You gotta understand, the Dekalb County School System is hard to get into! If you want to teach in Dekalb County, you have to go through a VERY rigorous process of run arounds, interviews, explanations, and excuses. It's no joke. They only want the best and the brightest teaching their kids. The Short Man has a Bachelors in Music, a Masters in Music Education, published a thesis, AND taught privately, and after being interviewed and auditioning....yes AUDITIONING to teach music in Dekalb County, was told he wasn't good enough. His skills were not "up to par." I mean...man, it's a tough getting in there. They only want good-natured, well-trained, responsible teachers. Like Angelo Taylor for example. Angelo Taylor is a former track star who won a gold medal in the 400 m Hurdles at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was hired by Dekalb County to teach. In November 2004, Taylor was arrested when a police officer allegedly found him having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a parked car. Taylor was charged with one count of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. In January of 2005, Taylor was again arrested for allegedly having sex with a second 15-year-old girl. He was charged with three counts of child molestation and one count of enticing a child for indescent purposes. In January of 2006, he pled guilty to both incidents and was sentenced to three years probation, a $2,500 fine, and evaluation for possible sex offender treatment.
And the hits don't stop there! In 1005, Dekalb County opened their "flagship" school, Miller Grove High School. The largest school in the county. Now, you KNOW they plan to place top-notch teachers there. Right? Sure...only the best. How about Clarence Hicks and Eubie Lewis. Hicks, a graduate of Florida A&M University, previously taught at Lithonia High School and in Marion County, Fla., according to the Miller Grove High website. Lewis is a fourth-year teacher and graduate of Virginia State University. Hicks is a social studies teacher at the Lithonia high school, while Lewis teaches special education.
Both teachers were charged Sunday with having sex with a 17-year-old student. The SAME 17 yr old student. Both men were charged with sexual assault against a person in custody. Hicks was also charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Way to go Dekalb County. Way to teach the children...