Academy fires teacher after breast-milk incident | The Columbus Dispatch

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Stephanie Robinette of Westerville sprayed deputy sheriffs with breast milk. Less than a week after spraying deputy sheriffs with breast milk while resisting arrest, an elementary-school teacher has been fired from her job.
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Fairunbalanced

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This is worth repeating:

In the form used to report misconduct to the state, school officials wrote, "Because of the bizarre nature of the crimes, news of Ms. Robinette's actions quickly spread via the Internet."

The school attached printouts from several news outlets, including a Canadian news site, the Times of India and a Los Angeles television station.

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So much for due process, nowadays the internet sits in the jury box too.

To the complaining teacher who didn't get hired, I'll refrain from putting any more salt in your wound.
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#23
Jul 2, 2011
 
The headline says "Acadeny" -- I was wondering if she was emnployed at Columbus Academy.
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#24
Jul 2, 2011
 
Well looks like she has to start spraying her internet camera to make money.
dispatch so republican

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well under kasich you can have a gun in a bar but don't shot breast milk
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Like you, I am not a drinker but I don't understand why you're being so judgemental on teachers and admins who do drink. As long as they are not breaking the law and the alcohol is not causing a problem in the classroom/school, what is the problem with adults drinking? I agree that teachers should be held to high standards but they're still entitled to some freedom.
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I have taught in both charter schools and school districts and there are a lot of teachers and administrators who drink more than they should and do questionable things on weekends. Many even have it posted on their facebook accounts. This poor woman just happened to get caught. I do not drink and and when I was an Early Childhood Education major at OSU, I could not believe how my classmates in the education program drank and partied on weekends but they got away with it. We really don't know what actually happened to make this woman act this way. Her husband should have been looking out for her.
And no one wants to work in a charter school. I worked in one for a while because I had not yet been able to find a job in a school system. So yes it is true that charter school teachers are the ones that the school districts did not want. Working in a charter school can drive you to drink. Low pay and terriable working conditions. I have no idea why anyone would send their child to one.
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The authorities should have posted a picture of the offending weapon so the public would know to be on the lookout.
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Jul 2, 2011
 
Kim wrote:
The authorities should have posted a picture of the offending weapon so the public would know to be on the lookout.
Thirteen year old boys would have been locked in the bathroom for hours all over the state. "TIMMY! ARE YOU IN THERE READING THE NEWSPAPER AGAIN?"
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What does spraying breast milk have to do with her being a quality educator? 2 different issues, her weekend actions and her teaching qualities. Why be penalized by being fired for something unrelated to her teaching abilities.
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kwg wrote:
Wow. Last fall, I was brought in to Hilliard Board of Ed office to be hired in as a short-term substitute teacher. I am licensed to do this job, short and long-term, and I have a Masters in Ed from Ohio State University. Gee. If this is the kind of substitute teacher that Hilliard hired because Hilliard Schools told me that people like this with degrees from Ashland U. are more qualified than I am to teach as a substitute in their schools district; then it really scares me now who is here teaching our kids and I am paying for their salaries from my school district property taxes. I am sorry this woman has some kind of problems right now but she has no business teaching anyone's kids if this is how she behaves in public and shows disrespect for our law enforcement officers. Hope she gets the help she needs medical, legal and whatever else it is she needs to straighten her problem out. But no way should she ever step back in the classroom working with other people's children.
Honestly, if this woman by virtue of some sort of different licensure is better qualified to teach than I am with years of experience and a clean record, then I think I am happy they didn't hire me in. I would never want to be a Hilliard substitute if this is the kind of people they are hiring....I am sure it was AGE DISCRIMINATION in my case.
Nice. Throw her under the bus to promote yourself. It's alright to note she has problems and obviously needs help. But you could have done it without the personal note.

Not sure I want my kids learning those kinds of values, either.
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kwg wrote:
Wow. Last fall, I was brought in to Hilliard Board of Ed office to be hired in as a short-term substitute teacher. I am licensed to do this job, short and long-term, and I have a Masters in Ed from Ohio State University. Gee. If this is the kind of substitute teacher that Hilliard hired because Hilliard Schools told me that people like this with degrees from Ashland U. are more qualified than I am to teach as a substitute in their schools district; then it really scares me now who is here teaching our kids and I am paying for their salaries from my school district property taxes. I am sorry this woman has some kind of problems right now but she has no business teaching anyone's kids if this is how she behaves in public and shows disrespect for our law enforcement officers. Hope she gets the help she needs medical, legal and whatever else it is she needs to straighten her problem out. But no way should she ever step back in the classroom working with other people's children.
Honestly, if this woman by virtue of some sort of different licensure is better qualified to teach than I am with years of experience and a clean record, then I think I am happy they didn't hire me in. I would never want to be a Hilliard substitute if this is the kind of people they are hiring....I am sure it was AGE DISCRIMINATION in my case.
Try not to be too "wowed" -- Hilliard, UA, and Ashland all have amazing educational programs.

