Twenty-six year old Derek Bates should probably started calling himself a "former teacher" after resigning from Montezuma High School. Bates, who had taught English has been charged with supplying a 17 year old male student with alcohol.
Terrible, right? But it gets worse.
Not only did Bates allegedly give the student whiskey, he drank it with him until both became, in the words of the court documents "very intoxicated".
Shocking, right? But it gets still worse.
Not only did the teacher give the student whiskey and drink with him, all of this happened on school grounds.
What the hell was he thinking? The incident happened on a Sunday, which raises even more questions. Why was he meeting with a student on school grounds on a weekend, with alcohol in hand?
If I was the parent of the 17 year old, I would have an awful lot of questions for the school, my child and the teacher. I would also want to do everything in my power to make sure this guy never teaches again.
This story really is a good reminder of how important it is to have teachers you can trust in the classroom. Have you ever had a concern about your child's teacher? What would you do if you didn't feel like you could trust them?