[update: Jeremy Hollinger has been suspended with pay.]
It takes a certain type of person to be a Special Ed teacher. You must love kids, and you need to have patience and compassion in your heart. Apparently, the Mobile County school system wasn't looking for patience and compassion the day they hired Jeremy Hollinger. He doesn't fit the description at all. In fact, it's as if they went to the set of Jackass and chose the one who would work for the least amount of money.
Hollinger is accused of repeatedly belittling his second-grade students on Facebook. I mean, this guy posted statuses that said, "I guess crayons are on the menu" and "why is there sh*t on the floor?" And he literally took one of the kids' helmets, put it on his head, took this picture, and put it on Facebook.
Celeste Dennis transferred her son from the Eichold-Mertz Elementary School in Mobile, AL. after she saw what he did with her son's helmet.
"It hurt. It genuinely hurt me. My son wears a helmet for seizures during P.E. He had a picture of himself with my son's helmet on making fun on him like that was some type of a joke."
Well, I don't think it's funny either. I do think that Hollinger should be fired and never allowed to work around children again. Why was Hollinger spending all that time Facebooking when he was supposed to be keeping an eye on his kids? Why isn't that a question in the matter?
When asked what happened with Hollinger, Nancy Pierce with the Mobile County Public School system said, “Because it's a personnel matter, I can't discuss that, but the appropriate measures were taken by our Human Resources Department."
She didn't specify what "appropriate measures" were taken, but the fact that he's still teaching 2nd grade Special Ed tells me that nothing appropriate happened.
Posted On : 10/15/2011 Author : Ed ChapmanCategories: chap, FACEBOOK, jeremy hollinger, mobile, special ed