But it's like when The Dispatch reports that a kid who robs a store on a Saturday says, "Columbus City School Student robs store!" -- I mean, what does attending Cols City Schools have to do with a kid who robs a store on a Saturday? But the Dispatch loves to frame a story to make it sound like CCS is endorsing this. You've been duped into making the same guilt by association.

I would expect better critical thinking skills from a someone who wants to be taken seriously as a teacher.
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Jul 2, 2011
 
The deputies should be charged with resisting a breast!
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#33
Jul 2, 2011
 
She could use those guns in a schools free milk program. She made a mistake. Honey you got your 15 now dump hubby and become a stripper
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Hard Timez wrote:
What does spraying breast milk have to do with her being a quality educator? 2 different issues, her weekend actions and her teaching qualities. Why be penalized by being fired for something unrelated to her teaching abilities.
Perhaps because it indicates poor judgment on her part, something an employer might want to consider when hiring an individual.
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Perhaps because it indicates poor judgment on her part, something an employer might want to consider when hiring an individual.
Maybe they'd want to wait until after the trial before making a determination...
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#36
Jul 3, 2011
 
with a swift, effective roundhouse kick, chuck norris would've put the milk back in her body and sobered her up.
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Columbus wrote:
I have taught in both charter schools and school districts and there are a lot of teachers and administrators who drink more than they should and do questionable things on weekends. Many even have it posted on their facebook accounts. This poor woman just happened to get caught. I do not drink and and when I was an Early Childhood Education major at OSU, I could not believe how my classmates in the education program drank and partied on weekends but they got away with it. We really don't know what actually happened to make this woman act this way. Her husband should have been looking out for her.
And no one wants to work in a charter school. I worked in one for a while because I had not yet been able to find a job in a school system. So yes it is true that charter school teachers are the ones that the school districts did not want. Working in a charter school can drive you to drink. Low pay and terriable working conditions. I have no idea why anyone would send their child to one.
The reason I send my daughter to Summit Academy is because she has Autism and there is no other school in the Columbus Metro Area that could or would do the job needed for her to be able to learn. Summit has brought her back up to grade level is all areas. If the public schools gave a fig for our disabled kids we wouldn't need 20+ Summit Academy schools among others in the state of Ohio.
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Jul 3, 2011
 
Ya have to wonder how long this will be news.
Get real

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Jul 6, 2011
 
[QUOTE who="Columbus"
And no one wants to work in a charter school. I worked in one for a while because I had not yet been able to find a job in a school system. So yes it is true that charter school teachers are the ones that the school districts did not want. Working in a charter school can drive you to drink. Low pay and terriable working conditions. I have no idea why anyone would send their child to one.[/QUOTE]

Don't impose your issues on others. There are many GREAT teachers at Summit. How do I know? because I happen to be involved with the school. You are correct on one point, the teachers aren't there because of the pay (they don't get paid enough)- most are there because they want to help the kids. Why would someone send there child to a charter school? Because the Public school isn't able to provide the individual teaching styles each child gets at Summit.
Give her a break

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#42
Jul 27, 2011
 
This poor woman had a few drinks at a wedding and had a fight with her husband. She probably had very full breasts (having been at the wedding & not feeding her baby or expressing) and could well have therefore been in pain. She probably didn't mean to spray the deputies - that just happens sometimes when a mother needs to feed the baby - in fact I've never heard of a woman being able to "fire" her milk on command! So what a big fuss about nothing.
Personally I'm shocked that the school fired her - she hadn't really done anything wrong. If our society was more educated on the realities of breastfeeding then more people would know this.
Isn't it legal for her to have a few drinks? And she was responsible enough to have expressed milk for the baby to drink that night, wasn't she? So - is she a monster that shouldn't be teaching children? NO. She's in fact trying to be a good mother. Such a shame the police and the press have persecuted her and now she's lost her job.

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