Student petition backs embattled Fishers principal

With six days of winter break to go, some Fishers High School students returned to school Wednesday to petition for the return of their principal, who is being investigated for failed sobriety tests in a recent ... Full Story
Traci Mosby

Port Richey, FL

#379 Jan 3, 2008
Joe Cagle wrote:
If you really think about it the kids are just proving why he shouldnt be there any longer. They are getting a petition together and at once saying they think his action were ok. If you ask me that is evadence that he is setting a bad example.
Joe,
With all due respect, that is NOT what the kids are saying. They all understand that drinking and driving is not only a poor choice, but illegal as well. They also understand and EXPECT consequences to be given and accepted. What they ARE saying is...let the legal matters be handled within a court of law. As far as this affecting his ability to oversee his staff and the direction of FHS...they would like him to continue as principal. Maybe we, as adults, can learn something from these kids. By the way, I know of a wonderful man who received a DUI, but did not lose his job or his position teaching religion to children. He is also a father of 5 very bright, functional children. Dr. Syverson deserves to keep his job.
jjj

Lexington, KY

#380 Jan 3, 2008
Madman wrote:
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I am not a child. I do not support Syverson. I am saying, the Pres. had a dui. Only thing is back then MADD wasn't around and the citizenry hadn't gotten around to telling us how to run our lives in every way back then. Lots of guys were given rides home back then. NOW because someone released the tape of the Principal getting pulled over, he will get rich off of that. My point on the Pres. is, he was elected Gov., and President after a DUI. Why should this Ryerson guy be raked over the coals like a killer when he didn't kill anyone. More sober people die in car accidents than drunk driver related crashes. Know why??? thought so.
Well, you're kind of making the point that getting a DUI doesn't necessarily ruin someone for life since we know of at least one person who later became a govenor and then president.

Every job I have applied for since graduating college has required I consent to a credit report being ran, a drug test and criminal background test. That has been going on for over 20 years. I've always been required to sign a code of conduct agreement. If something had come up on any of those that the prospective employer didn't like, I would not have been hired and I'm fairly certain had something come up after they hired me, they would have fired me. And, I'm not even in charge of the welfare of chilren 8 hours a day, nor is my salary paid by taxpayers.
Ronald

Indianapolis, IN

#381 Jan 3, 2008
P-Indy wrote:
<quoted text>
Personally, I am not a fan of unwed pregnancy but it is not illegal in this state and I don't think that very many single mothers have taken the lives of innocent people. The principal should certainly lose his job. Second chances are very important, but these young people need to understand the difference between mistakes and poor decisions. There is a difference. One may earn you a second chance. The other may ruin your life.
Most of our societies biggest problems trace directly to single mothers raising kids! How can we stand by and allow unmarried pregnant women to continue to influence our kids this is OK anymore than we can allow people to drink and drive?
LostDadtoDrunkDr iver

Indianapolis, IN

#382 Jan 3, 2008
Several years ago I lost my Dad to a drunk driver. THe pain never goes away. The person who thought they could drive while intoxicated showed no remorse for his actions. He is now in jail serving a 13 year prison term.

Based upon what I have read and what I saw, I am glad my children are not under his guidance every day. He showed such poor judgement without regard to anyone but himself. For a mere $30 he could have called a cab and went to get his car the next morning like my wife and I did on New Year's.

Is it worth the possiblity of killing someone or severely hurting someone.

He should accept a reassignment somewhere within the school system, resign or be let go..

What the students want is of no consequence...
Fishers Resident

Indianapolis, IN

#383 Jan 3, 2008
This is an absolute joke that we as a community would even think it is acceptable to allow either of these people to get off with out being FIRED. These two individuals are a joke to this community. What if this chump of a principal would have killed my 16 year old who was out that night? I hope if I am pulled over for doing 42 in a 35 I am let go with nothing but "have a nice day!"

What does this say about the kind of decisions this principal would make while in school. He has already demonstrated he is not smarter than a 5th grader.

