Teacher Watching Porn At School Fired, Union Spends Millions To Get Job Back

A teacher named Andrew Harris was fired for watching porn while working at Glacier Creek Middle School. But then the Wisconsin teachers union cost the state millions of dollars in order to get his job back.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the rise of mobile porn apparently has caused mobile data usage to soar in the United States. The frightening part is that the largest consumers of porn are thought to be in the 12 to 17 year old demographic. This has led to the popularity of nude selfies, where teenage girls are feeling peer pressure both from boyfriends and other girls to photograph themselves naked.

Now the teacher watching porn at school didn’t only keep these illicit activities to himself… Harris allegedly was trading at least 20 instances of sexually explicit material with others. But defenders of the teacher claimed he was singled out and “should have never been fired in the first place.”

More than four years ago the investigation at Glacier Creek Middle School began when Harris allegedly showed a female teacher a photograph of a nude woman. The school ended up sending out written reprimands and put five of the staff on short-term, unpaid suspensions, while one substitute teacher was let go and another administrator resigned. All in all, more than 30 people in the school were involved but only Harris was fired for his misdeeds.

The teachers union required that the school work with an arbitrator to settle the matter and in 2012 they claimed Harris was treated unfairly because the other school employees were “doing the same or similar types of things — viewing pornographic materials in various ways, receiving inappropriate emails, forwarding them to others, failing to discourage the senders, attempting to or in fact accessing inappropriate websites.” They also stated that Harris’ conduct was “worse in some respects, but less serious in other respects, than the conduct of other teachers.”

That led to a court case where the judge ordered the school district to give the porn-watching teacher his job back based upon the arbitrator’s assessment. The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board decided to defend their position all the way to the state Supreme Court. They lost and the Supreme Court would not hear an appeal. Overall, the legal costs will cost the school almost $1 million in legal fees including the years of back pay were ordered to pay to Harris and two other teachers. Harris will be given his job back but he’ll also start work at a different middle school since going back to Glacier Creek could displace the jobs of other teachers with seniority.

But why would unions support a teacher caught watching porn at school? It turns out the battle was fought over Wisconsin politics primarily because of the unions fight with governor Walker over collective bargaining reforms. As such, headlines are reporting this case not as a “teacher watching porn” but as a victory for teacher unions.

Robert Weitzel, who was once a counselor at Glacier Creek Middle School before drowning in an accident, isn’t exactly a tea party supporter but he also believed the unions went too far in this instance:

“Ultimately, if we condone the unethical treatment by our silence, we are culpable. But sadly, according to Willie Haus, our union’s lawyer, ‘(viewing pornography on school time) was not the end of the world.’ Maybe not, but it should be the end of his teaching career.”

Do you think teachers caught watching porn at school should ever be allowed to keep their jobs?