If there was one tactic to hold the attention of your teenage students, this one wasn't it.
An algebra teacher, from Middleburg Heights Middle High School, taught a lesson that backfired when he used inappropriate wording in a math problem. The students tattled on their teacher, Daniel Rapp, who faced the consequences of trying too hard to relate to his pupils.
In an effort to use language that is relevant to teenagers today, Rapp chose egregious wording for this particular math problem.
It read like this:
Tony can send 5 texts and 3 nudes in 19 minutes. He could also send 3 texts and 1 nude in 9 minutes. How long would it take him to send one text and one nude?
Perhaps Rapp underestimated his students. They understood the problem, but knew that the sexual tone was not within an appropriate context. The two students immediately showed their father the screenshot of the unconventional problem.
The outraged father contacted the school over Rapp's indiscretion. As a result, the school superintendent, Michael Sheppard gave Rapp a harsh reprimand.
But was it harsh enough? The outraged father didn't think so. According to him, the written reprimand was hardly punishment enough.
Sheppard justified the reprimand to Fox8:
You have to look to see if it is out of character or not, and in this case, it was something that happened that was just obviously not acceptable from the school district's perspective and that's why we took it, looked at it very seriously and provided the appropriate consequence.
School superintendent, Michael Sheppard. CREDIT: fox8
The slap-on-the-wrist would be easy to dismiss if this was Rapp's first offense, but it wasn't. The educator was issued a similar reprimand before, and the details of that incident from his personnel files weren't readily available to reporters.
Unfortunately, the issue of teachers behaving poorly and getting off easy, is hardly news. Especially for teachers in Northeast Ohio.
In 2005, Trevor Howenstine, a government and economics teacher from R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, emailed his fellow colleagues this appalling message:
After school, I’m the guy that’s gonna rape [male student] with a broom handle all the while making him yell that he loves young boys. Then, when I’m done pleasuring him, I’m going to bury him up to his neck and use him as a toilet.
After his email came to surface, Howenstine resigned in 2006, but was hired to join the faculty at Canton City Schools a couple months later.
Although Rapp's case is now closed, one must wonder:
After 2 reported cases of using sexual language in the classroom, how long will it take for the teacher to get fired after he commits the same offense again?
Some things just don't add up.