Alleged drunk teacher led police on c...

Alleged drunk teacher led police on chase

There are 136 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 29, 2008, titled Alleged drunk teacher led police on chase. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A Comstock Park teacher is on paid administrative leave following an incident with police.

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boz

Battle Creek, MI

#1 Apr 29, 2008
Don't drink and you want be arrested for drunk driving.
so simple
curious32

Deerfield, IL

#2 Apr 29, 2008
I guess I don't get it. How do you drink and drive, take cops on an 80 mph chase, now have time off work and still get paid. THAT'S MESSED UP!
Rob

Erie, CO

#4 Apr 29, 2008
He has not been convicted. The consequences for his life will be huge, let the Courts do their job.
wonder

Colorado Springs, CO

#5 Apr 29, 2008
how are the kids going to learn? there should be zero tolerance for acts such as this.
SpankGR

United States

#7 Apr 29, 2008
Wow. Someone other than a police officer getting arrested for OWI actually made the news.
Johnny

Liverpool, NY

#8 Apr 29, 2008
He should never be allowed to teach again. How can we trust someone who can't follow the rules of the road to teach our kids?
Unknown

Allendale, MI

#9 Apr 29, 2008
Well, this is not the first time a teacher at comstock park has not been asked to account for his/her actions. Try asking a kid to be responsable for their actions but the teacher (grown adult) not being asked to be responsable and keeping their job Student being asked to leave the district.
Mike

Rockford, MI

#10 Apr 29, 2008
I know I'll be flamed for this... but what does his OWI and arrest have to do with his teaching? Now... had he been arrested for CSC or child porn I'd completely understand - or even OWI with students or at school - but it was drunk driving! It's a terrible choice for sure. While I understand teachers must be held to a certain standard - I believe that they, like all others, are human and can make mistakes.
Mike

Rockford, MI

#11 Apr 29, 2008
Johnny wrote:
He should never be allowed to teach again. How can we trust someone who can't follow the rules of the road to teach our kids?
So by this argument, since the first responsibility for teaching lies with parents, anyone caught doing this should be sterilized and have their kids taken away?
Jonbob

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Apr 29, 2008
I agree with Mike. At first glance, I wish I could get put on paid leave for behaving badly like that, but in reality, this should have no impact on his teaching career. Well, unless he was drunk on school time, or drives bus.

So yes, it was stupid, he could have killed innocent people. He should probably go to jail for a long time. Until/unless he's convicted and physically unable to go to work though, I don't see why he shouldn't still be teaching.
Lunchbox

Delton, MI

#13 Apr 30, 2008
I'm frankly surprised to see that no one is really crucifying this guy - we teachers usually don't get off so lightly when we do anything wrong - including jaywalking.
mom of three

Marcellus, NY

#14 Apr 30, 2008
it has nothing to do with teaching and I am sure as parents we have all done something we are not proud of but it should not reflect on his teaching
bye-bye

Utica, MI

#15 Apr 30, 2008
I had a middle school science teacher who kept a pint of whiskey in his desk. If you think the DWI teacher should lose his job, what should have happened to Mr. DWT (drunk while teaching)...cut off his head?

“Information doesn't kill you.”

Since: Apr 08

Colorado Springs, CO

#16 Apr 30, 2008
Mike wrote:
I know I'll be flamed for this... but what does his OWI and arrest have to do with his teaching? Now... had he been arrested for CSC or child porn I'd completely understand - or even OWI with students or at school - but it was drunk driving! It's a terrible choice for sure. While I understand teachers must be held to a certain standard - I believe that they, like all others, are human and can make mistakes.
You shouldn't be, that was my first thought too. Virtually any other profession or job, and it would have been a tiny blurb with no picture.

“Information doesn't kill you.”

Since: Apr 08

Colorado Springs, CO

#17 Apr 30, 2008
However, if he is found guilty, he should go to jail, which would affect his ability to teach. If this is the case, then he probably should be let go at that time.

To Unknown: Both the students and the teachers get due process.
just human

Bradenton, FL

#18 Apr 30, 2008
This person just may be a great teacher. Just because he made a bad discision in his personal free time doesn't make him a bad person. Humans make mistakes. People will say because he's a teacher he's not alloud to make mistakes, but this is real life. And in the big picture we all do. We make bad discisions and then learn from them. It's called life.

Since: Apr 08

United States

#19 Apr 30, 2008
Everyone apply teaching job coming soon to comstockpark. First comefirst serve.
clymbn

Rockford, MI

#20 Apr 30, 2008
Yeah he made a bad decision which will and should affect his life,He should never be allowed to teach again. I might have felt different if he just got caught drinking and driving and stopped for police,but he did not . Obviously he thought he was above the law and tried to outrun them . I say no more teaching for him anywhere. Period.
Rick

Littleton, CO

#21 Apr 30, 2008
I went to high school with Jim. He was the quietest most straight laced kid you would ever meet. Not one to do something like this. My nephew had him as a teacher and thought he was great. My how times change.
SSDD

Baldwinsville, NY

#22 Apr 30, 2008
Mike wrote:
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So by this argument, since the first responsibility for teaching lies with parents, anyone caught doing this should be sterilized and have their kids taken away?
If it involves setting positive examples for children, then yes. We restrict them from access to booze, and then we get drunk and get behind the wheel to run them over on the streets. Could we be more hypocritical?

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