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Teacher accused of injuring student

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Cloverdale Middle School teacher is now without a job and facing accusations that he broke a student's hand during an altercation in the classroom.

Special education teacher Scott W. Porter, 31, is accused of grabbing 15-year-old Jordan Mundy by the shirt and wrestling him to the ground, somehow breaking the student's index finger and possibly causing permanent damage to his hand.

The alleged incident occurred shortly after the start of school on Jan. 11, during an anger management class that Porter was teaching to emotionally disabled children at the middle school.

The student's mother, Michelle Britton of Cloverdale, told the BannerGraphic that her son and another boy were making fun of the teacher's height and that the teacher became upset and challenged the boys to "come up there and say it to his face."

When the two students approached the teacher at his desk and then tried to run away, the teacher allegedly grabbed Mundy and held him on the ground in a wrestling lock, Britton said.

Putnam County Prosecutor's Investigator Charles Bollinger said he interviewed the other students that were in the classroom that day and they told him the teacher had Mundy in a headlock on the floor.

Once on the floor, Bollinger said, the teacher told Mundy that if he didn't give up, or "tag out," that "something was going to break."

The student's mother told the BannerGraphic the teacher allegedly tried to cover up the incident by telling her son not to go to the nurse's office. Mundy told his mom the teacher put a splint on his hand, gave him some ice and sent him on to the next class.

Several hours later, Mundy did go to the nurse's office and his grandmother was called to take him to the hospital where the break was confirmed, Britton said.

On Tuesday, she said her son has since had to step off the basketball team and has made several return trips to the doctor's office for treatment of his hand.

In the meantime, the prosecutor's office is still waiting on the results of a medical exam on Mundy's hand to determine if the growth plate in his hand is actually broken. If permanent damage was done, Bollinger said it could mean the difference between a misdemeanor battery charge being filed against the teacher and a felony charge.

"We're trying to figure out if this was horseplay or if the teacher became upset and used too much force," Bollinger said.

Middle School Principal Jeff Brookshire told the BannerGraphic Tuesday that the teacher was initially placed on paid administrative leave, during the investigation, but that he has since resigned from his position. He was an eight-year veteran of the school.

"We felt that it was in everybody's best interest that Mr. Porter was relieved of his duties," Brookshire said.

Mundy's mother says she is in the process of obtaining an attorney and plans to sue the teacher.

"The teacher is the one the students are supposed to trust," she said. "Another thing is Mr. Porter was my son's favorite teacher. He's gonna wish he never broke my kid's finger," she said.

Attempts to reach Porter for comment were unsuccessful and there was no listing for him in the phone book.


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Ahhhhhhh!!!! CLOVERDALE!!

-- Posted by concerned3 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 12:24 AM

that is sad to hear. you can't even trust a teacher any more. i hope she sues the school to. that man should be in jail now. get him mr. brookwalter, whats the wait.

-- Posted by billy b on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 2:57 AM

It sounds to me like the mother needs to be in an anger management class. "He's gonna wish he never broke my kid's finger."

And billy b, maybe you are getting a little too excited about this. Prison?

-- Posted by ihatepplthatwine on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 3:37 AM

Sounds like "Anger Mamagment Class" went a little too far......

-- Posted by Afghan Contractor on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 5:18 AM

Ironic that this was the students favorite teacher. Maybe it was just horseplay that got out of hand. The only people to benefit from this situation now is a lawyer.

-- Posted by strings on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 5:25 AM

this is sad, people always quick to jump on someone who they know nothing about. i, personally know scott, he would not intentionally hurt anyone, not only is he a good person, hard worker, and a parent, he strives to be a role model to the kids in our community, coaching sports, etc.. do you really think this man is actually out to hurt a student? he has been a teacher for 8 yrs. lets look at the big picture, why is this child being raised by his grandmother? she isnt sueing, but good ol mom is quick to go after an easy dollar, if she would try instilling morals and respect in her son, maybe he would not have put his hands on his teacher. if this was reversed , i know scott would not be trying to put this child in the front page news. what is he supposed to do, let a student choke him to death! people need to wake up, its hard enough to get teachers, let alone ones that really care, and now you are trying to ruin him, the facts will come out, and then will you print an apology to mr porter, i bet not!

-- Posted by usmalein on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 6:01 AM

Everybody seems to be "sue-happy!" Give me a break...suing a teacher over a finger. This mom needs to step back and look what she is doing to her child. He will never live it down...especially if this is a good teacher everyone likes!

-- Posted by Sunflowermel on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 7:30 AM

This is a teacher!I am confused as to why anyone would defend his behavior.He was to teach these kids Anger Management,not how to free yourself from your enemy.Mr Porter was wrong and this not acceptable under any cicumstance.

-- Posted by Indymom7 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 8:13 AM

I know for a fact this isn't TRUE!!! I think both sides of the story would be nice. I wonder why mom doesn't have custody of her children??? If this kid was so great, WHY DOES HE NEED ANGER MANAGEMENT IN THE FIRST PLACE???? I go to every basketball game and know for a FACT that this kid was NEVER on the team,so if mom would lie about something like that, what else do you think she would lie about. This teacher is the one who should sue for slander. I wonder how she would feel if all the things I knew about this family would be in headlines.

