Principal will keep job until DWI cha...

Principal will keep job until DWI charges settled -

There are 278 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 26, 2007, titled Principal will keep job until DWI charges settled -. In it, Newsday reports that:

North Babylon High School's principal was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 -- nearly three times the legal limit -- the night he was arrested for drunken driving, court records show.

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students rights

Nutley, NJ

#287 Jan 30, 2008
If you preach zero tolerance, you should recieve zero tolerance. This man had hundreds of students searched without suspicion by security staff who thrust thier hands in each student's pockets. This is unconstitutional and illegal. He and his pompous policies are fading fast.
former student at SHSE

Brooklyn, NY

#288 Feb 2, 2008
Shevlins girlfriend wrote:
He lies and cheats on his wife also!
I was a former student of his at his first math teaching job when he was 26. He was one of the best. Now, many years later, I wonder what happened? I will be your only supporter
students rights

Nutley, NJ

#289 Feb 4, 2008
former student at SHSE wrote:
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I was a former student of his at his first math teaching job when he was 26. He was one of the best. Now, many years later, I wonder what happened? I will be your only supporter
Those who accept positions of power are often the least qualified to have them. The principle should see himself as a servant, not a ruler. Most teachers should stay teachers.
North Babylon

Watertown, CT

#290 Feb 28, 2008
I think Mr.Shevlin should come back he was a good principle.
everyone has problums.
NB student

Shirley, NY

#291 Apr 20, 2008
well now shevlin is math director.. i saw him the other day in school and he seems like hes doing well. im not sayin hes 100% better cause idk that for sure, but i do no that hes doing what hes suppose to do(job) and i respect the man for that.
i do hope hes better now and one day become prinicpal again cause we all miss his moto that hes says on the morning announcements.
Michael

Brooklyn, NY

#292 Apr 21, 2008
Call me crazy, but if you work with kids and get arrested, you should lose your job (in the same vein that public servants, once arrested, should as well.)

Be it teaching children, enforcing laws, even writing laws, if you break the law, you should have to find new employment.
Wake up NOW

Nutley, NJ

#293 Apr 29, 2008
Michael wrote:
Call me crazy, but if you work with kids and get arrested, you should lose your job (in the same vein that public servants, once arrested, should as well.)
Be it teaching children, enforcing laws, even writing laws, if you break the law, you should have to find new employment.
I understand he was reassigned to a far less stressful job for the same pay. Somebody has to stand up to these people. Yes, I agree, fire him. He is not entitled to ANYTHING. His current position, if it is even legit, could probably get filled for half of his pay. ZERO TOLERANCE - his own standard.
ebenezer scrooge

Passaic, NJ

#294 Apr 29, 2008
Sounds like a job for big al sharpton
bartender

Bronx, NY

#295 Dec 4, 2008
fwiw wrote:
Lots and lots of karma talk on these pages recently.
Don is drinking ,,,he is a constant fixture at the bars in ST.James Pleasant Inn,, especially,, Donnie boy
bartender

Bronx, NY

#296 Dec 4, 2008
Donnie boy,,, you go
smithtown east grad

Bronx, NY

#297 Dec 10, 2008
thinking out loud wrote:
Does anyone know if this is the same Mr.Shevlin that was a teacher in smithtown East in the 80's?
Yes... It is the same Mr. Shevlin
smithtown grad

Bronx, NY

#298 Jan 25, 2009
smithtown east grad wrote:
<quoted text> Yes... It is the same Mr. Shevlin
who is Sue Sciallaba
Paul Wimmer

Commack, NY

#299 Jan 27, 2009
thinking out loud wrote:
Does anyone know if this is the same Mr.Shevlin that was a teacher in smithtown East in the 80's?
YES IT IS CLEARLY THE SAME TEACHER AS SMITHTOWN EAST. HIS PICTURE WAS IN NEWSDAY AND I HAD HIM IN 1984. He was reasonable as a young teacher fresh out of college. He shared personal stories about his working at a supermarket. He caught me cheating and pulled me aside after class and didnt penalize me for it...Maybe the administrative transformation from teacher to principal made him more strict. I know almost all the facts in this case.. I think he should return to teaching and take himself off the administrative position, or start fresh in a new district. He should receive extensive counselling and perhaps apologize to any student he has been a little excessive in punishing. Its much more complex when you look at all the personal demons such as divorce and age brings on....
Paul Wimmer

