Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Olympia ASL Teacher Resigns!



News 10NBC just reported that Sharon Duffy has resigned her job as an ASL teacher with the Greece Central School District.

GTA's Statement: "Greece teachers embrace high standards of professionalism inside and outside of the classroom. Unfortunately, a teacher who dedicated years of exceptional service to the school district, its students and the community made an error in judgment and has resigned her position. The Greece Teachers Association was aware of the issue, and worked collaboratively with the teacher and administration to resolve this swiftly and fairly. Teachers in Greece are caring and dedicated professionals, and this isolated incident is not going to distract them from what is most important – their work in the classroom helping all students to achieve at high levels."
 

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Must not have been a UNION Member in good standing.

SCATS said...

To 3:49AM ~~ Or perhaps smart enough to realize there is absolutely NO possible logical explanation for such a faux pas ;)

Anonymous said...

Why are people defending her?

And what exactly did the mother of the student expect was going to happen? She is saying she didn't expect a teacher to resign.

How exactly did this unfold? Did the mother go to the district first or directly to the media?

Anonymous said...

Or maybe SCATS, there is a plausible explanation that doesn't excuse but explains, and yet will never be heard because education law forbids discussion of the mitigating factors. Obviously a mistake was made by this teacher, but if all adults lost their jobs over simple errors, no one would be employed! Can anyone truly justify this outcome? Can any of you Christians involved in this, as we enter the season of Lent and Easter, respect the outcome in this debacle? Has anyone questioned the acts and probable ulterior motives of the Mother who chose social media prior to contact with the District? What I hear when she says "I didn't mean to cost someone their job", sounds like a lie and that it was her true intent all along to get someone fired. I recall a quote that "timing means everything". Has anyone asked to see her child's behavioral record while in Greece schools, suspensions, referrals by this teacher, or any other behavior that may lead to explanations for her and her mother's aberrant choices when taken in the context of a real investigation? There's a lot more to this child and her mother's history than is being played out here by the press... It is truly a sad day when both sides cannot nor will ever be heard!

SCATS said...

To 6:37PM ~~ Defending who? The teacher? Often people know only certain sides of a person. Maybe the side she showed to certain individuals is what you are referring to.

To 7PM ~~ Please give me a "plausible" explanation! This I've got to see! I can truly justify the outcome given that at least one tv reporter stated that the union wasn't particularly upset by the outcome. That speaks volumes, doesn't it?? ;)

BTW, we are NOT going to engage in a campaign to destroy the "victim" on this BLOG. The district and teacher have stated "poor judgement" was used. It's the TEACHER'S ISSUE, not the student's. Period.

SCATS said...

One more thing, 7PM ... there's no way to claim this was a "simple error." I will bet you that FEW if any who read this BLOG have EVER written that word before.

Anonymous said...

People are defending the teacher! That is such a joke.

SCATS said...

To 9:26PM ~~ There are ALWAYS a few misguided individuals, thus the need for Sunday services.

SCATS said...

BTW, WHERE is this "defense" transpiring?

Anonymous said...

Hey, I got an idea.
Lets do itlike they do in Districts to the West.
The child is evil!
The child is posessed.
That kid's head spins a full 360 sitting in class.
The UNION teacher was intimidated and afraid of the child.
The word got on the screen by remote writing.
The teacher is not aware of the word.
The kid shouldn't have had the camera.
Punish the kid for the camera.
It's the kid's mother's fault for giving the kid a camera.
UNION teachers are wonderful.
All hail Dr Somebody.
This matter requires study.
Is that word covered in the Metric?
Was the word on the list of words not allowed to be words inside schools in the 2012-13 time frame.
Has the Board looked at this issue?
Were Board members issued ful documentation on any and all possible uses of the word under discussion in the instant matter?
Can somebody drive the Super's car to the back lot so the cameras can't video him going home?

Anonymous said...

7pm According to the story, the teacher was requiring the students to act out the words. Apparently this had some relevance to American Sign Language. Imagine acting out that word. Not only crude but the mime involved would include minors acting out a sexual behavior. Why would a teacher want to witness that? Maybe there is another explanation for the abuse that class was forced to witness since this was not the 1st time something like this happened.And trying to call into question the student that was brave enough to share this and not keep it a secret like abusers would prefer, is a low blow. Would you be the same person that would disregard a prostitute that was raped or was roughed up by police officers because she might have something against the officer from the past. Would you say a boy should be ignored if he was molested by a priest and told his parents so the perpetrator could be apprehended just because the priest in question punished the boy for some breaking of the school rules? Who cares what the background of the whistleblower is? Who cares if an adult staff of our school district resigned because she was writing obscenities for a class to act out? And anyway, what "mitigating" circumstance could explain this behavior? At the very least there should be more oversight of the teachers and staff that deal with our students. Also isn't it amazing that the last 2 scandals of our school district were brought to light by cell phone recordings? How much happens that isn't recorded?

