This sounds like the catholic church. When someone commits a crime, they relocate them.
Once upon a time, ladies and gentlemen refrained from being crude simply for the sake of being polite, not out of fear of being sued. It's a shame we need laws and policies to ensure we don't act like unsupervised adolescents.
I find it very interesting that so many people commenting automatically assume the guilt of this man. Believe me when I tell you that vindictive women can fabricate a story against a man that will ruin his reputation and cost him his job. All it takes is two of them. The man is placed into a situation where he must prove a negative: It didn't happen. (Proving negatives is impossible.)Note that the article states: "The department found, however, that allegations of sexual harassment were unsubstantiated." All you folks who want to believe the allegations must realize that there was an investigation - the man was basically exonerated.
Reassigned??? The man does not belong in the school system.
..not that his comments are acceptable, don't get me wrong. But honestly, haven't we all heard worse comments? Let's put this in perspective.
Um, "never in 23 years" as the secretary of a high school has she "encountered something so horrible" as the principal's comments? Wow, she must have been deaf. I hear worse out of kids' mouths in the 5 minutes I spend picking up my kid up from high school--or from half the things they show on TV. A written apology might have sufficed. Or letting him be transferred.
Seems like the entire school industry should be cleaned like a slate and start over with all the stories posted about male and female educators crossing sexual lines with staff and students. Must be the hormones added to the little milk cartons.
Kind of like a priest. Just send him somewhere else.
I'm reading some of the earlier posts, and there's something serious we need to keep in mind. Regardless of how much people disagree on the extent of poor taste shown by an adult making inappropriate sexual jokes at a school, where adults are supposed to be setting an example for children, there's a much more serious matter that the men posting here are choosing to overlook - since tasteless and sophomoric humor seems to appeal to them so strongly that they can't get past it to the rest of the article - that apparently needs to be brought further to their attention. And it's this:He made inappropriate remarks to a minor female child who he has jurisdiction over...telling a 15 year old girl she's "special", he's "watching" her, and to report to HIM instead of her guidance counselor? THERE'S the real problem - not just his lack of awareness as to when it is, or isn't, the right time to make off-color jokes in the workplace. And there's absolutely no way to justify or explain THAT away as harmless and everyone needs to "get over it".
fran,It appears to me that you're being judgmental and assuming that you know for a fact that his remarks were based upon sexual intent. That reflects more upon *your* attitude than upon *his*! It is quite likely that his professional nature led him to believe that he could guide this student more capably than the counselor. (I've met counselors who couldn't get their own lives on the right path and presumed to know how to guide others! They didn't know their derriere from a hole-in-the-ground!) I find it outrageous that most folks posting here automatically assume the worst, knowing none of the facts.
Inappropriate & unprofessional comment made to females at a work place. Why transfer a problem?