-- Posted by know your facts on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 8:28 AM

I too know of Mr. Porter and think that his supporters may not know all of his many faces. I worked with him and he had a tendency with handicap boys to wrestle and teach them to be rough. When he was asked to remember that is inappropriate he did not stop. The boy he taught this to put female staff in headlocks taught to him by Mr.Porter! The mother has made some bitter statements but I wonder if your child was the one put in a headlong would it be as okay as someone else's? Who cares what the mother has done she is not the one who broke her child's finger. The police report says that Scott did break it and he resigned.(paraphrased) Not the actions of an innocent person. Let us be weary to draw conclusions against the mother because you had some memorable moments with Scott at a sporting event.

-- Posted by Life Is Good on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 8:38 AM

Just another reason to go ahead and let the state monitor us more by placing cameras in the classroom, which could be used to verify such incidents. on the other hand a jury of 12 sent forth to judge the evil of the world will decide this mans fate. Who are we to cast the first stone on something we do not have the facts on anyway.

-- Posted by conspiracy on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 9:32 AM

This boy's personal life has nothing to do with any of this!Teachers are to be an example for our children,not abusers.We as parents should demand fair and moral treatment of our children.I don't care that Mr Porter is a good man,he made bad judgement by laying his hands on that child!He is an adult,this child did not deserve to be treated this way.Please back off of this student's personal life,his life is hard enough obviously.What would you do if this were your child?

-- Posted by Indymom7 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 9:50 AM

NO, I wouldn't want my child hurt, but I also wouldn't want to be accused of something I didn't do either. My response had nothing to do with a "memorable moment" with the teacher at a sporting event, my concern was if the mom would LIE about that, WHAT OTHER LIES WILL SHE TELL??? I don't care that there are many faces to the teacher that people don't see, how many faces do you have that people don't see.????? I don't think anyone is perfect!!!!!

-- Posted by know your facts on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 10:14 AM

The kids shouldn't have disrespected an authority figure. Their parents should tell them they were wrong for that. Maybe the kids will respect authority next time!

-- Posted by nikkilpn on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 11:09 AM

Mom's trying to cash in on this even though she doesn't even raise her kid? Don't you think the money should go to the kid and not the Mom?

-- Posted by nikkilpn on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 11:12 AM

For all of you who say that you know Scott Porter and that he wouldn't do anything like this, shame on you. Well I know him too and I know for a fact that he is capable of this. All anyone has to do is just check how many complaints have been filed at the superintendants office, police department. He has been known to instigate fights between minors and coach life changing injuries to children. He is so capable of it and the authorities were warned as was the superintendant at cloverdale schools about his behavior and actions. And what about probably the most severe action he was involved in that got pushed under the carpet? In the past he hasn't been employed by the cloverdale schools but by another company called Old National Trail and contracted to the school. All I can say is that This community / authorities have been warned. Just because they said that there wasn't anything they could do at this time, doesn't constitute them not being warned about what he is capable of.

I knew this was going to eventually happen. Prime example of "LOOSE CANNON"

-- Posted by Called it a mile away on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 12:17 PM

I do not see how this is going to solve anything. Sueing is not the answer. If she wants justice, go into a courtroom and leave the money out. What will she do with the money??? Pay medical bills? I doubt it

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 12:37 PM

U know everyone is on the mother yes maybe she has issues but the child is not living with her. the boy was in potters class for a reason. yes potter was an eh (emotionally handicappied) teacher, so the boy has some issues but what givs u the rite as a teacher to put ur hands on a child for making fun of ur size common people get with the program. i have seen first hand what type of person scott is and he is the one that needs the anger managment classes. and everyone says that he is a parent, he is not the kids that he has r his girlfriends kids they dont belong to him. their are more bad stories that i have seen and herd about scott and most all are not good. he teaches other kids to fight and pushes them on. yes we may not have the whole story but i worked with kids like these and even thou they have behavior problems doesnt give a teacher the rite to put their hands on them. also he is not aloud to be a coach on any little league. and i wouldnt want my children to be on his team if any of u seen the way he acts like at sporting events. so yes we all have many faces i have mine but i would feel the same way as this mother does weather i had my kids or didnt have them and she is not on trial, she wasnt the one that broke his finger so what she does or doesnt do is not the issue here it is the teacher and the student. yes the boys shouldnt have been acting that way but if a teacher feels threatened then they send another student or someone to get another teacher to help. i knew that it wouldnt belong until he was gone he has had to many complaints on him for this kind of behavior. it makes me sick that they have kept him this long because he doesnt deserve to be a teacher. like someone else said he was the one that needs the anger management classes. like i said before yes we all werent there in the class room to see what happened but no child deserves this kind of treatment weather he is an eh student or not. this is what some people expected to see happen and knew it would happen. only here in cloverdale

-- Posted by only here in cloverdale on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 2:27 PM

Mr.Porter crossed the line,thats the bottom line. He is the adult and even tho the students were doing wrong also,the adult either knows better or is being expected to know better.If there has been other complaints(as mentioned here and by others I have talked to from Cloverdale)why isnt the Principal,Superintendent,the whole darn Administration being asked why this incident happens and why these other complaints had not been adressed?I was told that Putnam Co. Comprehensive Services employs this teacher and has him working with special needs kids. Even after the incident and him resigning? Shame on that agency!If I had a child in their care, I'd get them out quick. Is it true the teachers boss at the agency is his wife? Hmmm stories everywhere,not many of them positive. Not a "Banner" time for good news lately......

