Conn. teacher resigns over bikini con...

Conn. teacher resigns over bikini controversy

There are 15 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 9, 2008, titled Conn. teacher resigns over bikini controversy. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Shock jock Howard Stern thinks she's a "hot wife," but elementary schoolteacher Marie Jarry's appearance on Stern's raunchy satellite radio show left her bosses steaming.

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Nirroc

Southington, CT

#1 May 9, 2008
I am shocked and appalled first and foremost that Southington would act in such a callous fashion and dismiss one of its brightest teachers for absolutely nothing, while having massaged sex offending teachers in the past. Take a peek at Southington's track record with their coaches and Math teachers ... oh right, none of them got this much publicity!

People are not dying here. She hasn't touched a student inappropriately. Honestly, Howard Stern is a SUBSCRIPTION satellite based show which means it "ain't free kids". What is said on something that must be subscribed to versus FREE terrestrial radio makes this all the more unreasonable. Which leads to one more thought: who was the person that is subscribed that was on her firing committee and shouldn't they be penalized for PAYING for such "trash" when they are also influencing our children?

The public school system once again proves its worth. Under funding usually forces the hiring of subpar teachers and administrators, and now the one gem in a field of stones loses a job for being herself in a fashion that has no direct bearing on the children in her room.

The Southington School System are cowards and the whole situation is a disgrace. Was the decision to go on Howard Stern the best one? Probably not. Does one what many are deeming a "lapse in judgement" which influenced and affected no student in her classroom justify dismissal, or may I rephrase, encouragement to resign? I believe not.
The Jarry's are owed an apology from all involved.

Since: May 08

Southington, CT

#2 May 9, 2008
Again, Southington won't rest until it is actually awarded a gold statuette in honor of it being the most socially backward and small minded community in the entire USA.

Adults behaving as adults is now an outrage. Congratulation, inbred hicks. Way to go.
Nina

Southington, CT

#3 May 9, 2008
You guys wrong. Teachers need to adhere to a code of conduct - I am not saying it is right - its just what it is. Southington had no choice. Another teacher was just fired for wearing a bikini and getting her picture taken in a different state.
former resident

Newport, RI

#4 May 9, 2008
Let's hire robots. They don't make mistakes, they are programmed. Yeah, that's the solution.
OH BOY

Waterbury, CT

#5 May 10, 2008
If she was black this would not happen. A sorry bunch in Southington. She will be offered a better job.
conservative cali

Australia

#6 May 10, 2008
I did notice that the bikini that she wore was one of those sexy Vamp Bikinis ones so it would have been that which up set all of the rightoues critics they are so hot its a wonder that she got to school in it at all, she can come and teach us anytime, i know my dad wont mind!!

Since: May 08

Southington, CT

#7 May 10, 2008
How exactly did this impact her ability to teach? You know... TEACH. The job she was hired to do? She resigns so a few stuck up moms can claim a moral victory. SOP here in the land of the lost.

Did she sign a "I will be a conformist robot so I fit in with the troglodytes in the Southington ruling class" waiver when she took the job? If you think this was a great solution, and what she did was a "problem" that required her resignation, it says far more about you than it does about her.
shoreliner

Branford, CT

#8 May 10, 2008
Reinstate Mrs. Jarry!
Polaris

United States

#9 May 10, 2008
Just another example of the moral hypocrisy so common in this country. Ridiculous.
Support Jarry

Newport, RI

#10 May 10, 2008
Let's start a letter writing campaign. It is about time the media realizes that this is NOT NEWS!

Jarry is being used as a scapegoat. Victory for the Fundamentalists and for the robots!
Attila the Hun

North Windham, CT

#11 May 11, 2008
Mrs Jarry, There is always hope on the horizon. Both Kahoots and Electric Blue are looking for new talent
former stamford resident

Windermere, FL

#12 May 15, 2008
Let`s see a picture of this babe and then I`ll give you my opinion.
Former CT resident

Waltham, MA

#13 May 20, 2008
This kind of nonsense is the reason why I am a former CT resident. It's time to get your heads out of your rear ends - I am a faithful long time listener of the Stern show and this individual did nothing that would have embarassed or humiliated the school or the town. In fact, this kind of witch hunt reporting is what has brought on the humility and shame that Southington is facing. Congratulations to the media of Connecticut - you have served your useless purpose well.
Jack

United States

#14 May 21, 2008
I think dismissal should depend on what was told the teachers about excected conduct. They should make it clear to teachers by a document that they sign stating that if it is discovered that you have done any of the following, you will be fired.

1. Worked as a nude, lingerie or bikini model or had any such photos posted on the Internet
2. Worked as a hooker.
3. Worked as an exotic dancer.
4. Took, possessed or sold illegal drugs
5. Engaged in sex with any minor
6. Were a swinger
7. Engaged in any form of adultery.
Michael

Coraopolis, PA

#15 May 25, 2008
Does the school district fire teachers who go to the area swimming pool and wear a bikini? I don't think the bikini is the issue.

As for the morality of her words, she spent the time talking about her husband - how she loves him and is faithful to him, and what a loving marriage they have. Is this grounds for dismissal?

The official word from the school district is that her offense was using a sick day when she wasn't really sick. I hope they continue to enforce that policy and fire every employee who ever does that. Who will they have left?

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