SCATS said...

Well stated 9:23AM. I'd add that in the scheme of things, it's only against policy for a STUDENT to use a recording device in school, not the employees! That kind of says it all in my mind. Of course they do not want us hearing the teacher who SCREAMS at her students day after day. Or the coach who uses profanity "to motivate" his athletes. Or the swearing bus driver who has a migraine headache from the argument she had with her spouse before leaving for work in the morning. No, no no! We're in DEEP denial about how the adults actually handle our MINOR children.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately GCSD will now attempt to make this students remaining days unbearable.

SCATS said...

To 10:49AM ~~ I certainly hope not! But I know it is to be expected. Very sad :(

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha! Really? The teacher "resigned". No one asked for her resignation, not the mother, not the student, not the Superintendent. But she resigned anyways. Anybody with half a brain can figure out that...yes, there is obviously more to the story than the district or the union or the TEACHER wants people to know about. The mother DID bring it to the district before the media. Geesh learn your facts before you sling mud. The mother posted it on her FB page only, for friends and family members. People saw it and ran with it. Regardless, the district said it was a legit pic, they admitted that this teacher did play this game, and yet people still won't accept the fact that this teacher, nobody else, was responsible for her actions and their consequences. Seriously....where do you ppl come from? And what in God's name is wrong with you?

Anonymous said...

I am very upset that it has come to this. This situation has forced a great teacher to resign. I had her as a teacher over 10 years ago and she was one of the student's favorite and most respected. If you are that ignorant to think that your high school student is not saying those words with their friends, then I am very sorry but you are in for a rude awakening. Your children are not as innocent as you seem to think. What I find appalling is this supposed "game" that is played (which I believe is a complete lie), has NEVER been complained about in the previous 10+ years. That's interesting. I never played such game when I was there. Where is the punishment for this child using her cell phone during school?? Last time I checked, that's not allowed. I believe this child made up the "game" story. I hope you feel great about yourself now.

SCATS said...

To 2:40PM ~~ They are the few that subscribe to the Clinton definition of what constitutes sex, I suspect.

It has come to mind that maybe Babs had her way with this teacher behind closed doors, too. I've heard she can be BRUTAL ;)

SCATS said...

To 2:56PM ~~ Reading between the lines, you apparently BELIEVE that people don't change over the course of 10 years? Hmmm ...

The FACT IS: The TEACHER is employed by the taxpayers to do a job of imparting knowledge of her subject matter in accord with accepted teaching practices. Having students act out VULGARITIES while she watches does NOT conform anywhere, PERIOD.

Anonymous said...

7:00 p.m. back again. My point was and still is that I do not exonerate nor blame anyone here. Was this a singular event by the teacher or is there other evidence of a pattern? The way this has played out, being orchestrated by Mom, social media, and the press, offers this teacher no chance to explain. Does anyone truly believe the teacher wasn't bullied into a choice to resign or face incredibly biased proceedings, and also made to decide in a very short window of "opportunity"? I nor anyone else posting here have all the facts, yet as vigilantes most have already concluded there is no other truth. I simply stated that only one side has been presented, as is required by education law - an accuser, and now everyone's mind has been made up without all the facts. My questions remain, why the delay by the family in timing - something to gain?, why posting to FB prior to discussions with a Principal, Superintendent, or School Board, and what ulterior motives possibly exist due to student's or her sibling's prior behavior or standing. I think that all facts must be examined in any true investigation. This was a lynching plain and simple. District employees who could care less were manipulated by a child and parent who have recently developed a "conscience" that neither ever had. Shame on all of you for being deceived with a fact that was used to destroy a good person who erred! Thought I was but now wish that I was as holy and guilt free as you all!

SCATS said...

To 6:26PM ~~ Actually, the teacher had EVERY OPPORTUNITY to explain. She chose to NOT go forward with a defense. Tenured teachers are very well protected! It would have dragged on for months, potentially, while she collected a paycheck ... no less.

I do not understand what you mean by "only one side has been presented, as is required by education law" ...

What delay in timing are you talking about? What evidence do you have that the student's behavior was ever an issue? None, right? Even if there was a prior problem, that has nothing to do with this teacher's off-the-wall teaching methods. the FACT is that not one single student came forward and said this event did not happen as reported.

As for a "good person who erred" that's quite the "err!"

What would happen if YOU used that word (written or otherwise)while on duty at YOUR JOB??

GOTCHA ;)

Anonymous said...

FYI.....The district asked her to resign or they would have proceeded with a 3020a which is the process of initiating the firing of a teacher. The average 3020a takes @300 days at a cost of excess of 200K (http://www.lexisnexis.com/educationlaw/pdfs/nydtta.pdf) This is a fact. As for her resignation being an admitting of guilt is just speculation on all our parts unless someone is privy to inside information. I do know this for a fact. If the only reason she resign is over that word on the board then not only does the punishment not fit the crime but it is a true travesty for the Olympia HS because she had a great program that was beneficial to many students and community.