-- Posted by the truth on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 4:05 PM

You know there have been many valid points from both sides. The thing that I feel the most sad about is that it has been said, guess he won't do that again or the mom just wants to cash in. The thing is that the mother and boy are not on trial. The mother in all likely hood will never see a dime of it and that not being the point at all still leaves a STUDENT who had a finger broken. I put my thumb out of socket last month and that hurt pretty bad; I cringed thinking about how that kid felt. Disrespectful was he? Well so does that constitute hurting him? Even if it was horseplay Scott went too far. Violence in general is out of control in schools and we do not need teachers precipitating the problem with horseplay or otherwise. I am sorry if this was a one-time mistake but I do not believe that as a community it should be overlooked just because the mother/boy may have issues.

-- Posted by Life Is Good on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 4:08 PM

In response to "only here in cloverdale" user-- You say you work with these kids just as Mr. Porter. Well, I for one hope you aren't teaching grammar and writing. Maybe if you had paid more attention to your teachers you wouldn't sound ignorant.

-- Posted by glasshouse on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 4:10 PM

We do not have the true story. The mother doesn't know it, she has already said so many things in the article that can be proved wrong. Obviously some people here have had bad experiences with the teacher. So what. That doesn't mean he did this out of anger. Yes, maybe the students like to wrestle with the teacher and that is not appropriate. It has cost him his job. It sounds more like an accident that the teacher will pay for for the rest of his life. I have a student that adores Mr. Porter. He is very upset that he has resigned. He also knows that student. He is sorry that he got hurt. This case by no means is criminal. Would I be upset if it were my kid. Yes. Would I sue? No. My child got a bloody nose once by rounding the corner and running in to a teacher. WOW! Maybe I should sue her. This mother needs to console her child for losing his favorite teacher, not sue.

-- Posted by glasshouse on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 4:22 PM

The Principlal says the teacher was "relieved of his duties" yet he "resigned". Wonder which it was? Would resigning his job make it possible to go to another area or school and get a similar position,as if this never happened?By resigning does his record show the charges he is accused of or can he say he resigned to pursue more education or something like that and then go somewhere else as if nothing happened? I know there is a history of people that have done wrong just being recycled to another location(Catholic Priest for example)I'd hate to think that another incident could happen under those circumstances.I'd hope our system works better than that.

-- Posted by the truth on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 4:47 PM

i know ScottPorter and his son is one of my good friends.i personally think scott would do this bc he encourages fights an doesnt stop till he is satisfied.in the past scott has encouraged a fight that made him almost lose his job.

-- Posted by hillbilly23 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 5:05 PM

I think people should get the whole story before passing judgement. Those of you without sin can cast the first stone. I'm sorry that this happened to this kid, but the fact is, he was the one that jumped on the teachers back and put him in a headlock. I guess everyone responding against the teacher wouldn't mind that happening to them. As far as mom supporting her son, WHERE was she to support him when he is running around the neighborhood all hours of the night, smoking, getting drugs from the community park and throwing rocks at an old mans house while screaming obsenitites at him. I believe if she was there to support him and be the loving mother she claims to be this wouldn't of happened, the kid would respect people. Just an easy way for her to make some cash, guess the social security money isn't enough!!!! As far as Gotta Love them All, you sound like you might be a disgruntled employee looking for revenge on someone and to the other people that claim to know how the teacher is, I guess your kids were totally innocent.

-- Posted by know your facts on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 5:52 PM

why would scotts son be your friend if you dont like him? tell me that

-- Posted by know your facts on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 6:04 PM

I have noticed alot of people have posted their opinion on this matter. Just as I have noticed a lot of people post opinions about many other things in this community of Cloverdale, yet they never leave their names, hummm!

Well I have worked at the middle school,I have coached at the middle school and I have a son who attends the same. After speaking with my son, some other students and adults as well I believe that the facts of this story have not been verified. I also believe that there are some gaping holes. I would challenge anyone to work at any middle school for 2-3 weeks. Find out what really goes on there. I think you would be suprised to find out how much the students are in total control. May I add, not the students you want to be in control either. This is not a lack of effort on the teachers or administrators hands, this is because the lawyers and the parents have given all the power to the students. How safe do you think that is for your kids or the teachers and employees. Trust me

it's a scary place when the teenagers are in charge. I would like to see a follow-up published by the newspaper when this all shakes out and we have the real facts. My grandfather always told me if it was worth saying, it was worth putting your name on. Thank you. Mechelle Lockwood

-- Posted by mlockwood on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 6:07 PM

I would like to know what some of the other teachers have to say about this incident. I personally think it is time for schools to stand up for themselves against predatory students and parents and back up thier teachers. Maybe if kids were more afraid that their fingers might get hurt they wouldn't be hurting themselves by thuming their noses at athority and getting into so much trouble. Cloverdale schools are too wimpy.

