High School Principal Sends Porn Emails In School


By: Warner Todd Huston

We have been having a crop of mind boggling public-schools-gone-bad reports lately that reveals a system that is not just broken but bereft of principle. It also reveals that teaching is the farthest thing from the minds of far too many teachers and administrators these days.

Just this week we’ve had a “teacher” who is teaching his students that US presidents should be charged with hate-crimes and dragged before international tribunals to answer for such “crimes”. We’ve had a “teacher” who is teaching his students that the USA is the most evil nation in history and Bush is just like Hitler. We’ve even learned that Yale is letting former members of the Taliban sign up for class. And now, we have a Principal in Georgia who thinks it is funny to send pornographic emails, using school computers, to other school staffers in his office.

The Principal of Union County High School in Blairsville, GA, Ed Rohrbaugh, sent the emails from his office computer, in school, and during school hours. Principal Rohrbaugh was suspended for five days afterward, yet amazingly enough, after returning from the suspension his contract was renewed for another year.

Some in the community are satisfied that Principal Rohrbaugh was punished enough and that the incident should now be put into the past. Others think that the administrator should have been fired for his indiscretion.

Of course, people do make mistakes and it has been shown that Principal Rohrbaugh has a spotless record save for this incident. At some level, we should all be allowed one slip up if that slip up ends in no real harm.

But that is the issue isn’t it? If an Airline Pilot comes to work drunk and wreaks that plane killing all aboard, his having a spotless record otherwise doesn’t mean very much to the dead. In some instances a mistake cannot be tolerated and in a school is one of those places.

Not only has this man made light of pornography teaching his students that porn is not something to take too seriously, but he has shown his students that the work-place is not a place of respect; respect for the job as well as fellow employees.

But, worse still, he has caused doubt about his trustworthiness to be allowed to deal with young, teenaged girls in his school. If this man is “into porn” who is to say that so many young girls around him on a daily basis won’t tempt him beyond his ability to resist? Don’t we all have cause to doubt his sense of propriety if he feels no compunction about sending porn all about the work-place?

Can anyone say we can take such liberties with the safety of our children in our public schools by leaving this man with questionable morals in such a position of authority over them?

It would be hoped that when it concerns the safety and moral growth of our children one slip up is one too many.

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