Should this potty mouth teacher get a second chance?
William W. Burks Jr., a physical education teacher at Cross Keys High School in Atlanta, Georgia is in danger of losing his job for his allegedly foul mouth. The long time DeKalb County teacher has been accused of cursing at his students, among other crazy things.
He has received written notification of the allegations and was not offered a contract for the next school year, but this teacher is fighting the decision saying he wants a hearing before a tribunal. I say, bring it. He should have a trial before losing his job.
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According to his attorney, Quinton Washington, the allegations were fabricated by students who didn't like Burks' class and were trying to influence the grades he gave them. Hmmm, sounds like a little conspiracy theory there.
The thing is that the charges of incompetency, willful neglect of duties, and insubordination that Burks received are for this school year, but the charge letter that he received details all kinds of "incidents" were Burks has allegedly conducted himself inappropriately dating all the way back to the 1996-97 school year.
Here's a short rundown of some of Burks' alleged misbehavior:
- During the 1996-97 year, he is accused of making girls feel uncomfortable and asking them if they shaved their legs.
- During the 2004-05 year, he is accused of telling students to bend over and grab their ankles so that he could kick them in the butt.
- During the 2010-11 year, he is accused of grabbing and forcing a girl into her chair.
So, I say let the man have his hearing before a tribunal to determine if he should lose his job or not. As a matter of fact, I say, why hasn't this man had a hearing before a tribunal sooner? There's a whole lot of accusations on his record.
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