-- Posted by knowcloverdaletoowell on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 8:31 PM

I don't know Mr. Porter or the boy involved in this but where does "usmalein" read that "this child (is)being raised by his grandmother"? For all we know, "good ol mom" was at work when her son was wrestled to the floor by someone twice his age. If a teacher who was supposed to be teaching anger control to emotionally disabled children at the middle school became upset and challenged the boys to "come up there and say it to his face" due to a comment about his height, then he should be fired; we don't need teachers like that and I would sue, too.

By the way, "usmalein", the Banner doesn't do follow up OR apologies.

-- Posted by '74tiger on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 8:49 PM

I will bet here is what you have.

The school hired a track coach, and NOT a teacher. Then, when they began looking around to figure out what to do with him, they gave him a special education class. AND, I will bet he is on an emergency permit and is not a fully licensed special education teacher.

This is NOT the behavior of a trained special educator. My advice to the mother who intends to sue -- don't sue the teacher. Sue the school corporation for putting hiring a track coach ahead of hiring a fully qualified special education teacher!

-- Posted by Whosure on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 9:24 PM

I wonder what the superintendent of Cloverdale would do if someone jumped on her back and put her in a headlock or the principal for that matter. I think I will tell my student to go ahead and do that and not to worry there won't be any consequences for him, but the principal and the superintendent will resign. All this is doing is encouraging children to do whatever they want to whomever they want and not to worry about consequences.

-- Posted by know your facts on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 9:30 PM

To Whosure, I am sure there is a copy of his special education license in the superintendents office, so my advice to you is if you don't have any idea of what your talking about...Quit Talking.....

-- Posted by know your facts on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 9:38 PM

As a former student of Scotts I know he would never intentionally hurt anyone. He is one of the most inspiring and dedicated teachers Cloverdale has EVER had. He has opened many doors to many students, and pushed them to success. I may not always agree with some of his actions and he has his faults, but he is greater than those weaknesses and many former students or athletes can prove this. It is tragic this student ended up with a broken FINGER, but suck it up. People of Cloverdale, don't be idiots. Look at the big picture our worries should be with your children and their usage of drugs (a huge Cloverdale Problem).

-- Posted by Previous Student on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 9:43 PM

Just a few quick notes. First off I am not saying what happened was remotely excusable. It seems though that the articles have been extremely one-sided thus far, and this may be because of a pending lawsuit.

As for Whosure's comment, Mr. Porter was a licensed educator in his area. This is public information, open for anyone to see. As for the Anger Management class, someone may need to do some more research. Some acquaintances of mine stated that this class doesn't even exist at the middle school.

-- Posted by UpInDaAir on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 11:53 PM

THIS IS THE MOTHER OF THE 15 YEAR OLD BOY.

OK THERE IS ALOT BEING SAID, I THINK I HAVE THE RIGHT TO STAND UP FOR MYSELF AND MY SON.

LOOK, I LIVE WITH MY CHILDREN, I TAKE CARE OF THEM AS WELL. I DONT KNOW WHO OR WHY YOU WOULD THINK ANY DIFFERENT, AND YES WE ALL HAVE MADE MISTAKES, AND I HAVE MADE SOME VERY BAD CHOICES IN MY LIFE, BUT NEVER HAVE I EVER BROKE MY KIDS' FINGERS, I DONT EVEN WHIP MY CHILDREN.

SO ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED, I DID NOT MENTION WHAT WAS SAID BUT NOW I BELIEVE IT TIME I SPOKE UP. THIS WAS NOT TOLD TO THE MEDIA, BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT MR. PORTER TO HURT LIKE MY SON DID WHEN HE WAS TOLD HE COULD NOT GO TO THE NURSES STATION.

WHAT ABOUT WHEN HE TOLD MY SON NOT TO GO TO THE NURSES STATION BECAUSE MR.PORTER WOULD GET INTO TROUBLE,AND WHY DID JORDAN HAVE TO WAIT FOR 3 HOURS BEFORE HE WAS SEEN BY THE SCHOOLS NURSE. WHY DIDNT SCOTT EVEN REPORT ANY OF THIS, AND WHY DID HE LEAVE MY SON LAYING ON HIS FLOOR WITH A BROKEN FINGER, THAT MR SCOTT PORTER HIMSELF PUT A SPLINT ON, AND WHY WAS THERE 12 STUDENTS PRESANT TO WITNESS THIS, AND THERE WERE 2 GIRLS THAT REPORTED BEING MANHANDLED DURING THIS SAME CLASSROOM. SO I AM HERE TO LET YOU KNOW, THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME, THIS IS ABOUT MY SON, AND A TEACHER THAT IS SUPPOSE TO BE A MAN, AND SUPPOSE TO BE SOMEONE THAT BETTERS THE CHILDREN.

