Teacher pleads not guilty to breaking student's hand

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A former Cloverdale special education teacher pleaded not guilty in court Monday to a felony charge of battery following accusations that he broke a student's hand during an altercation in the classroom on Jan. 11.

Scott W. Porter, 31, appeared in Putnam Circuit Court Monday along with his attorney Jeff Boggess where the judge set his pre-trial hearing for 1 p.m. March 17.

Putnam County Pros-ecutor Tim Bookwalter charged Porter, an eight-year veteran of the school, with a class D felony charge of battery last week following an investigation.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Porter was teaching an anger management class to emotionally disabled children, during which time he placed 15-year-old student Jordan Mundy in a headlock because the student was making fun of him.

The student claims Porter pulled his index finger backwards during the scuffle, causing it to break. He also said the teacher told him not to report it to the school nurse -- claims the teacher denies.

Porter resigned after the allegations surfaced.

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  • Here we go.

    -- Posted by strings on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 5:03 AM
  • Good luck Scott

    -- Posted by cloverdad on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:11 AM
  • It will take a teacher winning to stop this kind of "sue"shappy world. I hope the court listen and form a good opinion

    -- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 7:34 AM
  • I hope that Scott is found guilty so maybe teachers will not feel like they have the power to do whatever they want. There was no just cause for putting him in a headlock or hurting his finger. Scott denies that he told him to not go to the nurse, not that he put him in a headlock. For those of us that have seen Scott lose his temper or train children we know that he is capable of not making the right choices each time. It is true that we haven't heard his story but I know that his girlfriend told people after the interview about the case, that it went well. Well they filed charges within hours so you know it seems that they too did not believe Scott. Wake up Cloverdale people. Some of the events in this town do not show what it could be and I believe that it is because we want to cover up things so that we do not hurt people. I am sorry that Scott made the wrong choice (even by getting physical in the least too far.) I grew up in this town but I am really disheartened by the events and the citizens responses this last few years.

    -- Posted by Life Is Good on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 8:04 AM
  • Taxpayer you posted that maybe he couldn't tell on his mom so he picked on Scott....

    The students in the classroom stated that Scott had him on the floor in a headlock;The students never mentioned his mom present ever.

    -- Posted by Life Is Good on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 8:14 AM
  • Change your handle from "Not a Fan" to "Not a Clue".

    In comparison, teachers have no power and/or authoriy from what they did have years ago. Scott Porter's teaching skills do not represtnt the entire faculty of any school. Some comments seem to indicate attitudes of warriors of the sue-happy no-fault nation of idiots.

    -- Posted by strings on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 9:31 AM
  • Good Luck!

    Hopefully everything will come out and they will find out about the student taking his splint off in front of everyone in his classes and popping his knuckles. He seems fine doesnt he?

    -- Posted by cdaleclover on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 11:10 AM
  • what does it take for us to realize what is really wrong here? Hundreds of teachers every year are hurt, berated, and verbally abused in this country. the parents have put a stop to any kind of disipline in the class rooms. Some students just don't want to learn what they need to be productive and keep jobs. It is up to the teachers to be parents friends and babysitters (IN SOME CASES). All the facts are still to be heard in this case. I am not saying how the teacher handled this one situation was correct, but we don't know all the facts YET. I only hope after all these blogs and comments that the right people are listening and that there will be a fair verdict. I certainlly don't think a single person should be able to ruin a teachers life because they don't know or don't care how their child acts and behaves or MIS-behaves in school.

    -- Posted by 6dogs on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 1:16 PM
  • It appears Mr. Porter failed his own ANGER MANAGEMENT course!

    -- Posted by VirginiaObserver on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 2:36 PM
  • To Not A Fan: How do you know what happened in that classroom? Were you there? You DON'T know.

    I am so tired of the sue-happy people who want to sue someone for something they do not know really happened.

    I never heard the reports that the students viewed Mr. Porter having Jordan Munday on the floor in a headlock. Also, this kid was in an anger management class. What was he doing there if he did not have anger management problems?

    I do not wish any ill-will towards this child. I hope that he gets some help with his anger so that he will be a good productive citizen someday. I also hope that the teacher does not get into any trouble here either. From what I have read, a lot of students and former students really liked Mr. Porter and said that he would horseplay with his students.

    What I personally think is that this is a payday for MOM who wants money. It has nothing to do with the well-being of her child. Where was she at before Christmas when her son was in a fight that he apparently started?

