State official reinstates teacher who put dog feces on ex-wife’s car

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HADDON TWP., N.J. – State Education Commissioner Chris Cerf has overturned a school board decision to fire a high school athletic director who was caught on camera placing dog waste on his ex-wife’s car in the school parking lot.

RightdirectionAlan Carr, of Haddon Township High School, was fired last year after he admitted his actions to school authorities, reports the Courier-Post.

Carr and his ex-wife, also a teacher at the school, had been recently divorced prior to the incident.

The Haddon Township Board of Education determined that Carr’s behavior violated the district’s anti-bullying policy and warranted dismissal from his tenured position, according to the news site. An administrative law judge upheld the decision in April, stating “[Carr’s] ability to serve as a proper example for students has been severely compromised.”

But Commissioner Cerf reversed the decision last week, arguing the punishment outweighed the crime.

“Although reprehensible, [Carr’s actions] were not as egregious as the conduct that has been reported in some prior cases relating to teacher termination,” said Cerf. He also claimed the “highly improper” incident “stemmed from a domestic incident not associated with [Carr’s] school duties.”

Instead, Cerf recommended Carr forfeit 120 days of pay, forego a future salary increase and be suspended for an additional six months without pay.

According to court records, Carr was picking up trash when he said the decision to put the dog feces on the windshield of his ex-wife’s car “came over him,” reports the news site.

This was not the first time Carr engaged in inappropriate behavior on school grounds. A few months prior, Carr lied to school administrators about putting an unsettling newspaper article in his wife’s mailbox, according to the news report.

Cerf’s decision is clearly wrong. Does it really matter of Carr’s actions were “as egregious” as actions committed by other teachers who had been fired? His actions set a rotten example for the students of his district. The message for students now is that you can commit hideous acts at work and still be reinstated.

Unfortunately many of those students will learn otherwise – perhaps the hard way – when they go to work in the private sector, where there may no strong unions around to defend employees who commit inexcusable acts.

Carr has been employed by the district since 1974, serving as athletic director for the past 23 years. State pension records list his salary as $111,000 during the 2011-12 school  year.

By Ashleigh Costello at EAGnews.org

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. bahndon says

    If he really wanted to make her car stink he should have used fox urine and poured it in the air intake for the heat/cooling vents.

  2. fort9erdon says

    Over $111,000.00 annual pay? NO teacher on the planet is worth $111,000.00 pay. For a high school teacher, TOP pay should NEVER exceed around $60,000. Considering they only work 9 months out of the year, about 6 hrs. a day, have “aides” to correct their papers, and then get about an additional month, out of the 9 months they work for holidays, spring break, Xmas break, and whatever else “break” the unions extort, they are grossly overpaid. Teachers see themselves as “Professionals” up in the category of doctors, lawyers, and the like, when in reality they are nothing more than glorified baby sitters, who are afraid to go out into the real world, …… so they “teach”. And what do the majority of them teach? COMMUNISM! The teaching profession has been slipping into the sewer for about the past 40 to 50 years, when the commies took over.

  3. Chad says

    Most Ex-wives deserve a little poopin 😀

  4. 7papa7 says

    Isn’t it just wonderful to see the people of such high character teaching in our government schools? /s Wonder why our country is so screwed up just look at our schools. This kind of nonsense have been going on far to long.

  5. scott says

    Typical union politics.

  6. MortarMan107 says

    More of the War on Women the Libbies rant about, right? That war by the Liberals on Liberal women?

  7. Blomsoy says

    Poor children who have people like this let loose on them. When is the time to
    get government out of the education business ? I say way overdue !

  8. GIVEMEFREEDOM says

    Both are ticking time bombs . . . . the teacher/athletic director and commissioner Cerf.

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