Kecoughtan High teacher resigns after...

Kecoughtan High teacher resigns after drug charges

There are 85 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 2, 2007, titled Kecoughtan High teacher resigns after drug charges. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Cary Forrest, a U.S. history teacher who had been the boys basketball coach at Kecoughtan High School since 2002, was served a summons and charged with possession of marijuana and alcohol on school grounds ...

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pasquina

Hampton, VA

#1 Nov 2, 2007
6 seeds! You've got to be kidding!!!!!
Independent

Portsmouth, VA

#3 Nov 2, 2007
I don't know if it happens in the private schools or not but I can tell you this much - if it does happen, the private schools deal with it very swiftly...out the door you go! This kind of story along with the other this week about the "pen attacks" and so on don't do much to foster confidence in Hampton public schools. It's not always the school's fault. Who knows what people do in their private life? It is a sad commentary that so many adults are lowlifes.
Tired Of Ghettos

United States

#4 Nov 2, 2007
pasquina wrote:
6 seeds! You've got to be kidding!!!!!
Do you have seeds? He is a teacher. What don't you understand? If it is so little of a deal, why did he resign?
Frank Sinatra

Mesquite, TX

#5 Nov 2, 2007
Lets be honest the Hampton / NN school system are the worst in the Virginia area only second to Norfolk, No reflection on the teachers most are great but the student body is most cases are thugs from uncarung homes that have no role models to look up to or parents who care.

“THAT'S RIGHT, I SAID IT!”

Since: Sep 07

Quahog, Rhode Island

#6 Nov 2, 2007
Chances are better than good that those six seeds were planted in his car. You know, crooked cops are everywhere, not just the boondocks.
ABC

Yorktown, VA

#7 Nov 2, 2007
I attended Hampton City Schools and graduated from Kecoughtan. I have three children and moved to York County to allow them to attend better schools. Drugs are everywhere though, even here. Sad part is that the teacher/role model was the one caught.
resigned

Portsmouth, VA

#8 Nov 2, 2007
What people fail to understand is that MOST people who resign were given the option to resign or be fired. If you resign, you can go somewhere else to teach.
lexmark

Hampton, VA

#9 Nov 2, 2007
ABC wrote:
I attended Hampton City Schools and graduated from Kecoughtan. I have three children and moved to York County to allow them to attend better schools. Drugs are everywhere though, even here. Sad part is that the teacher/role model was the one caught.
Dont fool yourself. I personnally know a York County police officer and York School are not better than NN or Hampton. If fact, in some ways they are worse. Open your eyes!
East Ender

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Nov 2, 2007
Frank Sinatra wrote:
Lets be honest the Hampton / NN school system are the worst in the Virginia area only second to Norfolk, No reflection on the teachers most are great but the student body is most cases are thugs from uncarung homes that have no role models to look up to or parents who care.
How can a system be in such a state of disrepair and it not be a reflection on the Teachers?

Nationally they called the entire region a Dropout Factory.

More than 60% of the kids in School in Hampton Roads drop out.

Sorry that is more than a problem at home.

I am very greatful my kids did not have to attend the public school system here. All of the Systems are small and very manageable systems.
East Ender

Virginia Beach, VA

#11 Nov 2, 2007
Independent wrote:
I don't know if it happens in the private schools or not but I can tell you this much - if it does happen, the private schools deal with it very swiftly...out the door you go! This kind of story along with the other this week about the "pen attacks" and so on don't do much to foster confidence in Hampton public schools. It's not always the school's fault. Who knows what people do in their private life? It is a sad commentary that so many adults are lowlifes.
It was obvious that the Kid that committed the pen attack was mentally disturbed. It's just that reason I removed my Kids from Public Facilities and riding on those school buses. Hell if you are going to lump my kids in with children with emotional and mental development problems. I just did not see that being a progressive experience for my Children.

If you as a parent are responsible for giving and providing the best opportunity for success to your children, how can the public system provide that in this region?
Waiting

Williamsburg, VA

#12 Nov 2, 2007
I am a parent of a child in the Poquoson School system and believe me - the kids are just as bad here as anywhere else. I've found it mostly to be the parents fault, as they haven't taught their children how to act and behave in public. It's normal to them to pick a fight with someone and then call the police to have the person arrested for assault when they started it. It's normal to them to call a house and cuss a parent out because the person they are calling isn't home or doesn't want to talk on the phone. I dont' answer my house phone anymore, it's useless.