    There is more to this story than what you all know.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 3:06 PM
  • I would also like to say this: Teachers do not get paid very much money. They do not get paid to put up with a students nonsense. It is not an easy job and when you have a student who absolutely DOES NOT WANT TO LEARN or listen, then what should the teacher do? They have taken corporal punishment out of the schools, the teachers have no authority and the parents will not make their children mind. Why should they have to put up with this nonsense and then, now, have to worry about sue-happy parents who will go out of their way to sue them and ruin their career for what their child caused them to do.

    Jordan Munday called Mr. Porter, "Shorty," then tried to run out of the classroom. Mr. Porter grabbed Jordan and was horseplaying with him. That is what I have read about it. Other students have said that Mr. Porter is a wonderful teacher and likes to horseplay with his students. Why should someone go out of their way to sue somebody if they were horseplaying with their students and that is the bottom line. It was horseplay. Mr. Porter did not do this out of anger or spite. It was just horseplay and now someone wants to ruin this man's career over it.

    When I was in school, we had teachers and students who joked around with eachother. That is the way it was. We also had corporate punishment when I was in school also and I had a teacher who had a sorority paddle and she would slam it down on your desk and make you sit on it if you got out of line. No one even thought of suing the teachers or getting the teacher in trouble. Teachers were respected when I was in school.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 3:15 PM
  • What is wrong with some of you people?! Maybe I'm reading these comments wrong..but it sounds like some of you people are justifying this teacher BREAKING THE KIDS FINGER just because he mouthed off to the teacher. That blows my mind. I don't care if he was the best teacher in the world and this student is the school bully. That DOES NOT give the teacher the right to break the child's finger or even put his HAND on the student. And even if the mom did sue she wouldn't be the one getting the money. More than likely it would go in some sort of trust fund for the child until he turned 18!

    -- Posted by putcoresident on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 5:14 PM
  • I feel sorry for all those people whom wants to sue for everything. Who is to say the child wasn't hurt before he got to school. Think about it . why isn't the school corp supporting this teacher? If mom does get money , make her pay for doctor bills , like that will happen! the bottom line Mom gets paid for the child's hurt. Welcome to govt. assistance. need I say more

    -- Posted by victory on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 5:50 PM
  • I've heard there are enough witnesses for Mr. Porter to win the case. I've also been told that he could sue for slander, defamation of character, mental anguish and loss of wages. The mother of these children is doing such a wonderful job, wonder what the police were doing at their house friday??? I'm pretty sure it had something to do with a little girl at the bus stop getting punched in the face from one of these kids. I am also pretty sure that I didn't see mom coming around at all except these last two weeks, guess you can make up all the lost time over the years in two weeks. I bet after this is over she won't be around again.

    -- Posted by know your facts on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:42 PM
  • "jbharris" I agree

    -- Posted by glasshouse on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:43 PM
  • Mr.Porter may very well be innocent of the actual charges as entered. Maybe not,that is for the legal system to decide.I'll bet he is only guilty of being a bit immature,prone to "horseplay" if those writing here are correct, and has had it all bite him in the ear horribly. I wouldnt doubt that the mother only appeared when the money train arrived.Her own relatives have said so w/o any doubt. Like they say ,"the truth lies somewhere in the middle" Bad decisions all around.Our recent,"Citizen Of The Year" from Putnam County Comprehensive Services has the teacher working w/special needs children now,even with the jury still out on his innocense. What if he IS guilty? Would the Board of directors at Put.Co.Comprensive Services agree that our Citizen of the year has added to the list of bad decisions in this story?

    -- Posted by the truth on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 8:23 PM
  • This kid has a behavior problem and was disrespecting the teacher. How this childs actions are not taken into account is beyond me. If this kid had the direction and was instructed that we don't disrespect authority, then nothing would have happened. Since the kid decided to disrespect the teacher and they got into a scuffle, I still do not believe that the childs mother can sue the teacher. I mean he already lost his job and has been embarrassed in front of the whole community and will never be able to teach again. Isn't that enough! It was a bad situation, but I don't think this kid and his mother should be able to seek anything from the unfortunate event!

    -- Posted by nikkilpn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 6:55 AM
  • Great post jbharris!

    We need to get back to those days so that the teachers have some support to deal with these difficult and unruly children!

