Nov 18, 2009

Bestest Teacher Nominee

Sometimes teachers catch our eye for their amazing ability to encourage and support students. Today we found another one. Meet Randolph Forde - who teaches at Mundy's Mill High School in Clayton County, Georgia.

A suburban Atlanta high school teacher has been accused of pursuing a "hit" on a 16-year-old student last month.

That student is so not getting a good grade.
Attorney Terance Madden, who represents alleged target and his family, issued a statement saying that problems between the boy and the teacher go back to "on or about September 29," when "Forde allegedly called my client outside the class and asked him if he is gay."

Well, who hasn't had that conversation with a teacher? So far, I'm not seeing anything out of the ordinary.

Then "on or about September 30," the two had an argument in class and Forde threatened "to hit him in his 'effin mouth," Madden's statement said.

Oh, so now discipline is a bad thing. Okay. Whatever.

Clayton County Police report says the incident occurred October 9. The suspect took a student off a school bus and told him he "would pay him to kill the victim," the report says. When the student asked who the target would be, the suspect said he'd write the name on a note, it says.

"The teacher held a piece of paper up with the victim's name on it," said Officer Otis Willis III of the Clayton police.

Okay, that was a bit over the line. And yet, I'm guessing highly effective. We should encourage teachers who use unorthodox teaching methods, not drive them out of school.

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