Critics of TB Daily News often resort to accusing me of getting fired from my teaching job at Shepherd Hill for sexual harassment (or a variety of other claims) when they don’t agree with the opinions published on the blog. For years I have dismissed and argued with these people, but in the name of transparency and winning the argument I have decided to publish the separation agreement I signed with the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District, which I recently found while cleaning my closet. The district agreed to pay me a five figure sum (after taxes), agreed not to contest unemployment, and offered to write a letter of recommendation for a new teaching job, so long as I agreed not to sue them for the way they mismanaged the publication of a libelous blog written by a man in Buffalo who has since had his site pulled down as the result of a defamation lawsuit.
Newsflash – employers don’t pay employees large sums of cash to not sue them, agree to not contest unemployment, and even offer to have the superintendent write a letter of recommendation so you get a teaching job somewhere else (#6) if you’ve done something wrong. The district’s lawyers knew that a MTA lawyer would eat them up if they pursued any sort of punishment (since I had done nothing wrong), and I knew that I no longer wanted to teach and wanted to do Turtleboy instead, so it worked out well for both of us. They gave me a nest egg and the financial security to start my own business, and in return they got rid of a media headache and didn’t get sued in the process.
If you’re going to accuse of something you better bring receipts, because you know TB always will.
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