TRENTON, Ohio - A teacher in southwest Ohio has been fired for reading students' nasty comments about classmates out loud.
Kevin Johnson had taught at Edgewood High School in Butler County for 15 years. Assistant schools superintendent Larry Knapp says the Edgewood district let him go last week after receiving complaints about the incident. Knapp says some of the essays were embarrassing or hurtful.
Johnson had asked students to write about what classmates might be doing 20 years from now. He wouldn't comment about his dismissal when contacted at home by The (Cincinnati) Enquirer newspaper.
But he planned to meet today with a lawyer to talk about a possible appeal.
What would possess a teacher to do this? Why would you make your students feel bad in class? Just because some of them wrote some bad things about each other, that doesn't mean you have to read them out loud.
I'm glad my erstwhile family member set him straight.