Do Teachers Get A Private Life?

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Some distubring photos are now the apparent result of a night of drinking, drugs and sex. They're of a woman, passed out on the floor with dirty words and obscene pictures scrawled all over her body. The images are shocking anyway-- but the reason they're getting so much attention is because they're teachers.

"It's a complex issue," says former teacher Dee Cassidy. "I don't approve, but on the other hand, teachers are people."

Just down the road from Haslett High School and Middle School where the teachers work, diners at Blondie's Barn are weighing in. The comments range from anger to apathy.

"I think it's all blown out of proportion," says Mike Lantis. "It happened off school grounds at a private house. They're all adults."

"We are all human but I think [teachers] need to be held to a higher standard," says Arnold Bruveris.

"I'm inclined to say the students might be doing worse," says former teacher Cassidy.

"I don't know if teachers have a 'Hippocratic Oath' or anything like that," wonders Bruveris.

That brings up a good point. Do teachers-- whether in Haslett or anywhere else-- have a moral clause in their contracts that don't allow for behaving badly? At least in Haslett, the union president says no. Donna Redker tells us it's been decades since there was any sort of moral code on teachers contracts. She wouldn't comment further except to say this is a very hard time for everyone.

Haslett Superintendent Mike Duda also declined an interviewm, directing us instead to a statement he gave, calling this incident "deplorable." Regardless of what happens, some think the damage has already been done.

"No one will ever look at them the same way. And that is a pretty incredible punishment for a teacher," Cassidy says.

We asked the Michigan Education Association for a comment -- but the union declined. A spokesman isn't sure what-- if any-- role it may play as this issue continues.

Haslett's superintendent tells us all the teachers involved are still working.

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  • by jen Location: mi on Feb 8, 2010 at 09:42 PM
    The way the teacher lives in and out of the class room,is my business, they need to set an example for the kids they teach,how else can I tell my kids to respect them, if they are not respectful,to begin with. I don't want their mind set to rub off on my kids!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    There is one easy solution if I had a child in haslett, I would enroll them into another school system. Money is the only thing that speaks to the board.
  • by Sandi on Oct 27, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    I commented on this story a week or so ago, and after watching the early morning news, I was surprised to see that the Haslett School Board, states there is not much they can do about it. I appreciate that they are having a special meeting to deal with this issue, and the public is invited. But it seems that due to the incident happening 2 years ago, and the fact that all of the 6 teachers involved are still teaching, that the only alternative for parents to change school systems. I am really appalled by the school board, and their oh well aditude.
  • by Carol on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    What an under 18 year old kid does is the responsibility of the parents. Teachers are over 18, graduated college. They are supose to be adults. Do not compare kids to adults. Teachers are held to a higher standard because they spend more than 7 hours a day Mon to Fri with the most precious thing we have, our kids. Parents are picky about a lot of things when it comes to our kids, including schools. I do not want my kids in a school where teachers using drugs is ok, where nude pictures of teachers are available. Where the standards are do what I say not as I do. These people can not undo what they did. I accept their right to drink to much, and do what they like in private. I am against the drug use, and the rest of it. As I see it, they have trashed their reputations, and ruined their lives. What a total waste.
  • by Ellie on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    What a student does is the responsibility of their parents. Should we be contacting the parents of these teachers? I would guess that these teachers are supose to be adults and over 21 years old. We are talking about the actions of adults(?) not kids, and while I do not have a problem with them drinking and partying hard on their own time. I have a problem with drugs being involved, and the picture. I would guess most kids in Mid MI have heard or seen something about this by now. Helps every other teacher in the area doesn't it? What is private is your business and by the picture going on the internet, it is now public, and there should be consequences. They broke the law by using drugs. You do not get to do this stuff, and say "Sorry" like a 3 year old and think it is over an done with. They are adults and should conduct themselves as adults. Do not compare these people with under 18 year old teenagers. They are not kids, and they are responsible for their own actions.
  • by Jeri on Oct 26, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    No one forced these teachers to use drugs, to break the law, to take naked picutres of themselves and put it on the internet. These so called adults, did this on their own. why shouldn't they have to face the consequences? The rest of us would have to. What makes these "Teachers" better than the rest of us? Why should they be given a free pass on this? Do they have any idea how many kids in the greater Lansing area have seen this? Heard about it? We ask the kids show repect for the teacher, and then this? How can we ask them to respect someone like this.
  • by Leah F on Oct 26, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    To Jenifer J: Why should teachers be held to a higher standard than sports Stars? Easy! Teachers spend several hours 5 days a week with OUR CHILDREN!!! Teachers should NOT do DRUGS! They should not have pictures that look like soft porn on the internet! I have done my share of stupid things, but this is beyond stupid! They broke the law, and doesn't a teachers contract have a morals clause? I wouldn't want this trash teaching my kids. They will learn about the real world soon enough, I want them to be kids for awhile.
  • by Jennifer J. Location: Haslett on Oct 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    What people do on their own time is their own business. If they want to drink and carry on like fools, that's a choice they make. But punish them? No! If everyone who has ever had too much to drink and behaved in a way that they knew would embarass themselves if friends and family found out were to be fired the nation would cease to function. Why are teachers held to standards higher than sports figures? Also, if all of the students who have engaged in sexual activity in Haslett were to be kicked out of school, and the school were to lose its funding for those students, the district would have to close. If you have never done anything that would be embarrassing to you, good for you. People is glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    How can anyone not care. These people broke the law, show they have no shame, and some of you say who cares??? What kind of people are you? The same kind you have kids so out of control, even you are afraid of them. We all should care, the police need to be involved and they should all be fired. People like this do not belong in our school systems.
  • by Betty Location: Waverly on Oct 22, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    The people who care about their jobs and need respect to survive at work do not partake in activities like this with co-workers. This is not just a teacher problem thing either. If I (parent) got together with my co-workers and did something like this, and my kids and their friends found out, it would be horrible problem. My kid would probably suffer the most. In order to maintain employment and respect in a professional job at any company or school, it is important to conduct ones self as though the honor of being employed is appreciated at all times.
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