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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teachers Behaving Badly in Northeast Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Yes, get them away.
  • Yes, get them away.

Of all the things that you don’t want yours kids’ teacher emailing to his colleagues, this is probably tops on the list:

“After school, I’m the guy that’s gonna rape [male student] with a broom handle all the while making him yell that he loves young boys. Then, when I’m done pleasuring him, I’m going to bury him up to his neck and use him as a toilet.”

Such was the emailed eloquence of Trevor Howenstine, a government and economics teacher at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in 2005. His obscene bitch-fest to other teachers eventually drew the notice of the school’s administration, and Howenstine resigned in 2006. But only a couple months later, he was hired as a teacher at Canton City Schools. His new employer didn’t know about the email incident until the teach’s credentials were yanked by the state’s Board of Education.

Howenstine’s case is the opening pitch in the Canton Repository’s eye-popping investigation into how teachers can slip through the cracks, exiting one job on the heels of an incident, only to find new employment without past acts coming to light.

To be blunt, it's pretty whack, and the whole things ends up like an advertisement for home schooling. The story chronicles numerous instances of such incidents. Like James A. Irvin, a Canton City School administrator who befriended a 15-year-old student, gave him alcohol, then made a move on him while the kid was sleeping at Irvin’s house. Other members of this rogue’s gallery of sickos including 29-year-old elementary teacher Kathryn Gill, who had sex with a teenage boy at Fairless Local Schools, and John Stadler, the band director at Minerva High School who was messing around with a 16-year-old girl on school property.

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