Haslett Reacts to Teacher Scandal

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

HASLETT -- "It seems to me that we have a set of teachers who have a problem with alcohol use, with drug use," said one angry parent at the Haslett School Board's meeting Monday night -- its first since a sex scandal involving its teachers first emerged almost two weeks ago.

Some came to voice their anger.

"They've lost my trust right now," another parent said.

Others to lend their support. "Everybody gets a second chance," said one mother.

It was a back-and-forth indicative of the Haslett community's mixed emotions surrounding the scandal. Six Haslett teachers caught in a 2007 end-of-the-school-year party filled with alcohol, drugs and sex.

Some say it's nodoby's business.

"Two prosecutors took a look at it and said, 'We really can't do anything,'" one such Haslett father said.

Others want the participants -- all of whom are stilll teaching their children -- to be disciplined.

"When things go wrong, those who are responsible need to face some consequences," said a man who has a child in Haslett High School.

But Superintendent Mike Duda says -- under Michigan's Teacher Tenure Act -- that simply can't happen.

"According to Teacher Tenure Act, we do not have the ability to regulate social actions beyond the school day," he said.

In many ways, the question in Haslett on Monday night wasn't the fate of the teachers involved in this incident. It's what school officials are doing now to prevent it from happening again.

"Going forward, I would say this to you: I think that the board is going to explore every possibility," said Duda.

Specifically, he said the school board could strengthen the district's current code of conduct, allowing them to discipline teachers caught in illicit acts.

School officials also announced they'll be holding a special work-session board meeting November 9 to suss out exactly how to approach these issues going forward.

And parents here are happy to learn they're invited to take part.

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  • by slh Location: Haslett on Dec 9, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    WOW! I can't believe what i'm reading! No one's business! Hmmm, ya know....when i was back in school, your weren't allowed to do drugs/drink, which i can understand. But to see the teachers that turn you in if they know about your little dirty habit...and to know the very teachers that are supposed to be an example for young people turning into adults and have an effect on what they say and/or do. This tells me...when the students find out about this, they think it's ok for them. Now this explains a lot of the things i have heard. This is disgusting! So how can you condemn students for doing these things, when were giving the message that it's ok... I don't know about you, if i ever find out that a teacher is stoned or drunk teaching my child, i will go after the school. I'm already having problems with an Elem. school. Makes me SICK! Had i knew about the meeting or this incident earlier, i would have spoke up sooner. I am thinking of going to WILX myself about HPS.
  • by parent Location: Dansville on Nov 8, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    Were the teachers partying with kids? As long as the teachers were not partying with kids, who gives a rip? I personally want my kid's teacher to know a thing or two about life and be able to recognize crap when they see it. I am not going to delude myself that just because the person is a teacher, that they never imbibe, or get rowdy, or have real emotions that the rest of us mortals have. Where is the harm? What was done that was so bad? The article didn't say and neither have any of the commenters?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    What the teachers do outside of work, off school property, ON THEIR OWN TIME is strictly THEIR business. Who cares if they smoke pot? Was my kid in the classroom while they were high? NOPE so its none of my business, or anybody else's, either. They get paid crappy wages- maybe if you had to deal with a bunch of kids all day long- you'd need a release too. I for sure would be at the bar for happy hour every day. And you know what? As long as their personal usage of drugs or alcohol doesnt' affect their performance on the job- nobody has any right to complain about anything. They are paid to do a job- as long as they are performing that job- nobody has any right to scrutinize them for anything. They aren't celebrities giving up privacy, so leave them alone and find something worthwhile to complain about. There are other IMPORTANT issues to work on- such as our economy. Get a life, folks.
  • by t Location: Haslett on Oct 28, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    "end-of-the-school-year party filled with alcohol, drugs and sex" "filled with"? How about, "involving"? Or did I mistake this for "E"?
  • by sc Location: leslie on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    I cant believe that teachers are not aloud to have a social life whether it be on the wild side or whatever the fact is they are at work from seven to four after that their life is just that theirs and if they want to have sex and a few drinks they are twenty one the legal age for drinking and sex that is their business! They did not sign up to be priests or nuns! I know plenty of teachers from all over the state and know they have drinks, they are human! I personally have seen my own childs teacher at a bar the same club i was in and I never thought anything about it gimme a break! The fifty people that were at the meeting need to look in their own closets for skeletons before they start throwing stones!!!!!
  • by Ann Location: Charlotte on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    People constantly want to control others. The tenure law says that teachers are entitled to have a private life. These teachers had a party after school hours and were not on school property. No laws were broken. No one was prosecuted. True, teachers are to be examples but so are parents. Can you tell me that there are no parents in Haslett that drink or do drugs...probably not. There may even be some administrators that drink! On the whole, teachers next to religious leaders, are probably the most moral and honest group of people around plus they work very hard and get paid next to nothing.
  • by Average Bystander Location: Michigan on Oct 27, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Sounds like Haslett has been trying to hide this for two years and now it's being made public. So what you, Henry, are saying is 50 people's opinions don't matter. Not everyone attends meetings they should. If more people stood up for what is right, we would have a lot of people standing. Most people know nothing will change, therefore, they say don't STAND UP! Thanks for covering this News 10!
  • by Henry Location: Grand Ledge on Oct 27, 2009 at 01:44 PM
    Okay...as a disinterested outsider, let me understand this. A district with approximately 3000 students (and thus roughly 6000 parents) has - according to the State Journal - about 50 people show up for a special public meeting. That tells me that most people have put this behind them. I suggest Channel 10 do the same and stop calling it the "teacher scandal" in Haslett. Let it go people! It happened two years ago!! No good can come from continually digging it up...unless you're the local TV station or newspaper that wants to sensationalize it for their own gain. By the way, when did local news media stop reporting news and start creating news?
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