Cry-Baby of the Week
The incident: A guy got fired from his job as a teacher because he turned up to work drunk.
The appropriate response: Accepting it.
The actual response: The teacher is suing the school.
Back in February, Erik Schock was working as a physical-education teacher at Chinook Middle School in Bellevue, Washington. Halfway through the school day, the assistant principal noticed that Erik smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, and his speech was slow.
He was removed from the school and given a blood alcohol test, which found that his blood alcohol level would have been .15 when he arrived at school 7:30 AM—the legal limit for drivers is .08, which means, toxicology experts say, he would have been “suuuuuuper wasted” in front of his kids.
There was a hearing after the incident, during which Erik did not dispute that he’d been legally drunk while at work (he eventually admitted he had had nine beers the night before), and, unsurprisingly, he was fired.
Terry Lukens, the guy who conducted the hearing, noted that not only did Erik put his students in danger, he was also acting as a poor role model: “It is highly likely that students observed his high level of intoxication, slurred speech, and watery eyes.” Which was a pretty unnecessary thing for him to explain, because nobody on earth would argue that Erik deserved to keep his job.
Except Erik, that is.