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Tennessee school teacher fired due to daughter’s post-prom party

An elementary school teacher hosted a post-prom party for her daughter last year and lost her teaching position last week.  Tina Wilder, a Maynardville Elementary school teacher in Union County, TN planned an alcohol-free post-prom party for her daughter and her mostly Kentucky-based school chums last year. She fell asleep and woke to find over two dozen teens with alcohol. According to wbir.com, the county sheriff testified “they found 65 containers of alcohol on the property and a bag of keys– as if someone had collected them.”

Initially, Wilder had been dismissed by the then Director of Schools, Jimmy Carter (not the former president) and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. A tenured teacher, she appealed and an  “independent hearing officer” ruled for 30 days of suspension without pay, instead. The current Director of Schools, Wayne Goforth, appealed the appeal and the current school board agreed. Thursday night, they fired Wilder.

It may not be over yet. Wilder has the right to appeal to the Union County Chancery Court.

3 comments on “Tennessee school teacher fired due to daughter’s post-prom party

  1. Nidia
    October 17, 2013

    First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Cheers!

  2. chris
    May 14, 2013

    So it a appears someone was trying to prevent people from driving by collecting keys. That’s responsible behavior, but it will be punished nonetheless.

  3. Pamela Sue
    March 25, 2013

    Just another reason to never host parties nor allow teens to attend parties. So sad for those involved.

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