SCATS said...

To 10:37PM ~~ FYI, your scenario is merely that. JUST ONE POSSIBILITY. You do not know if she DECIDED to resign of her own volition. MAYBE she knew that if they delved into the details, more indiscretions would surface. That is always another possibility.

Anonymous said...

7:00- please explain to my how exactly did the mom orchestrate this? A child shows her mother a picture, the mom is outraged, posts it on her own FB page (that evening) for her friends and family to see, calls the district first thing the next morning, and the pic goes viral. Clearly the friends and family members were as outraged as she, many shared it. How exactly does one "make" a pic go viral? I suppose you contend that this mom also made Sharon Duffy play sexually explicit games in a public classroom as well? Your logic is misguided. I'm sorry that your roll model has turned out to be a disappointment, but she made some very poor choices and now she is paying the consequences. She had no right, none what-so-ever, to take such immoral liberties with other people's children. Maybe these kids do and say worse in their day - to - day lives, but a teacher is supposed to display morality with dignity, not wallow in filth just to be cool.

Anonymous said...

No gotcha in your response.

I acknowledge that I am not without sin or fault. In my occupations at different companies, I have failed, taken responsibility, tried to correct my errors, and made my apologies. Most reasonable employers value truth and understand the foibles of humanity, so they don't overreact. This issue however, was made public before the employer could gather facts or perform unbiased interviews. Therefore the outcome was determined by the public before any facts were proven. Like it or not, truth be told, proof or not, you and everyone else excepting the teacher and students in that class, have only a statement, a photo that may or still may not be factual, and no other substantive facts. I also ask, had this been an ongoing pattern, over years, wouldn't other students would have come forward before now.

You don't refute or offer any evidence that counters any of my questions. I simply stated that the way this played out by Mom going social media, radio twice, and then contact with the District, she made sure all your minds were made up without any question of other possibilities. As you are well aware, in public service many good people have been destroyed by the mere accusation and that no alternative evidence ever sways that initial public opinion, thereby killing the careers of public servants, whether guilty or not.

So far as student behavior, I merely asked for input as to if anyone has knowledge as to whether the family has an axe to grind with this teacher or the district. The answer would help to substantiate or refute the accusations.

As far as your "err" goes, can you cast the "first stone" or have you ever escaped an inevitable outcome for inexcusable behavior by sheer luck or are you really as squeaky clean as you make yourself out to be?

SCATS said...

To 6:40PM ~~ I felt no need to respond to your questions. Most of them are 100% irrelevant.

The reality is this:

1 -The teacher met with the Supt.
2 - The teacher had access to union representation.
3 - The teacher had access to a lawyer.
4 - DESPITE all those protections, she resigned.
5 - It is pretty obvious to those who understand how this system works that she was COUNSELED BY HER LAWYER & UNION TO RESIGN ASAP.


As for me, yes. I am squeaky clean and proud of it.

Anonymous said...

Seriously still questioning the authenticity of the photo? Wow! The district put out a statement almost immediately to verify the validity of the photo. Don't you think that that would be the first thing that they would investigate? And dozens of other children were questioned by school officials, all of whom (albeit some reluctantly) confirmed the allegations to be 100% correct and truthful. So I guess you don't share questionable and upsetting things on you FB? Honestly, you're looking for someone to blame here because you can't accept the fact that you were and are wrong. How about you direct your energy to the original perpetrator, the teacher who decided that it was OK to play such an inappropriate "game" with other ppl's children. Oh and yes, it has also been proven that this game had been played from time to time over the course of several years. Where is Ms. Duffy's apology? Yeah that's right, Saint Duffy never gave one.

SCATS said...

To 2:32PM ~~ In their defense, what do you expect from a bunch of former and/or current GCSD students? On top of that, MOST are from Olympia. They don't have a clue ...

Anonymous said...

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Since when is resigning an admission of guilt.

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Seems like a lot of stones are being tossed on this site.


SCATS said...

To 7:13PM ~~ It went out the window when we gave tenured teachers too much protection, and their under-age charges too little ;)

Anonymous said...

I love when non - Christians quote John as a means to call someone out for hypocrisy. It only proves that they have no clue as the context in which it was written. You want to quote scripture to me? Read the rest of the Bible and then maybe we'll talk. You don't get to pick and chose versus.

Anonymous said...

Who are you to question anyone's Christianity? What version of Christian are you and therefore what Bible do you choose to quote from? Which is the Right one? And what would make your choice any better than mine? Do you profess to be holier than thou... Or anyone else?

SCATS said...

TO THOSE WHO MISSED THE MEMO~~ ALL threads & comments on this topic are DONE!