    -- Posted by nikkilpn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 6:58 AM
  • Jb Harris read the first article on this. Students were questioned and reported that there was an altercation and he had Mundy in a headlock on the floor. There is not a question about the student being out of line that does not justify the punishment. When you were in school a teacher who horseplayed and broke a finger would have still been in trouble. Horseplay or not you are refusing to look at other people's view of him. I do know Mr.Porter and I have witnessed his poor decisions at times. I do not think for an instant that she (the mother) should even get money or him (the student) not even in a trust fund. I believe that teachers are responsible for their actions and he needs to be held accountable that is all. You do not know all of the details either and we are not talking about your school days because we all know that that was a different time. Reinstate corporal punishment (administered properly), let's work on parents supporting the teachers, and stiffer penalties for disobedience in the classroom if that is what we need to do. But if Scott would have let him run out of the room and not tried to wrangle with him we would not be talking about this. He made unfortunately a bad decision. One that he should be held accountable for.

    -- Posted by Life Is Good on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:41 AM
  • Strings wow that is really something I will take into consideration. Thank you for your input.

    -- Posted by Life Is Good on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:43 AM
  • So, apparently there is now a report of one of the Mundy brothers punching a little girl in the face at the bus stop.

    Sounds to me like these two are bullies. I have no use for bullies. What I think needs to happen is for these two to spend a couple nights in the Putnam County jail and see what it is like. Someone also needs to teach them that YOU DO NOT EVER, EVER HIT A FEMALE. I do not care if the girl or woman made them mad, that does not justify hitting.

    The Mother needs to see to it that her kids get some help. There are services that help children who are bullies.

    One of these days, someone is going to clean their clock. Maybe that will straighten them up.

    I hope that the police officer who came to their house last Friday took them to jail for hitting that girl. These boys need to learn.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 5:59 PM
  • This Mundy kid has no respect for other people or himself. He needs some discipline.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 6:10 PM
  • ok im sick of the rumors, i know for a fact that this is a bunch of lies, neither one of the mundy boys punched a girl in the face, and that is not why the police was there, they were there to see about a protective order,so they filed one agaist porter and as the police was there porter drove by and that made it better on the family.i sure do wish all these rumors would stop. maybe if you went and knocked on thier door you would know the real facts.

    -- Posted by stardustsmomof4 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:07 PM
  • who is paying for THIS trial?

    We are.

    This place is an unrelenting idiotfest...

    -- Posted by localman on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 8:09 PM
  • Our son was abused by a teacher a few years ago. We talked and prayed about it and decided NOT to put our child through a trial. Putting him on the stand to relive what he went through was out of the question. Also, what the kids and the puplic would do to him....the money would not worth it. He still has nightmares and other phobia's to this day, but I know we made the right decision and that is what was right for him. We decided not to sue. It was a no win situation. No amount of money can heal those wounds, putting them trough the legeal system creates new ones.

    I could only imagine what this poor boy goes through everyday sense this happened. Hope his school mates understand it is is selfish mother and not him doing this.

    -- Posted by mad-mom on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:24 PM
  • mad-mom, "poor boy" are you serious?

    This kid is and has been a problem in the school He was not ABUSED, he is the abuser.

    I agree with an earlier posting that maybe someone will really clock him one time and give him what he deserves. He is nothing but trouble and disrepectful to the other kids in the classroom. Now mom is trying to get a pay off on her out of control kid.

    -- Posted by nikkilpn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:31 PM
  • I feel sorry for Mr. Porter because he has no job anymore and probably, no career anymore either. I just hope that the truth comes out and Mr. Porter can have a teaching job again.

    Teachers go through four years of school that costs a fortune. More money than what they make in a year. Then, they have to go for their Masters and that costs more money and for what, to teach a class full of unruly students who do not respect them. They pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to go all through college and they probably make starting out around $30,000 a year and have to put up with a student's nonsense. It is not fair and is not right.

    Jordan Mundy should be ashamed of himself.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 11:33 PM
  • Here is something else I would love to know: Where is the boy's father in all this? Where is he at?

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 11:34 PM
  • So Mr. Porter allegedly drove by this student's house while the police were there? Riiight ! These 'details' just keep getting better and better..... starting to sound like the beginnings of a tar and feather witch-hunt party.

    -- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 12:19 AM
  • True, Mr. Porter has lost his job, and career with this school corporation and probably others. However, one thing that cannot be taken away are his degrees - and he will get through this.