FIRE THEM BOTH!!!!
FHS Parent

Lockport, KY

#384 Jan 3, 2008
Just because I and others feel Dr. Syverson should no longer serve as principal of Fishers High School, does not mean we are not compassionate or forgiving. I could easily forgive him and I feel terribly sorry for him and his family...but I feel more strongly that he can no longer be an effective and respected leader/principal at my son's high school because of his unlawful actions and bad choices. If he were truly a man of great character, he would have resigned immediately, sparing our community and school corporation the ongoing controversy and negative publicity that we have been faced with over the last 5-7 days. The fact that he has not resigned, leads me to believe that he is self-serving and thinking only of himself and not about what is best for our students, community and school corporation.
Mike

Lafayette, IN

#385 Jan 3, 2008
fhsmom wrote:
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I'd bet the majority of the haters here exceeded the speed limit today. While it's well known that excess speed is cited frequently in accidents/fatalities and is illegal, the haters will want to ignore this point. They should all be pulled over, hauled off to jail, and then fired from their jobs.
Are you this guy's wife. What ridiculous statements.

Either get out of his pants or go get an education.

Sppeding cannot even be compared to driving under the influence!

By the way, this is not about hating the guy. This is about his being in a position of authority, a position where he can influence our kids, a position where he sets guidelines and rules (even if he is not the enforcer necessarily), in addition to that he might have killed one of our kids.

Can you comprehend this?
Fishers MOM

Saint Louis, MO

#387 Jan 3, 2008
Students have no idea what damages could of been caused to people's lives that night, the same way they don't really have the ability to reason with a whole lot at this age yet. They don't truly understand the consequences of particular actions yet. Bottom line, he broke the law, Fishers police have put good parents in jail in front of their kids because of "failure to appears" over a traffic ticket unpaid. They arrested my sister in front of two little kids just to be jerks the day before Christmas, and this drunken man gets off! Kids, that's sweet of you, but the man should be fired. NO QUESTIONS ASKED OR NO DEBATE ABOUT IT!
JDg

Newark, OH

#388 Jan 3, 2008
He did violate the law by driving under the influence but my question is about the school board review the case. I have not followed this real close but did hear he was stopped after leaving a Christmas party sponsored by the school board. If this is true I think they have opened themselves up for potential problems.
Traci Mosby

Port Richey, FL

#389 Jan 3, 2008
Denise wrote:
<quoted text> Just because he didn't kill or mangled someone doesn't matter, the point is, he could have and what would you be saying then. I bet you wouldn't be signing a petition for him then, would you. He deserves to get punished just like everyone else who drinks and drives.
Denise, Had he killed or mangled, we all know he would have been arrested...however, now that charges have been filed, he will be facing the consequences. So, on to the next issue...Can he continue in his present school position? I believe he can and should. Given the arguement that anyone charged with a DUI should lose their job, then we would have quite a few Fishers housewife's with nowhere to go and nothing to do.

“God Bless America”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#390 Jan 3, 2008
How many of you people who are against the Principal have stopped for a quick drink after work on Friday? But for the grace of God you and I.

I imagine the Broad Ripple and the Castleton area watering holes are quite busy and some of you are probably there.
ya dont say

Fishers, IN

#391 Jan 3, 2008
Fishers HS Parent of 3 wrote:
Syverson should keep his job. It is very sad that he has been endlessly humiliated and degraded for the last week on television and in the newspaper. I am disappointed that the prosecutor allowed the publicity to make them over rule the original decision. You wonder why the police officer made the original decision not to arrest him? What has happened this last week is the exact reason- complete overdevelopment of an incident. You would think that he had killed someone or had multiple arrests. I truly believe that Syverson would have learned from his “second chance”.
Funny stuff!!!
poster

United States

#392 Jan 3, 2008
Gordo wrote:
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This is not about somebody getting a DUI. This issue is about a person that used his influence to get out of trouble by representing himself as the principal during a DUI traffic stop. Once he that, he took this from a private situation to a public issue.
If he were not arrogant and pulled rank on the officer, I would have no problem writing this off as a bad decision and a "teachable" moment.
Amen to this post! The significance of this particular situation is not so much about a man's being drunk and driving as it is about his 'calling in favors' and misusing his 'position' to receive special treatment.

This illustrates poor character which is far worse, in my book, than poor judgement.

Many folks have used poor judgement and have driven on the roads when drunk; however, most of these same folks 'fess up' and take their punishment like 'real men'. They don't attempt to intimidate or bully the officer by 'going over his head'. Syverson has poor character and behaved like an entitled immature college fraternity boy in the police video. This is extremely bothersome to me.
Justice

Indianapolis, IN

#393 Jan 3, 2008
I want to see a student petition calling for his immediate removal.

