Teacher sheds clothes and sense. Have to worry about what went on in his classroom.

Based on this teacher’s response to stress, the termination appears warranted.

The AJC is reporting that a school teacher who may have been upset about losing his job was arrested after he disrobed at his school and walked around naked.  Harlan Porter was caught by another teacher walking the halls of B.C. Haynie Elementary School in Morrow with his clothes off, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by the AJC.  It was around 3:20 p.m. Friday, after the students had gone home, and no child saw him naked, said Capt. James Callaway of the Morrow Police Department. “Had he been seen by students, he would have been charged with child molestation,” Callaway told the AJC.

As a parent, I have deep concerns about the fifth graders who had this teacher.  His response to a job loss is so bizarre and alarming that I  worry about how he behaved in the classroom.  Parents ought to be talking with the principal,  if they haven’t already.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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Miss Priss

April 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

You think this gentleman would be interested in running the Dekalb County School System!

Maureen Downey

April 27th, 2011
4:25 pm

@miss priss, At least he wouldn’t ask for a clothing allowance.

Miss Priss!

April 27th, 2011
4:42 pm

… or maybe Harlan was glad he lost his teaching job and was celebrating! Teaching is hard work and not for those with hearts that are faint. Or maybe Harlan got confused about streaking, which is usually performed on the outside of campus buildings. I’m really confused, too!

Ole Guy

April 27th, 2011
4:49 pm

FREE!! FREE!! FREE!! (What About Bob?) OOPS…

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 27th, 2011
4:57 pm

Considering the indifference, the disrespect and the disruptions experienced by many of our teachers, I am surprised we don’t read more stories of public school teachers who “crack up.”

Very Interesting

April 27th, 2011
5:05 pm

It was only 3:20 when this incident occurred. No children saw him. At my elementary school, there are plenty of children roaming the building at this time. After school program children, staff members children etc…. I find it very questionable that no child saw this.

Black and White Smiley Faces ☺☻

April 27th, 2011
5:10 pm

“Had he been seen by students, he would have been charged with child molestation,”

What a bunch of crap.

Why not go “all out” and charge him with “domestic terrorism” and a “hate crime.” :)

Ole Guy

April 27th, 2011
5:22 pm

Perhaps the entire certification process should include psychological screening. But wait a minute…oh yea, that’s only for well-paid respected professionals…professionals who are, indeed, valued by their employers as evidenced through the investments those employers make in their valued employees. From the employer point of view, why commit to such investments in expendable personnel. How silly to even suggest such extravagance…pretend I didn’t even mention it.

Third Eye Blind

April 27th, 2011
5:32 pm

You would want to keep your third eye closed should I decide to strip at my school and walk the halls. Sad really.

You Tuber

April 27th, 2011
5:32 pm

“Thumbs Up!” if you clicked on this story only because you thought (or were hoping) this was a FEMALE teacher.

A HOT One!

Department of Homeboy Security

April 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

This (former) teacher sounds like he certainly has a very bright future in the “TSA Screener & Child Molester” career path.

darb

April 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

It’s crazy to what extent our jobs have us stessed and to do things we would have never thought of before. Now, walking around a school naked, thats a good one.

Atlanta mom

April 27th, 2011
5:45 pm

The first line of this story made me laugh. By the end, I thought it was sad. Clearly this man need professional help.

Christa

April 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

Well thank goodness No Child was Left Behind…..

catlady

April 27th, 2011
6:09 pm

The man is ill. Let’s move on.

BJ

April 27th, 2011
6:11 pm

And glad NO Child SAW his Behind!,,

Pierce Randall

April 27th, 2011
6:11 pm

The rejoinder to the police officer in regards to the third eye comment was straight out of Law & Order central casting. Quite witty, those Clayton cops.

As regards the cryptic “dietary lapse” comment: At least according to Vegan Fast Food Guide, several Taco Bell menu items do non contain animal products. So if the idea that this guy lapsed in his veganism is merely inferred from the reports by other teachers that the guy went to Taco Bell, it may be incorrect.

David Sims

April 27th, 2011
6:17 pm

I agree that teachers should wait until they get home to take the afternoon air.

justbrowsing

April 27th, 2011
6:20 pm

People are really having a hard time these days. Who knows what this man endured and what made him do that. Teaching is very difficult – sadly much of the pressure stems from the antics of those on the peripheral of the learning process. Poor man- I hope he finds the help he deserves.

Baltisraul

April 27th, 2011
6:45 pm

Blake and white faces……………..I agree, domestic terrorism would have been a better charge. This guy needs to be under the jail. Glad he was not around my children. You would have been going to his funeral instead of the jail to visit this pervert!