    -- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 12:22 AM
  • Porter probably drove by thier house BECAUSE HE LIVES IN STARDUST! Come on people. How stupid do you think Porter would be to try and do something. he has remained calm throughout the press slander. HE LIVES THERE TOO-WAKE up and see this Munday family for what their are: LIARS!

    Where is the father? Must be close because the boys showed everyone at school the tattoos that their Dad gave them last weekend. My son wants one and the Munday boys said that their Dad would do it for $10. He is starting up a business.

    -- Posted by momoffour on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 6:02 AM
  • also, the police were there because the daughter punched a little girl in the face at the bus stop and because the school wouldn't do anything the mom of this girl called the police, i know this is true because i know the mother of the little girl that got punched

    -- Posted by know your facts on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 3:41 PM
  • Sounds to me like a model family. The sister of the Munday boys punched the little girl in the face. They all sound like bullies and should be dealt with.

    I do not have kids. However, I have a neice that is the age of the little girl who got punched and I guarantee you that if someone punched my little neice in the nose and the school would not do something about it, I would have the police called and I would also come to the house to see to it that something was done.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 4:36 PM
  • The boys father gave these kids tattoos. Sounds like a real winner. Not that I am against tattoos because I have one myself. But, I am 34-years of age and I got one when I was 31. I do not think children should have tattoos. What kind of family is this?

    Momoffour, stick to your guns and do not allow your son to get a tattoo until he turns 18 and can make the choice for himself then if he wants one and finds the right one that he likes. I have no idea what kind of family the Munday's are. They sound like real quality folks.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 4:40 PM
  • my comments keep getting removed, mr. porters girlfriends sister lives across the street from the mundys and he picks up the kids when she babysits. why is it jordan is allowed to bully the girlfriends 11 year old child by telling her he is going to get everything she has and he has dibs on her trampoline and video games, this is an innocent little girl that had nothing to do with this at all!!!! she goes out of her way to help children with special needs in her class ask her teacher, straight A student, on honor roll and its ok for her to be bullied by this wonderful child. I do believe this is his second offense of bullying this little girl and I am sure her mom will press charges if it doesn't stop and she also has witnesses from the bus that has heard these children laughing and making jokes. in the state of indiana bullying is a offense by the state even if the school corp won't do anything. I am so sick and tired of hearing about this poor kid and mother, if you only seen half the things these children do and get away with, but not for long because i'm sure Mr. Porter has enough people on his side that once this is all said and done, the mom is going to be the one sued, not sure if ssi will pay for lawsuits

    -- Posted by know your facts on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 8:56 PM
  • stardustmomofour, it wasn't the mundy boys it was the mundy girl who also has been know to harass the girls basketball coaches daughter and do things i won't mention in the community park, so its not just the mundy boys that are trouble makers it's the daughter too... so lets clean up the neighborhood and move the whole dang clan out of town, in fact, i believe someone from their previous town wrote and begged us to keep them here, they didn't want them back in their town..

    -- Posted by know your facts on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 9:21 PM
  • I guess the parents of these children did not raise them right and allowed them to do whatever they want.

    I am so tired of kids ruling the roost these days. If the parents cannt keep their kids under control, then, the police or sheriff should step in and say, "Look, if you cannot prevent your daughter from hitting another child and you cannot control your other children, then we will take them to juvenile detention and you will also go to jail because you cannot make your kids behave."

    Hey, if the parents will not make their children behave and take responsibility for their actions, they should have to spend a night in jail.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 11:16 PM
  • I agree with you, Know your facts. These children have gotten away with so much. They have no right to harass anyone. The mother of the eleven year old should call police if the Mundy boys keep harassing her.

    The school should do something about it. If they don't, then the police should be involved.

    I have no use for bullies. When I was in high school we had a bully and all the students got tired of his nonsense and they surrounded him and all of them clocked him good. He never bullied another student after that. Maybe that is what should happen to the Mundy boys and daughter.

    You might think you are big and bad, but there is always someone out there who is bigger and badder than you and someone needs to teach these Mundy kids a lesson.

