Update (10:20 a.m. May 5): The firing of former Mission Valley Middle School teacher Ryan Haraughty started with an e-mail from a parent who was none too happy with "Sexual Harassment Week," in which students would allegedly grope each other, according to The Kansas City Star. What could go wrong with encouraging horny middle schoolers to grope each other?
In testimony Tuesday, Haraughty reportedly refuted claims that he told a girl that she looked like her sister, except with boobs. Actually, Haraughty explained that he told a boy that he looked like his sister without female attributes -- never mentioning boobies.
Still, the anti-Haraughty forces were unloading every indiscretion. An administrator testified that Haraughty "probably should have been" fired in 2006 for making a joke about penis size.
As for Principal Susie Ostmeyer, who Haraughty claimed had it out for him, she apparently had trouble answering questions with the words "encourage," "common," "frequently" and "discretion" in them. And on Monday, she claimed Haraughty signed a letter a reprimand with "Go to Hell." A teary Haraughty apologized for "the mistakes I've made" that cost him his job.
The penis-shaped Florida chronicles continue in the Shawnee Mission
Monday was fired Mission Valley Middle School
teacher Ryan Haraughty's arbitration hearing, and the district's
lawyer revealed that Haraughty was pink slipped for more than an
innocent, cock-like drawing of Florida.
Haraughty allegedly called one student a "skank" and told another
girl that she looked like her sister, except with a flatter chest, according
to KSHB Channel 41.
If that's true -- and not taken out of
context -- Haraughty sounds a little Florida-like himself (although
Haraughty's side claims it was taken out of context 'cause Haraughty was
a sex ed teacher).
The district claims Haraughty created a sexually hostile environment,
and they also accuse him of
Haraughty doesn't believe that's true, claiming he was axed because the principal didn't like him. Principals tend to frown on teachers calling students skanks. Usually pisses the parents off.
Haraughty was fired last November after
drawing a map of the
United States with a plump, penis-like
Florida. When his students laughed and teased him about the Sunshine
State's dong-like appearance, Haraughty made an off-hand remark that
"Florida got a little excited."
Students have petitioned to get
Haraughty's job back. So far in this six-month saga, they've been
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