William Casey

April 27th, 2011
6:49 pm

I am MUCH MORE concerned about the existence of a teacher who is an avid 2nd Amendment advocate and is abused by a school system choosing an inappropriate form of redress.

JacketFan

April 27th, 2011
7:18 pm

Jim

April 27th, 2011
7:19 pm

I bet he’s got brown eyes. I just hope he wasn’t winking the third one.

GNGS

April 27th, 2011
7:26 pm

It is obvious that the person had a mental breakdown. Mental illness is a serious matter. Please have a little compassion for your fellow human beings who are out there. Will you make fun of people who have a seizure?

Angela

April 27th, 2011
7:59 pm

@Chris

April 27th, 2011
6:07 pm
Well he was black and it is Clayton County, who is surprised? Can the thugs do anything right?

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Gee,

I have not been on the Get Schooled blog in a very long time. Today, I read about a teacher who walked through the school naked.

Then I read that Chris makes such an intelligent remark. And, this teacher has a mental problem! It is a sad thing that we still have such racial remarks still being made. Race, creed nor color has any thing to do with this issue.

Maureen Downey

April 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

@Angela, I was in the process of taking down that comment and putting the poster in moderation. It should be down shortly.
Maureen

Angela

April 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

@Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 27th, 2011
4:57 pm
Considering the indifference, the disrespect and the disruptions experienced by many of our teachers, I am surprised we don’t read more stories of public school teachers who “crack up.”

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You are so very right. I have a situation in my class now that I really have to maintain a great amount of self-control. Now I can really relate to this article:

http://www.examiner.com/elementary-years-parenting-in-atlanta/is-there-a-honest-and-constructive-solution

And, this issue is in second grade. Just think what this child will be like in the next grades. I thought one of my other students was the worst however, this student (which is a female) has the other student beat by millions. I thank God for my other students who tell me to count to 10.

Where is Dr.Trotter?

April 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

What do you think about this one?

Tired of BS

April 27th, 2011
8:31 pm

I really hope this teacher is treated for his illness but never allowed in a classroom again. If the drops trow in an elementary school…. sorry…. inexcusable.

Georgia

April 27th, 2011
8:32 pm

I wonder why parents who think they are doing the right thing aren’t sacrificing everything to send their precious babies to a private school. I do. I laugh whole heartedly sometimes when I read these kinds of misbehaviour. Funny to me is that this is the first report of a teacher having improper relationships with a child that is a Man in a long while!!!!!!!!!!!………Before you call me off my high horse, I want you to know that I made decisions in my life that put me up there in the first place.

melissa

April 27th, 2011
8:58 pm

@GA not everyone can afford PRIVATE SCHOOL even if they tired. In 2011 with gas prices almost $4 and ppl being laid off left and right…having a roof over your head/food on the table/clothes on your back is slightly more important than private school. Children can thrive very well in public schools, I did. I graduated from a public school and went to State. Are your children better than mine b/c they go to a private school? I think not, life is about what you make it. Your post is VERY judgmental…I would love for my fourth grader to be in private school…it’s not in the budget!!!!

APUSH Teach

April 27th, 2011
8:58 pm

Maybe I shouldn’t laugh; however, this was by far my favorite line of the story:

The arresting officer wrote in the incident report that Porter spoke of a “new level of enlightenment” and said “he wanted everybody to be free now that his third eye was open.” “I then explained the obvious problem with his third eye being opened in public,” the officer wrote. “He readily agreed that his decision to remove his clothing posed a problem and stated that he understood why I would likely have to place him under arrest.”

Yes, he obviously deserved to not have his contract renewed. Albeit funny, he should also obtain psychological help.

Exteacher

April 27th, 2011
9:00 pm

I am sure teachers have the same rate of mental illness as everyone else. I am also certain that no one, like an administrator would ever know because most of them spend so little time actually observing or interacting with their teachers. There is plenty of teacher misbehavior, I probably even did some myself, and for the most part it is unreported and unnoticed. Who’ s going to believe students? This is an extreme example but I can cite tons of goofy behavior in my thirty years on the job,

Angela

April 27th, 2011
9:00 pm

@Georgia,

Hi There,
Please don’t count all of your chickens before they hatch! Private schools are known to have some of the worst children. Perhaps not in the sense that public schools might have however, many of these students have drug, sexual, and other issues that are very hidden to the outside. The teachers don’t speak on it because it is a private school and the parents want it all covered up to keep up an image. Realistically, private schools are not that much different than public schools except the parent really have 99.9 percent of the control and most of the teacher are not certified by the state of Georgia.

However, it is not all bad on that high horse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 27th, 2011
9:07 pm

Angela,

Until concerned teachers and parents partner to develop and to exercise political muscle, our teachers cannot expect to regain control of our classrooms. Regular kids don’t need classmates like the child you describe. Moreover, such troubled children are not receiving the help they need.