AND FOR YOU TO SAY, YOU, MR. PORTER, LOVED MY KIDS AS YOUR OWN, YOU HAD TO KNOW HIS FINGER WAS BROKE BY THE WAY IT WAS LAYING ACROSS HIS KNUCKLES, HOW COULD YOU...

HE RESPECTS YOU, AND THOUGHT ALOT ABOUT YOU, ALSO, ONE MORE THING JORDAN HAD TOLD ME, THAT WHEN THE FIRST LITTLE BOY CALLED YOU A MIDGET, JORDAN SAID NA, HES NOT A MIDGET, HE IS MY SHORTY, TO ME THAT SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS STICKING UP FOR YOU AND YOU WERE THE ONE WHO BROKE HIS FINGER.

ALSO FOR THE PERSON WHOS NAME IS

{KNOW YOUR FACTS}

THIS MONEY ISSUE IS A BIG JOKE, IF THERE WAS TO BE ANY KIND OF MONEY, IT WOULD GO TOWARDS MY SONS HOSPITAL BILLS, AND ANY FUTURE MEDICAL BILLS CAUSED BY MR PORTER DURING THIS "WRESTLING MATCH", AND THERE IS NOTHING OR ANYTHING COMPARED TO SENDING MY CHILD TO SCHOOL TO LET HIM THINK THE MAN HE CALLED HIS TEACHER AND HIS FRIEND ONLY TURNED OUT TO BE THE ONE THAT HURT HIM.

ALL I KNOW IS THAT HE WAS A TEACHER THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE TEACHING THEM HOW TO BEHAVE BUT IT WAS NOT AND HAS NOT SEEMED TO BE THAT WAY. IN THE END I WANT TO SAY THAT FACTS ARE IN THE AIR, SMELL IT.....

SINCERELY,

MICHELLE BRITTON

THE 15 YEAR OLDS' MOTHER.....

-- Posted by crazyeyez69 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 12:06 AM

Hey crazyeyez69, your CAPS button is stuck. your comment seems as if you are yelling.

-- Posted by strings on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 5:22 AM

"He is not a midget, he is my shorty."

Personally, I think this could have been taken as an insult as well, depending on the situation. If he was wanting to stick up for him, why didn't he tell the other boy to be quiet?

-- Posted by UpInDaAir on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 5:36 AM

This is bad news for all involved. I hope Mr. Porter and student are left alone by the press. OR I hope the press can provide a more accuarte account of what happened.

-- Posted by momoffour on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 6:18 AM

"Putnam for life"-- Get your facts about hiring non- certified teachers!!!!! Give me a #. That is an absolute lie.

-- Posted by momoffour on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 6:27 AM

I'm disappointed about all the mean comments about the boy and his family. When the fact of the matter is, this should be about a child going to school,where it is supposed to be safe, and being injured by a teacher from horseplay. Even if Mr. Porter did not intentionally hurt the boy, he did intentionally NOT send him to seek Medical Attention. And that is negligence. And I have seen Mr. Porter at basketball games and outside activities, the man is like a 14 year old himself.

-- Posted by cdaleparent on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 6:36 AM

Wow, who wouldn't believe the sincerity of a post, in all caps, by someone logged in as "crazyeyez69"?

At least he probably got some awesome pain killers too take to all the Cloverdale RX parties.

-- Posted by The Ghost of Goat Man on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:42 AM

Hey crazyeyez

Does your attorney advise you to post and talk about the case?

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 10:43 AM

If you saw the channel 6 news last night it was obvious that this woman is motivated by the thought of a law suit against Scott Porter, I doubt she is concerned about the well being of her son, and his ability to play basketball.

I don't think she is smart enough to realize that she would be better off suing the Cloverdale school system.

They have been aware for several years of Scott Porters behavior issues, both on and off school property. I know for a fact that there has been several complaints against him that were ignored by the school system.

Therefore, by continueing to employ Mr. Porter, Cloverdale School should be held accountable for his actions.

And maybe the state educators should take a look at our school administrators to determine how they handle complaints agaist teachers. Because I personally don't believe they handle it well...

-- Posted by w8N4UNprison on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 11:23 AM

Regarding: "As a former student of Scotts I know he would never intentionally hurt anyone. He is one of the most inspiring and dedicated teachers Cloverdale has EVER had. He has opened many doors to many students, and pushed them to success. I may not always agree with some of his actions and he has his faults, but he is greater than those weaknesses and many former students or athletes can prove this." This is absolutely the best summation of Scott that I have read. I would like to add comments from the perspective of a parent of a couple of Cloverdale Honor Student/Athletes.

Although my kids did not have Scott as a teacher, he has influenced both of them in his role as a coach and Personality at Cloverdale. As a parent of athletes, one graduated, one in Middle School, I have seen my fair share of coaches. Scott is by far the best and most effective, organized and inspiring male coaches I have encountered. He is very bright and into teaching in a very enthusiastic and dedicated manner.