Commack, NY

#300 Jan 27, 2009
This is the same Don Shevlin from Smithtown East. His picture in Newsday was clearly the same man. As a new teacher fresh out of college he was not mean or very strict. He caught me cheating on a quiz. He approached me after class and handled it without excessive penalty or paternalism.. He gave me a second chance. I dont think Mr. Shevlin should be fired, however, I do think he should resign from an administrative position such as principal.
There is nothing wrong with being a constant figure in bars. Bars are social outlets. Its what happens after you leave the bar which may become a problem. Divorce and other factors clearly have contributed to the downfall of this man. There must be a more rational approach and if its true he had a zero tolerance attitude he needs to apologize to any student he may have been too aggressive in penalizing. George W. Bush was arrested for driving while intoxicated and plead guilty to driving while impaired. Bush totalled his fathers pickup truck and was arrested two other times: disorderly conduct and pettit larceny.. So where does this end? It must be put into perspective and unless he is convicted of a felony or a crime against a minor why in the world would you want to destroy a man's career? Some of you are comparing apples to oranges about if Mr. Shevlin got you in trouble. True its a serious and dangerous crime he has been charged with, however, many great people have made similar, or worse mistakes... Take care all and may Don receive a chance to redeem himself.
shi4brains

United States

#301 Jan 27, 2009
Paul Wimmer wrote:
This is the same Don Shevlin from Smithtown East. His picture in Newsday was clearly the same man. As a new teacher fresh out of college he was not mean or very strict. He caught me cheating on a quiz. He approached me after class and handled it without excessive penalty or paternalism.. He gave me a second chance. I dont think Mr. Shevlin should be fired, however, I do think he should resign from an administrative position such as principal.
There is nothing wrong with being a constant figure in bars. Bars are social outlets. Its what happens after you leave the bar which may become a problem. Divorce and other factors clearly have contributed to the downfall of this man. There must be a more rational approach and if its true he had a zero tolerance attitude he needs to apologize to any student he may have been too aggressive in penalizing. George W. Bush was arrested for driving while intoxicated and plead guilty to driving while impaired. Bush totalled his fathers pickup truck and was arrested two other times: disorderly conduct and pettit larceny.. So where does this end? It must be put into perspective and unless he is convicted of a felony or a crime against a minor why in the world would you want to destroy a man's career? Some of you are comparing apples to oranges about if Mr. Shevlin got you in trouble. True its a serious and dangerous crime he has been charged with, however, many great people have made similar, or worse mistakes... Take care all and may Don receive a chance to redeem himself.
Excuses excuses excuses....bla blah blah Hang the SOB how many more people have to die b 4 we get the scum drunk drivers off the road. Make an example out of him.
shi4brains

United States

#302 Jan 27, 2009
Paul Wimmer wrote:
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YES IT IS CLEARLY THE SAME TEACHER AS SMITHTOWN EAST. HIS PICTURE WAS IN NEWSDAY AND I HAD HIM IN 1984. He was reasonable as a young teacher fresh out of college. He shared personal stories about his working at a supermarket. He caught me cheating and pulled me aside after class and didnt penalize me for it...Maybe the administrative transformation from teacher to principal made him more strict. I know almost all the facts in this case.. I think he should return to teaching and take himself off the administrative position, or start fresh in a new district. He should receive extensive counselling and perhaps apologize to any student he has been a little excessive in punishing. Its much more complex when you look at all the personal demons such as divorce and age brings on....
beware os the demons BEWAREEEEEEEEEEEE Jerk!
shi4brains

United States

#303 Jan 27, 2009
North Babylon wrote:
I think Mr.Shevlin should come back he was a good principle.
everyone has problums.
you need to stay in school so you can learn how to spell problems
nb resident

Bronx, NY

#304 Apr 6, 2009
setting the fact straight wrote:
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You have your FACTS all wrong, so don't print when you have not any clue.... never dated his wife as a student never taught his wife never had her in class if you must know. At least you were smart enough to use allegedly... Well the fact is the allegations are WRONG... so all if you are going to post here, make sure that you have your facts correctly. Including all the smithtown graduates that think they know what happened.
what about Sue.S Allegedly?? did you teach or coach her Donnie boy or did you just make her stay after school for a little detention

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