July 30, 2008
Shari Clark - Teacher Suspended Pending Termination After Allegedly Kissing, Hugging And Touching Female Students Innappropriately
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Columbiana, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) -- Shari Clark, a 38 year old English teacher at Crestview High School in Columbiana, Ohio has been suspended and will likely be terminated after she allegedly engaged in "a lengthy and repeated pattern of gross misconduct with minor female students," according to school officials.
The Crestview Board of Education voted on Monday to suspend Clark without pay after conducting an investigation into the teacher's alleged misconduct with up to 5 different female students.
Following a lengthy investigation, District Superintendent John Dilling provided a six-page report outlining the accusations against Clark, citing "gross immorality" and "engaging in an inappropriate relationship with minor female students including intentional, improper physical contact of a sexual nature."
The report lists the specific events, times, dates and activities of the teacher's conduct obtained through Clark's own statements, parent witnesses, student witnesses and teacher witnesses.
Among the allegations, the report alleges that a student admitted that Clark kissed her on the lips. Staff at the school also witnessed Clark repeatedly hugging, touching and kissing female students throughout the 2007-2008 school year.
School Principal, John Garcia, then met with Clark to discuss the inappropriate behavior however the report alleges that the teacher continued to engage in that activity, despite Garcia's warnings.
On March 3rd, school administrators instructed Clark that text messaging students was inappropriate behavior and directed her to stop, however Clark allegedly continued to message the student, logging approximately 4,000 minutes in cell phone coversations with that student.
On May 20th a school employee witnessed Clark kissing a student on the lips and embracing her in her class room. On other occasions, Clark was observed kissing students on the lips, rubbing their arms, exchanging "I love you" sentiments and similar behaviors.
The Crestview board voted 4 - 0 to consider termination, but will not finalize the vote until August 18, allowing Clark an opportunity to appeal.
Teachers and students both stated their support for Clark, expressing that they felt the teacher shouldn't be fired, because she's a good 'moral' person.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Alright, I have a statement for the "supportive" students and the teacher's union. Are you out of your friggen mind?
Seriously - what in your twisted, degenerate mind leads you to believe any adult has a right to drape themselves all over any one's child - leading up to kissing, fondling, hugging, groping, hiding out in a classroom with them or any other bizarre behavior Clark engaged in?
A teacher is not a buddy, counselor, or sex consultant. She's employed to teach, not text message like a giddy school girl. She's there to grade your test, not play footsie while the class movie plays. And for God's sake, what does kissing multiple girls have to do with teaching?
Students - you're going to find out soon enough that this kind of activity is not tolerated out in the work force world, even among consenting adults. The quickest way to get yourself sued in today's world is to start touching, hugging, kissing them in the workplace. Do you get that? Do you understand this behaviour isn't acceptable anywhere in real life except perhaps massage parlor? I hope so, or else you'll have a rough road ahead.
While I know a 15 year old student THINKS they are an adult...these girls are still some one's child. The teacher's union here should be denouncing this kind of behavior, not encouraging it. The fact that they pacify THESE kind of allegations only proves their motivations and makes me wonder how widespread the problem is at this school.
Yes, I get it. From a "hot for teacher" standpoint, the story is somewhat titilating, but we all have to grow up some time - and so does Shari Clark. She must grow up and live in the real world like everyone else. She does not live in a magical kid fondling play world.
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