I usually use this video clip…
…from the memorable “Seinfeld” episode where George tries to talk his way out of being fired for having sex with the office cleaning lady on his desk, when someone does something so spectacularly and obviously unethical that it can’t reasonably be called “a mistake.” Lately, stories where George’s query seems appropriate have been an almost daily occurrence…like the high school teacher who accidentally showed porn on the class projector.
That real life George is Kevin Welchel, who was teaching at Klein Collins High School in Harris County, Texas and secretly watching pornography on a school laptop while his class was taking a quiz. The pornography suddenly popped up on the smart board connected to the teacher’s school-issued laptop, resulting in it being displayed on a classroom projector for several second until Welchel took it down, district officials said.
Uh, too late, you moron.
The teacher was “immediately removed and is no longer employed by the district,” confirmed Justin Elbert, executive director of communications for the district. “Law enforcement filed charges that have been accepted by the district attorney’s office, and all appropriate legal action will be taken to the fullest extent of the law. The district does not tolerate such completely unacceptable conduct.”
Well that’s certainly a relief! Welchel was charged with “display of harmful material to a minor, ” a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
Other observations in addition to the obvious “What an idiot!”…
- It is episodes like this that help explain why parents are not eager to have public school teachers instruct their children on sexual matters.
- How long has this guy been secretly watching porn while he was paid to teach? Will there be an investigation of how he was hired and vetted?
- In addition to being like George, the teacher is also too stupid to teach. He had porn on a school-issued computer?
- The school needs to be sued.
- Most jurisdictions have an ethics rule that holds that it using technology is essential to practicing law, and it is, then not being competent to use the technology is unethical. There should be a similar ethics requirement for teachers…
- …but the teaching profession has no official ethics code at all.