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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