Superintendent responds to teacher firing

buhs.jpgUPDATE: Screen shot 2014-05-23 at 9.16.54 AMThe image posted to Zack Quintana’s Instagram account was, he said, reposted from another location.  It is not a Bishop student.  The message above the word Police was “F*** The”.  Quintana explained, “Yes of course its a joke…A commentary on what we deal with and the ignorance of the “FTP” (f*** the police) culture.”  Quintana said his Instagram images could only be seen by use of his screen name, not his real name.

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Because of an online image discovered by school officials, multi media and graphic design teacher, Zack Quintana, was fired. Students objected, and some of them said they were threatened with reduced grades and a loss of privileges as a result. (See letter to the editor on our website.) Bishop School Superintendent Barry Simpson issued a statement about the situation.

Simpson said, “This individual no longer works in our district. His activities online reflect a serious lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism and an inability to be a positive role model to our students. He will no longer be allowed on our campus.

“We have an outstanding teaching staff at Bishop Unified,” said Simpson, “and we do not want one individual to detract from the great work our teachers do. We look forward to celebrating an outstanding year with our graduating senior class.

“This statement,” said the Superintendent, “ends the discussion on this topic and the Bishop Unified School District will not make any further comment.”

Mr. Quintana has indicated that the image he posted on Instagram caused his firing – an image of a boy with a fig leaf and a derogatory message, F*** The Police. He called it a “privacy violation.” Quintana also believes that his work to establish a union for ROP teachers impacted his termination.

Asked to comment on his firing and students’ concerns, Quintana said it was brought to his attention that some teachers and others were bullying his students for protesting his firing. “As parents and citizens, we have become all too comfortable with the Tammany Hall culture that permeates our local governments and educational institutions. It is a culture that rewards the dishonest and supports intimidation. We, as adults harden to it, but should our children? My students will keep their A’s. I will fight for each one of them.”

 

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Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

I really hope Sierra Wave keeps reporting on this issue. I would like to know when the next School Board meeting is scheduled. I really hope the kids keep nipping at their heels!

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago

Not knowing Mr. Quintana myself and trusting to opinions of the majority of bloggers in regards to these issues , I would offer the idea that Mr. Quintana knows how to communicate with the kids ,with our young adult community. The value of Mr. Quintana’s abilities and his dedication to… Read more »

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

thanks benett,figged over?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

A term of art.

a few facts
a few facts
8 years ago

As a side note, this image was not created by this teacher. It was created long ago and a quick search of the interney proves that. It was a joke that was reposted to a private account.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  a few facts

Hey, don’t harsh the rant with facts!!

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

o.k. benett,which statue has the fig leaf?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

A statue of the God Mercury in the Vatican had a fig leaf for awhile. Some say a plaster copy of David was figged over in Victorian England. BK

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Justice
You don’t have to go as far as the Vatican.

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

I couldn’t care less about this guys personal life,hes a teacher and posted a ridiculous photo.For someone in his position,he screwed up big time,and you better believe he knows it,if he wants to play with fig leaves ,maybe he should photograph the statue of david

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

There is no fig leaf on David. Benett Kessler

Weed Wacker
Weed Wacker
8 years ago

Interesting and kind of ironic Barry Simpson and Bill Stoll share the same initials. Those initials really describes this whole thing well. Just give the teacher a formal written warning and let him back in the classroom where he apparently is making a difference, unlike the administrators behind desks.

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

what an idiot

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

ferinand ,can you please explain why you said that? I believe if you knew him or his wife you would have a clue what you speak of.

Joshua Cash
Joshua Cash
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble- I agree with the questioning ferinand’s intent in his comment, but he could very well be addressing Barry Simpson as an idiot for the statement. But then again, he may very well just as naive as Eastern Sierra Local, or Desert Tortoise. In light of the recent posts I… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

I hope Mr.Quintana runs this school district some day!

Eamon McNamara
Eamon McNamara
8 years ago

Excellent decision by BUHS to let this instructor go, he crossed the line of moral obligations that our school staff must have when teaching impressionable, young individuals.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Eamon McNamara

Mr. and Mrs. Quintana are both wonderful teachers . Mrs. Quintana has given my kid more confidance in his school work than any teacher he has ever had.

