Teacher Goes Too Far: Awards Horniest Student Sex Toy

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sextoys2Teacher Teri Grimes went too far. And should have known better. She organized a year-end celebration and awards ceremony at the high school where she teaches drama. The content of the program was so lewd it caused at least one student-parent set to storm out in disgust, with the mother filing a formal complaint.

What appalls me is the lack of forethought. It couldn’t have been, as one student alleged, simply a matter of making an error in judgment “in the moment.” This is instead, a case of preferring to apologize after the fact, rather than yielding to good taste. Yielding to good taste would mean axing a skit where a priest has sex with children from the high school awards ceremony playbill. Yielding to good taste, respecting the audience and honoring the occasion would mean recognizing students for real academic achievements.

I’m sick of egregious offenses defended as a slip of the tongue, or a lapse in judgement when applied to occasions requiring months or weeks of planning and rehearsal.  Gimme a break, Ms. Grimes. You really think parents, peers and guests attribute your lack of decorum to thinking badly on your feet for an event that involves rehearsing skits, purchasing prizes, and generally considering every detail of the entertainment? I don’t think so.

I mean, at some point, when completing the purchase order for the prize package didn’t it occur to you, Ms. Grimes, that this was inappropriate? Naughty novelty . . . $19.95. Comical, perhaps, but inappropriate for the occasion. Didn’t you wonder if Johnny’s parents would be proud of his attaining the Horniest Senior award? Was there also a “Most Likely to Pimp” and “Best Dressed Slut”? Wouldn’t surprise me.

More details, from KOMO News:

In an email to KOMO News, the upset mother complained about the teacher’s use of profanity [including the “f” word]during the ceremony. She said Grimes repeatedly used inappropriate words and told a distasteful joke.

 

“I sat there with my mouth open in shock and the final straw was when a joke was told on stage about a teacher, a lawyer and a priest on a plane. The plane was going down and the teacher says we have to save the children. The attorney says “F*** the children!” and the priest says “OOOOH..Do we have time for that???” the email reads.

 

The parent, who brought her young daughter to the ceremony, decided to leave after hearing the joke.

 

In addition to what she considered to be offensive language and the off-color joke, the parent said the awards handed out during the ceremony weren’t appropriate for children. She said one of the categories was for “the horniest stud,” where the award was a sex toy.

 

“WE need to get the word out there that THIS is the kind of TRASH that is being taught in our schools. I am so shocked right now I am in tears,” the parent said in her email to KOMO.

 

On Tuesday, Grimes addressed the issue in a written statement.

 

“I deeply apologize for some very inappropriate comments and actions made during our drama students’ end-of-the-year awards ceremony. This is not representative of our students who take such great pride in their school and respect one another. Much of the evening was a great celebration of their work. However, as a teacher and the club’s leader, I take full responsibility and am extremely sorry,” the statement reads.

 

The district says the school principal held a meeting with drama students and Grimes that was very productive. A spokesperson says everybody involved expressed sincere apologies and regret.

 

Neither Grimes nor the students face any discipline at this time. However, district officials are still evaluating the incident.

 

The mother who brought the complaint says she’s satisfied with how the district has dealt with the matter. She believes it will help ensure student award ceremonies never go down that road again.

 

One could take Grimes’ comment about deeply regretting “some very inappropriate comments and actions” as an inside joke that she regrets only some, and not others. Thank goodness this woman is retiring. But not before getting in her last hurrah’s, as maybe a dig at a straight laced faculty and school board?

Good for the parent who walked out of the offensive program, and chose not to go on camera and make the story about her own righteous indignation, eclipsing her daughter’s graduation festivities.

Oh, and Ms. Grimes, apology not accepted. Take your smutty show to an adult venue and perform with grown-ups after your retire. Seriously.

 

THB by T.M. Burroughs

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Rodney Lee Conover

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