When teachers indulge their “creative sides,” it can often lead to trouble. To wit, one New Hampshire teacher is in hot water over his “Graduation Crashers” screenplay, the raunchy content of which is being used as evidence against him in a sexual assault case.
The “Graduation Crashers” screenplay was apparently written by three social studies teachers at Exeter High School in New Hampshire, but only one seems to be getting the brunt of the punishment.
Robert M. Batchelder Jr., one of the script’s authors, is at the center of a student sexual assault case at the moment, and his participation in crafting the raunchy screenplay is being used as evidence against him.
The screenplay depicts four teachers drinking, doing drugs, harassing students and having sex with “hot moms.”
Mark Forbes and Tod Grossmith are the two other authors of the screenplay, which SAU 16 Superintendent Michael Morgan said “may be viewed by some as controversial” in a memo regarding the Batchelder investigation.
Two other teachers were placed on administrative leave over the raunchy screenplay, and have since resigned. Morgan refused to confirm or deny whether those teachers were Forbes and Grossmith.
From the description of the screenplay, “Graduation Crashers” is kind of like Wedding Crashers meets The Hangover meets Old School. You have three teachers who crash the graduation parties of students they don’t like in order to embarrass them by doing things like beating them in drinking contests and drawing obscene images on them when they pass out.
The screenplay doesn’t include any scenarios in which the teachers have sexual interactions with students, but there are scenes in which “hot moms” of the students bribe the main characters with sex to secure a passing grade for their student. Teachers are also depicted engaging in sexual encounters will college-aged women, as well.
The script also features a superintendent bent on getting the teachers fired. When asked if any of the characters in the play were based on real people, Morgan said “we have our own suspicions and are drawing our own conclusions.”
“I’m always concerned about the safety of our students and, like parents, want to protect their safety,” he continued. “We’re doing all we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Sounds pretty “yuck” given the circumstances, but if the “Graduation Crashers” screenplay was made into a film next summer starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, would you go see it? Sound off!