University sacks mooning debate coach
....I can not count the number of times I wanted to "drop trow" and say "Debate This"!
The key there is "wanted to", Thinking about an action and checking yourself before you do it are two different things.
What happens when teachers and coaches sink below behavioral levels of their students? You fire them, plain and simple. As parents you send your children off to university hoping and praying that the teachers will be a good influence on your kids and at least instill in them some values of worth.
WICHITA, Kan. - Fort Hays State University has fired its debate coach for losing his temper at a tournament, engaging in a videotaped shouting match that included pulling down his shorts to expose his underwear.
University President Edward H. Hammond also announced Friday that the school was immediately suspending its debate program until problems are addressed at the national level. He said it was important to take a stand against the declining standards of college debate.
The argument between Fort Hays State debate coach William Shanahan and another coach following a tournament match at Cross Examination Debate Association event at Wichita State University in March received nationwide attention after it was posted on YouTube on Aug. 2.
Shanahan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Friday that while his reasoning might seem convoluted, he argued with the other coach because he respected her and her opinions.
"Obviously it got out of control, but to be honest I thought I was in a safe house," Shanahan said. "I thought I was part of a community that handled its problems internally and that recognized the dangers of exposing ourselves - no pun intended - to the rest of the country."
Hammond said no one from the tournament staff notified university officials about the incident until it was posted on YouTube. Shanahan, an assistant professor of communication studies, taught at the university for 10 years but did not have tenure. He led the university's debate team to a national championship in 2002.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but these actions are not acceptable for someone who is representing our university," Hammond said in a written statement.
"Obviously it got out of control, but to be honest I thought I was in a safe house," Those are the words of a person not sorry for what they have done, not abashed at all. Sorry I got out of control isn't good enough when you are teaching the fragile minds of our youth.