He has the knack to reach students inner core and inspire them to do their best. In Cross Country/Track, this means to compete as a team and as an individual and the students were always prepared, warmed up properly, and achieved high honors. Personally, I saw my son go from wanting to quit running, coming in last place at his first meet to placing in the top county and conference teams because of Scott's leadership. Many coaches would have been likely to count my last place bottom runner and label him as a drop out or one to be cut from the team,maybe even be glad that he didn't have to bother with a kid who could not contribute to his team. But Scott took the time to look at my son's technique and talk with him. He was able to diagnose a minor thing that was easily corrected and motivated him along the way to higher and higher goals. I believe that running will be a life long sport for my son.

Scott looks at the athletes as individuals and I imagine he looks at his students in the same manner, without labels.

He is licensed to teach PE and Seriously Emotionally Handicapped in Indiana. One might argue about Scott's style, but you can't argue with his substance. Think about it, teaching SEH kids has got to be the hardest job in the school, especially in the Middle School age bracket. SEH is a label that often goes along with what we used to call juvenile delinquents. When a student has this label (and I hate labels) they are often not capable of being mainstreamed, not because they are unable to learn, but because they cause so much mayhem, they disrupt other student's learning and have to be segregated. Some of them are even dangerous. This broad generalization is not meant to be directed at the students in this incident, so please don't take offense. But the fact is that School is often just a way station from one institution to another for the most mentally ill and/or deviant of these students. It takes a special teacher to do this difficult job.

I hope the student's finger heals fully and that his family has the class NOT to sue the school or MR. Porter. I mean, what good would that do?

And I sincerely hope that this incident does not end Mr. Porter's career as a teacher, coach, mentor and educator of our youth.

-- Posted by South of 40 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 11:38 AM

Get your facts straight before you type anything. Im almost positive every student that has had Mr. Porter for a coach or teacher loved him as a person.

Honestly the student was in a special education class. He must have had anger problems to be in there. If the student was mature enough as a 15 year old he wouldnt have been messing around.

The mother should not be suein anyone. It is over a finger. it's not that big of a deal. It just like a P.E teacher playing dodgeball with a student and hittin him with a ball and leaving a bruise.

Lady your better of leavin the situation alone and forgetting about it. Every teacher jokes around with their students whether you realize it or not. Every putnam county school hs this problem. You jsut havent caught them. Oh and for the Pharm. Party. That was in GREENCASTLE. Not Cloverdale!!

-- Posted by cdaleclover on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 12:21 PM

A student at Cloverdale Middle School that sits beside this Jordan Mundy kid saw him take of his splint in front of the WHOLE entire class and moved his finger like it was not even broke.

It sounds to me like this kid is faking.

How could you bend your finger that is supposed to be broken in three places?

Also the mother should not have threatened Mr. Porter by saying " He's gonna wish he never broke my kid's finger," That is a THREAT!

It looks like this woman just wants money out of this whole entire situation.

-- Posted by cdaleclover on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 3:05 PM

As a community it is our job to remember that although we are not privy to Scott's testimony we do know that according to the reports filed he did have some type of altercation and that he encouraged the boy to go to the next class without seeking help but he treated him himself. (He obviously was aware that an injury occurred.)I am not a teacher but am aware that there is protocol. Was the protocol followed? Did he bring in an administrator or fellow teacher to help when it began to get out of control? Did he report it immediately to cover his own interests and for the students interests when it became evident an injury occurred. The person that said a child said he wiggled it and was probably faking. (Please note that Scott treated it himself, obviously he too thought it was injured.) Emotion set aside unfortunately something innappropriate did occur. Students reported that he had him in a headlock. I took restraint training and headlocks were not taught in that class.(Scott as a professional has also taken this training, I know this for a fact.) He did not report immediately in the interest of the student and his well-being. Teachers and staff within the school district should be able to be trusted by parents,students, and the community to follow the rules. Scott at the very least did not react appropriately after control with the student was lost. The mother may not be acting appropriately as we think she "should" but again many people when faced with troubles may not follow what we think they should do. The hurt boy is the point. If a PE teacher did hurt a child in dodgeball they too would follow guidelines to report and document even the slightest injuries. Scott did not act professionally. I really hope that this does not get swept under the rug because supporters think that this boy and mother needed to have learned a lesson. Teachers that step out of their bounds need to have consequences regardless of fond feelings felt towards them.

-- Posted by Life Is Good on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 4:08 PM

Won't his hospital bills be covered by hoosier healthwise???? I'm pretty sure there won't be permanent damage, considering he had taken off his splint today in school and was moving his finger around in front of the whole class....Maybe you should tell him to wait until after the law-suit before doing that....

-- Posted by know your facts on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 4:17 PM

Mr. Porter was very helpful to my autistic child. He encouraged our son in school when everyone else gave up on him and he is lost with out him. He was a very important person for our son in school. He would help him think of other ways to handle the situation. I don't care what anybody says about Mr. Porter he has been an important person and teacher for our son and will be very missed by our family.

-- Posted by surgery on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 5:23 PM

as far as crazyeyes goes, her entry says it all and why is she yelling, she's going to be rich soon and ruin a good teachers career, c'dale stands behind their teachers until it comes to money!

