A School Named Stoney

The Detroit Free Press reports today that a Rochester Hills, MI high school teacher is rescinding his resignation after students held protests in support of him yesterday. According to the article, Ben Clevenger, a 2-year veteran of Stoney Creek High, says he was forced to resign after a wild-trip in Europe where (OMG!) students got drunk and rowdy. Of course the district claims they never asked him to step down but Clevenger, 24, claims otherwise.

"I was resigning under duress," he now says with slightly closed, bloodshot eyes.

Look: we at PWTU feel that the Rochester Hills School District needs to chill out on this one. With a school named "stoney" what did they think would happen on a school trip to Europe? Our embedded sources claim that half the student body, and faculty, are high most of the time anyway, so who gives a shit if a few teenagers got drunk (legally), too? It's nothing to force a resignation over.

As for the student "protests", we at PWTU thinks it's cute when teenagers think they can make a difference. We're sure Clevenger will remember them fondly next year at whatever new district he ends up at.


Intersting, I attended Stoney Creek High School when Adams High was closed for renovations. The assistant principle of the school was observed "shit-faced" and "Rowdy" when she attended a Europe trip a few years back. Funny how they never asked her to resign, she still works at Adams.
Last summer, I had the occasion to attend a teachers conference with the unfortunate Mr. Clevenger. He missed a few of the sessions, was late several other times, and was generally disengaged (spending most of his time on his cell phone, which is why the rest of us noticed, and were irritated by, him). In addition, he appeared to have an appalling lack of knowledge about the subject matter of the conference, and he did not really participate in discussions, etc. Needless to say, I am not surprised by his demise. Yet, this drinking problem on the trip really could have been avoided by setting down some basic rules before going. For example, in planning a European trip with my school (also not school-sponsored), we made it clear to parents and students that no one (not even chaperones or teachers) would be permitted to drink alcohol at any time, and that the penalty would be an immediate trip home, at the expense of the drinker (and his/her parents). Parents and students had to sign contracts to this effect. I would bet that Mr. Clevenger did not take this precaution, and also that teachers and other chaperones were probably drinking, which made students think, "if they can, why can't we?"
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