be a good teacher, something this teacher is lacking. Our children deserve better. The BOE needs to take charge regardless of the wishes of the teachers union.

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May-16-13 7:48 PM

987654 Special needs kids could be classified that simply because they need pt,ot or are highly functioning autistic. Should they be denied a regular classroom setting?

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May-16-13 7:20 PM

I agree with Mountaineers82. This story was never "international news" except in the mind of Beth Dean. The way this was covered made me wonder if the reporting was supposed to gets the facts out or to sell papers? This witch hunt was all smoke and no fire. I also agree with JCB1964. The parents do have ADD. They are Always Desperate for Drama!

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May-16-13 7:10 PM

Ok we have set the ground rules for what the board allows - this makes me REAL curious to know what the 3rd teacher did. And why is is such a secret?

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May-16-13 6:43 PM

First of all I am so glad I do not have children in this school system. The days of having quality teachers are quickly passing. There have always been bad teachers and it is really unfair to the good teachers. Now it seems the bad and questionable teachers and out number the good teachers. I guess we can thank the teachers union for that. After all a teacher has to practically murder a student in front of 20 credible witnesses to get fired.

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May-16-13 6:09 PM

Excellent! The kid obviously was a "bad kid" and after careful consideration the BOE saw the light and deep down they knew that this whole story was blown way out of proportion. It was absolutely silly seeing those carrying signs and chanting across from PHS when this happened. I hope the rehired teacher gets a raise.

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May-16-13 4:16 PM

Spankies??? Mr. Murphy must of made that up. He was not wearing spankies or spankx. He was wearing regular shorts. That is the facts. I wish people would get the facts straight before they spew out their hateful comments and I'm not so sure that it is real professional for Mr. Murphy to print that he was wearing spankies. If you are not sure of the facts people you shouldn't print or post it.

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May-16-13 2:53 PM

But something tells me we haven't heard the last of Beth Deam! Did she really contact Dr. Phil? If she did, that only proves that she was only in this for the attention and potential $$$$$$$!

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May-16-13 2:51 PM

Great decision! Please, this story was never "national news." I hope this teaches parents like Beth Dean that you don't get what you want by making threats and throwing hissy fits. If anyone was a bully in this situation it was Beth Dean. Any parent who goes on Facebook and tries to get sympathy for her cause by compairing her child to the Sandy Hook Shooter needs serious help. Here's the score: Special Needs Team-0. Team Sanity-10!

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May-16-13 2:49 PM

Madasheck How do you know she is a horrible teacher. I didn't hear any of the other parents calling for her head. Nor did we hear or see any other teachers, principals nobody calling for her head. The only people were the ones like you that bottom feed off of peoples mistakes and the parents of a now embarrassed kid because of the publicity these parents thought would garner sympothy toward them. Sometimes you need to just admit when your kid is wrong and deal with it at home not infront of the public eye.

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May-16-13 1:59 PM

Good for her. Hope she learns from her mistake and continues to teach.

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May-16-13 12:42 PM

Horrible decision, once again in the world of public educators there is no real reason to do your job well. No matter how bad you are, no matter what you do, you'll have a job because the system protects its own. In the real world, in the private sector work force, being bad at your job or mistreating your employer's customers will get you fired (rightly so).

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