-- Posted by gottokno on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:28 PM

It sounds to me that "gotta love them" knows Mr. Porter personally, I think you sound like someone my former boss fired for stealing from handicapped kids. So lets not throw stones anymore when you obviously don't have both sides of the story...

BECAUSE THE LORD SAID, "THOSE OF YOU WITHOUT SIN CAN CAST THE FIRST STONE."

-- Posted by thetruthwillsetyoufree on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 10:36 PM

There is much more to this story. Just wait till it is played out in the courts. There is no "anger management" class at CMS. This all occurred during a literature class. Love how all the rumor mills run amuck.

-- Posted by cdalemomof2 on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 1:41 AM

Maybe the kid shouldnt have taken the splint off. More than one student in his classes has seen him take it off and move his finger around like nothing ever happened.

By the way you should see what is going on at all the Putnam County schools. Things that are a lot worse!

-- Posted by cdaleclover on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 8:01 AM

LETS HOPE THIS ALL GETS CLEARED UP SOON..

IT IS OBVIOUS THIS TEACHER WILL PAY DEARLY FOR HIS ACTIONS......

LETS ALL HOPE THIS STUDENT HEALS AND HAS LEARNED HIS LESSON AS WELL....I DOUBT IT

....WHAT A SHAME....

OUR TEACHERS SHOULD NO LONGER HAVE TO DEAL WITH STUDENTS LIKE THIS. WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR ZERO TOLERANCE.......NO MORE TURNING OUR HEADS AND IGNORING WHAT IS GOING ON UNDER THE ROOFS OF OUR SCHOOLS....IT IS VERY APPARENT THAT WE DO NOT PAY OUR TEACHERS ENOUGH AS IT IS . AND FOR THEM TO HAVE TO IGNORE THE ACTS OF THESE TYPES OF CHILDREN IS WRONG..PARENTS IT IS TIME YOU STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO ACT AND HOW NOT TO MISBEHAVE. YOU SHOULD HAVE TO PICK THEM UP EVERYTIME THEY GET OUT OF LINE NO EXCEPTIONS.....NO EXCEPTIONS....GOT IT !

YOU NEED TO PAY BETTER ATTENTION TO YOUR KIDS......YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME FOR THEIR MISTAKES...

-- Posted by takeastand on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 11:25 AM

It's really a shame that we've forgot one important thing, A Child got hurt!!!It sounds to me that Mr. Porter was only a Coach/Gym Teacher, He was not professionally trained to work with special needs. Although it sounds like he acts as the children do, no wonder the kids act up and have no respect for one another. If your role model doesn't, then why should they....It's sound as if they acted the way he taught them too.....Prior events have happened with this teacher and nothing was done, so once again he THOUGHT he could do it again, But this time it did catch up with him... The students say it's there favorite teacher? Well no wonder what kid would'nt want to be in his class if all it is is horseplay. You should think about the child that is suffering, and I'm sure his hand does hurt. Wouldn't yours if it were broke in three spots and facing surgery. So what if he took his split off. After awhile your hand will swell,itch and become bothersome. Give the kid a break, he's 15. Remember what it was like for you at 15? But I'm sure that everyone that is commenting your life was perfect and never sufford from anything.. I know you all are perfect.. As for the Mother, If I were in her shoes I WOULD SUE EVERYONE INVOLVED. The child may suffer from this the rest of his life thanks to a MENTOR that broke his fingers and possibly damaged his hand..I hope you all sleep well and I hope all of your children are well..Be glad it wasn't your Child. Think about that.

-- Posted by LISA B on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 1:47 PM

You can quickly lookup teacher licenses through google. I typed in "indiana teacher license" and clicked on "indiana teacher inquiry and put in Mr. Porter's name. He is licensed to teach seriously emotionally handicapped students and PE.

-- Posted by cdalemomof2 on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 3:41 PM

I'm pretty sure we are all paying for these children now, social security and medicaid. I've been told by quite a few people that the kids hand isn't permanently damaged and he has told many students at CMS that this isn't what he wanted to do, his dear ol' highly dedicated mother is making him. Oh by the way Lisa B, us rednecks here in cloverdale tried to hire the janitor to teach the special needs children but his qualifications were to high, so we settled for mr. porter... Get a life lady, his license can be gotten from the superintendents office.

-- Posted by thetruthwillsetyoufree on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 8:42 PM

Dear Trapper, your tax dollars have been paying for these children for quite awhile now, and I don't believe it will stop anytime soon. If things aren't gotten under control soon with this family, I can almost guarantee we'll continue paying through their adulthood.

-- Posted by thetruthwillsetyoufree on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:03 PM

He didn't just take off the splint to let his hand get some air. He was cracking his knuckles and typing. I'm pretty sure another teacher witnessed this as well as 30 students. Sounds like some serious damage to me...

-- Posted by know your facts on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:25 PM

i guess that they want to keep taking the truth out the comments. oh well, it will come out soon enough i'm sure..

-- Posted by know your facts on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 4:16 PM

Once again this student is taking his splint off. So many students have witnessed it.

Not Too Smart!!

