It's been 10 days now since the Dade County Schools strong-armed him out of his teaching position as a much loved chemistry teacher at Krop high and "reassigned" him to the "maintenance depot." Mr. Beightol, who is running against the current teachers union president, allegedly made the mistake of using the schools' Internet to post messages to fellow teachers that were considered to be of a "political nature."
Give us a break! MVB thinks Mr. Beightol ought to sue them for infringing on his 1st Amendment rights and defamation of character just for starts. Last week, we caught a TV interview with students outside the high school. Seems the substitute teacher hired to replace him while he wastes away at the "maintenance depot" doesn't do anything except read the newspaper. Parents should be outraged. We urge them to raise holy hell to get this guy back into the classroom before all of their kids fall too far behind.
Readers who feel as outraged as we do, can click here. It will open the Dade County schools website. You can find the School Board button on the left. Dr. Martin Karp reps Mr. Beightol's school, but it probably wouldn't hurt to let all of them know how you feel.
And remember our rallying cry, "Free Shawn Beightol! Free Shawn Beightol!"
UpDate (11/1): Mr. Beightol was "freed" after 17-days from "Guantanamo North" as he called it on Halloween and put back in the classroom where he belongs and should never have been removed in the first place. Unfortunately, in an email from him, the charges brought against him have been taken to the state level. Talk about intimidation tactics. If there is justice in the world, perhaps forcing the issue like this will come back to bite the school board on its collective fat asses when the state orders all school boards to back off and backs Mr. Beightol and all teachers in exercising their First Amendment rights.