“Professionalism” In Schools.

Editor’s Note: We apologize for the above graphic. This is the second time in the last few months where our graphics guy said “you want a graphic for what? Are you nuts?” There is just no good graphic image that we could come up with other than this.

Marc Schack is a paraeducator at Shady Grove Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

We had not heard of the term “paraeducator” before, but according to Wikipedia:

Paraprofessional educators generally assist teachers in the classroom, supervise students outside of the classroom, or provide administrative support for teaching.[2] Job duties range from filling teaching positions to supplementing regular classroom curriculum with additional enrichment activities for students. Other positions include classroom aides, special education aides, school library technical assistants, and tutors.

(We suppose the term “teacher’s aide” was not technical or important enough sounding.)

After a virtual lesson on Zoom had “ended,” Schack……well, we’ll let the BethesdaBeat take up the narrative:

The incident happened on Monday during a virtual video connection. A 13-second video shows Schack look at his screen, then stand up, take a few steps away and masturbate.

During that time, his name appears on the screen as the host of the virtual link. After several seconds, another name comes up on the screen as taking over as the host.

Schack works with special education students as well as running a company that specializes in pirate themed parties.

Obviously such behavior in a school – even a virtual one – cannot be tolerated and Schack was terminated from his position immediately.

Except he wasn’t

Schack was suspended and placed on administrative leave and not charged by the police.

Schack said he was placed on administrative leave from Montgomery County Public Schools on Monday, but no one mentioned the video to him.

Montgomery County police said on Wednesday that after school officials notified them of the video, they investigated.

Police spokesman Rick Goodale said in an interview on Thursday that the investigation had concluded by Thursday morning and a decision had been made not to charge Schack.

“It did not rise to the level of a criminal offense under Maryland law,” he said.

(The only reason we can think of that it did not rise to the level of a criminal offense is that Schack has claimed the incident was a “mistake,” and therefore he was lacking what is called “mens rea” or a “guilty mind.”)

“It was just a mistake on my part,” Schack said, adding that he thought he had turned off his connection to the virtual call. “I’m only human. It was my bad.”

We are having problems with this. A guy who works with special needs kids finishes a session with the kids and then can’t wait to masturbate?

That’s the first thing he did and not do paperwork, send a summary of the session to the school or any of one hundred things that teachers do at the end of a school day or school period. His first thought and impulse was to self pleasure himself?

And he still has a job?

Maybe we are over-reacting. Maybe we are in the wrong here.

Yet we cannot think of a single instance where, after teaching or helping special needs kids that the first impulse is to masturbate is acceptable.

And school districts wonder why parents are rapidly losing confidence in the education system.

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