Miss Priss!

April 27th, 2011
9:10 pm

Angela, sweetie … I’m over here, you know, on my low donkey … but I can tell you that having a teaching certificate has no bearing on whether you’re a great teacher or not.

Private school guy

April 27th, 2011
9:11 pm

Most private schools recognize who is a better quality teacher and recognize quality teaching. Many public schools don’t have a clue. Yes many teachers at private schools may not be certified but they are well educated and know what they are doing.

Angela

April 27th, 2011
9:16 pm

@Miss Priss!

My comment stated the only differences. I did not state what teachers were better or not.

***********Realistically, private schools are not that much different than public schools except the parents really have 99.9 percent of the control and most of the teacher are not certified by the state of Georgia. ************ This is my exact comment. However, I do appreciate your knowledge.

Angela

April 27th, 2011
9:18 pm

@Private school guy,

My comment stated the only differences. I did not state what teachers were better or not.

***********Realistically, private schools are not that much different than public schools except the parents really have 99.9 percent of the control and most of the teacher are not certified by the state of Georgia. ************ This is my exact comment. However, I do appreciate your knowledge, too!

Angela

April 27th, 2011
9:31 pm

@Miss Priss! & Private school guy,

I noticed you both so gracefully commented on the teacher aspect but not on the student aspect.
It is still interesting to me how disrespected teachers are no matter if they are public or private school teachers. I still hold to my saying before I removed myself from this blog some time ago.
There is not one person on the face of the earth that did not learn something positive from a teacher. There is not one professional or working class that did not have a teacher that taught them.
I have also, stated that anytime you “teacher bashing citizens” would like to volunteer in my classroom I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO CLEAR YOU WITH MY PRINCIPAL. Do I have any
volunteers????????????????????????? SPEAK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM LISTENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, I love what this blogger said:

Ole Guy

April 27th, 2011
5:22 pm
Perhaps the entire certification process should include psychological screening. But wait a minute…oh yea, that’s only for well-paid respected professionals…professionals who are, indeed, valued by their employers as evidenced through the investments those employers make in their valued employees. From the employer point of view, why commit to such investments in expendable personnel. How silly to even suggest such extravagance…pretend I didn’t even mention it.

Miss Priss!

April 27th, 2011
9:37 pm

Angela … I am a teacher, just like you, stretching my witty wings on this great blog. Having some fun … poking at things … laughing like hell.

Dr. John Trotter

April 27th, 2011
10:02 pm

I just got home. What do I think? Very sad. I am just finding out about this situation on this blog. I presume that he is not a MACE member. I am sure that he must be a member of GAE or PAGE or NOTHING. It’s not funny. It’s really sad.

Angela

April 27th, 2011
10:08 pm

@Miss Priss!

Well, I hope that you have had a wonderful school year. Please continue laughing it is great for the soul. I make sure that I laugh a lot each and every day and sometimes even at myself. However, disrespect is not a laughing matter no matter what the profession, situation, etc.

Have a Good Night! It is trying to storm at my house got to go.

not shocked

April 27th, 2011
10:12 pm

If he were a MACE member, rest assured that Trotter would be screaming his lungs out at this teacher’s termination hearing and blaming the whole episode on the educrats who run CCPS!!

Georgia Coach

April 27th, 2011
10:24 pm

John I am not responsible for @not shocked’s comment. I officially declare a truce with you.

John R Smith

April 27th, 2011
11:11 pm

This guy is my hero.

not shocked

April 27th, 2011
11:20 pm

Georgia Coach, don’t be a wimp……

Mr. Klum

April 27th, 2011
11:51 pm

You know we’re never gonna survive, unless we get a little crazy.

Remarkable

April 28th, 2011
12:00 am

I just hope they ran a drug test on the guy. He was obviously high on something.

Angelia, my son went to a private school and scored the second highest SAT score in the area. The biggest problem at the school was often dress code violations, not drugs or weapons. The teachers were mostly certified and one was even a board certified Dr. Most of the teachers have taught for 20+ years in public schools and simply don’t want to put up with the public school kids who don’t want to be there. By the way, my son was accepted by every school he applied to, including UGA and Ga. Tech.

Dr. John Trotter

April 28th, 2011
1:18 am

@ Georgia Coach: I don’t mind people like “not shocked.” I would be worried if no one reacted to me. This is what really would worry me! Ha! I know nothing about this fellow, but the truth be known, he might have truly been treated unmercifully by some mean-spirited and and petty so-called administrator. Now stripping down to his birthday suit was not the answer. He should have joined MACE a long time away. We do indeed have a way of bringing these mean-as-cat-sh_t-and-twice-as-nasty administrators to their knees, and I enjoy every minute of it.