The teachers do the best they can with what they have to work with. Take a stroll any day thru any of the local public schools during class changes and you will hear some of the worst language out of kids and also see kids intimidating other kids into fights. It is just unbelievable. I can't wait for school to get out.
Dennis S

Glen Allen, VA

#13 Nov 2, 2007
Savage, inconsiderate, classless adults produce the same kind of offspring. They schools establish "zero tolerance" policies to relieve then from making judgments on bad behavior. That means that the honor student who is taunted until he takes a stand for himself, and then jumped and beaten, will be suspended just as quick as the evil vermin that planned the encounter. I wish schools did not have to deal with so much trouble from semi-civilized kids. In my day, being suspended or expelled was cause for shame, now it is a badge of courage.
R C B

Hampton, VA

#14 Nov 2, 2007
And we wonder why kids just do as they please , because we allow this type of person to teach our children. He should have been fired and Not allowed to resign, just like the band director at Hampton Mr Smart, should have been fired but NO they would rather have children taught it is OK to go against the police and just do what you like. What a great school system and I wonder what happened to the superintendent on these two issues ???? and the shame of it all is parents allow these peole to continue to teach. But then they the kids will do what they see at home too.
LegalEagle

Ocala, FL

#15 Nov 2, 2007
6 pot seeds and a couple of unopened beer? I smell a lawsuit.

Since: Oct 07

Williamsburg, Va

#16 Nov 2, 2007
The Social Service system is REALLY what makes it this way. The parents can't even punish the kids in fear they will go to jail. The school can't punish the kids becuase the parents and the social services will climb up their butt. So if the Socials services would get REAL things would be ok. If you do anything other than put your child on time out there is a threat you will go to jail. It's horrable. What is worse the kids get a spanking or grow up and kill other people... I'M NOT SURE LETS SAY... KILL SOMEONE.
When the children fell threatened they do things to the teachers. This COULD be one of these events. I would have to assume the teachers are drug tested a few seeds is nothing they could easily be planted. Having UNopened beer in your car is not crime.
Right Again

Chesapeake, VA

#17 Nov 2, 2007
Hptgirl wrote:
Stuff like this doesn't happen in private schools
Just another reason to NOT use the public school system in VA! Look who's teaching our children! What a joke!
fleur

Norfolk, VA

#18 Nov 2, 2007
GREAT GUY, HUH?
OUR POOR KIDS........
NO FATHER AT HOME AND THE TEACHER IS A POTHEAD.
Voice of Reason

Norfolk, VA

#19 Nov 2, 2007
Okay all of you soccer moms and ballet dads...try this. You go to the store before picking your kid up at school. You buy a bottle of wine to have in the cabinet along with your need of capri suns and pop tarts. A police officer walks by youyr car and sees that bottle of wine...guess what? You are guilty of alcohol possession on school property: one of the same charges this teacher has been given. Sound fair? Nope, but you are guilty of the same offense under the same exact statute. Bet you would be up in arms over the enforcement of a wrong law. Where are you now?

Let us now address six seeds. Are six seeds worth dragging someone's reputation through the ringer over? How many of us here are so perfect that something like this could not have happened? Anyone gone to work hungover? Guilty. Anyone gotten behind the wheel of a car after a few? Guilty. Anyone cheated on theior taxes? Guilty.

Point is, I feel sorry for this person. I am new to the area and it sickens me that this is the way people are tried around here. The mesia has a sensationalist attitude and the average person is skewered by it.
Funny

Norfolk, VA

#20 Nov 2, 2007
After reading the initial article I was very upset at the teacher. However, the more I look at it I wonder why such a minimal story was thrusted to the front page of this site. This is ridiculous. Look at the articles in order: Kecoughtan Teacher, Principal and pot and drunk teacher one after another. The hampton teacher is old news, the other two are in an area not covered by this paper under local news. Sounds to me like there is a serious bias or a need to sell papers.

I would love to know if this paper drug tests...how many of your reporters would be around tomorrow? How about you take them all to the local testing spot tomorrow in the AM and see what kind of pass rate you would have.
Insanity in Hampton

AOL

#21 Nov 2, 2007
6 seeds? Wow something smells here!

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