Accountable
Accountable
8 years ago

I don’t see how this is a matter of free speech. Just because you can say what you want in this country does not mean you do not have to take responsibility for your actions. Mr. Quintana is a public employee who comes into contact with *children* on a daily… Read more »

Ickity
Ickity
8 years ago

Longtimelocal – Many “educators” do not have a degree, and some only have GED’s. The hiring practices are also different for various positions. ROP teachers are not hired to teach beyond their knowledge base and they are not required to have advanced degrees or teaching credentials. They are hired for… Read more »

Educate yourself
Educate yourself
8 years ago

Wow, it sounds like you know so much about Mr. Quintana’s personal life. Please check out my response to Bill Stoll below. Spreading false information to the public is just plain unkind. If you or Bill Stoll knew how ROP worked, you would also know that these teachers are hired… Read more »

Longtimelocal
Longtimelocal
8 years ago

I was not concerned with what the teen was holding in the picture, even though I think it was meant to be a marijuana leaf. However, it’s the words just under the picture that I found disrespectful. “F##K the Police”. Really weird since Mr. Quintana is a sworn law enforcement… Read more »

mongo the idiot
mongo the idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Longtimelocal

LTL, Given the incomplete uncorroborated information that I have I believe the following based on my own deductive reasoning and critical thinking: Mr. Q’s image posting may be a Constitutional rights test, lesson, and/ or trap. Put it to this test; *What was the motive of the obviously politically incorrect… Read more »

Eastern Sierra Local
Eastern Sierra Local
8 years ago

The supposed “fig leaf” may have been just that but the intent was to be a marijuana leaf.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

It originally was. The image was altered after he was canned. It still says “F___ the police” when I viewed it yesterday. We don’t need people like this around our kids. I certainly would not knowingly let my soon to be born son be anywhere near garbage like Mr. Quintana.… Read more »

intestigator tortoise?
intestigator tortoise?
8 years ago

I’ve been following the story the entire time. The image has never changed. In fact it’s been reposted hundreds of times. Mr. Quintana did not create the image. I’m sorry that your narrow mind prevents you from either seeing or speaking truth. I’m glad however that you have nothing to… Read more »

Waxlips
Waxlips
8 years ago

Desert tortoise, why must you be so rude? Sometimes it would be better if you would stick your head back in your shell and just hang out in your little hole.

Agreed
Agreed
8 years ago

No, it’s not. The point of this meme is how badass the punk kid in the picture thinks he is, but that he’s holding a fig leaf instead of weed.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

The Tammany Hall theory Mr.Quintana refers to, is a very good example of how many us beleive our local politics are run. Mr. Simpson is being niave to suggest this is the end of this. If this goes to court, I doubt either of our Judges are allowed to hear… Read more »

splitting hairs
splitting hairs
8 years ago

It’s a liquidambar leaf, if it matters.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
8 years ago

Wouldn’t a copy of the picture been appropriate for this story …? just sayin’

Bill Stoll
Bill Stoll
8 years ago

Thank you Kim M

Educate yourself
Educate yourself
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill Stoll

Once again Bill Stoll, you are making uneducated assertions. Not only does Mr. Quintana have a high school diploma, he has taken college courses and was working on his credential. I really hope that you take the time to educate yourself in the future before you choose to speak out… Read more »

Amazing
Amazing
8 years ago

First, let me point out that the picture does NOT have a marijuana leaf in it. I don’t know what kind of leaf it is, but I’ve killed several of those plants from KMart. Second, Mr. Simpson, you and the school are free to refrain from commenting – but it… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Amazing

We have changed the type of leaf to “fig” after conferring with Mr. Quintana.
BK

mongo the idiot
mongo the idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

BK, May we have a link to the “fig leaf image”???

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

I will check with Mr. Quintana since it is his personal posting. BK

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Just type his name into your browser and his Facebook page pops right up. For now the marijuana leaf is covered up, but it wasn’t before. The original image has a child holding a marijuana leaf and the words “F___ the police”. Nice. Not the sort of person I want… Read more »

Diffenbaugh
Diffenbaugh
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

It’s appalling to think you actually referred to that as a marijuana leaf. That’s just sloppy and dangerous to the situation.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Diffenbaugh

Diffenbaugh….It’s plain to see it’s not a marijuana leaf…….but that is what it’s infered to be,almost like some “gangsta” thing,with the leaf,the look on the kids face and the “F— the Police” slogan along with it….certainly not something you’d expect to see on a teachers internet account.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, you hallucinate marihuana everywhere. Maybe it’s khat?

Over the Berger
Over the Berger
8 years ago
Reply to  Amazing

Lmao I guess the Obenberg disease is spreading from Mono County to Inyo County! Isn’t it amazing that the very people that are supposed to be an example to our children are actually an example of everything we try to teach them NOT to be like. It turns my stomach… Read more »

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago

Yes it is true, the general public has lost its ability to give critical thought!

Just do what your told!

And don’t educate yourself, the last thing established powers want you to do is question their authority…

mongo the idiot
mongo the idiot
8 years ago

Free Speech Rights of Public Employees
The issue: May the government use the speech of a public employee as the basis for discharge or denying promotion?

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/publicemployees.htm

This could get expensive.

Gistine
Gistine
8 years ago

It isn’t as easy to sue a public entity for a first amendment speech violation, trust me. Even if one has all the facts and the truth on their side, there are NO guarantees that they will win a judgment. Public entities have more immunities than you can shake a… Read more »

mongo the idiot
mongo the idiot
8 years ago

Kids love teachers who care.
Kids don’t like B.S.
Mongo