    -- Posted by jbharris30 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 11:21 PM
  • If you people are SO CONCERNED with these kids why don't you call CPS!? OR MAYBE since you all seem to see so much CALL THE COPS YOURSELF?! I still can't believe how many of you are defending what this guy did. I'm not saying the child doesn't deserve to get in trouble himself for being a mouthy brat. BUT he didn't deserve for his hand to get broken. As an ADULT and TEACHER, Porter should have known better than to touch the kid. Let him run out of the class room then write him up and call the office and let them know what's going on, ignore the stupid comments,set him out in the hall.My point is this teacher had MANY options verse what he CHOSE to do and now because of a stupid CHOICE HE made he's going to have to deal with it. HOWEVER, the child should be punished too. Give him ISS or send him to GRASP.

    -- Posted by putcoresident on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 11:51 PM
  • Sounds like the mother is out to get a quick buck too, so I wouldn't doubt that she would go after the Banner Graphic.

    Whatever! The only thing that this mother needs to do is get control of her kids.

    I will for sure call the cops on those kids if I see them do ANYTHING! Let's start a petition to get Mr. Porter his job back!

    -- Posted by nikkilpn on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 10:22 AM
  • Online petition-where? I don't understand what that can do for Mr. Porter. He did break rules and has resigned. The prosecutor already filed criminal charges. I'm not understanding what this petition can do other than show Mr. Porter that people think he has been wrongly charged with a felony.

    -- Posted by glasshouse on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 4:18 PM
  • Something I haven't read that I'd liek to know....Is Mr. Porter allowed to attend school events? He was not at any of his step-son's games after this incident occured. It's really a shame that such a loyal supporter of all athletic events is not being able to support his own step-son. Does anyone know if he allowed to attend?

    -- Posted by momoffour on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 4:24 PM
  • Would you want to go to a school event if this was you? Weather he is found guilty or not he would be asked all kinds of questions and glared at. Can't blame him.

    -- Posted by mad-mom on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 5:23 PM
  • The business of raising a child is complicated. Throw in free public education for all students and the complications grow astronomically. Looking at the past few months we've seen a multitude of serious teen related issues in our community. Why? Because we have forgotten one of the oldest adages, "It takes a village to raise a child." We no longer trust one another to assist us in this venture or we are so self absorbed that the thought of accepting someone's help doesn't cross our mind.

    When I was a kid I could count on just about everyone in my neighborhood to rat me out to my parents if I was doing something wrong. Now parents see that as an insult. My neighbors cared about me, my teachers cared about me, and my parents accepted the help. I could also count on someone to listen to me and my problems. Both of my parents worked, but they made sure I had a safe, caring place to go after school. How many of our kids go home to an empty home every night, sometimes all night while single-mom/dad is out working or worse, partying? These kids are alone. They are angry. They have not learned the basic coping and relational skills that many of use learned, being raised in a different time, with different values.

    For our county though, this is in many cases a generational epidemic. This isn't something new for many families. Cycles of teen pregnancy, drug use, violence, etc. are common with no end to the cycle in sight. We will become what our parents have taught us to become, because as I have read, "parents are never not modeling behaviors to their children."

    The problem is larger than we want to believe. The answer isn't easy. There is no quick fix. It isn't just a parent problem or just a school problem. It takes faith in our God and each other. It takes a village. "God bless us, everyone."

    -- Posted by CitizenKid on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 2:52 PM
  • Jordan Mundy was kicked out of school today for fighting......again.

    -- Posted by glasshouse on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 3:54 PM

    sorry to hear that about that mundy kid, but guess what that is not true what so ever, i happen to know this is a lie.


    So if i was you i wouldnt state things you dont know the truth about.glasshouse there you go again pointing fingers and you have real reason to at all KEEP YOUR STONES IN YOUR OWN YARD.

    Plus this article is about gettin old all the lies i cant even image OF HOW THEY FEEL.

    -- Posted by stardustsmomof4 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 9:11 PM

    -- Posted by stardustsmomof4 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 9:12 PM
  • Glasshouse isn't a liar- just a little wrong. Munday was kicked out for theft. That is a fact. He was caught stealing Thursday. No school Friday. Kicked out Mom-Wed. for THEFT......

    -- Posted by momoffour on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 10:24 AM
  • KICKED OUT FOR THEFT.............



    -- Posted by takeastand on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 6:56 AM
  • let me guess indnurse you are one of the old school stardust kids huh. trash yeah right, stardust is big and yeah there is alot of kids in there but dont blame it on stardust,porter is at fault and that is why he resigned that same day.

    -- Posted by stardustsmomof4 on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 11:38 PM
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