-- Posted by cdaleclover on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 8:01 AM

I am scared that this family will move back to their original county and strat this behavior over here. We have enought trouble in our school that we do not need anything else! STAY IN CLOVERDALE PLEASE!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 10:03 AM

the child was also on the bus making comments about he didn't want to be doing this at all, mom was making him. i don't want anything bad to happen to this child, but i am certain that this is a way for mom to get some cash and by the way she doesn't have custody. grandma is raising all three of the grandkids.

-- Posted by thetruthwillsetyoufree on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 1:06 PM

{thetruthwillsetyoufree},

Are you sure about that? Wait, and think about it for a second. Do you live there with them, If not then how do you know !!You Dont !!!!!!

I also dont live there but I can almost bet the grandmother dont have custody of her grandkids. This is how rumors are started, By not knowing the real facts, its about a child that got hurt and that teacher not taking the right actions at the right time.

Its too, bad that you people are thinking only for the teacher, maybe because it didnt happen you,or your child, Well I can Tell you that from experince in the past with this teacher this should of happened a long time ago when the first student was involed.

-- Posted by stardustsmomof4 on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 2:53 PM

The delete button on these posts are sure making the story change. I plan to atten the case if it goes to court just to hear the truth. I have to say I give Mr. Porter more credit for acting mature( something he's been slammed for not doing) and not lashing out here.

-- Posted by glasshouse on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 5:56 AM

First off, from what I have read here. I have seen many positive posts about Scott Porter. I do not think that the teacher was in the wrong. I think he was just playing around with the student and unfortunately, the student got hurt. I graduated high school and teachers and students always joked around. No one got hurt and it was all in fun.

I am not going to judge anyone here because I am a Christian and it is not my place to judge anyone and point fingers here. That is not what the Lord wants us to do. However, I will say this: Why hasn't the other students came forward about Mr. Porter that care about him? Any, maybe they did. Also, the students who viewed the Munday boy taking off his splint and moving his fingers around, how come that was not reported to the teachers or principal here? I do not wish any ill-will towards this child. However, if the child is going out of his way to get this teacher in trouble, then that is wrong and something needs to be done about it.

-- Posted by jbharris30 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 2:58 PM

Lisa B wrote: "Give the kid a break, he's 15. Remember what it was like for you at 15?"....

That's the problem Lisa - too many people are making "excuses" for him and not making him accountable (giving him a break all the time.) Yes, I remember when I was 15 (I'm in my 40s now.) If I even remotely said anything disrespectful to a teacher or any other authority figure, I would have been met by mother after her long day at work, and my fanny would have been busted by her wire-handled fly-swatter. I would also have been grounded, and given a writing assignment in the form of a letter to the teacher. Over the next week or two, I would have also been confronted for a verbal explanation of my actions by other adults in my family. It was instilled in my head as a child that when I was in school, visiting someone's home, out in public - I was a representative of the family, and they held me accountable.

Was my homelife perfect ? Far from it ... divorced parents, lots of turmoil, mother worked long hours - I was what's known as a 'latch-key' child. We moved every year and sometimes twice a year so I was always behind the other students in my class. I never considered turning mom in for 'abuse' (like so many do today) because I knew she had my best interest and loved me. My husband grew up in a similar environment. We have raised our children (mostly boys) with the same responsiblity - they are representing their family wherever they go. Are they perfect, straight A,B students? No way ....Have they ever messed up ? Of course - but, we hold them accountable. We are proud of the adults they have and are becoming and tell them so.

Jordon's mom shouldn't file suit against the teacher or the school. Her son behaved in a disrespectful manner in the first place, and she dropped the ball with her responsibilities as a parent - - what her expectations of his representation of their family should have been. This is a life lesson for her son, and it may save his life in the future. If he has any common sense - he'll think twice about mouthing off to an authority figure in the future.

It would be interesting to know how he behaves on the bus rides to and from school, and if other teachers can conduct class - and students learn if Jordan is sitting next to other students. Since he's in anger management class - I doubt if he is a model student or bus passenger.

I've formed the opinion over the past ten years that the public school system as a whole is run by bullies - and bullying (Jerry-Springer-esque) parents. School administrators claim to be supportive of their staff until the 'L' word (lawsuit) is used by one of these parents - and then they seem to fold.

-- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:24 PM

there are children that have come forth along with teachers, all of this evidence I'm sure will end up with Mr. Porters lawyer. I know my child has heard kids say that their going to testify on Mr. Porters behalf for the things these kids are saying and doing. I'm sure in the end this mom will end up being sued.

-- Posted by know your facts on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:51 PM

I hope those the other children and teachers who have come foreward in support of Mr. Porter follow through with their support and testify for his behalf - and are not just giving lip service. Teachers need support from parents - especially when there are suit-happy bullies who are undermining everything these dedicated teachers are doing. The school corporation needs to quit being scared of the 'L' word and fight back. Enough is enough. If they did - maybe the student enrollment would increase instead of parents pulling their children out to homeschool or pay for private education.

How serious can someone be with the user name crazyeyez69 anyway - but, maybe that's the year she was born.

-- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:33 AM


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