Principal to resign following DWI arr...

Principal to resign following DWI arrest -

There are 108 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 15, 2007, titled Principal to resign following DWI arrest -. In it, Newsday reports that:

The North Babylon school board is expected to accept the resignation of high school principal Donald G. Shevlin, who was charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level three times over the legal limit in ...

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karl karlson

Hollis, NY

#25 Nov 16, 2007
Just saw the other article about this. He gets to keep his ENTIRE $123k salary. At that point, he has suffered no losses beyond basic embarrassment. Therefore there were no consequences for his actions.
fan of public schools


#26 Nov 16, 2007
poconoweeze wrote:
Another a hole in charge of education. No wonder the kids are screwy. Take your kids out of school and home school. Let the public schools fall into oblivion where they belong. Teachers molesting their students blah, blah, blah. We'll all save a lot of tax money. We are paying for fabulous educations that ain't happening people.
maybe in pennsylvania your public education is horrible....what are your qualifications for home education?
Gerry Knight

Newburgh, NY

#27 Nov 16, 2007
Everybody drinks and drives. He just got caught. He was not drunk at school. Give the man a break.

Brooklyn, NY

#28 Nov 16, 2007
In a broader sense this is an example of what's wrong with ALL the school systems on Long Island. The administrators and teachers are in business to reward themselves in every way possible.
They are incapable of fiscal restraint or peer oversight.
The only answer is to trow away the whole outdated system and build a new one, consolidate all the districts into one COUNTY district with accountability to taxpayers.

United States

#29 Nov 16, 2007

They've re-created a position that was eliminated so this boozehound can still collect a paycheck. This is why I have no respect for the educators of Long Island.

United States

#30 Nov 16, 2007
Gerry Knight wrote:
Everybody drinks and drives. He just got caught. He was not drunk at school. Give the man a break.
Your statement is not only frightening it's an indication that you are an advocate for dirnking and driving - God help us all when you're behind the wheel.
Donald Shevlin


#31 Nov 16, 2007
Thank you everyone.Being the math director makes it less stressful and much easier for me too continue my binge drinking.I just can not express to my colleages and students how being principal interferred with my consumption of alcohol which is my first and most important priority.Thank you again for granting me this second chance and its my promise to you that i will not disappoint you by being napped again.Sincerely,Donald Shevlin (-:math director :-)
Donald Shevlin


#32 Nov 16, 2007
OH MY sorry folks i mean't nabbed again.I drank a bit over my limit on that one but i am not behind the wheel driving, im only behind my computer desk trying to convey my sincere thanks to my supporters.GOD BLESS YOU ALL and yes i must go now im kind of thirsty if you know what i mean.

Bronx, NY

#33 Nov 16, 2007
Let's see, now. His old position was eliminated years ago. He resigned from his position as principal. So instead of showing him the door, they resurrect his old job and put him back in business. Am I stupid for not understanding the rationale for this?

Bronx, NY

#34 Nov 16, 2007
EnoughsEnough wrote:
Everyone needs to calm down and remember the Bible quote about "casting the first stone..."
This individual, unknown personally to most of us, and heretofore a role model and authority figure, has already been humiliated and embarassed, by at best a very poor error in judgement he has made, or perhaps suffers from an all too common illness, alcohol abuse, which is prevalent in all segments of society. Perhaps some of you have even had a family member or friend with such affliction.
No, he doesn't deserve praise,or medals for driving drunk, and yes he should have NOT been driving, but for years he's probably worked hard obtaining an education, and serving the famililies of the community in progressively responsible positions within the school.
He has been disgraced by this event, suffered financial loss, and reduced to a job, that yes, was recreated for him, but perhaps should not have been eliminated in the first place.
We don't know him, and fortunately did not encounter him while driving on the road, but we must, or should be willing to admit that he could have been anyone of us or a relative, neighbor or friend. And, it it were, how would we wish to have this matter treated, and what does justice and fairness dictate?
Let's take a deep breath and let's stop attacking him.
Is THIS the kind of moral beacon you want your kids to follow? Oh, and please point out for all us stupid people just what financial loss he suffered.

Brooklyn, NY

#35 Nov 16, 2007
inquiring mind wrote:
Where was MADD? Not one word!
I think they did not respond because Don Shevlin belongs to DDAM...Drunk Drivers Against Mothers

Massapequa, NY

#36 Nov 16, 2007
Just wondering what line item in last year's budget that was approved by the district for this year's spending is paying for this 123K. That's some discretionary fund!

New York, NY

#37 Nov 16, 2007
Back in 1998 my car was hit by a teacher from the North Babylon School District. The young man was drunk and twice over the legal limit ( at 4:00 clock in the afternoon ) and as far as I know never suffered any professional
damages at the hands of the district. I thank God everyday that he hit my car because had he kept going he would have driven into a block party with many young children playing in the street.I believe he is still teaching at one of the elementary schools. I guess certain policies have changed and things have become more strict.

Centereach, NY

#38 Nov 16, 2007
HUH wrote:
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I think they did not respond because Don Shevlin belongs to DDAM...Drunk Drivers Against Mothers
MADD probably didn't respond because they didn't see and donations coming their way on this one. Follow the money. If Long Islanders think their donations to MADD are used on Long Island, IT DOESN'T. Most of it goes to "corporate" headquarters.

New York, NY

#39 Nov 16, 2007
Actually if Shevlin stays at the same salary and keeps all his benefits
things really have not gotten that strict. I take back that last part.

New York, NY

#40 Nov 16, 2007
Math Imitates Life wrote:
I can see him teaching math. Here is a question on a math quiz:
I am arresting for driving while intoxicated and my blood level is .23. The legal limit is .8 Is it closer to:
A) 2 times the legal limit
B) 3 times the legal limit
C) My retirement
You have a great sense of humor!

Shoreham, NY

#41 Nov 16, 2007
Will the school district provide Shevlin with a tax-payer paid car and driver to shuttle him back and forth from his home to school?

“"Do Right Be Right"”

Since: Nov 07

Rockford Michigan

#42 Nov 16, 2007
LIer wrote:
Let's see, now. His old position was eliminated years ago. He resigned from his position as principal. So instead of showing him the door, they resurrect his old job and put him back in business. Am I stupid for not understanding the rationale for this?
Why would anyone be surprised?... We did after all elect Bush and Cheney, and we knew in advance that they had been drunk drivers. Was it 3 or 5 I dont recall...?

Things that make you go hmmmm.....

Virginia Beach, VA

#43 Nov 16, 2007
So instead of throwing this guy out on his a$$, he gets to stay on, at his current salary no doubt, as the district's math director?

Nice going, Long Island. Aren't you glad your astronomical school taxes are being put to such good use?


#44 Nov 16, 2007
Sooooooooooooooooooooo, good old Dapper Donny got caught with his pants down. Whatever happened to "practice what you preach"!!!
I had dealings with him personally.....he asked me how to handle the problem that was happening in his school with his staff. Nice!!
He hires former students, based on how well their mom does in the sack!
He sleeps with students mothers! He drinks and drives! He is certainly suffering from some serious issues.
Don't throw stones, Donny Boy!
Don't spit-up...eventually it comes back down and hits you in the face.
Speaking of face..........QUITE A MUGSHOT!!!!! One you can be proud of. I think every parent who has a student in NBHS...and in the NB district should make sure you never work in the district again. You should not get paid mega tax dollars to be driving around with your head up your butt! You may as well have been blind folded. Thank the good Lord that you didn't kill anyone. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Fesss up Donny, be a man for a change and get out of the district!

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