N. Babylon High School principal char...

N. Babylon High School principal charged with DWI -

There are 286 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 25, 2007, titled N. Babylon High School principal charged with DWI -. In it, Newsday reports that:

The principal of North Babylon High School has been arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to court records and the school district.

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Columbus, OH

#21 Oct 26, 2007
Perhaps he should take note of the annual crumpled car on the lawn of the HS from a DUI accident or pay attention during one of the MADD presentations we all had to sit through. As an alum (10 years out) I still remember those cars and how much of an impact they can really hit home to kids who think they're invincible. Perhaps it works for adults like this guy too.

While innocent until proven guity, he should step aside until proven and not allow this to become a black eye for the district and school.

Riverhead, NY

#22 Oct 26, 2007
North Babble On...says it all!
Been There Done That

Ronkonkoma, NY

#24 Oct 26, 2007
He must have gotten bagged at a Labor Day check point. Bummer! This will get beat down to a DWAI if he blew under a .15, depending on the judge of course.

Go light on the guy, a DWI/DWAI is easier to get than you'd think! You don't even have to feel drunk to be legally drunk.

I could give some numbers to support the above facts, only to have it be lost on 95% of the mentality of those who get their rocks off posting on this forum.
NB Alum

Binghamton, NY

#25 Oct 26, 2007
No, North Bab has drivers ed. And this is hysterical. Fire him.

United States

#27 Oct 26, 2007
I would like to know how much over the legal limit his was. It could be he had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner (I know he was stopped at 11:30 but some people eat late) and was barely over the limit.

There is nothing in this article that warrants firing or suspending the guy at this time.

Brooklyn, NY

#28 Oct 26, 2007
My 2 children, 1 grad, 1 senior have been telling me for years about the 'problem' the students all felt that their principal had - if the students saw it, where was the administration? This is an absolute disgrace...the school is constantly promoting not drinking at all, let alone drinking and driving...the DARE program should have rubbed off at SOME point on the administrators and educators in this district. How dare he show his face in that school- he has embarrassed his students and the district, and should be ashamed of himself. First a rapist, now a drunk driver..what's next for this high school?

United States

#29 Oct 26, 2007
Long Islander wrote:
<quoted text>How foolish of you to state this. How about using this same ridiculous theory for the surgeon about to cut out your gall bladder????? No brains in your head.
If they arrested him for being drunk at work then your analogy would make sense. But since he was off the clock there is no comparison to a drunken surgeon about to operate.
Proof of Karma

Ledgewood, NJ

#30 Oct 26, 2007
As a former NBHS Teacher, I couldn’t be less surprised than I am after reading this story. I can say with certainty that Don is a bad guy who has done a lot of bad things to good people. He cares for only himself and ‘What goes around, comes around’ Donny!
I can't remember a time that I have thought that someone’s misfortune/mistake was hilarious, but that’s how I feel right now.
To the people of North Bab, don’t consider this an embarrassment or a shame. If he gets relieved from the district, consider this event a blessing.
To quote the TV show Earl,“Do bad things, and bad things will happen to you”.
You’re a dirt bag Shevlin. I knew it would just be a matter of time before you proved it to everyone in district.

Salt Lake City, UT

#31 Oct 26, 2007
i don't mind the guy getting plasterd, he probably needed it, but i am sure he can afford a taxi to take him home

Raleigh, NC

#33 Oct 26, 2007

“**I Love My Life**”

Since: Sep 07

New York

#34 Oct 26, 2007
This guy was my principal almost 7 years ago. He was not too great, but who am I to judge. I just think its ironic that every year they put a smashed car on the front lawn when I live like 5 blocks from the highschool and see it all the time. He is not teaching his students much... Very bad example!

Medford, NY

#35 Oct 26, 2007
He's made a mistake. If he was a plumber or anything else it wouldn't be an issue. But only cause he's a principal it becomes news. Big deal.

I bet most of LI drivers have heave DWI at sometime, but were just lucky to have not gotten caught. Let's not hammer him for a one time screwup. Let him pay his fine and move on with his life.

Washington, DC

#36 Oct 26, 2007
I too worked there for Don. He has forced out more than his fair share of good people. His drinking problem is very evident, but I highly doubt Laria will get his nose out of a mafia movie (he has a sick obsession with mafia, just take one of his courses that he teaches and he will tell you all about it), long enough to fire a member of his good ole' boys club (Laria has one in every district he is the Super at).

Colnbrook, UK

#37 Oct 26, 2007
This school district really knows how to give itself a bad name. Two years ago the asst girls basketball coach was busted leading a huge cocaine ring, with millions of $$$ in his house, and the houses of others. And let's not forget the YOU-TUBE disaster, which showed 3 girls beating up on a younger girl, with the boys standing around laughing, and taping the incident.
Glen Cove Lady

Milford, CT

#38 Oct 26, 2007
If you can't keep your own act together, don't sign on to be in charge of hundreds of children.

Hope that helps!
Pathetically sad

United States

#40 Oct 26, 2007
DeniseWhite wrote:
He's made a mistake. If he was a plumber or anything else it wouldn't be an issue. But only cause he's a principal it becomes news. Big deal.
I bet most of LI drivers have heave DWI at sometime, but were just lucky to have not gotten caught. Let's not hammer him for a one time screwup. Let him pay his fine and move on with his life.
Are you kidding with this post? The fact is he was a principle of a high school, NOT a plumber. For that reason alone he should have been more careful. Anyone who doesnt see this as a big deal, is exactly the reason why this is a big deal......scary times.
Out of curiosity, why do you think its such a big deal when a presidential candidate is found out to have smoked pot? Some may think that smoking pot isnt a big deal.....HOWEVER, its still illegal, as his drinking and driving, and when you are in a position of power, and are breaking the law, you lose all credibility.
Hey he may be a great guy, but that doesnt change the fact that he is "teaching children" and set a bad example, and as a result he should not be in that position.
He is a role model

Ronkonkoma, NY

#41 Oct 26, 2007
LIer wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think any school has drivers ed anymore.
Plenty of schools on LI still have drivers education. This guy is still a role model. It's just that kids shouldn't model the role he played as drunk driver or they will model the role he plays as defendent. I've heard about this guy being drunk at school events. The district needs to make sure he goes to AA or something.
smart guy

Bayville, NY

#42 Oct 26, 2007
I think he should pay his fine or do his time but I don't think he should be fired. I think the district should use this to their advantage and require Don to give daily or weekly classes on drinking and driving, drug use or anything else that would BENEFIT the students. He made a mistake that 1000's of others have made. Let him be humbled by having to discuss his mistake with students for the next 5 years. It may have a positive effect on them and at the same time it would be a daily reminder for himself.

Brooklyn, NY

#43 Oct 26, 2007
What a role model to our children.

Is'nt that the second principal this month to get arrested.

I know on week nights I am sound asleep at 11:30. He must not be working hard enough to be our on the "prowl" at that hour

United States

#44 Oct 26, 2007
Excellent mentor for the student, I say promote him to the school's driver's education instructor.!!1

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