Where is it?

Let's have the decent students step up, not the enablers and supporters of drunken trash.

And that is exactly what he is, drunken trash. Putting other peoples lives at risk because of his selfish desire to drive drunk.

Pure trash.
BigPaPa

San Francisco, CA

#394 Jan 3, 2008
I do not have a lot of confidence in Sonia Leercamp doing what's right, either.
jjj

Lexington, KY

#395 Jan 3, 2008
Traci Mosby wrote:
<quoted text>Joe,
With all due respect, that is NOT what the kids are saying. They all understand that drinking and driving is not only a poor choice, but illegal as well. They also understand and EXPECT consequences to be given and accepted. What they ARE saying is...let the legal matters be handled within a court of law. As far as this affecting his ability to oversee his staff and the direction of FHS...they would like him to continue as principal. Maybe we, as adults, can learn something from these kids. By the way, I know of a wonderful man who received a DUI, but did not lose his job or his position teaching religion to children. He is also a father of 5 very bright, functional children. Dr. Syverson deserves to keep his job.
This isn't just about the driving while intoxicated, as bad as that is. While it is true that we usually wouldn't have seen the video on any other stop, the fact is that it, and his behavior, is out there for all to see. He not only has damaged his own credibilty in his principal position, he drug other officials in to this as well. This is just not the person I want in a leadership position over my kids while they're in school. There are plenty of better candidates for that position. FHS needs to find one.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#396 Jan 3, 2008
The keep hearing give him a "second chance" a second chance at driving drunk!! Was he ever drunk before? Is the the first time he was "caught" drunk? He may have already used up his "second chance"!!
Keep the streets safe and take away the license of ALL drunk drivers! Don't allow drunk drivers a second chance to kill someone!
ya dont say

Fishers, IN

#397 Jan 3, 2008
Traci Mosby wrote:
<quoted text>Joe,
With all due respect, that is NOT what the kids are saying. They all understand that drinking and driving is not only a poor choice, but illegal as well. They also understand and EXPECT consequences to be given and accepted. What they ARE saying is...let the legal matters be handled within a court of law. As far as this affecting his ability to oversee his staff and the direction of FHS...they would like him to continue as principal. Maybe we, as adults, can learn something from these kids. By the way, I know of a wonderful man who received a DUI, but did not lose his job or his position teaching religion to children. He is also a father of 5 very bright, functional children. Dr. Syverson deserves to keep his job.
But how can he effectively guide the student body to make acceptable choices related to drug, tobacco, and alcohol use when he, himself, is an abuser?
Homer

Anderson, IN

#398 Jan 3, 2008
Traci Mosby wrote:
<quoted text>Joe,
With all due respect, that is NOT what the kids are saying. They all understand that drinking and driving is not only a poor choice, but illegal as well. They also understand and EXPECT consequences to be given and accepted. What they ARE saying is...let the legal matters be handled within a court of law. As far as this affecting his ability to oversee his staff and the direction of FHS...they would like him to continue as principal. Maybe we, as adults, can learn something from these kids. By the way, I know of a wonderful man who received a DUI, but did not lose his job or his position teaching religion to children. He is also a father of 5 very bright, functional children. Dr. Syverson deserves to keep his job.
Does anyone really expect that if he goes back to FHS as the Principal that he will receive any respect from the students or the faculty? He will be a punchline. Whether or not he is removed by the School Board, he needs to resign. He needs to move on to work on his life. FHS and the community can also move on without the division that would be caused by his prescence.
BAS

Avon, IN

#399 Jan 3, 2008
Denise wrote:
<quoted text> You better not dare compare Martin Luther King to this idiot. Extramarital affairs is nothing equal to drinking and driving, which could have killed someone. Also, just because someone works for KFC doesn't mean they have been to jail. You, like your comments are stupid
Well, you see, Denise. I already did make the comparison. Was I saying this guy was like MLK, no. Just merely placing a little constructive perspective in the mix. You're quite right, too Denise. It is not a prerequisite for KFC's hiring practice to only include those who have been in jail or prison. You are a sharp one, dear. Thank you for providing us with your radiant brilliance. Let me just say too that adultry can kill. It is the leading cause of spousal murder and it can also be responsible for introducing, unknowingly, terminal disease to married partners. You, Denise, like your comments, are a whoreiiiible person.

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